We’ve been on the road for two years now… wandering and traveling all over Australia.
I’ve learned plenty about earning a living as a digital nomad. Some aspects are more difficult than expected. Others are rewarding, inspiring, and a daily reminder of the benefits of full-time travel.
If you’re considering a life of travel combined with web writing, then these five lessons will give you a head start.
Lesson #1. Expect to be Inefficient
I could explain all the reasons why traveling and writing is inefficient. Or I can just tell you a story…
I started writing this article last night. We’re traveling along the bottom of Australia, after being in the desert for a month over summer. We had been caretaking a place that re-introduces locally extinct mammals into arid zone (desert) areas.
It was hot out there, up to 120o F during the day. This was okay though, as we were living in an air-conditioned cabin and would hole up inside during the heat of the day.
After completing our caretaking stint, we headed southwest. We wanted to cross the continent across the bottom… over the enormous Nullarbor Plain. Our destination was Western Australia… 1,500 miles of travel. The first night we stayed in a motel, since I had a Reality Blog Interview the next morning.
The second night, we were back in our truck camper.
The day was hot, over 105o F. We drove during the day and found a place mid-afternoon. We don’t have air conditioning in our camper, since we’re normally not crazy enough to camp in such heat!
The temperature didn’t dip below 85o F overnight. We tossed and turned and sweated all night. After waking with a foggy head, it was time to move on.
The day was hot again, pushing 105o F. We drove southwest, finally reaching the southern coastline of Australia. The plan was to stay there a couple of days while I caught up with work.
We both also needed time to recover from long days of driving and hot nights.
I started writing, but it was too hot to think. We now had the heat plus some humidity from the ocean! To say it was uncomfortable is an understatement. We spent the evening sweating and generally dreading the thought of trying to sleep in this heat.
By 10 p.m., it was still over 85o F.
After spending hours sweltering in bed and hoping for a breeze, the wind finally arrived. It blasted down from the desert to the north, bringing fine dust and more heat! It was pushing 100o F well after midnight.
This morning, I feel like someone has hit me over the head with a hammer. But I need to get this article written, so have to push on regardless.
Why do I tell you this? Well, this is a great example of what can happen when you’re traveling. You might plan to spend a block of days writing, but Mother Nature can have other ideas.
There’s nothing you can do about it. You simply go with it.
Expect the unexpected and stay ahead of deadlines. Don’t leave things to the last minute. If you do, you could well miss a deadline.
Writing on the road is inefficient… you simply cannot plan for events like we just experienced.
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