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?
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