This post is part of the 30 day blog challenge hosted by The Suitcase Entrepreneur. Here’s day 25 to 28.
Have you thought about what it really takes to be location independent?
You might need to get rid of a few things. It’s not as hard as you think, really. What it boils down to are your priorities and whether or not you are willing to carry a heavy backpack/carry a heavy suitcase, or constantly think about where you will store your stuff.
I’ve managed to get over 90% of my stuff and I think I manage just fine. Yeah, I do miss having a film scanner and all my film cameras wherever I go, but they’re heavy and I hate lugging them. Right now I live in a small apartment with my husband, and I’ve managed to have as little as possible. Apart from the kitchen stuff, I can easily fit my stuff into two suitcases. One day I’d like to boil it down to one, but I still have a few cameras and a yoga mat to take with me.
If you think owning less is hard, don’t. I dare you to try an experiment. Try to wear all the clothes from your closet for two weeks and see how long it takes to not do laundry. Or actually go through your entire place and make an inventory of what you’d have. I remember being really surprised I had 4 pairs of black work pants in my closet. Now I only own one.
Apart from being as minimalist as possible, you’d also want to think about some tools you’d need to keep in touch with people, and run a business (if that’s what you do). Think about how you’re going to keep in contact people, or even store files!
For me, since I take a lot of photos, I carry an external hard drive with me always. I love ones from Seagate because they’re so reliable. They’ve withstood me accidentally dropping them a *few* times and manage just fine. I’m also the person who obsessively creates backups of backups, so I recently got a second external hard drive.
Other tools I love include autoresponder for emails, setting reminders on my phone, and a world clock that displays different time zones, so I know what time it is for my clients when I have to contact them, or schedule in when due dates are. Also, don’t forget to get a travel adapter, and some waterproof bags (some people call them dry bags) if you’ve got valuables and you don’t want your toiletries leaking all over them. A hard lesson learned for me.
One thing I’m really working hard on while being on the road is being healthy. It’s so easy to fall into the trap of saying “well I’m on vacation.” or “Well, this looks interesting so I’ll try it once.” I’ve been there, done that many times.
For me, I’ve been waking up early (trying for 5 am) and doing yoga for an hour 6 times a week. I try to eat as well as possible. Whenever I’m feeling unmotivated, here’s what I do:
-I remind myself constantly of why I am working towards a location independent lifestyle. I actually made sticky notes and a poster I drew myself and see it every day. I have a desktop photo that shows me I need to forgive myself every once in a while. Every bit helps.
-I watch inspirational videos. TED talks are a pretty good choice if you can’t think of anything else.
-Have an accountability friend. I update my friend on my yoga pursuits and she keeps me updated on hers. Hearing how much it has already changed her life has really helped me push myself towards my yoga practice.
Because I’ve been working hard (I think!) towards the lifestyle I have now (and working on more location independence in the future), I would love to work more on travel hacks. Granted, I’ve been racking up points and gotten free gas for road trips to the US and Canada, but I’d love to score free flights. I hear there are tons of great credit cards that help with that, got any suggestions?
If not, what tools do you use while you are on the road, and how do you stay healthy while traveling?