Freedom of Movement: How to Live Anywhere

Writing by Conni Biesalski | 
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{This is Part II of The Freedom Series. You can find Part I here.}

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I had a chat with a girl the other day, the sort I have every once in a while where I think: Wow, we are sooo different. At the same time situations like that intrigue me, because it makes me want to understand the other person, understand why they are so different.

I was telling her about why I quit my job prematurely and about my nomadic plans this year and those in the past. Her response: “You know, as amazing as it is what you’re doing, I just couldnt’ have your life. I need a homebase and security. I couldn’t move all the time and jump into cold waters constantly. That must be so exhausting and so much hard work. Nay, wouldn’t be for me. But good on you!”

All I had left to say, was “That’s cool. Everyone is different and has unique needs and desires. The world would be a boring place if we were all the same and wanted the same things.” And as much as I strive to spread the Freedom Lifestyle, there is no point in trying to convert people like that. All I want to be is an inspiration, but not everyone looks at me that way, especially people who seem to be from another planet than me.

I tell you this:

  • Security is overrated.
  • Jumping into cold waters is not always easy, but it’s fun and always worth the experience.
  • Having a mobile lifestyle is fulfilling, not exhausting.
  • And even it is hard work sometimes, it’s worth it for millions of reasons. You grow, you learn, you live.

 

If you enjoy living in the same place for five or even ten or more years, you might be reading the wrong blog. If not, then congratulations. You are still connected to our foremothers and forefathers who were, surprise surprise, nomads. I know, it’s been a while since most became settled folks (about 15,000 years ago towards the end of the ice age), but by far not all of us: In many cultures, especially in Asia and Africa, nomadism still persists and modern nomadism in the Western world is on the rise.

There is no reason you need to live in the same place or country you were born for the rest of your life. There should be no restrictions on where you’d like to go and how long you decide to stay there. Being mobile, the opposite of being tied down and static, is an amazing feeling. The world can be your home with friends scattered around the globe. 

Leading and sustaining a life that is independent from location gives you ultimate freedom. 

Ultimate freedom is to live and work wherever you want.

I love movement. I love mobility. 

Do you?

 

Technology and Mobility

Modern technology facilitates global mobility in mind-blowing ways and cheap air travel even more so.

With laptops and wifi spread around the world, knowledge workers can all be digital nomads. There are less and less reasons why anyone should be tied to a specific computer in a specific geographical place. Cloud-computing, Macbook Airs, Paypal and Skype are all contributing to a hyper-mobile world, in which the exchange of skills, work and money is handled irrelevant of physicalities.

We can all work from the beaches of Bali or the mountains in Switzerland. In fact, since our surroundings have significant influence on our well-beings, we might even all end up being more productive and waaaay happier at the same time.

If you’re still an office worker, seriously reconsider your possibilities. Ever heard of remote work agreements?

 

Freedom of Movement as a Human Right

I hope one day, the human right of Freedom of Movement will be extended universally to the world. I mean, we all own the earth and prior to the advent of nation states there existed a natural right of movement.

In my world though (and I shall say lucky), borders and work visas have never been barriers. I have found that there are always ways. Always.

 

Mobility = Freedom.

Mobility = Flexibility.

Mobility = Everything everywhere anytime.

Mobility = Opportunity.

Freedom = Mobility.

 

How I Achieve Mobility to Live Anywhere:

  1. Avoiding apartment/house contracts. One month notice is ok, but it shouldn’t be more. Being able to move on whenever I feel like is ultimate mobility. Flexible housing situations give me a massive amount of freedom. Hence, why short and medium term accommodation options such as AirBnB or hostels/hotels are good ways to stay mobile (especially in cheaper countries where you could easily afford a month’s hotel rent). 
  2. Owning little. As someone who values mobility, accumulating things is just not the way to go. I have never owned much for the simple fact that I like keep myself as mobile as possible (with time, more reasons have supported the decision to lead this minimalist lifestyle). I also just downsized to a Macbook Air 11” which gives me even greater mobility than my heavy Macbook 13”. Many things have and will become lighter and incorporate several functions in one item – just perfect for mobile needs.
  3. Being flexible with the way you make a living. Working around the world requires either a nomadic job or a digital nomad job. Mobile work might not be as easy and comfortable as sitting in the same chair, in the same office, in the same city every day, but it will also never be as boring, frustrating and depressing either.

 

That’s it. 

You are now free to move about the world.

 

If you like to know more about living a mobile lifestyle, check out my free e-book “The Art of Being a World Nomad“, which will tell you lot more about living anywhere and being location independent.

Also, check out this little article by Ev Bogue titled “How to Relocate to Any City in the World“. 

Over to you:

What does mobility mean to you? How can you live a more mobile life? 

 

P.S.: I hate the winter, right. It’s inhuman, it’s painful, it causes depression and I dislike spending so much time inside and wearing five layers of clothes that still don’t keep me completely warm. Anyway. Freedom of movement allows me to jump a couple of seasons and move to warmer parts of the world. This possible circumstance makes me extremely happy. Why suffer?

 

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13 Responses to Freedom of Movement: How to Live Anywhere

  1. Conni,

    I’ve been doing some thinking on this very topic lately, and it seems to me the nomads, the explorers, the people who jump in the cold waters have special personalities that most other people do not have. We have a special tolerance for risk, we lead mankind to new pastures, new thoughts, new lands—new ways of seeing the world. The stationary people, the ones who crave “stability” are designed differently, and they do honestly find exploration disconcerting. Consequently, we’ll never have peple like that leading us to new things, new watering holes, new paradigms. They aren’t designed for that; they’re the people who farm the new pastures after the explorers find it.

  2. Hi Conni,

    Brilliant piece and some very good advice in there. Bookmarked for future reference. I think more people are realising that they don’t have to settle for the same as everyone else. I also think the world needs these stationary people. Without them visiting a destination or country wouldn’t be the same. Some people are designed to be on the move and others to travel but neither group of people is better than the other.

    Seán

    • Conni says:

      Yes, you’re right, there is no better. Everyone has to find out for themselves. I accept the differences and they are interesting to explore.
      It’s sooo good to see though how the number of people living nomadic lives is growing. So good that more and more people screw conventional ways of doing things. YA!

  3. Justin Mazza says:

    Hi Conni,
    I think that is the reason that so many people are turning to online to start their own website. Its cheap and you can literally work from anywhere in the World.

    • Conni says:

      Absolutely. It’s the reason why I turned to creating an online freelance business as well. It gives you a crazy amount of flexibility and independence. I’m loving it.

  4. Michael lusty-smith says:

    Hi conni
    I must say this is a wonderful blog i have always wanted to be a nomad (my life is really boring) and this helps keep it up :)

  5. Ish says:

    You’re perfectly right — there’s no reason for anyone to stay exactly where one was born or raised, unless they really wanted to. Wow. It’s so glaringly obvious that I almost missed it. Thanks for the wake-up call.

    You’re right about how people can be two poles apart: the clingers and the roamers. Both have pros and cons, I admit. As much as I want to spread the gospel of the great outdoors, sometimes I simply can’t press it on some people without feeling guilty.

  6. Lena says:

    hi conni

    i am thinking to get independent like you, but my worries are about having a family and doing the same as you do. It seems more to be for somebody who is single.
    do you have any tipps where i can find infos to get independent and raise kids?
    love lena

  7. Steanah says:

    I am making steps to fall between nomadic and partially static. As with all wannabe/newbie freedom lifestylers, fear is the curtain and it is income; it is the key barrier. Researching how to generate an income online leads us through generic robot words of the nonspecific or same drivel. Eg..making money blogging, taking surveys, drop ship amazon store,freelance content writing, commercial digital photography, consulting, Web design, write an ebook, udemy instructor, bla bla bla…what are the new or up and coming non saturated online revenue opportunities to support a freedom lifestyle?