Books, Books, and More Books!

On Saturday, April Fool’s Day, I shut off the water, closed the gas bottle under the sink, opened the main power to the flat, and locked the door. After dropping the key in the mailbox, I rode to World Bike Formia for a final farewell to Vincenzo and Benedetta, and to pick up the WBF cap that they had waiting for me. Then I stopped by Tempo Prezioso for another quick farewell. River Run 2017 was about to begin.  Continue reading

Updating the great experiment (2013-2020)

Leaving Georgetown, TexasSEVEN YEARS AGO, I set out on my bicycle to see if I could support myself exclusively from my work (translation) while living on the road. For the last quarter of 2013, I rode the Southern Swing 2013, which you can read about by choosing that category in this blog. A lot has changed since then, and today I want to discuss those changes. Continue reading

Important lessons (re)learned (2020)

When this blog was six weeks old, I summarized what I had learned from the three rides to date. Seven years and many thousands of kilometers later, those lessons have stood the test of time, but I have learned a couple of new ones. I had not met Cheryl back then, and my mentor has taught me much more than I could have learned alone.  Continue reading

Update: lessons learned from the GNI 2012.

Starting this week, I will begin a series of updates to the posts about working on the road. It is, after all, the reason that I started this blog, and much has changed in eight years. Enjoy! Continue reading

Maintaining your languages

Answering my challenge, Ask Me Anything, my friend Gio from Miami wrote:

“How do manage to keep your languages active and up to date while on the road?” Continue reading

Optimizing LinkedIn for Freelancers

This week I would like to share a guest post by Maeva Cifuentes, a location-independent consultant and blogger based in Barcelona, Spain. She ran this article on 1 August 1 2019. Although she is talking to translators, the principles for using LinkedIn apply to all freelancers. Just adjust it for what you do. I have reformatted the article for this blog, but changed none of the content. Enjoy! Continue reading

Don’t quit your job: take it with you!

This week, I travelled to Philadelphia for the Philly Bike Expo. This is the 10th anniversary of this massive gathering of the bicycle tribes. I will report on the trip starting next week.

Meanwhile, if you are going to be close to Philadelphia, you might want to come. I will present a seminar at 3 p.m. Saturday, in Terrace Ballroom III at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. https://phillybikeexpo.com/

Travel enriches our lives. For most people, traveling involves breaking away and coming back. We take vacations, then come “home” until we can go out for the next holiday.

Have you ever dreamed of your “normal life” being on your bicycle? Based on a four-year experiment living on a bicycle, reported in this blog, I will provide basic principles and tips for deciding whether the life of the digital nomad (who burns the bridges) or the location-independent worker (who keeps a base somewhere) is right for you. We will discuss communications, types of work that travel, keeping healthy, budgeting, managing the business, etc. and answer questions about working abroad.

Pensacola, Florida

This is not bicycle touring, and it is not for everyone, but it is an achievable dream for many. Only the backpacker has more serious space and weight issues than the cyclist; the lessons from this presentation can be scaled up to other ways to travel.

If you have ever wondered about being able to live on the road, this seminar should be helpful – whether your ticket is one-way or round-trip.

Smooth roads & tailwinds,

Jonathan

Guest post: what freelancers can learn from entrepreneurs

While the results come in from last week’s survey, I am pleased to host a guest post by Maeva Cifuentes, a freelancer from California, Barcelona, and places in between. Maeva contributed this post to the Freelancer Union blog, and graciously consented to my linking it here.

https://blog.freelancersunion.org/2019/05/13/what-freelancers-can-learn-from-entrepreneurs/

Enjoy!

And here’s the link direct to Maeva’s blog: https://maevaeverywhere.com/freelancers-personal-brand/

Next week, the results of the survey and the first post in the new series.

Smooth roads & tailwinds,

Jonathan

Freelancing on the road: a summary

He was riding his bicycle. That was about the only good thing about the scene right now. The slick, coastal road wound up and around the promontories, so that the wind and rain was as often in his face as blowing him sideways. The cold rain ran off his Arc’teryx rain jacket, soaking his crotch and running down his legs. He pedaled on, one stroke after the other. Continue reading

Budapest: the BP-17 Translation Conference

The BP-17 Translation Conference main program opened on Friday morning, 5 May, at the belle époque Urania Theatre. A series of 18-minute TED-X style talks filled the day from 0940 to 2100 that night. Talks, coffee breaks, lunch and supper all took place at the theatre. By the way, BP stands for “business + practice,” although we had fun making up all sorts of other expansions of those two letters (http://bpconf.com/story-bp-translation-conferences/). Continue reading