Jan 23, 2013 - Location Independence    No Comments

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Thip Boutique Hotel. Pool, gardens, a quiet location, nice balcony and a desk to work at....perfect for business

Pool, gardens, a quiet location, nice balcony and a desk to work at….perfect for business

My longest jaunt overseas was a few years ago now. It was a four month trip. I planned it top to tail including hotels, transfers, a few pre-organized meet ups with friends, as well as a handful of day trips and even a cooking class or three. As many of you may well know, half of the excitement of a vacation is in the planning stages. The time that you have pre-trip to fantasize about everything you will do and see. If you have ever done this, you will know how it happens. Endless hours on the internet finding the perfect hotel and looking for exciting things to do during your holiday. You learn about local customs so you don’t make an idiot of yourself, you get an idea of what is around the area close to your accommodation. You dream of massages and cocktails and delightful dinners in exotic locations.

So when I was chatting to a good friend of mine the other day (Hi Em!), and she asked what I was going to do during my time overseas, my answer was work on my business. I went on to explain to her how strange it was to go away and not actually plan anything. Other than the flight to Thailand, a 36 hour stopover in Singapore and a month of accommodation booked in Krabi, I have no other plans. When I stopped and thought about it, it really hit home that this isn’t a holiday. I am really treating it like a business trip and a semi relocation. I must confess I was a little disappointed that our first month will not be in an apartment as I had hoped, but in a boutique hotel. The upside is that we just out of town, there is a pool and nice gardens, and it is in a small village with few tourists and other distractions. Perfect for getting some work done.

It is kind of cool and weird taking a trip with no travel planning required. It is also a new experience to buy a one way ticket. After reading a lot of travel and location independent business blogs, many others experience a wide range of emotions when they find themselves in this rather fortunate position. It means you can be flexible with your plans and take in as much or little as you want of a new culture. At the end of the day, I could be away for a week or a year – who knows? I have saved enough for 6 months including all home based expenses. But if I start making an income from my business ideas, that could change. Over the weekend I spent some time reading my business journal from late 2011 to early 2012 this was a time when my frustration was at an all time high. This was because I didn’t have a lot of time to dedicate to working on my business. I wanted nothing more than a 2 month shot at designing product and getting my business off the ground. This time coming up is my opportunity to say I gave it a good shot and threw everything I could at it. If I succeed or fail, it doesn’t really matter. Whilst I would prefer to be successful, at least I will never die wondering what if…

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