September, 2017: I’m writing this in Alaska. One of the very best things about freelance copywriting is the flexibility. Have computer, will travel. So when my husband needed to work for two weeks in Anchorage, I tagged along for week two. I flew in on a Friday night so we could have some fun on the weekend – and boy, did we ever. Alaska is a truly amazing place. You will have heard that it is big. BIG. Big mountains, big skies. And oh my goodness, these people are NICE. We have yet to run across a surly server or bartender in a bad mood. I always brag about the friendliness of the southland, but we could take some lessons from these folks.
We hiked to the top of Flattop. The lower portion is pretty easy. Getting to the top is a different story. I would call it more of a climb – hand over hand on a steep rocky incline. Touching the flag at the top is a must!
We took a day cruise in Prince William Sound. It was so lovely! The weather was overcast but not foggy so we could see mountains, glaciers, forests, waterfalls, marine life, and birds.
Freelance copywriting tips:
Flexibility is wonderful, but discipline is the key here! I had two smaller projects in hand, so I was able to work one day and play the next. My husband worked all day Monday – Friday, but he worked through lunch most days so he could get off earlier and we maximized our time in the evening. We explored downtown Anchorage, hiked a little, and had some fabulous meals. My tip for balancing work and play is to set a specific amount of time for work, and stick to it! Take your shower, get dressed, sit down at the desk in your hotel room, and work. The one day I decided to “take it easy” for the morning is the day I got very little done – but on the whole, alternating work and play days worked for me. You may decide to sightsee a little in the morning and write in the afternoon, or vice versa. That’ll work too!
Be sure to pack your charger, and an adaptor if you are going overseas!