For someone who forsook her cubicle-based existence for a life of location independence, I’ve spent a surprising amount of time cooped up at home of late.
After I quit my job at the end of last year, I got on a plane eight days later and went to Disneyland and many other points of interest in California for a week, then dashed around South America for several more weeks.
Since I returned from South America in the second week of February, I have been at home in Canada. For the past five months I’ve been spending long days in my Lair of Words working on establishing myself as a self-employed freelancer again. I’m not going to be coy about it. It’s been a helluva lot of work with many ups and downs, twists and turns.
Now I need to take this show on the road.
Digital nomadism has been my goal for awhile, and a month from now I will be embarking on my first extended trip.
So, the big news is that I am going to Europe for a few months!
I will start out in Dublin where I have rented a nifty apartment for 12 nights. It’s a city I already know and love. I arrive in time for Ukulele Hooley, which I am inordinately excited about, Then I intend to explore other parts of the Republic and Northern Ireland for most of September before returning to Dublin at the beginning of October for TBEX Europe.
Next, I will hop over to Scotland and stay in Edinburgh for about 10 days before heading to England for TBU London at the beginning of November.
Finally, the best bit. I’m going to Spain! In the middle of November I’m doing a stint as a volunteer and will be spending a few days in Madrid and an entire week in La Alberca before returning home on December 2.
It’s all very exhilarating and daunting at the same time. Aside from this rough outline, I haven’t done a great deal of planning. It’s been chaotic and time-consuming getting my business going, and a family emergency in late May put the whole thing in question and diverted a lot of my time and attention for a stretch. Finally, I just made the decision to go ahead with it and booked my airline ticket before I could second-guess myself or guilt-trip my way out of it.
It remains to be seen whether I can earn a proper living while travelling. That’s going to be a huge challenge and a big test of the sustainability of this whole enterprise. I’m currently putting a ridiculous number of hours into my work, and it would be insane to do that while travelling and miss out on experiencing the places I’m staying in. So I’m either going to go broke, find some gigs that pay better, or somehow become mega efficient.
I could have waited until I had all this figured out, but I’ve spent too much of my life waiting for the perfect circumstances and talking myself out of things. It’s all a crazy mess, but I like it.
W00t! I’m going to Europe!
P.S. If you know of anything geektastic I need to check out, cool people I should get in touch with, or good places to stay in any of the aforementioned destinations, please mention them in the comments below or get in touch with me privately. I’m very much open to suggestions!