I write while sipping on an iced tea at Sakley’s in Delhi- just one of those spaces that are inspiring enough to help overcome my writer’s block.
I jumped on the co-working bandwagon pretty soon, long before Social opened up it’s first co-working space in Hauz Khas. I’m usually found frequenting the Starbucks at Select Citywalk and in Cyber Hub- those are usually my go-to aside from Perch, Rose Cafe, Another Fine Day Cafe and on and off- Greenr (Shahpurjat).
As a travel blogger, my experience has been just a bit different from those of food and fashion bloggers. The fact that I’m not based out of a single place all the time has it’s disadvantages. I don’t have a permanent office space, and given that there aren’t many travel bloggers around town, there’s no “network” to speak of. There’s hardly any way to meet photographers, film makers, editors, marketers, coders and other people I could possibly work or collaborate with. In a search for paid part-time freelance work as well, the search is a long and unfruitful one- I just don’t know where to start looking! Aside from the obvious advantage of having access to an office space at minimal costs, I feel that as a blogging community we benefit much more from this sharing of resources and building a community- by creating a space that brings together freelancers from different fields of work. We have other bloggers to take inspiration from, to chat with, and get involved in projects with- it’s a resource far more valuable than the bucks saved on office space.
That said, I haven’t ever been able to fully commit to one single place. For someone who is always on the move, committing to a designated co-working space makes little sense. Specially because wifi is available almost everywhere, and unless you’re location bound or constantly hosting meetings- neither of which is a factor for me, cafes will do just fine. The one thing I feel I miss out on when it comes to a co-working space- when I’m in town- is that it keeps one accountable. Paying for a co-working space makes you treat your work hours seriously, to know you have to get somewhere and start working. While traveling, I choose a different cafe everyday, as long as they are flexible and quiet, with a strong wifi and some sunlight streaming in. Usually though, I end up using the first few hours of the morning to finish my writing and schedule social media posts. Though I’m not a morning person, I make it a point to book hotels or apartments that are beautiful enough to inspire me to start a day on a good note. I enjoy the experience of writing in hotel rooms, at cafes in new cities and at airports during long layovers. Lately I’ve been working on trying out different weekend getaways from Delhi, and a lot of my time has been spent in mountain cottages, luxury hotels and quick road trips around the city; and I often just plop myself up in a particular part of the hotel that gets my creative juices flowing. This isn’t always the case when I’m traveling internationally, and the only time I fish out my laptop is when I’m stopping for lunch or grabbing dinner alone in a cafe.
For someone who’s out for a big portion of the month, co-working only comes in the form of cafe hopping. It’s a little different from the true blue “co-working” concept but while traveling we seek to find new people and their stories, and in that aspect- cafes are as good as any other organised work space. Cause hey, this is work!