Are you one of those people that just seems to create clutter with your belongings no matter how hard you try? Do you constantly spend hours sifting through all your stuff to find something you’re looking for? Are you sick of all the high rental, admin and maintenance costs you have to pay? And are you just plain sick of tired of having so much damn stuff? It could be time to go location independent.
Ok, so this articles started like a cliché credit loan tv advertisement, which is very corny. But at one point or another we have all felt like this.
We are currently trending towards a new era of minimalist living and lifestyle. People are yearning for less stuff, less financial commitments and more free time. Enter the location independent digital nomad. These spirited professionals have turned their back on the corporate world and created goals of their own. And there is no reason why you can’t do it as well! Here are 8 good reasons to do so:
Having less physical belongings to worry about, and less financial commitments mean that you can be much more flexible in how you choose to spend the time in your life. What stops a lot of people from packing their bags and going on an adventure is their employment situation, their rental bills, their car and all that retail crap they have bought over their 10 year career to make themselves feel vindicated that money can buy happiness.
Take all that stuff away, and you are free to go wherever you want, whenever you want! Shouldn’t that be the norm?
Those committed to long term employment are lucky to find a two week gap each year in which they can cram in their travel ambitions into a heavily saturated touristy venture and gratify their sense of globe trotting. Problem is, by the time that two weeks comes around, you are often to tired or lazy to move from the couch. Being location independent means you generally can travel when and wherever you would like to work.
People are fairly conditioned nowadays to follow the status quo – the tried and tested formula of working for thirty years, five days a week between 9 and 5, paying off the mortgage and creating a family. Most civilisations see this as the par score for a successful existence. By all means, this safe approach will probably lead you to achieving the aforementioned goals. For some though, this won’t cut it. Life is much more interesting when its is different to the monotonous template. Being location independent is anything but mundane.
Being stuck in the same job in the same place year after year can lead to a general neglect of ambition. The scripted daily grind becomes the battlefield and before you know it, you have kissed the high expectations of your childhood dreams goodbye. You have settled for what life and work has given you. Being location independent is a motivating, inspiring and extremely ambitious lifestyle change. But in return, it’s very, very rewarding.
New acquaintances, business opportunities and general right time right place opportunities can present themselves and have you looking back at your old self thinking “what was I thinking”.
Becoming location independent almost forces your hand when it comes to deciding what is actually an imperative item to keep. It’s a good way to finally get rid of all that stuff you have, and if it possesses value, you can get something for it on eBay.
Particularly when travelling, it is a much more enjoyable experience if you have less stuff to account for, and saves time at airports not checking in luggage, saves time packing when leaving and saves time just generally moving around.
We are all guilty of impulse buys when travelling, with the general justification being that you’ve come all this way, probably will never come back, so purchasing this little locally stone crafted tribal doll is a once in a lifetime opportunity. NO!
Bad traveller. Don’t fall into these touristy gimmicks which were probably mass produced in an American owned factory down the road where they pay staff ten cents a day. So yeah, being location independent often requires you to not take too much on board, and deters against buying shoddy crap you really don’t need.
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