The Top 5 Rubbish Bits of a Location Independent Lifestyle! (You asked for this post!!)
Getting internet access can be so painful!
We recently asked you a few questions on what you thought of LovePlayWork.com.
We’re still trawling through all your lovely responses (thank you!) to work out how we can best use the info. But something that did come up quite frequently was a slightly dark preoccupation (hehe) with the unexpected, unpredictable and downright rubbish aspects of location independence.
Now we all know that location independence brings wondrous moments, uplifting experiences, rainbows and fairy dust (lol)….but what about the bits that, when you embark on your journey, are likely to piss you off too?
Lucky for you, I’m in that kind of mood today, so here goes, warts and all (plus some of our worst pictures!). Don’t forget, you asked for it (you sick puppies).
The travel arrangements
Going on any trip involves a fair amount of preparation. Being location independent turns travel planning into a part-time job. You want to make sure your destination is going to make you happy, and getting that right takes A LOT of research. Especially if you are a little (ahem) high maintenance. Don’t under-estimate how time consuming this is day to day; that way you may avoid the frustration which will lead you to simply book into the nearest 5 star resort.
‘It’s a lifestyle not a holiday!’
We’ve just returned to the UK after a 7 month stint aboard. I’m sure my mother won’t be the last to remark, ‘ahh, isn’t it nice they’ve had such a lovely long holiday?’ After a holiday you tend to return relaxed and carefree. After a prolonged spell of location independence you may be a little worn around the edges. Why? Anyone who has ever been travelling knows that it’s a full time business. You can lose half a week simply changing location, finding a post office and getting your laundry done. Working for yourself is also pretty full-on as you juggle the multiple roles of chief idea generator, project manager, administrator, finance officer, designer, tech support, marketer etc. It doesn’t take a genius to work out that fitting two full times roles into one supposedly more chilled out life can present logistical challenges. And meanwhile everyone back home assumes you spend all day on the beach ;)!
Who are we? Where do we belong?
We are very fortunate that we have friends all over the world. Our social circle is eclectic to say the least. But while we can find someone to have a beer with most places we go, when we return home it’s a little harder to slot back in. It takes time to put down roots and form the bonds that spell home, and when you aren’t there to put the effort in, those relationships can grow a little rusty. Inviting your mates round to relive your trip with hilarious travel stories and several thousand photos, for some reason, doesn’t seem to help….
Living in someone else’s space
This one bothers me, although Chris couldn’t care less. As much as we love home exchanging, especially when we arrive at someone else’s home which is WAY better than ours (hot tubs, views, pools, cinema rooms etc- hell yes!) sometimes I get tired of living amongst someone else’s things. (To be fair, I have just done this for 7 straight months- ask me again after 6 months of being in our small apartment!) It’s the same if we are renting or staying in hotels- sometimes, you can get tired of impersonal surroundings. Right now, I’m particularly loving having slippers and wrapping myself in my furry blanket to watch TV. One of the forgotten benefits of going away is how much you appreciate the small things you otherwise take for granted when you get back.
It probably depends on your work set-up but for us, however cost neutral our trips often are (and we are pretty good at this!), being away does put a dent in our earnings. It’s not so much about spending as the cost of living is inexpensive in many places we choose to go, and even if the costs are comparable to home the standard of living tends to be a lot higher when we are away. But because of the way our business is set up there are occasions, despite outsourcing and using fantastic associates, where we miss out on work opportunities because we simply aren’t there. Being away does pay in so many different ways that it’s not a big deal, but we do come back to the UK periodically to get our heads down and top up our savings.
Not quite what you imagine a Mexican beach to look like!
Grey in paradise
We reckon our future location independence is going to start to evolve a little to avoid some of these issues.
But what do you think?
Are these downsides unexpected?
Would you anticipate something different?
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