It doesn’t matter what you do for a living, most of what we all do can become pretty boring and routine. I don’t care if you’re a brain surgeon, when you’re drilling a hole in your 800th cranium it likely feels like just another day at the office.
So one of the things I really enjoy about living life as a perpetual traveler is that I only have a ‘routine’ when I want to have one and the rest of the time I enjoy variety. A lot of variety. This month we’ll be spending time in six different countries and as I write this post I’m on a high speed German train moving 250 kilometers per hour (about 150 mph) between Frankfurt and Brussels on our way to London.
I know there are people who commute to work every day on trains but there is a huge difference between their routine and the life of a perpetual traveler. I’m not going to work. I’m enjoying my day doing exactly what I want to do. I’ll spend some time writing this post and answering some e-mails from a different website and that will be all the ‘work’ I’ll do today. Tomorrow I might do the same from a London hotel room or a Starbucks or a cozy pub. The truth is what I’m doing can become as routine as a welder’s job or as a surgeon’s job – there is nothing intrinsically exciting about what I do to make a living – the big difference is the terms and conditions under which I do it. They are my terms and conditions, not someone else’s.
Please don’t take any of this as boasting. The reason I created this blog is because I believe almost anybody can do what I’m doing. I don’t have any special or rare gifts that make this lifestyle possible. Chances are I’m a bit smarter than you in some areas and a lot dumber than you in many others. I don’t work very hard either. Have you ever seen people working in a rice field, or a laying blacktop on a road? Those people work much, much harder than I do. To be honest, the woman who made my sandwich today works harder than I do. All I do is leverage 21st century technology so I have the freedom to make a living on my terms.
Once that happens to a person he or she has a tendency to become a bit evangelical about it. It’s like discovering a hidden secret to a better life. If you’re a generous person you want to tell other people about it. I’m not alone on this point. There are some other wonderful blogs by people living life on their terms using the same techniques I use. Two of them are Karol Gagja and Chris Guillebeau. There are others, too.
If you have any interest in re-engineering your life so you have maximum personal freedom shoot me a message and I’ll try to answer your questions.
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