Every time I see a photo of Beverley from Pack Your Passport working, shopping or socialising in East London I get a little homesick. In this week’s From Where I Work she tells us why it’s a great place to be a travel blogger.
When I was living abroad, in Australia and New Zealand, I did a lot of my writing curled up in various states of comfort in my bed or on the sofa. That’s not to say I don’t still do this; I regularly spend a few hours before I go to sleep writing from underneath my duvet in my flat in East London (I’ve yet to find a room that I can fit a desk in) but these days I feel like I’m much more productive when I work in a public space like a cafe.
I juggle my love of travel with freelance writing for various travel companies, a job in digital marketing and, of course, travel blogging so on a weekend you’ll usually find me sitting in one of my favourite cafes with my headphones in completing client work or writing about one of the places I’ve travelled to. I’m originally from England, but I didn’t move to London until November 2013 after 3 years of living on the other side of the world. Living in the capital has meant that I’ve been able to explore Europe a lot more; in the past year I’ve travelled to Ireland, Poland, Italy, The Netherlands, and Switzerland.
That said, I also love a bit of backyard travelling and there’s always something to do in London, even if it’s just going for a walk with your camera in your hand.
I recently travelled to Dublin to cover a music festival and I was delighted to have a beautiful desk to sit at but today I’m at Timberyard in London. It’s a spacious cafe on Old Street with heaps of natural light, comfortable contemporary decor, and lots of room to set up your laptop.
I have a few companies that I write for on a regular basis so I try to get those articles out of the way first before I start creating blog posts for Pack Your Passport. Then it’s onto researching blog posts, pitching companies, and editing photos. I also try to stay off social media while I’m writing but if I need a break I tend to spend 10 minutes on Twitter, reply to blog comments, and emails, and maybe get myself another coffee!
Timberyard have amazing coffee (I can’t function without caffeine!) but I also like it here because the wifi’s fast, and the staff never make you feel guilty for sitting in there with your laptop for hours on end. There are also normally a pile of pastries on the counter to choose from, because obviously if I’m going to get any work done I need some sort of sugar-kick as well, right?
Beverley Reinemann is a freelance writer, and digital marketing consultant, and the blogger behind Pack Your Passport. Originally from England, she left her marketing job in 2010 to work and travel on the other side of the world, starting in Australia, then New Zealand, before moving to London in 2013.
Pack Your Passport is a travel and lifestyle blog with a focus on unique city break destinations, solo travel, expat life in Australia and New Zealand, London life, and personal travel stories.