Becoming location independent is perhaps one of the most important aspects to long-term travel, and it is also something most people see as being out of their grasp. I’m a firm believer in an individual’s ability to do pretty amazing things when they put their hearts and minds behind it, so over the next five posts I’m going to explain how you can become location independent too. And since I know you are wondering, I manage to support myself primarily by fixing hacked websites via my other website, now back to the post.

Because of the complexity of this topic, and my desire to cover each section in-depth, I have decided to break this into 6 posts or steps:

1- Setting Long-Term Goals

2- Developing Your Skill-Set

3- Learning to Leverage Those Skills

4- Start Small & Dream Big

5- Make Your Business Location Independent

6- Budgeting!

This post will focus on the importance of setting long-term goals. If you are reading this, I’m going to assume you have some desire or curiosity towards long-term travel and location independence, so I want you to spend some time just thinking. Quit reading this, turn off the TV, put your phone on silent and set it face down, etc. Take 10 minutes to just stop and think about what makes you happy—what are your hobbies and interests?

Me Kayaking

In addition to being a computer nerd, I LOVE kayaking!

I’m not talking about “hanging out with friends” or “watching movies and listening to music” or any of that crap. I’m talking about your real individual hobbies and interest. Do you garden? Do you collect stamps? Do you like to kayak? Visit botanical gardens? Do you love math and puzzles? Paint, draw, play an instrument? If you can’t think of any, then you have one extra step ahead of you, which is to get in touch with yourself. You need to really know yourself in order to find balance and happiness in life.

We are all told via advertisements that you can buy happiness with a new car or a Louis Vuitton purse or something of this nature, but that’s not reality… that’s a commercial for a for-profit corporation. So spend some time exploring yourself, thinking internally, and experimenting with different activities until you find one that truly interests you—something you want to do and think about even if you aren’t being forced or paid to do so.

Once you have identified what really makes you happy, those things that are your true passions, you can start to pursue life with a smile on your face and excitement about your future. I’m going to use myself as an example as I progress through these posts, and I am a computer nerd. My dad purchased our first family computer when I was about 12 or 13, and I formed an addiction on day one. I’m fascinated by their pieces, the programming, the binary code, their evolution… just everything about them.

Botanical Garden

And I’m obsessed with botanical gardens. This is a photo of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, FL.

That being said, my long-term goal towards location independence was through computers and the IT field. If I wanted to escape the rat race, my office job, my location DEpendence, and still enjoy myself, I needed to do it through my love of IT. This became my long-term objective, the goal for which each following step would support until it finally became a reality.

That was a great start, but actually that was just the beginning. A lot of people will stop planning at this point. They have their goal, now they can work towards it, right? Well kind of, but to support any long-term goal, one needs to set up short-term goals, or milestones, to keep them on track. This naturally brings us to Step 2, Developing Your Skill-Set.

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