During my research into a traveller’s lifestyle, the most extreme and most celebrated way of living is through location independence. Location independence means so much more than not being tied down to one place; it means the fullest experience of freedom that you can get withing the shackles of Western society.
But the way I see it, it means an incredibly stressful time for a control freak like me. When I go to work 9-5, that means to me that I am able to control my income and have the safety of a monthly payment. When I leave the office in the evening, I am glad that I am able to go home to a comforting place where I can say that everything is mine and I do as I please. It is a small fraction of freedom, but it is something I am happy with.
And if I can’t handle location independence, I would be very happy with a job that allows me to travel once in a while. So when a few months ago, I was asked to go to Manila, The Phillippines to network and meet with our clients, sponsors, and attend our event, CrewConnect Global, I was astounded!
It was a teenage dream come true, and when faced with the possibility, I couldn’t help, but feel overwhelmed. It was a scary opportunity, and feeling still new in the company, I had to say yes. Up until a week ago, flying across the world on my own was a strangely frightening idea, but having been there and back again, I have to say that it was an amazing experience.
The venue happened to take place in the luxury resort hotel Sofitel, one of the most well-renowned places in Manila. We got to stay in amazing rooms, we got to eat in fantastic locations, we got to drink delicious cocktails, and much more.
The work was tough, helping running a conference and fulfil my tasks as a content marketer, but it was a great deviation from the every day office work. It was also a great opportunity to connect with your colleagues and have an incredible team-building time.
I can’t wait for the next conference. Bring on 2018!