While the digital nomad lifestyle was already gaining steam pre-COVID, more companies are now looking into the potential of long-term remote work, and even questioning the need to return to a traditional office space at all. [Read more…]
Having the opportunity to travel the world sounds like an ideal vacation, but actually getting paid to do so sounds almost too good to be true. But that’s exactly what travel bloggers do for a living. As the name suggests, a travel blogger is someone whose job entails traveling around the globe to different places and writing about their experiences on a published blog. [Read more…]
Whether you’ve always wanted to be a travel writer or you simply enjoy the flexibility of freelance work and the ability to manage your writing career from anywhere, you may be one of those people who’s taking their career on the road.
But, though you’re apt to find a WiFi connection almost everywhere, some real challenges remain to working outside a traditional office. That’s why the most successful freelancers are the ones who’ve mastered the art of mobile writing … the ones who keep a bag packed and ready to go at all times. [Read more…]
Over the last couple of years, the freelance and digital nomad movement have proven to be some of the hardest working, innovative, and inventive group of people out there. Most of them are driven by an urge to explore and live life to the fullest, while also running successful freelance careers and even start-ups.
However, and as we all know, the life of a freelancer and especially a traveling freelancer is far from perfect, and all too often the lack of income is the biggest hurdle. Therefore, this lifestyle often makes people creative in the ways they make money. [Read more…]
John Steinbeck wrote, “Every American hungers to move.”
In his book, Travels With Charley, Steinbeck further theorizes that Americans descended from those who moved: those who left Europe, those who were forced to leave Africa, and those who came in search of a better life — thus, doesn’t it make sense that we have this insatiable thirst for travel? [Read more…]
Writers get their inspiration by things they’ve experienced and seen, much more so when travel writing serves as their bread and butter. Whether they’re faced with writer’s block, an impending sense of ennui, or even just the threat of an overhanging deadline, sometimes all they need is a change of scenery, a change of pace, or even just the thought of a brand new adventure to look forward to at the end of a freelance writing job. Traveling is one of the best ways to reward oneself while getting the job done, as well as a means of enriching one’s spirit and widening one’s perspective. [Read more…]
When we’re getting ready to travel, we often pack our laptops. After all, freelance writers can work from anywhere and very few writers are interested in turning down money just because we won’t actually be home for a week. But, depending on the trip, the best of intentions for work can often translate to a situation where the laptop never leaves the case. That can leave a writer scrambling to catch up. If you can clear your schedule ahead of time, traveling can get a lot easier.
- Can you reschedule due dates? Asking your clients if there’s any flexibility in when a project is due is best done up front. But if you have a reoccurring project (such as blog posting), you can often bring up the question as you get close to the dates you plan to be away for.
- Can you work ahead? It’s not always possible to do a ton of writing before you leave — packing can take a surprisingly long time, after all — but if you have enough advanced warning, it’s often possible to write a little more each day and gradually get extra work done.
- Can you get ahead and stay ahead? Especially if you routinely work for the same clients, it can be possible to work ahead of the schedule and give yourself some breathing room in your calendar. It can be a difficult approach but it also means that an illness or emergency doesn’t throw of your schedule quite as much.
- Can you reject a project? No freelance writer likes to turn down paying work, but if you don’t have work scheduled for your trip in the first place, life gets a lot easier. Simply rejecting a project that would require you to work as you travel can make things easier to manage.
Even if you do want to write as you travel and you feel perfectly comfortable doing so, it can be worthwhile to clear you schedule, at least as far as your clients are concerned. Not only do we make sure that clients aren’t in the habit of assuming that a freelance writers is available every day of the week, but we can give ourselves an opportunity to get ahead. Of course, if you’re on vacation or otherwise not supposed to working, take the time off and enjoy it, rather than trying to get ahead.