“All over America today people would be dragging themselves to work, stuck in traffic jams, wreathed in exhaust smoke. I was going for a walk in the woods.” ― Bill Bryson
Just last week, at a short story club, someone recommended I read Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods—and guess what I stumbled upon during my run today? It was in one those neighborhood “little libraries” where you can take a book or leave a book. So excited to read it.
Two weeks ago, I drove out to remote desert land to meet a young man from Tucson who wants to quit his job to move out to the wilderness. I admire people who have the courage to make it happen. So many wait and wait and wait.
I am grateful to be able to get up when I want, work when I feel energized, go for a run when I feel like it. It was HARD getting here, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. That’s not to guilt trip those who keep their desk jobs for whatever reason (including, perhaps, that they love it! Right on if so!). But when the same people keep coming to me complaining of the same things but then say that what they want—to finish their sci-fi novel, to travel long-term, to start a blog—just isn’t possible, I always ask: “But have you tried?” #itispossible
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1 26an hour ago
One minute tip: Are you thinking about buying a property with a friend or family member? 🏡 Or perhaps you already own one? A property owners agreement can be a great tool to clearly set out everyone's expectations for the management of the property and to minimise conflict if tensions arise.
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2 days to Europe ✈️🌍
It’s really not about where the road takes you... you just need to start driving in the first place
I couldn’t have ever predicted how much I’d accomplish in the last 9 months. But in retrospect I’m not surprised. .
When you take 💯% responsibility for driving your life vs drifting amazing things will happen
Successfully self employed, working from anywhere, making my own schedule, working on growing a new business, heading to Europe, happily single, moving abroad in 8 months, more focused than I’ve ever been. .
Take charge of your life and do what you truly want to do! 💖
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Hosting through #AirBnb? Get an insider look from a long-term guest about what NOT to do. Link for article in BIO.
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3 222 hours ago
We wouldn't have much world to explore without planet earth 🌏💛 Because yesterday was #earthday let’s take a minute to remember to be mindful travelers - mindful of the communities we visit and the nature we encounter as we traipse along on our adventures.
Did you get outside this weekend? Were there any earth day celebrations where you are?
This is a stroller in #Wisconsin 🤣🙌🏻
. . . for the record she kept saying “ow” because she thought there was a poky on her foot. . . . it was a fuzzy 🙄🤣. Toddlers = drama LOL!!! .
SO FAR OUR MONDAY:
👉🏻 coffee ☕️ 👉🏻 gym (racquetball & pool)
👉🏻 listened to our company’s National Wakeup Call 👉🏻 breakfast 👉🏻 park with Lia 👉🏻 disc golfing 👉🏻 lunch . . . . I am SO grateful for this life!
It’s not easy; but I am glad we are choosing our priorities!
For me; spending time with the person I live was a priority. Finding a way to have life + our relationship + work fused together. We’ve made some big sacrifices to get here and leveraged our time and resources.
We haven’t seen all the fruits of the seeds we’ve planted . . . . but we know they are coming and we are on the right path .
And we take a step back some days to feel incredibly blessed and grateful: we were disc golfing by ourselves in the middle of a Monday when most people were at a traditional job! 🙏✨🙌🏻
Life feels like it’s normalizing. It feels so good to be making progress and getting back on track! .
➕ ABOUT US ➕
▪️ married 5 months after swiping right 🔥 #tindermatch ▪️ 4 weeks from our VACATION-for-TWO 👙 🌴 .
▪️ 7 weeks away from #fulltimetravel .
▪️ #minimalliving 1500sq ft 👉🏻 11x10 storage unit .
▪️📲💻💵 building a 6-figure blog & business . ▪️ FREEDOM + ADVENTURE!!!
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1 383 hours ago
Sunny afternoon yesterday after some one-and-off rain. Perfect for meeting up with another location-indie type person who was in town for the weekend. :-) Just goes to show that you don't have to be a millennial or a Gen-Xer to live and work anywhere in the world!
Are you an older Anywhereist? Leave a comment and let me know!
4 283 hours ago
my wardrobe is becoming variations of this outfit with a different shirt every time
Meandering through the Midlands of South Africa led to an iced tea at this wee caravan on its very last day at its gorgeous site. ☕🌄
I'm struck by how much this part of the country looks like England ... with lots of sunshine. 🌞
6 503 hours ago
Have you ever been to Horsham?
It's a small town in South West England about 40 minutes from London.
It's 'ok'. Has a town centre with the usual boring chain stores and is in the middle of nice countryside.
Most people growing up there plan on escaping in the future.
And 6 years ago that's what we were planning. Our escape.
Not from Horsham, but from the norm.
I had just read the 4 Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss. I was juiced up on the possibilities of a location independent, freedom business.
But, I had a job, we had a young child, not a lot of money in the bank and we were living with my parents in law... (temporarily, we were moving back to NZ)
One sunny English afternoon Michelle and I sat in the garden while Max was having his nap and made our dreamline. This is part vision, part practical way to set out what you want your life and business to look like.
We rolled it up and felt good but in the back of our minds it didn't feel real or possible.
The next thing I did was what any smart location independent entrepreneur would do.
I took a job.
That's not part of our script.
But running the marketing for a $100m per year online business after being inside a $800m per year one is a learning and growth opportunity of a lifetime.
The decision was the seed. Michelle was offered lucrative contract work. With my salary it would give us a great household income. Sensible decision right?
The dreamline said no.
We started the business. Michelle toiling away on a 'desk' between 2 saw horses doing content work. Me getting our first 'proper' client.
I left GrabOne and to most the path was set.
I would turn up at corporate offices get paid $1500-$2000 per day.
But the dreamline was whispering our names.
I remember having lunch with a fellow consultant and telling him I was going to leave the cushy consulting gig and start working with more small and medium businesses to claim more of my time back. He smirked. ‘Good luck’
Today. We do this. Wake up in a new place regularly and grow our business, family and relationships.
You can too.
0 163 hours ago
Visiting Iguazu Falls few years ago was a spectacular experience😆
I still remember standing on the top of the Devil’s throat, and literally I can close my eyes now and I’m back there😍
WOW, that was something so amazing, so memorable!
What is your “wow”, breath-taking experience of your life? It can be anything really that “wowed” you that much that you still remember it just like it would happen yesterday, an hour ago? Tell us🤗
And this exactly same feeling we’re trying to create when we’re building our brand. We want to wow people, we want people to remember us to recommend us to come back for more🌻
Keep that in your mind while you’re building this business of yours❤
1 283 hours ago
Good morning ☀️
Did you wake up and choose to attract all the good you want? .
If you understand the Secret you understand that you have to get away from the frequenties of failure and loss and pain.. since you will attract more of that .. But get on the frequenties of success and positivity ... and then ... Ask and it is given you 🧡
This is how strong businesses are build too!
Click my bio @business.coach.muriel and feed your mind while building a business based on freedom and a life on your terms ‼️
Cruisin’ the windy roads of the Atlas Mountains —
How is everyone? I’ve pretty silent on Instagram lately, especially since being in Morocco. I have been having jam packed adventures with my new @flexpat.co family as we work together during the week (on our own business) and spend our nights & weekends exploring and immersing ourselves into the beauty of Morocco! Loving every second of this crazy #digitalnomad life. Total contrast to the months of solitude I have as a freelancer back at home in Sydney.
We road tripped last week all the way from Marrakech to the Snowy Atlas Mountains, ending at the Sahara desert. Here’s one of the many windy roads 💛
I’m super excited about my latest blog post - featuring Niuma aka @somewheresalty - the first solo female traveller (and surf photographer and couchsurfer) from the Maldives! Read her inspiring story at the-shooting-star.com or on the link in my bio 👣
Among other adventures, Niuma has crewed a sailboat from Malaysia to Thailand and crossed 96 islands on foot in the Maldives! When I reached out to her for this story, she was sailing on a 45-foot catamaran on a two day adventure from the Maldives to India 🏄🏻♀️
I never truly understood her battles of living in a conservative society, until I spent a couple of weeks on a local Maldivian island myself - realising that most Maldivian women, including young girls, are expected to fully cover up their bodies even under the hot tropical sun; their ambitions are often limited to becoming teachers, though most of them only end up fulfilling the duties of a wife; and even though the pristine blue ocean is in their backyard, they are shy (and often not permitted) to join the boys and men to learn to swim, surf, snorkel or dive. Niuma’s story of choosing an unconventional life despite all odds is truly inspiring.
This feature is part of a new series on my blog - where I hope to feature inspiring solo travellers from across Asia. Growing up in protective families, our battles are different, yet not impossible to fight. .
Have you come across solo travellers from Asian countries who, in their own ways, are challenging societal norms and choosing an unconventional life? Please connect us 🙏
Photo credit: Niuma
47 27814 days ago
My own private hobbit hole in Landour! 🤗
I first met Sunita and Amarjeet back in 2013, when I used to run @indiauntravelled - and was scouting for eco-friendly accommodations in the mountains. Back then, I was still struggling to understand whether a family-run luxury homestay could truly be sustainable...
Turned out, La Villa Bethany was once a missionary home, abandoned, pretty much in ruin for a long time. Over 7 years ago, Sunita & Amarjeet quit their well-paying corporate jobs in the cities, leased it out and transformed it into Landour / Mussoorie’s first self-sustainable home: they harvest tons of rain water every year, use solar heating and a large solar cooker, and source everything from carpets and blankets to grains and vegetables from village enterprises and local farmers. .
So this year when I finally went back to see them, I was amazed at a new addition to their beautiful home - a self-designed hobbit home made largely with recycled wood 💚
Yes, luxury can be sustainable too. Yes, our travel choices matter. Yes, meeting people like Sunita and Amarjeet can redefine our own lives. .