A Life Redesigned: Long-Term Travel Options in a Digital Age

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About the Book

This book explores the various travel and work options that have opened up with the advent of the sharing and gig economies and provides a road map for getting the most out of a period of extended travel. Gary describes getting started with websites like Airbnb and Trustedhousesitters.com, and goes through the items you need to address before beginning your journey. Learn how to deal with mail, how to stay in contact with friends and family, work on the road, manage your affairs, etc. All the information you need in one place relating to traveling in a rapidly growing digital economy.  The First Edition of this book was published June 2019.

Comments from the Author

It would be accurate to say my wife and I have been planning a period of extended travel for about five years. What I aim to accomplish is to share our planning experiences for our proposed multiyear trip, so that this will help you with your great adventure. While this book provides detailed information most pertinent to those living in the United States, the general principles apply to those in other parts of the world. Whether you’re an individual, a couple starting retirement, considering a sabbatical, or a younger family looking for a new path forward, there’s plenty of material applicable to your situation. The chapters in this book are as follows:

  1. Introduction
  2. Living in a Digital Age
  3. Our Family
  4. Ways to Travel
  5. Financial Planning
  6. Making Money on the Road
  7. Logistical Planning
  8. Traveling with Children
  9. Getting Started with Airbnb
  10. Getting Started with Trustedhousesitters.com
  11. Now for the Real Stuff

Request from the Author

I'm still looking for more personal experiences of using accommodation sites like Airbnb and HomeAway, house sitting sites like Trustedhousesitters and Nomador, and house exchange sites like Home Exchange and Intervac. I'm also hearing about employment that you've successfully done on the road while traveling for leisure. If you have any interesting stories you'd like to share that could potentially be included in a possible 2nd edition of this book I'd love to hear from you. If you have friends who might want to talk to me about their experiences, please make an introduction?  You can contact me using the Contact Us button at the bottom of this website.

About the Author

Gary Hawkins was born in Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, England, and grew up in the nearby village of Holt. Gary received a BSc in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from the University of Bath, and a Ph.D. in Satellite Communications from the University of Bristol. Gary has worked in the telecommunications industry for the majority of his career, initially in the UK and then in the USA until 2016. In addition to A Life Redesigned, he has also published numerous articles on technical subjects, and the book Changing China, Changing Life.