If you follow my updates on Twitter or Facebook, you may have seen me talking about a temp “job” I am taking in March. One of the greatest advantages of working from anywhere as a Digital Nomad is that when strangely rare but fun opportunities come up, you can jump on them more easily than if you have a location-dependent job that you have to show up for every day.
When friends Cherie & Chris over at Tales from Technomadia posted that they needed a cat-sitter for 10 days or so, it was an easy one to jump at. The cat-sitting job is in the U.S. Virgin Islands!
I’ll be spending a couple of weeks with the girlfriend on the island of St. John in March, staying at their temporary winter place. Their Jeep will get us around on the small Caribbean island while they fly over to Texas to give their presentation on this very subject of Technomadism at SXSW. While I’d planned to go to SXSW as well, the opportunity for an almost free trip to a tropical paradise was too good to pass up this year.
Their pictures have been making me crazy (and are shown here on this post), especially now that I have to wait a few more weeks to get there!
I’ll be posting from there, as I’ll be working some of the time we’re there, just as I would be anywhere else with internet access. I’ll pack my usual single backpack that I call my “office” and will of course have plenty for the trip. I’ll post my minimalist packing method when I get a chance, as several of you have asked how I pack so light after my video last week.
My new passport should get here before we leave, if we decide to go over to the nearby British Virgin Islands while we’re there. But much of this will be like my previous trips, where I just happen to be working in a different location. But you can be sure I’ll be getting some snorkeling and hiking in during the day! (I live a short walk from white sand beaches, so I already know not to do the laptop at the beach thing)
Rum is something like five bucks for a 55-gallon drum there, but I don’t drink. So I’ll be working in the evenings instead of taking advantage of that island deal.
2011 has started off well so far, with only a month down and already several projects in the works. I’ve done a lot behind the scenes here on the blog as well as working on several other things I want to share with you here too.
The point of this site was to help you sort through the many ways to do this kind of thing yourself. There is a lot of noise out there to sort through, with any number of directions you could go to this online lifestyle thing. Some good ones and some not so good ones.
I won’t teach you any online money stuff that is all over the internet. I will help you sort through the good ones by bringing you the quality products and people who can help you live your life however you want, instead of being tied down in the traditional way most of us start out.
I’ve spread myself thin with a variety of projects lately, and not doing enough to share it here with you between various writing and editing jobs, as well as work on affiliate products (which you can learn to do also using Corbett’s Affiliate Marketing for Beginners like I do. And yes, that is an affiliate link!) Much of the behind the scenes work has been testing things to make the site easier for you to use to get the information you’re looking for. I’ll have a bunch added when it’s all ready-ish to go.
I switched my mailing list over to a new system to be able to give you posts to your email. Spammers should all die, so you won’t get any of that from me. Go sign up over there on the sidebar, and you will get updates on new posts, as well as specials and products not posted here on the site.
I hope you’ll bear with me while I get the kinks worked out. In 2011, I’m going to take this site to the next level, as they say.