Teaching online is a fantastic way to develop location independence and have the ability to travel anywhere and truly be nomadic. Many digital nomads are teaching online, both within the formal educational system or teaching their own workshops. This is of course my personal goal with Nomadic Teacher and with teaching online in general.
Before we cut the lines and sail off on our travels we do have a bit of a wait. With two of us having children from previous marriages we are bound a bit by the location we were when we were divorced. At least until the youngest two turn 18 in another 8 years. That is plenty of time for us to make sure we have secured our location independence and we do have some flexibility within our current situation that we put to work for ourselves.
We both have work areas in the house, we both try to keep a flexible schedule, and wonder about and work in random coffee shops around Southern Maine and Southern New Hampshire. That way we can keep the nomadic teacher lifestyle of freedom and independence while still keeping a home base to keep the courts happy (you of course never get the courts unhappy ever).
I enjoyed a bit of that freedom and independence today, instead of walking the kids to school we rode our bikes, after they were at school I kept going. Riding my first ride of the spring I realized it was still just a tad too cold for riding in the mornings. No podcast, no audiobook, no student work, no conference call, no course development… just the wind. And it was being still just a tad too cold for riding in the morning a wind it was. It’s been three hours and I don’t think my fingers have recovered.
I am very much looking forward to the warmer weather and think I will need to bring my bike back and forth to the lake this summer and scope out some outdoor venues that have Wi-Fi. With eight years to decide on our first longer stay venue we have time to look but should also enjoy leveraging the nomadic lifestyle here at home.
There are different aspects of location independence. The hardest for most people to get is that location independent source of income, after that it’s usually the courage to go for it. For us we’ve got those licked, and just need for the legal location independence which has its date.. June 2022.
There are also different mindsets of the nomadic lifestyle. And we do our teaching as shorter range nomads, which works well for us in our current circumstances.
So whatever you think is going to make becoming a Nomadic Teacher impossible is probably not a permanent obstacle and none of us should ever give up or lose hope. There is always a way. And every step is a step. Do what you can and enjoy your freedom.