What does a free range work day look like… in Bali? This 12 minute video might just surprise you.

Hop on the back of my scooter as I whizz you ‘virtually’ around Ubud: from wifi to people and places to go, see what it’s like living+working in this popular ‘digital nomad with laptop’ destination (listen out for the roosters in the background).

Ever wondered what a work day might look like when you’re living ‘location independent’ in Bali, working on your laptop? Find out for yourself in this 12 minute virtual video tour of my typical ‘free range work day’ around Ubud in Bali.

This is the first time I’ve shot a ‘regular day’ video ย like this -this was shot entirely on my iphone… with each part done in ย one take. Yup, it’s the real deal, what you see is what you get. Including, er, my hair… what can I say, it’s rainy season :).

It was a lot of fun to do and I hope you enjoy it too!

Marianne x

PS:What I show you in this video is all about the Ubud you may see on a work day with your laptop, going between a few wi-fi friendly humans and seeing others doing the same. But that’s just one part of life – if you come here don’t spend all your time hanging out in cafes! There’s lots more to Ubud and Bali than that – and those areย the parts that free rangers explore on their non-work days (or afternoons ;)).

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  • Gene Palmer

    Marianne, GREAT VIDEO! I’ve worked in Bali for 2 or 3 week stretches several times, but I never lived like a local (only in the hotels). How do you deal with the “Bali Belly”? You seem to be eating the local salads, etc… I would love to go back, but I couldn’t get past that, so I’ve stuck with Santa Barbara, Ca. which, as you know, is much more expensive.

  • Julie Bowley

    I read your book in the early part of 2013 and it inspired me to change my life. I now expect to be working and travelling all over the world by the end of 2014. Thanks for a great video peek into your life

  • I love this video. I have been travelling quite a lot myself and Asia becomes definitely my favourite destination! People seems to be happier over there. And that contestant appreciation of simple, happy moments… I am counting down to my free range life which I am starting in a month time. Has the time stopped?:)

  • Same here, Julie. I kind of had everything sorted in 2013, but was not brave enough to just go for it. After reading the book, I handed my notice in December!:)

  • wgordon3


    Thanks for sharing. I used to spend a lot of time in Indonesia but never made it to Bali. It is on my to-do list. The scenes bring back memories anyway.

    This Tuesday the 12 inches of snow in NYC caused my entrepreneurship class at School of Visual Arts to be canceled. We were going to discuss the Introduction and first two chapters of your book. It has to wait until next Tuesday night. I am looking forward to sharing this video with the class as part of the discussion.

    Do you ever come to NYC?


  • Graham

    Thanks Marianne, really enjoyed that, you should definitely make more of these in the future – would love to see more details about how you work, such as the software and apps you use, how you look after todos and break down projects – the more practical geeky stuff ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks!

  • Kelly & Scott

    Loved your iphone video. So much fun! BTW has anybody ever old you that you resemble Gwyneth Paltrow? My husband & I have both joined the F.R.H tribe and just have started the Prequel week to your 21 day Course.

    I’ve just “retired early” from my job at our local public library 2 weeks ago so we could get busy with our new lifestyle. I was introduced to your book when a patron requested it. Our library purchased it. YAY! As soon as I read what it was about I KNEW this was what I needed to read IMMEDIATELY! Thanks for putting into written word — the Free Range Human what we had been feeling. It has been what we’ve been needing to help us solidify our decision. We are so looking forward to the 21 day course to get things moving right along.

  • Angela Alegna

    Hi Marianne, thanks for the video. Now it feels like I’ve met you! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve been getting your Friday mails for a couple of years now and I’ve only recently purchased your book, which I started reading this morning. Yes, I’m slow at everything I do but the ideas that my partner and I have been forming and discussing for some time finally seem to be gaining in strength, coherence and feasibility. We have 3 kids and zero savings, and those two factors have always seemed like insurmountable obstacles to our free-ranging but I’m hoping by the time we finish with your book we can see our way past that. Are there any others in the free-range tribe with a similar situation? Anyway, just wanted to thank you for the regular inspiration in the form of the Friday mails. They are effective and appreciated, even if in my case and possibly others, it can take years for the ultimate trigger effect to happen ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Thanks Gene! I love SB (my book trailer was mostly filmed there http://www.beafreerangehuman.com) but yes it is more expensive. It’s funny you mention raw food – the raw food scene in Ubud is one of the best in the world (imagine all the raw-food movement of Cali transferred to one small town and you have Ubud food summarised). Suffice to say that in a town like that, the many places that specialise in raw use better filtered water than most developed countries! That’s the short and ‘safe’ answer but in general anything around Ubud aimed at Westerners doesn’t have issues of that type.

  • Hi Angela, great to hear from you! Love that you finally have the book too – suspect it will help you come up with options (top tip: do the exercises AND read to the end!). A thought for you – if you are looking to start something and need a solid lifestyle for the kids coupled with low costs for you then you’d do worse than getting to a place like Bali which delivers both (there are heaps of ‘free range’ families around Ubud – always see them around the cafes and whizzing around on bikes, and you’d be in great company! Also there are some interesting schools around Bali, particularly the Green School which some people I know actually moved to Bali to be able to send their kids to. There are also more mainstream options).
    On your other point: you would do well to get savings moving asap to give yourself a buffer no matter which way you go. Suggestion: a good way of doing that if you are maxed out on your income/bills each month is to launch a ‘free range project’ on the side of your work to a) get the ball rolling on trying things out and getting things moving and b) gather a nest egg for your escape, all in one fell swoop. Definitely out of comfort zone stuff but also how these things happen ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Ha ha! Thanks Kelly. I have indeed been told that (spent a long time trying to get away from the comparison but am just running with it now). Awesome you joined the 21 days (and brilliant that your library has it in stock – love seeing the book in libraries around the world). Best of luck with making this happen. Marianne

  • Thanks Bill! I look forward to hearing what your students think of it amid the NY snow.
    Yes I do come to NYC – I was based there for a month last year. I don’t have any plans to come back this year (yet) but will let you know if that changes. East Village + Brooklyn are some of my favourite (non-tropical) places in the world. Marianne

  • Sending free range wishes to you both, Julie and Mags!
    Marianne x

  • Ags

    Marianne, what a fun video! Thanks for sharing. I have recently moved to Singapore and look forward to visiting Bali sometime this year. You definitely selling Ubud as one of those places to add to ‘the list’ ๐Ÿ˜‰ I am reading your book for the 2nd time now – just need a refresher. And still looking for a perfect idea for my great Escape! Do you plan to come to Singapore anytime soon? Or perhaps plan to do any webinars in this timezone? Take care!

  • Oluseyi Kolade

    Loved this video. I will be starting my free range career later this year, based in Bali. Went to Ubud for a couple of weeks in October last year and fell in love. Can’t wait to go back. You showed all my favourite places there! I adore the Yellow Flower Cafe. Thanks for sharing. Maybe see you when I get back xxx

  • Thanks for sharing Marianne, Bali is def. on my list for this year…I was just wondering how reliable and fast was the internet there? I day-trade futures, and need a stable connection for my trading platform. Hope all is well.

  • bb

    Loved the video. You have a wonderful free range spirit!

  • Angela Alegna

    Hi Marianne,

    Working through the book, I’ve realised a couple of things so far: everything I’ve ever done as a career (language teaching, translating, writing) has been perfectly well-suited to free-ranging (yay!), but I have major psychological barriers in the form of a) a severe case of impostor syndrome; and b) an almost pathological resistance to accepting payment for something I enjoy. Hoping to persevere and overcome these. We’ve moved countries before (kids and all, with just a couple of suitcases and a few hundred dollars in the bank) so definitely not afraid of that, but somehow ended up stuck again, with the idea that not having a regular job meant failure and seriously depressed at the prospect of looking for work again and again. Next time, we’d definitely like to have a bit more leeway financially, so we’re getting cracking on your suggestion of a free-range project to work our way out of here. Bali sounds tempting and Indonesian is on my list of languages to learn. I wonder about the tax and residency details, though. Can you really just move to a country where you have no existing ties and set up your life? Thanks for your reply above. Your enthusiasm is catching and I love it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I am reading this from there right now! Isn’t it a great find? Enjoy when you get back later in the year.

  • Hi Ivan – it depends how fast you need. If you’re there outside of rainy season (ie: any time aside from Dec-Feb) it is PRETTY reliable. But speed varies. Top tips: hubud thrives for a reason: they have the fastest and most reliable internet around. Secondly internet in guesthouses is terrible as they don’t pay for the fastest internet. Rent a villa from someone who knows about the need for fast internet, and if needed ask to pay extra for an upgrade to ‘high speed’ (it can be done within a day). I’ve run many video-skype calls on those sorts of lines. Hope this helps!

  • Thanks Graham! All the main resources I use are right here: http://www.free-range-humans.com/resources. And I am indeed writing a post about a few others so look out for it!

    But honestly, I don’t spend much (if any) time thinking about this sort of thing. I don’t use any one ToDos app for example (but as I have a mind like a sieve I am careful to set up reminders and lists, just using a regular word document and my gmail calendar). Hope this helps – there’s such a rabbit hole of software options but I stay away from that side of things as I find it distracts from the parts that matter ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Thanks for sharing Marianne, I’m keen to get back to Bali this year and this time with my free range career in tow ๐Ÿ˜‰ This is so much fun to watch & inspirational to keep me focussed!

  • John Mark

    What camera do you use to make your videos?

  • dhruvrox11

    Lots of ideas. Thanks for increasing our knowledge.

    Regards! – Result Zoo

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