Do you want to know how to become a travelpreneur?
This is how I started to live work travel. If you read my article – types of jobs for digital nomads, you’ll know the work that a digital nomad or travelpreneur does.
If you’ve just discovered the digital nomad lifestyle, here is one insight of mine.
Travelling, taking trips of growth, whilst I learn Spanish online is one thing. Working from my laptop, relying on the internet to be able to live work travel is another.
When people ask, I don’t call myself a digital nomad. But, you can put me into that category. As with most things today there’s a myriad of labels.
Discovering the Digital Nomad
On my Spanish learning journey over the last year. I’ve met people who travel the world indefinitely. But very rarely did I meet anybody running their own business.
Most people I met were either excited or anxious to return back to their jobs at home. Before meeting other online workers, I felt a little strange. Sometime I felt out of place sat there with my laptop and backpack eager to work on projects.
At that point I didn’t realise there was community of people that live work travel. Some more advanced and capable than others. Today they call themselves digital nomads or even travelpreneur, and they have unique ways and styles of living.
This is lifestyle design at it’s finest. A concept that I had heard of but saw as a weird cult. When I feel somebody is ‘selling a me a lifestyle’ or way of living, I instantly revolt. My way, is to arrive at new ideas for living through my own trial and error.
It could be through a book, an article, or even an intriguing conversation. Basically, I don’t like to be force-fed ideals.
It took 3 years before I encountered a digital nomad community. If I’d found it earlier, I’d have been quicker to claim the digital nomad or travelpreneur label.
Calling myself a digital nomad today seems like I’m part of a cult. That can happen when people start selling a lifestyle to others in order to make a profit. Or, when we get too engrossed in online forums, which can easily happen on the internet.
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You could say I stumbled upon this way of life by accident and I do find it interesting to see how others live work travel.
Back when I travelled to the USA in 2013. I started by doing little bits of freelance work. Doing web design and front-end web development. I spent many painstaking hours working indoors. Mainly inside Starbucks coffee shops and hostels.
Live, work, travel how I started
Over the past year. I’ve been paying more attention to how I live work travel. My wants, my needs and how they affect my productivity. I’ve alienated some friends and family members with my own unique style of living.
I invite you to watch the short video I created that attempts to explain why I layer culture and why I leave my hometown every year to pursue my wildest dreams.
When I was studying at Hyper Island back in 2011. I was still in a working for a company mindset. I visited the offices at Google and Facebook. One of the original reasons I travelled to the USA. These were companies I aspired to work with.
One thing I like about working remotely is having my backpack and the ability to change working environments as and when I choose.
I find being confined to one space, one desk, one chair, very disabling!
Now I think about it, working from coffee shops is not always an ideal place. Below are some of the pros and cons of working in coffee shops and other public spaces I have experimented with over the last year.
Places I’ve worked
For me being able to live work travel from coffee shops has been a blessing. No matter which country in the world. I’ve always found at least one cafe that’s made it easy for me to sit down and get down to work.
- Accessible and easy to find
- Sometimes you can find great coffee
- Gives you the flexibility to leave at any time
- Can’t always leave your workstation when needed
- Weak or unreliable internet connection
- Less people to work or exchange ideas with
- When the best or most comfortable seat are taken
Air Bnb Rentals:
Working from Air BnB rentals is something I’ve done more lately. They have offered me a place to live and work whilst in a new county.
This is also a strategy to learn Spanish for free. Speaking with your host adds to your conversational skills and probably the best way to learn Spanish.
- Dedicated internet usually faster
- Ability to cook own food
- Combined with living expenses
- Opportunity to interact with locals people
- Overworking in solitude
- Blurred lines between living and working space
- Prone to procrastinate working from home base
- Misleading listings stuck with uncomfortable lodgings
Other Places I’ve worked
Having owned a library card since a young age. I started using my local library as a working place while at my base. I have also used Libraries in Buenos Aires.
- Stable and quiet working environment
- Access to large selection of books
- Sometimes free internet connection
- Access to meet-up groups and like minded people
- Not always got an internet connection
- Unfavourable opening and closing times
- Need to be a local or have a membership card
- Old or tired spaces lack of inspiration
One style I have made over the past few years is to mix up all 3 location types. I like changing environments throughout any one day.
When I’m at my base in Sheffield Air Bnb doesn’t get utilised. But it could, as what i’ve found is, these new environments mixed with other elements give me a new boost of unfiltered creative energy.
Going forward in 2017
As much as I enjoy the movement. Working from a coffee shop seems like a temporary solution. Usually I plan just one part of my day around working there.
In 2017 I’d like to find more co-working spaces. I’m curious to understand the challenges and benefits for people who live work travel receive from working in these pay as you go offices spaces.
For me the practice of being a travelpreneur is something still quite new.
From the outset. It seems co-working spaces offer a great opportunity to do business networking, as suppose to just getting work done. Meeting other people that live travel work will be a focus for me this year.
Do you live work travel? If so, what type of work do you do?
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