I know my life must seem like a non-stop vacation, but I don’t just play hard on the road, I work hard too, making a living as a freelance science and travel writer. Much to my delight, my mobile office is featured today on the science writing blog The Open Notebook:
“In our “Natural Habitat” series, we invite science writers to share their working spaces — offices, spare bedrooms, coffee shops, hammocks — and the accoutrements that help them do their best work.”
One of the things I love most about being a freelance writer is the ability to work from anywhere. Instead of paying rent I make a side living as a professional housesitter, which has landed me in some pretty spectacular places like Maine, Montana and New Mexico. My housesitting jobs usually run 4 to 6 months and in between I live on the road. In the past 8 years I’ve been to all 50 states and lived in nine and only once, while I was in grad school in Baltimore, have I ever paid rent or signed a lease.
Last year I started craving some personal space but I didn’t want to settle in one place so for my 30th birthday I bought myself a homemade Teardrop trailer from an 80-year old craftsman in Nebraska who made it in his garage. It’s 5 feet by 10 feet, weighs about 600 pounds and is truly a work of art.
Last summer I lived on the road, driving all over the western US, north to British Columbia and all the way up to Alaska, all the while writing 7 to 10 stories a month for EARTH magazine and several posts a week for my blog Travels with the Blonde Coyote.
For the rest of the tour, go to the Open Notebook!