5 reasons to go location independent in 2017
If you've been toying with the idea of shedding the nine-to-five constraints and going it alone, then we at LBW and nomad.life salute you! We think that leaving behind the comfort zone and the familiar office is one of the best things you can do in life – I mean, of course we do, with the rolling surf of Nica, the sunny sands of Thailand, the tropical isles of Indo and oodles of other great places to visit and so little time to do it in!
To help with that all-important final nudge and get you planning for your new life of location independence and adventure on the road, we've put together this list of the five top reasons you should take the plunge in 2017. Trust us, it's one of those rare New Year's resolutions you will actually want to keep!
It could turn your whole year (and life) into one long adventure
With the internet spreading its tendrils to all-new and far-flung spots around the globe, it's possible to take that location independence to dizzying heights these days. No matter whether you opt to trundle across the snowy peaks of the Himalaya or settle in the palm-fringed beach towns of the Thai Gulf, get a-pining for a season in the ski resorts of British Columbia or desirous of a stint in the whitewashed towns of the Greek Aegean, you can do just that, whenever you want. Mhmm, the world is your proverbial oyster as a worker on the go!
What's more, with the advent of low-cost airfare and oodles of budget flight carriers, along with money-saving online services to help you find those short-term rents, flash travel sales, and cheap eats wherever you may be, it's never been easier to hop around the planet than this. Cheers Ryanair, JetBlue, AirBnB, Couchsurfing et al!
There's plenty of work to be had
One of the major worries that budding remote workers encounter is the fear of lost income and loss of jobs. However, with some estimations showing that freelance workforces have increased in size by a whopping 40% or more since just 2008, and other stats revealing freelance work to be amongst the fastest growing occupational groups of all in the last decade, there's little evidence to back up these professional anxieties.
In fact, it only takes a quick glance at all-new online marketplaces like Upwork and Freelancer to see just how much work is out there, not to mention the growing trend of location independence in a whole host of different professional spheres. Yep, no matter if you're a web designer (that's a classic one), a budding wordsmith (hello), a big data analyst (whatever that is), a researcher, a fashion blogger, a travel writer, an SEO guru, or a weatherman, you're on the right side of the stats to land on your feet. Okay, maybe not a weatherman.
It's healthier than what you're doing right now
Okay, so while you might think that weekly rigmarole of morning swims before work and nightly trips to the gym once you've finished in the office is the healthy way to be, there's actually a whole other way to keep fit in life that might just be better for you! Just imagine being totally in control of the way you organize your day; having the ability to rearrange mealtimes and workouts and sleeping patterns to fit perfectly with your health goals. You wouldn't be able to do it when the strict nine-to-five of the office beckons day-to-day, but you'll certainly be able to do it when you take control of your own hours and your own location.
But that's not all. Going location independent can also help you choose not just when you work out and do your healthy things, but where. That's really important too, because it means you can trade off the polluted cityscape for the fresh Alpine airs of Switzerland in a jiffy; or, you could leave behind the groggy streets of suburbia for places like Bali and Nica, where the surf rules the morning and vitamin-churning sunlight rules the afternoon. Tempted yet?
You'll get to meet some awesome people in awesome places
You know we can't stop talking about how important it is to surround yourself with great people all of the time at LBW. And that's precisely why we think that going location independent is a sure bet to improve your life in the coming year. Because you can choose exactly where you are going to be at a certain time, it's also much easier to choose who you will be there with. For example, you could simply adore the laid-back lethargy of the Greek islanders; making a yearly stint between the Lefka Ori of Crete or the windmills of Mykonos a great bet. Or, perhaps you like the energy of New Yorkers, and fancy working away in the bagel cafes of Manhattan in their company each morning. Fine, go for it!
Another great way to be sure you surround yourself with the right-minded, likeminded folk is to opt to enjoy the new phenomenon of co-working residencies that are now popping up all over the planet. Here at LBW, we have even launched our very own. It's located just a short stroll from the surf-washed sands of sunny San Juan Del Sur in south-west Nicaragua, and the folk there will get you surfing by morning, sipping cold ones under the sunset, and maybe even hiking rugged volcanos on those days away from the lappy!
You get to be your own boss
It might not be strictly true that location independent workers get to be their own bosses, at least not all of the time. I mean, if you're working on third-party projects, or tied to deadlines for publications, then there's always going to be some sort of Big Brother looking over your shoulder. Still, the stress of having a watchful boss in the next office is certainly removed, and there's way more scope to take control of your day-to-day life than you'd be allowed in a location specific job!
Add to that the prospect of truly going it alone, perhaps by building profitable blogs or other forms of passive income, and you can see just how it is possible to shed the overlord when opting for location independence. That's certainly something to aspire to, and one darn fine reason to consider hitting the road with laptop in tow next year if you ask us!
There are oodles and oodles of other reasons why you should hit the road and work location independent in 2017, and we'd love you to add your voice to the mix in the comments below with some suggestions of your own. Alternatively, if you want to check out our awesome co-working spaces, be sure to head out to nomad.life and the enticing sands of Nica.