I’ve been reading a lot over this Easter break about location-independent businesses. (As the name suggests, it’s a way of building up a business you can conduct from anywhere in the world.)
One of the many people who do this is a young guy called Ev Bogue. He travels from place to place, making a good living out of selling e-books. His way of life throws up many questions for me, among them how would I maintain friendships while travelling, could I really live out of a backpack (books and art supplies are heavy!), and if I was of no fixed abode, where would the tax people send their correspondence to. Actually that last one might be a big advantage, no?
Ev talks about a time when he was living in a Mexican hotel, where all his food and housekeeping needs were taken care of by others. This really made me think:
- If we had no permanent home to come back to, what would that feel like?
- If I had absolutely no chores to do, what would I do with that freedom?
Think about the last time you went on holiday. Unless you were in a self-catering apartment or similar, most likely you were in this situation. Meals provided, housework done, all that was necessary was to (in my case) stroll around the city, visiting museums and galleries, people-watching, absorbing the smells, sights and sounds. Perhaps you prefer beaches or countryside. Whatever.
My question is: could you live like that permanently?
After all, even if/when we retire, we’re likely living in one place and our lives include activities like cooking, cleaning, gardening. Some of us find those activities profoundly creative at best, but they are time-consuming.
Most of us live more or less permanently in some kind of home where we gather our treasures around us.
What if all you had to do was get up, get yourself clean, get dressed and go? Go where? Do what? Does the idea frighten you or exhilarate you? What would you do with the freedom?
photo credit: tony fischer photography