Hannah Vallance: A Life of Love, Play & Work
Since having their daughter in 2013 (and with a second child on the way), Hannah and her husband, Chris, have seen their travel lifestyle change to involve longer spells living in one new place rather than constantly traveling like many nomads do. They occasionally return to their flat in the UK for a few months at a time, and spend other periods focused on travel and living overseas.
Most Memorable Location-Independent Experiences
We had an amazing day in French Polynesia where I worked on my laptop in the morning then spent the afternoon kayaking around tiny islands through crystal-clear lagoons and ending up swimming with huge and friendly reef sharks and manta rays. It was incredible, and so beautiful there.
Biggest Surprise along the Way
Life doesn’t get stale or routine. It could if you let it, but having so many opportunities at your fingertips pushes you forward to keep trying new things, visiting new places, so actually your life can look very different year after year. You get to choose more, I think, rather than go with more default options. Not that this is stress-free—too much choice can be a challenge too!
In this episode
- How having kids has shifted decisions about where to go, how often to move, etc.
- Learning from trial runs
- Benefits of home exchange
- Reality of location independence with kids vs the expectations beforehand
- How they got into their unusual business niches
- How to determine which ideas will make money
- And so much more
Resources we talked about
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