Work while travelling and putting your life in perspective

As I’m writing this, I’m sitting in a plane on my way home from London to Copenhagen. For the last four and a half days, I’ve been working in and enjoying the city of London, both staying in Camden Town and at Sussex Gardens. And it wasn’t a holiday – I’ve been very productive working around 10 hours a day on both my own sites and as a freelancer on a few other projects. I even made a new arrangement for a project that I’ll start working on starting the 1st of January 2013

Together with me, 4 other people were attending this trip:

Kristoffer Føns, who works in online marketing, as do I, and as I Kristoffer has established his own company: Florence Marketing. Kristoffer and I were the ones who arranged this trip.
Andreas Linde, who creates WordPress-websites and webshops.
Emil Blücher, who works solely on search engine optimization. In the first quarter of 2013, I hope to have a project launched where Emil owns the majority and I serve as primary aid.
– Kasper Torpsgaard, who soon will start a company with his father doing video production services.

We had rented an apartment in Camden Town, just a few minutes away from the subway, through Wimdu.dk. In here, we spent most of our day working on both our own projects as freelancers and together on a few websites as well. Most of the work took place in the living room where a single table with enough space for 4 computers was used as well as a couch.

Now, why did we choose to arrange a trip to London with the sole purpose of working? We only went to see a bit of London including Hyde Park, Sussex Gardens and Oxford Street (the very last day of the trip); seeing as we spent around 5 days in London, we saw close to nothing. We were not very good tourists.

But I’ve come to realise that working outside of your comfort zone and trying something new every now and then is incredibly important. The trip has served multiple purposes for me:

  • I had my ‘regular day’ put in perspective. I usually live and study in Aarhus; living and working in London is quite another deal. I had never been to England before and just getting around in London was an adventure on it’s own. Especially because I, of course, refuse to use a map.
  • I got out of my comfort zone. Usually I work with me, myself and I – alone, in other words. Here, I was working intense with 4 other people at all times which at times can be a challenge. But a challenge worth taking on; it evolves you as a person.
  • I was reminded why I spend so much of my time creating affiliate websites, learning how to do proper search engine optimization and general online marketing; why I often have to turn down social arrangements in order to work; why I never just take a day off and do nothing – because that allows me to do things like this.

I also attended WorkAway 2012 in Spain with a similar purpose – to work away from my regular day with other entrepreneurs.

This it not the last time I’m travelling as Timm Textus (my company) and not as Halfdan Timm. Not even close – hopefully, I’ll be going off in a few months again to Thailand and Spain where I know a few people willing to take me in for a few days. It’s an amazing experience and one I wouldn’t erase for anything. Even though I can’t enjoy London as a regular tourist, but I’ll just have to live with that, I guess. 🙂

We’re planning another trip to Europe, possibly London again, in the second quarter of 2013. If you want to go, follow me on Google Plus to receive updates. This trip was open to every young entrepreneur (just like the next will be). I’m already looking forward to the next trip.

Oh, and I admit it – I’m not disappointed that I’m going back to Denmark. It rains as much in England as we’re used to. And I like working at home too. 🙂

I wrote about the trip in danish as well.

By Halfdan Timm • December 19, 2012


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Halfdan Timm

Expect a blog on being a young entrepreneur in Denmark and how to have both a full-time study, a job and two companies work out among other topics like self-improvement, sports and marketing - and remembering that there's more to life than books, beers & bits. I work as a consultant and on my travelblog BilligeFlybilletter.dk.