My first week of writing on the road turned out to be pretty disastrous.

Coming from the UK, I was completely and utterly naive in my judgement of the size of Australia. You look at a map and think somewhere looks close and it then turns out to be a very bumpy 5-hour drive away…

This manifested itself beautifully in my total loss of any phone or internet signal for the first 3 days of my trip. As someone with a slight aversion to social media, this would usually be a welcome change, but as someone with projects on the go, it was a major problem.

Thanking my lucky stars that I didn’t have anything completely urgent due in those 3 days, I managed to get enough signal to message any clients who were expecting communication and explain my situation. Luckily for me, all my clients are fabulously understanding.

Lessons learned:

  1. When travelling, keep deadlines loose. Just in case.
  2. The roads get bumpier as you move further inland…meaning you will not be able to work!
  3. Research which places have coverage before setting off.
  4. Such places are limited outside the cities – Australia is HUGE.

This blissful 3 days with no signal was fantastic. I visited Carnarvon Gorge and stayed in a bush camp full of kangaroos, wallabies and porcupines. I even got to see some platypi – my new favourite animal.

It did, however, mean that I had to spend the next 2 days working solidly, but as I love my job that was a small price to pay.

That leads me to my bonus lesson learned:

  1. Factor in days specifically for working!

Despite my teething problems, working whilst road-tripping has been delightful.

I have seen a lot, experienced a lot and most certainly learned a lot. In fact, I have learnt so much that I might just write a blog about it…

Paint me like one of your French girls x
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2 Replies to “Writing on the road”
  1. I had an assignment that involved rough travel and tight deadlines once, and the lesson I learned there was that:

    1) I can actually write/read in a moving vehicle
    2) I can write MUCH more than I think

    Would love to learn more about your journey. Thanks for sharing!

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