The Bali Office Getaway

The Bali Office Getaway

So here I am in Bali. Full of Beautiful beaches, rainforests, offshore islands and smiley locals. Not to mention Australia’s unofficial eighth state and the capital of South-Eastern Asian backpacker Hedonism.

But I’m not here for any of that, well not much of it anyway. God knows I got my full over the last 5 months. I’m tucked up in a Villa somewhere between Kuta and Semanyak – pretty much away from it all and getting some work done online. Think of it more as a novelty, discount office backdrop, and a chance to return to a productive and healthy routine for the next 3 months. It’s nice being settled somewhere luxurious while in the company of fellow friends and web entrepreneurs (if we might be bold enough to call ourselves that). They’ve also scoped out the local scene really well. You can get an amazing massage here for $7.50 for an hour and eat really well for $3.

It’s also given me a chance to look back before Asia and think about all the stuff that I’ve yet to talk about from Europe in my last few weeks there – or if I actually should at all. I could very easily turn this blog into one of the most vulgar places on the Internet if I simply just reported things as they happened, especially in Berlin. I guess I’m still trying to figure out what sort of writer I want to be. Stay tuned for something on Berlin and Serbia by the way.

Ultimately, I don’t want this blog to just be a bunch of random stories about some nomadic lunatic cavaliering about thanks to a vaguely understood internet marketing gig. It might be funny or vicariously titillating, but my greater aim is to create something of value and depth that goes beyond this. I’ll see what I can do.

Furthermore, it’s about having total freedom to live life on whatever terms you desire for yourself. Anyone who knew the introverted me before my early 20s would probably have envisioned my future as being pretty bland and paint by numbers. For some time I believed it myself, but travel has just been a real catalyst for making me develop far beyond what I could have imagined. As far as I’m concerned there’s only one life, and one world (that I can reasonably expect to access within my own lifetime). Speaking for myself I can’t imagine any better way than uncovering and enjoying as much of it as possible. I sure as hell know I can’t return to a nine-to-five gig working for someone else with 4 weeks leave a year.

But for now, it’s work time on my terms. It may seem like an unlikely place to work from – but hey, that’s part of the freedom. Right now it’s 9:10pm on a Saturday night, and it’s only just crossed my mind that I don’t have the slightest urge to go out, but would rather pump out several more hours of work and research on a few different things. This is very weird.

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