How Freelancing Allows Me to Live a Nomadic Lifestyle
Linda Card writing on a nomadic lifestyle…
Right now, I’m writing on my laptop while sitting outdoors at a picnic table in a state park in North Carolina. I’m surrounded by woods, the straight pine trees towering over my head. Their fragrance fills the air and is almost overpowering. Occasionally, a squirrel scampers in the brush…or a deer moves silently between the trees.
I’ll take this over an office cubicle any day. I work from home…which is a 35-foot motor home that my husband, Al, and I are using to travel around the U.S.
We started last year in southwest Florida, and explored several state parks between the Everglades and Ocala. We reconnected with long-time friends who invited us to park in their driveway; just a block from the soft, white sand beaches along the Gulf of Mexico. On the Atlantic side of the state, we stayed in my cousin’s driveway and visited the NASA Space Center.
I know I’m spoiled. Some would say I live a charmed life. I get up in the morning when I want to…or sleep in if I feel like it. I don’t have a boss to report to, no time clock to punch, no mandatory meetings or dress code. As a freelance writer, my time, my work, and my life are my own.
It hasn’t always been like this. For years, I worked as a medical social worker in a retirement community. It was rewarding work and I enjoyed it, but it was demanding and stressful, too.
So, I took some time off to travel with my husband.
I soon realized I wanted something to do…to keep busy and earn some money.
Freelancing fit the bill.
I’ve always enjoyed writing, and to get started I did some online work for new websites looking for content. Before long, my work was noticed by a travel magazine and I had a regular gig as a correspondent. I even got reimbursed to go to places I’d never been.
As long as I have my laptop and my internet connection (achieved via a portable hotspot from my cell phone service) I’m ready and able to work. I’m not stuck in one place…my freelance writing job goes with me wherever I go.
Our next journey will be back to the beach…we’re headed to North Carolina’s Outer Banks. I haven’t been there in years and I’m eager to return. The historic island of Manteo holds special memories of previous camping trips and botanical gardens. We’ll climb the dramatic sand dunes and visit the black-and-white painted lighthouses along the shore.
Each of our stops provides inspiration for my writing. I like to write about the places we visit and the people we meet. Interviewing fellow RVers for profile articles is a great way to make new friends and tap into their knowledge.
If I’m with errands or chores for part of the day, I may sit and write in the afternoon, when it’s too hot to be outside. Freelancing gives me control over my time, so I can work as much or as little as I want.
You can see why I say I’m spoiled. Honestly, I can’t imagine having a nine-to-five obligation, getting up early no matter the weather, and dressing up to go to work. And I have the best boss I could imagine…myself!
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