Why I Became a Digital Nomad

Why I Became a Digital Nomad

Most of us love to travel.

What’s not to love?

Exploring a new culture, learning about the history of the world, tasting exotic delicacies, relaxing on a beach somewhere…

Where Does Creativity Come From?

Where Does Creativity Come From?

When I was eight years old, I wrote a story. In fact, I created my own picture book – drew and coloured in the pictures to go with my story, complete with a hard cardboard cover.

It was called ‘Goldilocks and The Three Bears’.

Why Everyone Should Travel Alone At Least Once

Why Everyone Should Travel Alone At Least Once

I think a lot of people are afraid of travelling alone – or they simply think they won’t enjoy it.

And I’ll admit, I was pretty nervous when I set off for my first completely solo trip overseas last year.

I’d made an impulsive decision to travel to a yoga retreat in Sri Lanka, and had felt extremely excited ever since…

Until the morning I was leaving.

5 Ways to Be Mindful Without Meditation

5 Ways to Be Mindful Without Meditation

Meditation isn’t for everyone.

I am certainly a proponent of it, but I know that at times it can be boring or even painful emotionally. It’s so rare for us to give ourselves the chance to sit and do nothing that when we do, it can allow difficult thoughts to surface which can be uncomfortable enough to make us not want to try it again.

Why I Leave Home

Why I Leave Home

I went to a talk by Robert Dessaix at the Sydney Writers Festival last week titled ‘On why I leave home’. He talked about travel and how he uses it as a non-religious ritual to reannoint his rationalist soul.

It got me thinking – what is travel to me? Why do I leave home?

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  • In 2018 I threw caution to the wind... 🍃

I left a job I enjoyed, friends and family I love and the city I call home in search of adventure.

I found tarantulas in the Amazon rainforest; watched Guatemalan volcanoes erupt; swam in Mexican cenotes and under Colombian waterfalls; rode ATVs past fairy chimneys in Turkey; and frolicked in the snow in the Ukraine. 
I celebrated Dia de los Muertos in Mexico City, tasted wines in Malibu, picked coffee beans in Jardin, watched Cirque du Soleil in Vegas, rode a horse to the salt flats in the Sacred Valley, and visited friends old and new in New York and San Francisco.

There were not-so-fun experiences - from being robbed (more than once), scammed, and ripped off - to trying to do yoga classes in Spanish, feeling homesick, and learning how to stay productive when WiFi won’t cooperate. 
But they were more than made up for by the experiences I gained - like my first times surfing, skateboarding, sand boarding, paragliding and scuba diving. 
I found out what it was like to live in cities around the world, said yes to ALL the local foods (and drinks), did my best to learn new languages, and met tons of people from all around the world that I now call my friends.

Nothing went to plan, but I leant into all the twists and turns, let go of any expectations and embraced all the surprises.

And I did all of this while working in a job that allows me to continue to grow as a professional.

Choose to live life on your terms - it's entirely possible.

Lots of love to everyone from Istanbul this New Year’s Day, and thank you to those of you who made my 2018 what it was - you know who you are. 💕 .
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  • Merry Christmas from snowy Kiev to all my family and friends.🎄Wherever you are, you remain in my heart 💕
  • There are plenty of perks to the digital nomad life. 
Starting and ending your day when you want. Working from amazing new places. Constantly meeting different and inspiring people. 
In my first month as a digital nomad I made the most of these while coworking in Lima, Peru. I embraced morning surf lessons with fellow nomads; took an evening walking tour of Baranco, the city’s bohemian art district; tried to comprehend the Spanish version of a downward dog at a yoga class; and visited the desert oasis of Huacachina for some sandboarding on the weekend.

But don’t let this (or the Instagram photos) fool you: as rewarding as the lifestyle can be, it’s also a challenge. It’s up to you alone to ensure you stay motivated, without getting distracted by your new and constantly changing surroundings.

Finding ways to make your work days more productive means you can make more of your off-hours, and instead of stressing about all that needs to be done, you can be out exploring, adventuring, and meeting new people. 
That’s what this life is all about, right?

Here are some tools that I've found helped me be a more productive remote worker:
https://www.beunsettled.co/blog/tools-to-make-you-productive-digital-nomad
  • The best thing about not planning ahead is that when someone says "Wanna come to Turkey?", you can say "Why not?". And then all of a sudden you're in this magical place, spending the afternoon riding ATVs through dusty valleys and past fairy chimneys, and the evenings drinking rakı, learning Turkish dances, and sleeping in a cave. 😱
  • Getting up super early for work is worth it when you get to spend the afternoon doing this ✌🏻
  • Wanna join me on the Metro Cable high above Medellin? 🎥
My first ever time lapse video
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