WANDERPRENEUR- (wändr-pruh -nœr) A creative person who travels the world in order to work on her projects and explore that particular culture.
Let the beauty we love
Be what we do
We travel, and as we do, we come upon or are inspired by the marvelous and the sublime. We look at the world through our particular lens. Mine is, and has always been, beauty, seeking and finding beauty in both the tangible and ephemeral. As I have lived, worked and traveled abroad for 25 years, I have come upon innumerable ‘irresistible objects of desire’ to develop and bring to the market. Other times, I go from concept to creation with my own designs.
Let your hook
Be always cast
For in the pool where you least expect it
Will be fish
Where do you most want to go? What do you most want to do there?
Answer those questions and you are halfway there! Even if you don’t know, go there anyway as you just may wander upon something wonderful. The freedom of travel and ‘being elsewhere’ is an excellent way to bring forth new ideas, perspectives and possibilities.
There may be a bit of madness in having a ‘wanderpreneurial spirit,’ but there is also magic. The belief in and acting on your idea is essential, as is the belief in yourself in making it happen. More then anything else…it is a ‘love thing.’
Ideas are, in truth, force.
You may not even be seeking or pursuing a project, but it may ‘call’ out to you! It may or may not be logical, but you will be motivated by its potential and promise. You may have absolutely no experience working with that particular medium, but you will learn, be challenged and engaged.
We are all inventive and creative. Going from concept to reality is not often a straight line. It may seem simple when you are bathing in the rosy, shimmering glow of the idea itself but then you may encounter obstacles along the way and that is part of the adventure!
If you wish to travel the world, work on your project and be a ‘wanderpreneur’, here are some guidelines to get the ball rolling:
First, know who you are, what your ‘truth’ is and what ‘medium’ you wish to explore.
Now, take a look at the world. Where are you most drawn to? Which countries have experience working with your particular medium?
My suggestion would be to choose a warm place or season and where your overhead will be minimal. This also keeps your luggage light. Choose a small backpack or roller suitcase.
Then, if possible, arrange the visas ahead of time, at least for your initial point of entry. For example, a two month visa can usually be extended another month within the country.
While saving for the above, go to the library, do some research and have a look at various guidebooks.
Next, put all of your things in storage or sublet your place for the time that you will be ‘elsewhere’.
You may need to bring or arrange to have sent your materials, supplies, findings, fabric etc, but should eventually be able to access them there.
Get a ticket and take off.
Upon arrival, get oriented and have a look around. Stay in a guesthouse for a few days and then take a walk and inquire about short term rentals. A monthly or seasonal rate is a great, cost-effective way to go and may include a kitchen.
With most creative work, processing time is important. Find ways to get away from your work and then pounce back into it. Sometimes, movement helps, after that, repose and action.
If you focus 100% on your work, you may begin to feel isolated. By becoming a ‘regular’ at a certain restaurant or coffee shop in the area, it is easy to meet like-minded people.
Try not to become too ‘wound up’ in your work! But, then again, that is why you are there…to have uninterrupted pure time to process and work through the details of your project.
Also realize that your original game plan may go tangential, which can be a very good thing. Let it happen. You may take risks that you otherwise would not at home.
Having a time frame and some parameters give you enough time but not too much time so you can keep your ‘edge.’
If you decide to produce with the help of a small studio or workshop, first make a variety of prototypes and then place a sample order with the understanding that it should be produced at a specific price and within a specific, agreed upon time frame. A written agreement, signed by both parties is a good idea.
In some countries, time is ‘elastic’ and the work will often take more time and cost more then originally agreed upon. Be sure to look at the quality of each and every product before making the final payment. Expect the unexpected, be flexible and be prepared for any and all eventualities. Live and learn. Get out there and play!
Alex Ivory is the COO of Dovetail travel in peace, designer and producer of the ’travel safe body b~a~n~d~s’ for women, www.dovetailtravelinpeace.com. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org