About Location Independent

Our Goal

We were pioneers at the forefront of the Location Independent/Digital Nomad movement after launching this, the original website, back in 2006 (we originally used LIPliving.com – with LIP standing for ‘Location Independent Professionals’…snappy, eh?!).

Over the past almost two decades we have created numerous online courses and ebooks, grew a thousand-strong community around the movement, and have helped thousands of folks become location independent and work remotely/online too.

We are always evolving and growing and this – what you see today – is our latest incarnation. We hope you enjoy it!

Lea Jovy, Founder

A Brief History…

I’m Lea Jovy (was Woodward). I first coined the term ‘location independent’ and set up this website – which began as a personal travel blog – in 2007 to describe the way of life I had inadvertently created for myself as I travelled the world for several years, running a variety of online businesses with my now ex-husband.

I’ve been at the forefront of the location independent lifestyle for over a decade – working with companies like Dell who recognised the pioneering movement of working anywhere – and I’ve helped hundreds of people create this lifestyle for themselves. 

I know what it takes to create deep, lasting connections online, how to communicate effectively no matter who you’re communicating with or where they are in the world, and how to make the ‘work anywhere’ lifestyle work for you. I hope you enjoy the freedom of it, as much as I do!

Press & PR

In The Media

Newspapers & Magazines

Lea has been interviewed, featured and mentioned in a number of global media outlets over the past few years, including:

Financial Times ~ Nomads of the working world.

BBC Click ~ .Technology allows digital nomads to work anywhere.

BBC Fast:Track ~ Best Of The Web.

The Guardian, Careers, UK ~ .Work’s a beach: meet the digital nomads making the world their office

The Guardian, Travel, UK ~ The escapees travelling the world while working online.

The Guardian, Life & Style, UK ~ This column will change your life: 9-to-5 or free and easy?

La Repubblica, Italy ~ Tienila d’occhio: Lea Woodward and Bauman, un mondo senza regole: “senza la solidarietà, la libertà è un’illusione”.

China Trends magazine, China

Cosmopolitan magazine, Italy & Sweden

The Sydney Morning Herald & The Daily Telegraph, Australia

Online Media

Lea has been featured, interviewed, listed or profiled in many online media outlets: 

She wrote about juggling motherhood and nomadic entrepreneurship here on Forbes.

She wrote about how to launch a website with a fanfare (vs. deafening silence!) here on Forbes.

She wrote about going from consulting to entrepreneurship in Time.

She was interviewed about being a domain name addict (!) for Fast Company.

She was interviewed about location independence on Mixergy.

She was featured as one of  Forbes’ Thirty Women Entrepreneurs to Follow on Twitter.

She shared a tip for balancing entrepreneurship & parenthood on Inc.

Published Books

Lea has also been featured in a number of books including:

Escape from Cubicle Nation by Pamela Slim

Screw Work, Let’s Play by John S. Williams

The 9-to-5 Cure by Kristin Cardinale

She Takes on the World: A Guide to Being Your Own Boss, Working Happy, and Living on Purpose by Natalie MacNeil

Be A Free Range Human by Marianne Cantwell


Lea has spoken – virtually and in person – to audiences globally including: 

At the Freshmen Seminar, American College of Management and Technology, Dubrovnik on “The skills that open up doors & opportunities in today’s world”.

At Hult International Business School, Dubai campus for the “Pocket MBA for Women Who Aspire to Lead” Program.

Numerous online podcasts and interviews with fellow digital entrepreneurs.