Learning to Work and Travel Smarter: The 30-Day Blog Challenge, Days 24-28Posted by Jessica Oman
I learned a lot – including 5 things to outsource when I’m on the road, and how much work I can realistically fit into a day and still have time to see all the local sights.
The 30-day blog challenge has certainly opened my eyes up to even more ways to work and travel smarter so that Write Ahead’s clients always get the best possible service from us.
I’ve combined several days’ posts into one, as I’ve gotten behind on the challenge – but here are the questions:
- Day 24: What are your travel essentials for your chosen destination(s)?
- Day 25: What skills do you need to build or refine to be a happy Suitcase Entrepreneur?
- Day 26: Could you live a minimalist lifestyle? Why or why not? OR What does minimalism mean to you in the context of your ideal lifestyle?
- Day 27: Name 2 ways in which you’re going to become a savvy travel hacker in the next 6 months.
- Day 28: What travel tools and services are most important to you when taking your business abroad?
As we discovered this summer, having a GPS was essential to an enjoyable trip. I likened it to having a great business plan – it provides a tool to help you get where you’re going; it enhances the journey, and you can refer to it and update it whenever you want or need to.
The hubby and I sure love our “things” at home, but when we’re on the road, people are always amazed at how much stuff we fit into our little car. Gear for camping, travelling and sightseeing all fits into our G5 – oh, and the dog, too. But we still indulge our need for lots of space; our tent, when it’s up, takes up a footprint of 156 square feet – and packs down into a (really heavy) small bag when we’re done. Check out the pic in this post if you don’t believe me – that’s our camp site in Sequoia National Park.
To be a happy Suitcase Entrepreneur, I definitely need my space – literally and figuratively. We can travel minimally but need a few important things to keep us comfortable. We don’t do much travel hacking, although after reading all of Natalie’s posts I’m dedicated to stacking up my travel points and grabbing a hotel rewards card to keep costs down next time.
As for the last question about my most important tools and services? As long as I have the internet and can access everything in the cloud, I’m good. I rely on Kashoo for bookkeeping and invoicing, and it’s amazing. Dropbox and Basecamp keep our project work going. Capsule keeps my leads organized. And of course, Skype is essential for face to face virtual meetings.
Did I mention our business plan? Yeah, it’s as crucial as that GPS. It’s our ticket to freedom, and it can be yours, too.