Have you heard about our experiment yet? #RTWIHE
The great outdoors – Canadian style
We’ve decided to do a challenge.
It’s going to have plenty of ups and downs. It might not work. But it’s definitely on!
Woohoo! (and yikes, this is scary…)
For this story to make sense there are three things which are key.
- Firstly, we love to travel.
- Secondly, we love running our business.
Now these two things may seem a tad mutually exclusive, but we have crafted a way of work that lets us travel when we want to. And we travel in a way that lets us work as we go. BUT- to pull this recipe neatly together we need one final ingredient.
- Thirdly, we love to house swap (or home exchange!).
Great homes for free – who’s in?
Home exchange means that we get to stay in all manner of stunning accommodation – for free. Well, that’s not strictly true. We still have to pay our mortgage back home. But to stay in some of the places we’ve rocked up to would easily have cost us the price of our mortgage several times over. Would you feel hard done by in exchanging your 2 bed UK apartment for a sea view condo in Mexico? Four bed home with pool in Quebec? A luxury ski cabin in Utah? Nope, neither would we!
How much would a ski week cost without doing a home exchange?
So, back to this challenge. Starting in July we are heading off round the world in home exchanges. We’ll open up our home to strangers from all round the globe and in return get a taste of life and work from exciting, vibrant and new places for as long as we choose. Wherever we put our laptops down I’m pretty sure the view will be better than where they are now!
So why are we doing this?
Firstly, we know people are fascinated by the idea of home exchanging but a) are nervous about it and b) don’t really get how it works. By documenting our journey we can show how easy and awesome it is. It’s hard to explain but there is a meaningful connection when you arrive in the home of someone you’ve never met and find they have thoughtfully left you groceries in the fridge and flowers on the table. It’s also really satisfying to know that those little touches you have left to welcome a tired and anxious family into your home will in turn make them smile. The trust that this practice relies on creates a real sense of respect. It’s a special thing to know however big the world is, and however easy it is to feel lost or insignificant in it, there are people who care enough to want to make sure you are comfortable and happy, even though they don’t know you and probably never will. I love being reminded how kind and thoughtful most people really are.
Taking the business AWOL
Our second reason is that we hear a ton of reasons why business owners and freelancers, who would desperately love to travel more, can’t pack up their laptop and see what the world has to offer. We get that it seems hard and unachievable and scary and impractical. But we want to show that with a few tweaks, you can make your business more flexible and mobile. We are going at it in a bit of an extreme way, and honestly, I have my concerns; I don’t imagine it will all be plain sailing. But whatever is? We will document as we go and tackle obstacles as we face them. The point is, if we can keep our businesses not only ticking over but growing as we circumnavigate the globe, there’s probably fewer real reasons than you think for not taking your laptop to France for a month in the summer, or whatever it is that floats your boat
The spooky part…
Over the last couple of months we had already been negotiating a couple of home exchanges for this summer, even before we started to hatch our ‘experiment’ plan.
We’d also been saying that while we do this challenge we want to meet up with as many bloggers, location independent entrepreneurs, digital nomads and travellers as we can, another benefit of moving between destinations.
This weekend we met a fellow location independent entrepreneur at the Dynamite Circle Berlin Meet up. Conversation turned to our hopes of meeting new people and they suggested we might want to attend Chris Guillebeau’s World Domination event in July – a huge meeting point for all the types of above mentioned folk.
So where is this event?
And where is the first home exchange we had already arranged weeks ago? Oregon. And when had we already decided to start this experiment? July
I love it when a plan comes together…..
(Oh, did I mention the extra challenges we are going to face as we go? We must be crazy…) Watch this space!)
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