This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 9

Well, location independence sounds like a nice idea.

The question of today’s challenge is, if you are somewhere good being locationally independent for a month, how would you balance work and adventure while on a working holiday.

What is the perfect balance?

Not working! Work before (research), work after (write, edit, post).

I count the cost of every hour I am “on location” and it is too expensive to spend that time typing.

I think some people deal with this by outsourcing. Others plan ahead and fill the queue with blogs, social media posts, products, whatever they’re into.

For me, going away for a month is not location independence. It’s a sprint every day to get enough material for when the trip is over.

But in the sense of long-term independence, or even just 2 or 3 months, there has to be a routine. I find I am exhausted every evening when I’m away. Much as I would love to emulate Pico Iyer, legendary for his thorough notes written every night, it’s not going to happen.

I also find myself really resentful if I get up and don’t get out right away. Why am I wasting this time?

The best compromise, and the one that suits my own body clock the best, is to get out there in the morning. Not the crack of dawn, just morning. Sightseeing, wandering about, stopping for coffee mid-morning. More of the same until a latish lunch. And then, sit down and write for an hour or two in an interesting space. Do whatever needs to be done online. And that’s that. It’s refreshing and leaves me ready to carry on until evening.

I’m not a nightlife person so once I get in, I stay in. If I got my journal written and attended to the things that “must” be done in real time, that would be enough.


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