Researching Nomadic Lifestyle: Participate in my study!

Researching Nomadic Lifestyle: Participate in my study!

Not only did we both quit our jobs to travel the world. I’ve also put my dissertation on hold. While traveling, I got inspiration to change my topic and start fresh. We easily met a lot of wonderful people who were traveling just like us, many of whom have been able to work full-time. With my background in Industrial-Organizational psychology, I became interested in the working life of these full-time travelers. When I came back from the trip, I dove deep into telecommuting research but what I found is very little information on full-time telecommuters who do all work on-line and are not in the same location as their co-workers, clients and bosses. After all that research, a few questions lingered in my head: How do people transform their life into a location independent travel lifestyle? How do location independent workers think about work and its influence on their sense of self? What are the advantages and disadvantages of this lifestyle? How has this major lifestyle change impacted their perception of self and the world?

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Now I am able to influence literature and research with my own findings to shed light on this unique population of extreme telecommuters. That’s exactly how I titled my dissertation: Extreme Telecommuting: job attitudes, behaviors and values of location independent workers. Now, I need your help, nomads!

Are you a long-term traveler who sustains travel by working remotely? If you answered yes, I’d like to invite you to participate in my research study.

As a doctoral candidate in Business Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, I’d like to ask for your participation in my dissertation study that seeks to understand and explore the experience of workers who have chosen to travel full-time to destinations of their choice. Little research has been done understanding this experience of redesigning one’s life in order to have the freedom for long-term, international travel. I am particularly interested in the vocational aspect of this lifestyle.

You will be asked to voluntarily agree to participate in this study, followed by general demographic inquiries.

Here is the qualification criteria to participate in this study:
•Citizen of a stable, industrialized country who choose travel while working as a lifestyle
•Has traveled internationally while working for at least 1 year during the last 5 years
•The location of the travel destinations is or was completely under their control
•Has visited and worked from more than one country during the travel experience
Work:
•Full or part-time employees of a company or full or part-time independent contractors
•Is or were able to conduct work outside of a conventional work location (teleworking) while traveling

Each individual participant will be asked to complete a quick qualifying survey, a questionnaire on-line via www.surveymonkey.com and to take part in one 60 minute audio-recorded interview via Fuze, which is a reliable conference call system.

The total time commitment for participants will not exceed 1 hour and 30 minutes.

If you are interested, please comment on this blog post and I will contact you right away. I would kindly appreciate your time and help in expanding this area of telecommuting research in order to help other individuals fulfill their dream of long-term travel without ending their working life.

THANK YOU!!!!

Yelena Ogan
PhD Candidate in Business Psychology
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

In Her Shoes

In Her Shoes

20130306-132118.jpg Traveling the world has made me reflect on a number of aspects of my identity including my womanhood. I love people watching when I travel, which actually seems to be how I find out most about the culture. I watch people do unusual things and ask myself why. My attention was naturally drawn to people who share my gender around the world. I’d ask myself what their life is like compared to my life in our culture. It turned out to be an interesting topic to ponder about and I’d like to share my thoughts.
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Langkawi? Sure, why not?

Langkawi? Sure, why not?

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We got to see a great deal of what Penang has to offer during our time in Malaysia. As we usually do, we ask other, fellow full-time travelers for future destinations suggestions and enjoy the rush of changing-up our travel plans, which is how we extended our stay in Penang in the first place. The next tip we took to heart is to check-out Langkawi before you leave Malaysia. One of our favorite travel rules is to “always say Yes”. Off to Langkawi it is…
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Hiking Through the Rainforest of Penang

Hiking Through the Rainforest of Penang

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After thoroughly exploring Georgetown, we decided to get out of the city for a day trip to the Penang National Park. We decided to hike through the park and visit one of the beaches the park hosts. Seeing the words “National Park” we both assumed we will spend a day leisurely walking through another park. We’d later find out that this was a faulty assumption. Yet, we did little homework before starting our day and hopped on a bus number 101 from the city center, which conveniently takes you right to the park.
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What to Eat in Malaysia

What to Eat in Malaysia

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The better question would be “What not to eat in Malaysia?” Put on some loose pants and hit up Hawker Centers that are so popular throughout this country.

While the quality was a bit lower than dishes we were sampling in Singapore, there was plenty of variety and exciting flavors. When you are visiting Malaysia, you can dine all around the world…
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