(My friend James Chartrand dared me to write a Things You Don’t Know About Me post for my birthday. She keeps daring me to do stuff and keeps being surprised when I actually do it. So, the first thing you should know? I take dares.)
You know when you Google something?
And you get a result and it’s from like, 1977 or something?
And it takes you 14 searches to remember you can use search tools to filter by date?
But by then you’re exhausted and you just want to give up work for the day and read Amish romance novels in the bath?
Is that just me?
Anyway, for your reading pleasure, here is a collection of articles written very recently by business-y types talking about what they’re working on right now.
The digital nomad lifestyle has been the holy grail of the internet business set for years now. To be truly location independent is, for many, the absolute epitome of entrepreneurial success.
On a level, I’ve been a digital nomad for years. I read The 4-Hour Workweek, fell in love with the lifestyle, and got my butt on that train as fast as I could. But my digital nomad adventures have only been true as far as they’ve been true. I’ve been cheating. I haven’t really done much working on the road. I worked at home… and then spend a bunch of time traveling.
Don’t get me wrong – that’s a lot of fun. I still do it as often as I can. But for the last ten years, while I’ve fancied myself a digital nomad, I haven’t really been able to identify with the reality of the lifestyle.
Six months ago, that all changed. For a variety of reasons, I gave up my Art Deco love-nest of an apartment, put my money where my mouth was, and got on the road. I packed up my clients, I packed up my unschooling, and went on walkabout. I’m still away and on many levels, I still don’t have a clue what I’m doing. But enough dust has settled that I’ve started to learn some lessons.
Here’s what I’ve learned so far…