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Announcement: We’re Leaving – For Good.

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Hooray! I’ve been wanting to make this post for many months now: tickets are booked, the deal is sealed and we’re leaving in 2 months and 6 days, but who’s counting?

I am.

You see, I am a traveller. I love traveling. I love exploring new places. As I mentioned, one of the many benefits of working online is that you can work anywhere.

New Zealand, where I’m from, is expensive. Rent is expensive, petrol is expensive, food is expensive – LIFE IS EXPENSIVE HERE.

A few years ago I read the Four Hour Work Week, I was taken by the picture of the hammock on the cover. I wanted to only work four hours a week and I wanted a lot more hammocks in my life.

I’m still working towards that goal and while I’m not quite down to four hours a week, I’m moving closer towards the hammock goal.

We’re becoming location independent.

So where are we going? 

Our flights are booked from Christchurch to Bali, where we’ll spend 4-5 weeks surfing, visiting temples, admiring the beautiful rice paddy fields, snorkelling, sunbathing, exploring and of course working a bit too.

This is my partner, Ben’s, first trip to Asia and I’m very excited to be going along with him.

From there we’ll head to Singapore for a few days before making our way to Europe for an unknown length of time. Maybe a month, maybe two, maybe even three.

We’ll see how we feel when we’re there.

You might be wondering when we’ll be back? Well, what if I told you “we don’t know”

We’re leaving on a one way ticket and we’ll travel as long as it feels good and right. Because New Zealand is so expensive and we work online, we can move somewhere warmer, cheaper, more interesting and save money while being on holiday.

It’s a very special opportunity and we don’t know how long online work will be so good, so we want to make the most of it.

In between now and then we have a lot to sort out:
We have to unpack an entire apartment
Get Ben a new passports
Get properly vaccinated
Sort out all our business expenses and tax stuff
Find a good work/life balance

One other thing I’m looking into is not being a tax resident of New Zealand and maybe being a tax resident of no-where! Is this even possible? Technically if we move around enough, we shouldn’t have to pay tax anywhere in theory… but in reality? I’m not so sure.

So there we have it, a little announcement of what we’re up to!

Have you ever worked while traveling? Would you like to? Where would you go? Let me know in the comments below

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  • Congrats! That’s really awesome you’re so adventurous!

    If you technically live nowhere, who can collect your tax? What an interesting thought! Do you have to denounce your citizenship to your home country first or just move away for a certain period. Hmmmmmmm! Def. write a post about that.

    “It’s a very special opportunity and we don’t know how long online work will be so good, so we want to make the most of it.”

    Not to put a downer on my response but what exactly do you mean here? Is it that sponsored posts aren’t as big of a money maker as before? Blogging in general may take a dive? Or is it just because you’re unsure what the future holds?

    At any rate, congrats!

    And holy crap the internet is amazing isn’t it?! Working AND travelling!

    • Christine says:

      I am trying to find out more about the no-tax anywhere thing, but I think it’s quite tricky. My accountant isn’t confident it’s possible, however my partners accountant think it should be.

      Re: Special opportunity – well I have noticed a lot of my old clients are no longer doing sponsored posts, but they seem to have been replaced by clients that are. A lot of my travel blogger buddies are noticing a sharp decrease in their sponsored post income, but mine is increasing! I guess like anything in life, nothing’s promised to you. I would think if sponsored posts went dead, I would be able to evolve with the Internet to a new way to work online – or I’d just get back into copywriting. I think it’s important not to get too set on anything.

      It is pretty amazing! I can’t wait for $7 hourly massages and beaches 🙂

  • Melissa says:

    Christine, that is so cool! That sounds like such a great adventure, and I’m so happy you both are able to work to a 4 hour work week. Definitely keep us updated on your journey!

    • Christine says:

      Hi Melissa, Thank you so much for your words of support! I will definitely keep you all updated, so please drop by 🙂 I think it’ll be a ton of fun!

  • Lisa-Marie says:

    Welcome to the world of us nomads! Perhaps you are traveling already and if so, hope it’s going well. I don’t know if it’s the same in New Zealand but as a US citizen and a green card holder we unfortunately have to pay us tax wherever we go – hope your situation is different!

    • Christine says:

      Hi Lisa, I saw that Americans can actually get an exemption up to $90,000 per year for taxes, might be worth you looking into! Thank you for the warm welcome 🙂 We haven’t left yet, just under 6 weeks to go and this no-tax business is pretty tricky.

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