I didn’t always know that travel was going play such a huge part in my life, but I never wanted to just be stuck in one place my entire life. Before I even knew what a location independent life was, I thought it was just a pipe dream to be able to live in far away places and see the world. Now – with the advancements in technology – it has never been more possible.
First off – before I get into how awesome it is – I feel like I should start by explaining what a location independent life actually means.
What is a Location Independent Life?
A location independent life is simply a lifestyle where your work doesn’t determine where you live. You can work remotely and, thus, live anywhere; perfectly suited for all those budding nomads out there as well as those who just want to escape the 9-5 rat race.
Why is it Awesome?
Firstly, you are not bound by a typical work schedule. In the regular life of a “9-5 er” your only free time is at the weekend and your only travel time will be your annual two-week holiday, if you’re lucky.
Living a location independent lifestyle flips this whole paradigm on its head. No more waking up to commute in every day. No more meetings. And most importantly, no more offices. From now on your office will be you, your laptop, and wherever you happen find yourself.
Another thing – something that many may find surprising – is that this “new way of living” is often cheaper than your life at home would be.
Just think about it for a minute…
If you’re travelling full-time, expenses such as cars or mortgage payments suddenly become a lot less important. Even if you do have a place back at home, you can now do things like rent it out on Airbnb while you’re away.
While these are practical reasons as to why a location independent lifestyle is awesome, the main reason it appeals to me isn’t to do with any of these things. To me, nothing is more awesome than being able to live and work wherever I want. No limitations.
A common theme on Gaijin Crew is how travel broadens the mind and is a really fulfilling and life-changing experience. Location independence is a legitimate way for people to experience that and travel full-time.
How can I become Location Independent?
Lots of people think that this style of living is unrealistic and not worth working for. Well, get with the times! It has never been easier to achieve this standard of living.
If you haven’t done already, go and read this post where I talk about some of the jobs you can get to fund your location independent lifestyle.