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21 location independent
women running their businesses while traveling the world

Written by Marie Teather, 4 years ago, 26 Comments
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Think you have to be a travel writer or photographer to explore the world and make money? No so! These women are making money while pursuing their passions, getting paid and traveling the world. Location independent women. It doesn’t get cooler than this.

                                   THE FASHION DESIGNER

Susan_Easton_Location_Independant_Worldette Susan Easton is founder of From the Road an online fashion and accessories shop that features handcrafted fashion from local indigenous artisans. Susan travels the world looking for artisans to collaborate. Her shop currently includes goods from Peru, Kenya and Ecuador.

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THE COPYWRITER

Stacey_Herbert_Location_Independant_WorldetteStacey Herbert is the Brazen Copywriter. She works with startups and savvy entrepreneurs to help them define their brand, deliver their message and sell their ‘stuff’ online. Currently based in Thailand; she got there via a stint in Bali from London.

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THE COACH

Megan_Fitzgeraldt_Location_Independant_WorldetteMegan Fitzgerald is an expat career coach and founder of Career by Choice, teaching expats how to achieve success abroad. She’s lived all over the world included Rome, Singapore and UK runs her business via online coaching and attracting ‘real time’ clients in the countries she lives in.

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THE APP DESIGNER

Erin_McNeaneyt_Location_Independant_WorldetteErin McNeaney is one half of Voyage Travel Apps. Currently traveling the world indefinitely after selling up everything they owned, Erin and her partner make apps. Their most recent isTrail Wallet, an app to track your travel expenses and show how you are keeping to your budget – or not.

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THE SOCIAL MEDIA EXPERT

Laura_Roedert_Location_Independant_WorldetteLaura Roeder is founder of the seven-figure revenue LKR Media, an online university for social media marketing. Currently living in London after moving from California, Laura takes frequent and long vacations each year including Asia, Europe and South America thanks to her business and team which is set up to run without her.

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THE FINANCE EXPERT

Nora_Dunn_Worldette_150x150Nora Dunn is The Professional Hobo, a financial expert who sold her Canadian financial planning practice in 2006 and had been traveling indefinitely ever since. Via her online courses and articles she teaches other people how to to stay financially successful while traveling the world.

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THE ARTIST

Yamile_Yemoonyaht_Location_Independant_WorldetteYamile Yemoonyah is an artist entrepreneur and founder of Creative Web Biz. After having more success selling her artwork online than in galleries, she now teaches other artists how to have a successful online art business by way designing websites and coaching – all while traveling the world.

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THE MARKETING EXPERT

Natalie Sisson_Location Independent_WorldetteNatalie Sisson is the The Suitcase Entrepreneur. She’s been living out of her suitcase since 2006 and teaching others how to run an online six-figure business on the road via her blog, coaching sessions, courses and online products. This year she also released her Suitcase Entrepreneur book which was an Amazon best seller.

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THE TEACHERER

Jeannie Mark_Location Independent_WorldetteJeannie Mark is the fun Nomadic Chick who went from cubicle dweller to traveling gypsy. Currently teaching English in Sanya, China, Jeannie has been on the road since 2010 picking up writing work along the way as well as radio hosting and producing, podcasting, and video editing.

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THE WRITER

Amy-Scott__Location Independent_WorldetteAmy Scott is founder of Nomadtopia, teaching others how to live a location independent lifestyle through coaching and online programs. Amy’s adventure started in 2004 and she continues to travel the world with her husband who she met on the road and with Argentina as her base.

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THE SPEAKER

Marianne-Cantwell_Location Independent_WorldetteMarianne Cantwell is author of the best selling book Free Range Human that came from her blog of the same name. She lives and works from several countries each year, speaking and running courses on how to create a ‘free range career’ that suits your lifestyle every day (rather than hanging out for your two week holiday).

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THE COPYWRITER

Ashley-Ambirge_Location Independent_WorldetteAshley Ambirge is founder of The Middle Finger Project, a copywriting and marketing company “doing business and life differently.” She turns over seven-figures a year picking up high end clients and teaching others how to write for their business via downloadable products. She runs all this from her  laptop – currently mostly in Costa Rica.

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THE VIRTUAL ASSISTANT

michelle-dale_Location Independent_WorldetteMichelle Dale is founder of Virtual Miss Friday, a virtual assistant company that provides technical support to start ups and multinational corporations alike. She runs her VA empire all virtually and has lived in six countries since 2006, has two children and a husband she met on the road.

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THE TRAVEL WRITER

Kelly Dunning__Location Independent_WorldetteKelly Dunning is one half of Global Goose, a website documenting the travels of her and her boyfriend who are not on their gap year but their ‘gap decade.’  Kelly makes money while traveling as a freelance writer for travel guides, resorts and tourist websites.

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THE FILM MAKER

Kristen Sara_Location Independent_WorldetteKristen Sarah is an actress, filmmaker and video blogs over at Hopscotch the Globe.  As well as working on her own show she works with various destinations and brands to produce high quality travel videos such as: Hawaii Tourism and Tourism Quebec as well as writing travel articles for various travel outlets.

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THE FREELANCE WRITER

Kate McCulley_Location Independent_WorldetteKate McCulley travels the world for a living posting on her blog Adventurous Kate and writing freelance articles along the way. She earns money for her trips through advertising, consulting sessions to help readers plan their trips, public speaking and affiliate marketing.

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THE AUTHOR

Rita Golden Gelman_Location Independent_Worldette

Rita Golden Gelman author of the brilliant Tales of a Female Nomad leaves all other ‘newbie’ independent location free travelers in her shadow. The 76 year old has been on the road since 1986 when she was 48 and ‘on the verge of divorce.’ Rita continues to write adult and childrens’ novels as well as speaking at companies and colleges.

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THE BUSINESS EXPERT

Natalie McNiel__Location Independent_WorldetteNatalie MacNeil is founder of She Takes On the World – a leading blog for career-minded women and women entrepreneurs that she started after traveling to 60 countries and running her business. Natalie continues to take frequent holidays while her business goes from success to success.

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THE PHOTOGRAPHER

Shannon O'Donnell_Location Independent_WorldetteShannon O’Donnell is founder of A Little Adrift an author and photographer who travels while volunteering and supporting communities along the way. She also speaks about travel, international volunteering, and the importance cultivating an informed worldview at schools and organisations.

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THE EDITOR

Elise Doucette_Location Independent_WorldetteElisa Doucette is is a freelance writer and editor who travels the world looking for great stories to live, interesting tales to share, and making words sexy. She’s also managing editor of The Tropical MBA, all of which she does while traveling through Asia and Europe and beyond.

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THE PUBLISHER

Marie-_Worldette-150x150Last but not least; Marie Teather (that’s me!) founder of Worldette – the daily email that gets you out in the world. You are signed up aren’t you? I’ve run Worldette from exotic raids in Morocco, skyscraping hotels in New York and beach huts in Thailand. Serial expat for a decade I’ve lived in Tokyo, London, Hong Kong and now Singapore. Where I go, my business comes with me!

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Are there any location independent women missing from our list? Let us know before and we might add them to the follow up!

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  1. Jessica MansNovember 1, 2013, 2:43 am

    Me! I’m missing :D But, totally awesome list. Fun to see how many I know and to be introduced to many I don’t!

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    • Marie TeatherNovember 4, 2013, 11:18 pm

      Hi Jessica!Ok – I’ve got you down for the follow up!!

      Reply
  2. Janet J.November 2, 2013, 5:00 am

    Thanks for sharing this list. I am familiar with about half but excited to check out the other ladies sites.

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    • Marie TeatherNovember 4, 2013, 11:19 pm

      Excellent – glad to introduce you to some new blogs Janet!

      Reply
  3. KimberlyNovember 2, 2013, 6:16 pm

    Great article – love having 21 different ideas for a nomadic future all on one page :-)

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    • Marie TeatherNovember 4, 2013, 11:20 pm

      Yep I thought so too Kimberly – so inspiring to see what different women are up to!

      Reply
  4. lesley feldmanNovember 11, 2013, 8:02 pm

    Hello, You should strongly consider writing an article on preparing yourself to be audited by the IRS as the IRS regularly targets people who are self-employed, who take home office deductions, who take the foreign earned income deduction, and who have unusual life profiles like the women profiled above. Living abroad is exciting, but comes with a host of problems that women especially need to know how to protect yourself against. I am an independent graphic designer living in Paris and I have been going through an audit for the past year that has been the worst experience of my life.

    Reply
  5. JillNovember 12, 2013, 1:59 am

    What a fantastic list! So many of my favourite women on the web all in one place :)

    Reply
  6. Jess | GlobetrotterGirlsNovember 13, 2013, 1:58 am

    What a great list of women! We have been location independent since 2010, we call a few women on this list good friends and I’m still so inspired and impressed when I see just how many of us there are out there living this way. Let’s keep spreading the word :)

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  7. Kelly DunningNovember 21, 2013, 6:06 am

    Thanks for including me! It’s an honour to be listed among so many other amazing location independent women. I’m inspired by the great work that everyone is doing! :)

    Reply
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  9. Ann LjungbergNovember 26, 2013, 9:15 pm

    What a great collection! I am setting up my global site now, have been working with Swedes only so far. Am living on a sailboat since 12 years, visiting new countries every year. I work as a writing coach and business mentor for web entrepreneurs and LOVE having a job that makes me location independent.

    Reply
  10. Who’s in the news | Artsy TypeNovember 28, 2013, 7:28 am

    […] Arts graduate Kelly Dunning has earned praise as one of “21 Location-Independent Women” by Worldette.com for her work as a travel writer with her own blog, Global Goose. Dunning, who […]

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  11. Nina - Anywhere freelancerJanuary 14, 2014, 3:17 pm

    Great list, and good to know I’m not alone! Life on the road can be bit lonely sometimes… I’ve been a nomad since 2009 working on my online businesses and freelancing since.

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  12. Yamile YemoonyahMay 23, 2014, 12:23 am

    Just found out I’m on this list. Thanks for including me!
    I know some of the other ladies but not all.
    Will go check the rest out now.

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  13. Marion BouquetMay 23, 2014, 1:00 am

    Hi Marie!
    Great post. It’s really nice to learn about all those location independent women and see that we are not just a few doing this today! :)
    I guess you’re not updating this post anymore or adding anyone new to the list, but if you’re ever interested in getting to know a location independent voiceover artist, I’m your girl ;)
    Best of luck.
    Marion

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  14. Marta KuleszaMay 24, 2014, 5:57 am

    What an inspiring list of woman and Ideas they had. I am currently working on developing my travel blog and photography to be able to say one day that I also am a location independent entrepreneur! :) Thank you

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  15. Lauren MetzlerJune 10, 2014, 11:26 am

    Awesome list! I would love to be added to the follow up as I am a traveling artist, photographer and adventurer! Hehe :D

    Reply
  16. KyleJuly 4, 2014, 3:17 pm

    Nice round up! It’s great to see more woman getting into the digital entrepreneurship game.

    Reply
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  18. PriyaMarch 26, 2015, 1:08 pm

    I assume they are all under 30, with no kids and no relationship. Would have been nice if there was more diversity to show that this life style really can be achieved by different women from all walks of life.

    Reply
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