I’m about to leave Amsterdam for two weeks in Egypt. However, as I already had my vacation this summer, the plan is to be able to work the entire time I’m there. This will be a true test of location independence.
Of course, the major hurdle I’ll have to overcome is finding regular, consistent, fast access to the internet. Although a lot of my work can be done offline, I need an internet connection to stay in contact with employers and follow through with deliverables.
The word on the street is that Cairo is a good city for finding internet access. From what I’ve heard and read, there are WI-FI connections everywhere, and Vodaphone also offers mobile internet throughout Egypt.
I’ll be arriving late at night on a Friday, so the idea is to dedicate the weekend to prep time. By Monday, I’ll have access to a stable connection that’s not too expensive, and, ideally, a comfortable place in which to do 5 to 8 hours of work a day.
If I let my imagination run wild, by Monday I’ll not only have failed to secure a connection, I’ll be relieved of my computer, my wallet, and all my worldly possessions, and either dead or in prison. But obviously, I can’t let me imagination run wild.
It seems to be a sad fact that, despite the amount of traveling I do, I’m a very nervous and even frightened guest in a new land. Particularly if that land is extremely exotic. And let’s face it. Egypt may be the most exotic place I ever visit.
Anxiety-induced fantasizing aside, I’m hoping to use this working trip as an opportunity to inspire my writing, and provide my employers with some exciting fodder.
For example, my goal is to take a bunch of pictures of the advertising on the streets in Cairo, and post about it on the Hotcards Print and Design blog that I write. The idea is to show how location independence doesn’t hinder my ability to perform, and can actually benefit my clients.
I’ve got my fingers crossed that cost of living won’t be too high in Cairo. Plane tickets and accommodations have already been pretty expensive. Now the trick will be to focus on making more money than I spend on surviving, and hopefully, immersing myself in Egypt’s unique and amazing culture.