Is a Location Independent Lifestyle Right For You?

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Have you ever fantasized about having a job where you could live anywhere in the world? Being able to travel the globe while still earning a decent income?

I’m excited to have an audio interview with Jen Gresham from Everyday Bright and the No Regrets Career Academy to share with you today.

The interview will give you tips about location independence and help you consider if you really want to make those location independent lifestyle dreams come true or if they’re better kept as dreams.

This is an 18 minute audio interview which covers:

Jen’s personal experience of the location independent lifestyle.

What exactly is a location independent lifestyle anyway?

The three different independent lifestyle models: Jetsetter, Nomad and Expat.

How to chose which model is right for you.

Tips on to consider when making a change.

Tips on how to overcome your fears and take the plunge.

You can listen to the interview right here or download it here to listen to it later on your favorite mobile device.

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About Jen Gresham

Jen describes herself as “a scientist by training and an optimist at heart”.

She’s made an amazing career transformation from being in the US Air Force to being self-employed and has also recently moved from the USA to London.

Jen helps people turn their career fantasies into reality so if you’re looking to change your life or change your career she should be your go to person. I recommend you check out the No Regrets Career Academy.

Jen is just launching a new career change training program. Sign up ends on September 25th with limited spaces available so if that sounds like something that might interest you this could be the perfect time.

She’s also created three free training videos to get you thinking about how to make your career change happen and make it work. You can check them out over here.

Join the Conversation

What do you think about the location independent lifestyle?

If there’s anything bothering you about the location independent lifestyle, if you have questions for me or Jen or you just want to share your experiences we’d love to read your comments below.

Me and Jen will be checking in to reply to your comments and keep the conversation going.

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  1. J.D. Meier September 19, 2011 at 10:09 am - Reply

    I’m a fan of mapping out the possibilities and I like that you framed the options with three models: Jetsetter, Nomad and Expat.

    I periodically satisfy my inner-vagabond and gypsy-spirit with road-trips and getaways. The think that always strikes me is just how different a different place can *feel*.

    • Jen Gresham September 20, 2011 at 6:26 am - Reply

      I agree, JD. You don’t always have to go far to get that feeling of being somewhere different. I think we sometimes romanticize foreign travel without appreciating how much good stuff is within easy reach. I know I’m certainly guilty of that, as I’m always racing to hit all the sites right before I move from a place!

  2. QwkDrw September 19, 2011 at 12:26 pm - Reply

    It’s like grandma on my dear mother’s side always used to say, “Just sleeping in a different bed at night makes me feel like I’ve been on vacation.”

    When there’s a chance, I’ll be interested to listen to your interview about a location independent lifestyle


    • Jen Gresham September 20, 2011 at 6:27 am - Reply

      Let me know what you think of the interview. Not sure just sleeping in a different bed would scratch the itch for me, but there’s no denying it’s a cheaper alternative!

  3. QwkDrw September 20, 2011 at 4:27 pm - Reply

    Being a depression era survivor, I think you’ve analyzed grandma’s motivation quite well. When discussing vacations and travel in general for the family the emphasis was always placed on the expense. The result of this purposeful cash conservation is apparently to not travel often. Instead only venture to someone’s nearby guest bedroom — on vacation.

    The audio interview: performed well by both the interviewer and the interviewee. I was looking for a different angle on the ‘location independent lifestyle’. Just saying, location independence for career and lifestyle is heavily facilitated by electronic communication devices and their software. (Read here: ‘apps’.) Sort of to the point, the valuable role of reliable remote communication


    • Annabel Candy September 21, 2011 at 3:11 pm - Reply

      Hi QwkDrw, I just got back from 3 nights camping! Glad to be back in my real bed tonight! I used Evernote on my iPad to take a few notes while I was in the bush:)

      • QwkDrw October 23, 2011 at 2:51 pm

        Now that’s what I’m talking about


  4. Cate September 20, 2011 at 9:27 pm - Reply

    Mmm… it was good to hear about different ideas about the ‘types’ of travel that can be considered. Any (all) could be appropriate at any given time in your life. My family ended up in Australia after spending years being nomadic – living in various parts of Africa for short periods, then returning to Britain, and travelling in Europe in between – but since then we seem to have settled for being more of the jetsetter type. Not often enough for me, since I seem to have been married to a white picket fence type for the last 30 years. Love him dearly, but he ain’t the moving kind.
    Thanks for a great insight – looking forward now to checking out the career changes that could lead to a location independent lifestyle – just in case :)

    • Annabel Candy September 21, 2011 at 3:12 pm - Reply

      Hi Cate, it’s hard when our partners don’t have the same goals and dreams:) I think I’m a slow nomad!

  5. Barbara September 21, 2011 at 5:29 am - Reply

    How great to hear two of my favorite bloggers chatting! From the Sunshine Coast of Australia to London… I do love technology! The echo on Annabel’s end was tough at times, but still a great interview.

    I just wanted to say that I believe blogging and other social networking has broken down many barriers that kept people from travel. The fear of being among foreigners is less for those who interact online. We learn that we really are all alike in so very many ways.

    As for the big city vs. small towns/ villages I’d just like to say I’ve found the cities (at least here in the U.S.) to be easier to adapt to and meet people than the small towns. My experience has been primarily in the Northeast but the small towns in New England I found hard to adjust to. They weren’t all that welcoming of ‘outsiders’ .

    Great job ladies!!

    • Annabel Candy September 21, 2011 at 3:14 pm - Reply

      Hi Barbara, thanks for listening! It was fun. Good point, there are some small towns where people never leave but I’ve lived in some that attract new residents, often immigrants to people tend to be out looking for new friends:) That helps.

  6. Lindsay B. October 5, 2011 at 1:38 pm - Reply

    Thanks, I’m going to give this a listen tonight. I’m an author and blogger making a living online, so I’m surprised it’s taken me as long as it has to do some extended travels. I’m heading off for Australia next month to escape the dreary Seattle winter, and hope it will be the first of many travels. :)

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