I’ve often been drawn to the idea of being a digital nomad – working on the road, earning a living whilst visiting an array of beautiful, fascinating places. Quite a few of my favourite travel blogs are written by such people and that free-as-a-bird mentality is incredibly appealing.
Travelling solo around Canada for five months in 2012 was the best thing I’ve ever done. While I’ve got no plans to leave my life here in Liverpool anytime soon, I’m definitely a freespirit at heart and there’s always a part of me that wants to fly away to somewhere new. However, I also enjoy home comforts, being able to visit loved ones, snuggling up on the couch watching films with my beau and sleeping in my own bed (the orthopedic mattress is crazy comfortable).
As I get older, approaching 30 this year *gulp*, home comforts are becoming increasingly important, but that niggling feeling, those itchy feet, that hint of excitement at the mere thought of going travelling again are always there. Now is not the time though. Having just set up a new freelance copywriting business, my days largely involve work, work and more work. I’m also in a long-term relationship and if I was to ever consider uprooting, Andy would have to be in on it too.
This year is all about hard work and forging my career path, with a few holidays thrown in as well of course! But travel is a major part of me, not just a spectator and whatever the future holds, travel needs to play a bigger part. Whether this means being able to afford for us to have several trips away each year or having the flexibility to be able to work remotely from different locations (which is basically being a digital nomad) we’ll see what happens.
Being a digital nomad doesn’t have to involve hopping from hostel to hostel, place to place though. Spending a few months in each location and renting out an apartment is a much more attractive option – especially when needing somewhere suitable to work, with adequate WiFi. One thing I know for certain, the idea of getting a massive mortgage and being financially tied down to one place is not something I crave. Although, just because you own a property, this doesn’t necessarily mean having to stay in that place. People go travelling and rent out their homes while away. Ahhhhh, my head hurts!
Okay, this was definitely one of those random rants! It would be great to hear if anybody else has the same feelings or if any of you digital nomads can provide an insight into the benefits of this kind of lifestyle.