LOCATION


 


Location Worksheet

 

How to choose your location?

 
What are the location ‘must haves’ for you? It differs for everyone. For some people the idea of an ‘office on the beach’ seems like a screensaver come true. For others it’s just smacks of sand in unwanted places!


 
You may have an idea of the sort of places you are drawn to, the sort of environments which will energise you. Some of us need natural beauty to feel inspired; others prefer to feel the pulse of a city to generate that ‘buzz’. Maybe you see yourself working and relaxing most effectively surrounded by marvellous architecture or a deep sense of history. Or maybe you aren’t sure, but want to explore to find out!
 
Wherever you decide to go, you need to be sure that it reflects YOUR priorities. And remember, this is just the start. It’s a big world out there and there is no hurry. Your first destination can be somewhere familiar, accessible or even relatively local. The most important thing is that you choose somewhere to GO, and leave the restrictions of your usual office space behind.
 
This worksheet might help you narrow down your destination options. Remember, you are just thinking about the working trip you will take after this program for now.
 
Select one option from each list and type it into the box on the right, like you would for a magazine survey!
 

1.Would you prefer to get there predominantly by:
a) Car
b) Public transport (coach, traing, boat)
c) Plane
Your Answer



 
2.Would you like to be travelling for*:
a) Less than 3 hours
b) 3 – 6 hours
c) More than 6 hours
 
*This should reflect the main bulk of the journey i.e. the length of car or plane trip, rather than door to door
Your Answer



 
3.Would you be happy if the local time at your destination is:
a) Within 2 hours of GMT
b) 3 – 6 hours from GMT
c) More than 6 hours from GMT
Your Answer



 
4.Would your temperature preference be:
a) Cool and cloudy
b) Warm and sunny
c) Hot or tropical
Your Answer



 
5.Realistically, can you afford to spend:
a) As little as possible
b) A reasonable amount
c) Money isn’t a big problem
Your Answer



 
6.Would you feel most comfortable (or is it most practical) for you to consider staying in:
a) A hostel or guest house
b) A home or apartment
c) A hotel or villa
Your Answer



 
7.Would you like to be away for:
a) Two weeks or less
b) Two weeks to a month
c) More than a month
Your Answer



 
8.Would you prefer to go somewhere:
a) Where English is the first language
b) Where English is widely spoken
c) Where English may not be widely spoken
Your Answer



 
9.Are you hoping to experience:
a) A similar culture to that of your home country
b) A different culture but largely ‘western’ culture
c) A significantly different culture to what you are used to
Your Answer



 
10.Can you see yourself mostly settled in a:
a) Town or suburb
b) City or resort
c) Rural or beach setting
Your Answer



 
11.Do you consider yourself restricted in any way i.e. by health issues, family responsibilities or work commitments?
a) Yes, to a large extent
b) To some extent
c) Not a huge amount
Your Answer



 
Bear in mind, your preferences may change over time. We are just looking at one trip here. But for now, you need to be realistic and choose something achievable.
 

Your answers;

 
Click the appropriate one based on your answers-

Did you select mostly A’s?

Your answers might suggest that you are going to be best of starting with a more local, shorter trip to find your feet. It may extend to a short flight to another country, or you may wish to explore within your own country (there is always plenty to explore!)
 
Remaining in your home country would suit your preference for shorter travelling times or cultural similarities. It can be understandable not to be seeking a big culture shock to start with, especially if you are also grappling the demands of establishing your business.
 
This option could save you money in terms of transportation, even meaning you can take your own car rather than having to hire one. But it can be pricey in Europe or North America compared to South American or non-euro countries which is worth bearing in mind.
 
If this is the case you might want to consider testing the water with home exchanges, or rent in the low season.
 

Suggestions

 

  • A cabin (say in a national park) in low season would provide amazing scenery and blustery walks to maximise your inspiration!
  • Rent a cottage by the coast and experience life in a small village
  • Do a home exchange with someone in a vibrant city or historical town you have wanted to visit
  • Visit friends in a different area to your own (but make sure they know it is not JUST a social visit and that you have work to do!)


Did you select mostly B’s?


These options suggest you are ready to venture further afield. In terms of distance and time zone Europe might suit, especially if you are looking for a warmer climate, or a further state if you are US based. Business can still easily be managed from a range of European countries, and although English might not be the first language for many people, it will still be widely spoken. Plus you get to experience cultural differences which might work wonders for your inspiration, especially if you get to see sights you have always wanted to explore. The good news is there can often be cheap flights to take you within 2 to 3 hours of home, plus there are often many accommodation options, from apartments to rent to home exchanges, even with people who have second or holiday homes. There are pages and pages of home exchange offers for you to explore, particularly in Europe and the US. This can be a good option as they often include vehicle exchanges; renting a car long term can add to your costs.
 

Suggestions

 

  • A Gite in rural France will be fairly inexpensive for a month or more in low season
  • Find out of friends or acquaintances have a timeshare or apartment in Spain or Florida they would consider letting to you
  • Do a home exchange with someone in the USA or northern Europe and live in their shoes for a while!



Did you select mostly C’s?


You might have a much ‘bigger’ trip in mind! Although initial costs will be higher in terms of travel etc, you may find that cost of living is lower once you arrive in countries such as Asia or South America. Bear in mind that costs in Australia and New Zealand will be high, equivalent at least to European prices. Time zone issues can be managed even if you are several hours flight distance away- you will only ever be around 10/11 hours ahead, so really you are looking at a maximum of about 8 hours delay while you sleep! Realistically you are looking at the difference of a day i.e. you receive an email one day but your reply (even though made a few hours later) won’t be received until they return to work the next. The world is much smaller now so wherever you are you won’t be far from contact. The biggest difference is not really being able to hop back for an important meeting, but this can be managed. In terms of experience, you may well find the biggest differences in culture, food, sights and natural wonders, which is well worth the extra you will need to do to plan and prepare for. This type of trip is an exciting prospect, but one you need to be organised for.
 

Suggestions

 

  • Visit south east Asia for 3 months or more, staying in beach front ‘bungalows’ long term, using internet cafes or local wireless networks
  • Backpack in Australia, providing you can work in public areas such as lounge rooms or internet cafes.
  • Rent an RV to travel round the USA
  • Use a home owner’s rental site to rent an apartment or villa in central or south America- many have wifi and the cost of living is low.


 
Obviously these combinations aren’t definitive. For instance, you may have selected c) for most questions indicating that you are more than keen to take on a long term overseas adventure, but your budget just won’t allow it right now. But that’s ok, because that can be your next plan. For now, you need to make some compromises and choose a trip that will satisfy your appetite for adventure whilst sticking to a budget.
 
Or you might find that your choices suggest that a ‘local’ break might be what you are most comfortable with, but you also selected options which suggest you also have a hankering for new cuisines and cultural experiences. In this case a trip to a European country might be perfect for you.
 
You may even want to go somewhere far away but also suspect you prefer the security of a certain amount of familiarity in which case Australia or New Zealand might be just what you are looking for.
 
It’s unlikely that you will fall into one neat category. Just take note of your preferences and see what location is grabbing you. Nothing is set in stone, everything is flexible, but a rough idea of destination WILL make it easier for you to make progress.
 

Remember

 
It is easy to see obstacles, reasons why this would be difficult or not practical. That’s what stops everyone from doing this. For every reason you find not to do something, also come up with a solution or reason why TO DO it. This will keep your perspective balanced.

 
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