So my advice would be: don’t do both at the same time.
Travel is a pain tho. Especially if you have pets. I've got a cat who hates traveling, and we are best friends, so it wouldn't be right to leave him alone constantly. Ah well.
Awww! I'm in a similar situation. Have you considered getting a small camper van and customizing it for the cat (litterbox, water dish, food station etc) and travelling around the country in that. Would save on hotels also and once you are done, you can sell the van and made back most of your $ invested in purchasing it. I'm toying with this idea.
Have been in NZ for 6 months but I'm still young so I have lots of working holiday visa options available still, which makes it easier to get bank accounts and stuff in a new country for freelancing. I feel like the logistics of moving around often would get annoying quite quickly
Work, then enjoy the benefits of disconnecting from it as you travel.
Subletting is a good option. Most leases in major cities are year-long so you could time it around that as well.
Bottomline: most potential roadblocks are solvable.
I recently did a family holiday where I had the day to myself to ski, but evenings with company. That worked well for me.
I think my ideal is the classic work at home, go on holidays model.
I had a great plan, just got a temporary working visa, booked a flight and a crappy inn in the middle of Sydney. A week after me and my partner arrived at Sydney I started looking for some short 1-3 months contracts and got a few (20+) opportunities. I did a couple of interviews and found a nice startup that had a good vibe, and that wasn't _cheap_. Did a little bit of work, a lot of travelling and had a great time throughout.
I'd say go for it, the worst thing that can happen is that you go back home with the feeling that you appreciate your home a LOT more!
I see it being easy for him, single, job that don't care, AirBNB.
When we hired him I was nervous about that pattern. But he demonstrated his skill and tenacity so quick. Remote workers get a touch more scrutiny, remote+travel, from this employer view, gets even more scrutiny.
Really, tho, solid members of the team can basically live how they want, IDGAF, just deliver.
Any tips? Just go for it. Dont plan for staying 5 years, just do one month and see what is it like, then return back and plan another trip. Experiment with various length of your trips and various locations. Find what works for you.
I did settled down in 2013, so how did I see that in perspective? It was fun and interesting, but memories did fade out a bit and it feels like it happen to somebody else now. My work went ok-ish, I did good amount of work, earn some money and spent it all on travelling. Basically all friendships back home went away and I had to start again at 30.
I would do that again in heartbeat, but ask yourself why you want to do it. It is not like you are helping yourself in areas of connections or career and you will have to live with it for the rest of your life.
Is there anyone here who's done something similar or can comment on what difficulties I might face?
Our tentative plan to avoid travel fatigue is to stay places for three months at a time. While both working and traveling, it's important to stay longer so that you have enough time to explore.
We are also stopping back in the States fairly often, which is helpful for maintaining professional contacts, meeting with clients, and avoiding burnout.
Some tips in no particular order:
- if you rent an Airbnb for multiple months, you get billed monthly (like rent). Monthly discounts vary a lot for listings, so pay attention to them.
- we like having coworking separate from our apartment in order to have some work/life separation and a daily routine
- if you want a second monitor while traveling, an iPad with Duet Display works great
- A vpn like Cloak is helpful while abroad. Turns out that many sites, eg CA DMV, are limited to IPs in the States!
- We use Google Fi for cellphone plans. It has great global coverage
- Move to each city for 1 month (allow immersion in culture)
- The place needs to have privacy & wi-fi (no shared hostels)
- Use meet-up/expats/dances to meet people
- Research each city before hand on things to do/currency/language barriers/transportation (Austria, for instance, doesn't use Google maps)
It was one of the best times of my life, but it wasn't just pure happiness. It was very introspective, most of my time was spent alone, but I made so many life-long friends as well.
Loneliness/homesick is definitely a factor.
A few notes from my past experience that may be useful:
1) My first real remote working gig was as a dev/tech writer for a software company. I worked out of an apartment in BKK initially before relocating to Malaysia and then Philippines. You feel like you have a base rather than constantly moving around. As I was a remote working I didn't have to look for new freelancing gigs. This approach worked really well for me. This was not a freelance gig though.
2) Career break. I've had a few of these over the years. I saved hard, then quit my job. I then took a year out, travelled etc. before coming back to look for another job.
3) What I do now. I work for three months of the year on (freelance) contract in UK. I then take 9 off - that's my target anyway. It does vary a bit as sometimes the length of a contract does vary. During the 9 months off I do travel. The great advantage of this is when I'm on a freelance gig I focus on that, but when I'm off I can travel without having to think about work - at all. In order to be able to do this I had to make some pretty big changes - I sold my house, my car, I live on less than 1K a month. It's not for everyone but I love it. I would not go back to my old life in a million years.
There have been a few threads of this nature recently - I guess you could check my comments to find those other threads.
I kept doing web dev for a few clients back at home, and started doing a lot of interactive stuff for museums which was super fun (Flash, Arduino, Cinder, OpenFrameworks, Unity3D, etc) although not very well payed. Now I'm back at web and mobile dev at an education company but I always get the itch of moving somewhere else.
I could as well (my team even encouraged it), but I enjoy being in my hometown with my family and friends. I've been to Europe a few times, so it doesn't seem as adventurous.
To be completely honest, I would rather save that money and put it in a mutual fund, and I'm only 28 lol.
1. When you try a new place out, initially aim for a cheap accommodation that you can instantly move out of. Sometimes this literally means a shitty hotel with cockroaches, and that's fine. Get a feel of the place's vibe. Sometimes it's a few days to decide it's not where you want to spend time in; other times it takes a few weeks to decide to settle (or not). (Aside on this: don't forget that hotels can't sell empty rooms from yesterday; arriving at 10pm gives you serious leverage to get a huge discount.)
2. As you're deciding whether to settle, go out. Often. Your initial set of contacts will usually be people you meet in bars, incubators, meet-ups, etc. Whatever your thing is, by all means don't stay at home in your earlier weeks. You're going to be living there for the people and the location's vibe much more than for the actual city.
3. Once you decide to settle, consider a flat share over a private flat. This allows to meet locals much faster. If you prefer a private flat for any reasons, don't hesitate to go through real estate agents if you can sensibly afford it. It costs extra but it'll spare yourself from visiting random crack shacks - work out how much you earn per hour, and contrast it with the time wastage due to visiting places you'd never want to live in.
4. Forget about long-term relationships unless you plan to settle. Every date you'll have will tell you they love to travel, but in reality nearly all will actually mean they love to go on vacation while having a nest somewhere, and can't fathom not having a nest that they call home.
5. You'll meet your future spouse some day or another. It's probably time to settle (in a private flat) when you do.
My advice would be to spend at least a month in each place - it's also a discontinuity point in accommodation pricing. AirBnB snaps into monthly discounts and it's the minimum period for short term rental. Definitely just google "city name short term rental" and look at the local sites - you can find some amazing apartments for a month at a time.
I'm traveling with my girlfriend who works in online marketing. I believe it makes it a lot easier but we've been together the entire time so I can't make a fair comparison. I can see how it might get lonely but I really enjoy hanging out with the girlfriend and go to meetups while traveling so haven't felt lonely at all...
I occasionally do trips but I'm not traveling the world, maybe next year I'll spend some time in other countries.
I image that will translate into less, rather than more, long-haul travel. But definitely tempting should the right opportunity arise.
I don't know if you are aware of this group on reddit.com/r/digitalnomad but there are lots of info about people who 'did it'.
The cloud is your friend. Try to keep important things available via internet.
If you can take family, SO or friends with you, it helps mitigate the loneliness factor people are talking about here. Also: online forums can be a good way to keep in touch with a consistent group of people as well.
As others are saying, traveling a lot can seriously cut into work time. So, one important trick is to ruthlessly cut expenses.
Get a virtual mail address. It doesn't solve everything, but it is a nice thing to have.
IT takes a toll, a toll.