Being location independent is a way of working, a way of living and – more than anything – it’s a way of being…
It’s not just about being nomadic and travelling the world to exotic destinations, running an online business wherever you are. It’s a work- and life-style based on the freedom to choose what you want, when you want, where you want and with whom you want. That’s what freedom means to us – what does it mean to you?
Who We Are
We are Lea & Jonathan Woodward, a British couple with two young kids, Mali & Samson.
Lea coined the term, “Location Independent” in 2007, when she first created this site.
We didn’t think “nomadic” accurately described what we were doing – running our business online from wherever we travelled to – and so we came up with the term, Location Independent*, instead.
* Actually we first used “LIP living” (short for ‘Location Independent Professionals Living’) but soon realised it wasn’t the most descriptive term
Back in 2005, fed up with the instability of the rat race and working for other people – as a management consultant and graphic designer – we decided to go it alone and set up our business together.
Not wildly excited about the prospect of economising for a few years until our business ventures took off, we hit upon the idea of living in a lower cost country which would enable us to maintain the lifestyle we enjoyed – but at a much lower cost. And so we left the UK in early 2007, headed for Panama.
We spent the next two years travelling to places such as Thailand, South Africa, Grenada, Italy, HK, Turkey and the Caribbean, until a rather unexpected addition to the family came along – our daughter, Mali.
Undeterred by parenthood, we hit the road again in 2009 when Mali was 4 months old. Before the age of 1 she had travelled to and lived in the UK, Thailand, Italy, Dubai, Turkey and Scotland.
In 2013, we also welcomed Samson to the family and currently have a home base in the UK. We plan to travel frequently – for to 1-3 months at a time and continue to run our businesses from wherever we are.
If we can do it, you can too – and that’s our goal here…to help you become location independent in a way that works for you.