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Embracing Freedom: How to experience the world while running your business

Embracing Freedom: How to experience the world while running your business

When I first started my own marketing and design business, one of my main goals was to be able to travel without leaving my work behind. I wanted the freedom to explore the world, learn about other cultures and meet new people, all while still running my business from my laptop. 

This summer, my dream became a reality! Over 15 weeks, I traveled to 15 different countries. I made new friends, met fellow travelers and forged business connections. I experienced the food, drinks, and traditions of communities across the globe. I learned a ton about myself. All while continuing to successfully run my own business. And you can do it too! 

Can I work and travel at the same time? 

In recent years, a remarkable shift in the way we work has taken place, giving rise to the concept of the digital nomad lifestyle. It’s a way of living that offers the ultimate blend of work and travel, empowering individuals to break free from the confines of a traditional office and embrace a world of adventure while still excelling in their professional endeavors. 

But you don’t have to embrace the full “digital nomad” lifestyle in order to enjoy the benefits of traveling while you work. The beauty of having flexibility around your work is that you have the ability to do what works best for you! There are also many options when it comes to destination and accommodations that can make travel affordable. If you’re interested in traveling while working, I recommend you start with a small trip first.

The benefits of traveling while working remotely 

Working on your own terms means you have the freedom and flexibility to explore and understand what really works best for you. When you’re not bound to a rigid 9-5 schedule, you may discover that you’re actually most productive early in the morning or later at night. 

When you can work around your peak productivity hours and personalize your work setup to your specific needs, you may realize that you’re actually more productive! I found that I was so inspired by my surroundings and conversations that I was more motivated than ever to start and complete work projects.

When managed effectively, traveling while working provides built-in work-life balance. You will learn to prioritize and allocate your time for work, exploration, and relaxation. While this may take some time to perfect, being intentional about this balance will have lasting benefits when it comes to avoiding stress and burnout.

Lastly, traveling while working offers ample opportunities for enrichment in your personal and professional life. You’ll likely find yourself stepping out of your comfort zone, which leads to growth. You’ll meet new people and explore new places, which will naturally expand your view of the world–and there’s a good chance you’ll pick up or enhance some skills along the way. Not to mention the networking opportunities that could arise! 

Five tips I’ve found are helpful for successful remote work

  • My setup at a co-working space in Croatia

    Find the Perfect Workspace. A good workspace is essential for remote work success. I recommend getting a pass to a local co-working spaces, which offer a professional environment equipped with all the amenities you need, plus the chance to connect with locals and other travelers.

  • Embrace Technology. Reliable internet connectivity is your lifeline as a digital nomad. Invest in portable Wi-Fi devices and have backup solutions in place to ensure you can work seamlessly regardless of your location.
  • Establish a Routine. A flexible schedule doesn’t mean abandoning structure altogether. Develop a routine that suits your preferences and aligns with your most productive hours. This consistency can enhance your efficiency and discipline.
  • Network and Connect. Seek out local meetups, workshops, and networking events in your chosen destinations. Connecting with like-minded individuals can provide insights, collaboration opportunities, and a sense of community.
  • Balance Work and Exploration. Remember that it’s about more than just work. Allocate time for exploration, relaxation, and self-care. Engaging with the local culture and environment can invigorate your creativity and rejuvenate your spirit.

By embracing the opportunity to work from anywhere, you’re embarking on a journey that transforms the way you experience both your professional and personal life. Remember to stay organized, connected, and proactive in your approach to remote work, and watch as the world becomes both your office and playground!

Angie Noll