There is this wonderful trend going of people realising there is more than one way to organise their work and private life. The people who follow this trend do not want to go to the same office to work with the same people on the same things every day, week after week, month after month and year after year. Neither do they want to go home to the same house in the same neighbourhood in the same country every day. These people are addicted to the unknown and allergic to the conventional. These people are called digital nomads and they work remotely or location independently. I am one of these people.
The world is an incredible place. And thanks to our growing globalisation most of this world is readily accessible to us. For a few hundred euros we can fly to the other side of the world within a day’s time. Digital nomads have made it into an art to take advantage of this possibility. We have designed our businesses in such a way that all we require of a place is a steady internet connection. True, this can be a struggle sometimes but thanks to our active online community we know exactly what we can expect from each corner of the earth.
There are numerous different options when it comes to remote work. Many of my travelling colleagues work in web development, copywriting, graphic design or online marketing. In this sense I am somewhat the odd one out. I am a storyteller, consultant, trainer and speaker. I offer online courses and work with people one-on-one. And whoever said that couldn’t be done online, I’d like to prove you wrong.
So what does my life look like? I work Monday to Friday and a little more often than not on Saturdays and Sundays too, just like any entrepreneur. The thing that makes me different is that I do it from wherever I darn well please. Currently, that seems to be Medellin, Colombia. What sets me apart from a normal backpacker? I do not have the time and energy to move from place to place every few days but I do have all the time in the world to stay somewhere a little longer because my funds are not running out. I like to stay in one place for a month or longer. This gives me the opportunity to explore the place in my free time, find my favourite cafe or co-working space to work from and build more sustainable relationships on the way.
So no, I’m not just on holiday and I’m not going to cancel on our appointment because I feel like surfing. My company and my clients are my number one priority, as it should be. I just really don’t want to know what my view will be in a week, a month or a year from now.
Do you want to get inspired by the nomad lifestyle and even find out how you can become one? Check out the Digital Nomad Network Facebook page.