Everyone struggles with unplugging from work from time to time, especially when it gets really busy. As a remote worker, however, your work is often your life: not only in the sense that you often work where you live, but also because the lines between your work and your personal life can easily become blurred.
Having the freedom to work whenever and wherever you want… is often also code for carrying your laptop everywhere just in case you need to send a sneaky email on the go or so you can complete actions on the move wherever there is WiFi! Sometimes along the way on days out or even on evenings and weekends. 🤓
Earlier this year in May, a very close friend asked me at the time: “Aren’t you supposed to be NOT working?” 😅 I was taking a chunk of time off duty from April onward to roam with no major work commitments for a while – we went on a 9-day cycle tour from London to Paris, took a one week live-aboard beginners competent crew sailing course in Greece, I went to Croatia with my Mum! (I’ll write a post about some of our sabbatical adventures soon!)
While speaking to many of you who are keen to move into remote work this year, I’ve been hearing the same common beliefs over and over that are stopping so many of you from beginning to explore opportunities where you could work remotely or start freelancing.
Here are the top 6 common beliefs that might be holding you back right now. We hope we can bust these ‘myths’ to help kick-start your remote work or freelancer journey!
Having lived and worked in London for over 10 years, myself and my other half left the hustle of London in May 2017 to travel indefinitely, beginning by basing ourselves in Florence, Italy for a few months. From there we went onto a few months in Lucca, Italy followed by Lisbon, Portugal… we slowly travel around while working remotely choosing to base ourselves in different parts of the world for months at a time rather than moving from place to place quickly. We started off basing ourselves across the UK and the rest of Europe – exploring the countryside and spending time in the great outdoors as much as I can.
Being location independent can be challenging at times. We’ve found it all to be incredibly worth it! If you’re thinking about travelling while working remotely or if you’ve already begun but you’re curious to hear how others are doing it then here are a few things we’ve learned from our journeys working remotely on the move over the past two years.