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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  • Somehow I am already almost at day 50 of life as a digital nomad... As good a time as any for some reflection on why I embarked on this journey in the first place! 
When I left Sydney 48 days ago (to be exact) I was feeling so comfortable, so happy and so settled that it was kind of a strange time to change my whole lifestyle.

But to me, ‘settled’ leaves you in danger of not pushing yourself; not growing and learning; and not living mindfully, stopping to consider if you’re leading the life that will have you looking back and smiling.

When you’re settled, working days, weeks, and months can fly by without any time or reminder to think about whether you’re still doing what you want to with your life.

I didn’t want to blink and suddenly be one of those people – like so many I spoke to – who said things like ‘Do it while you’re young, while you have no commitments… Like I wish I had done’. I took some time out to consider what would have me looking back on life with no regrets… And I knew that this was the right decision for me.

I explain more in my latest blog post - link in my bio. 
Thanks for the pic @ramsvision 👏🏻 #nofilter
  • Have spent the last few days finding my inner jungle girl... Trudging through mud, chasing black snakes; fishing for Piranha; spotting sloths, iguanas, monkeys, jungle rats and pink and grey river dolphins; hiking in the pouring rain at night to find tarantulas; stalking bright coloured butterflies; and literally swinging from the trees. 🐍🦈🐠🙈🦋🕷 It felt so good to disconnect, enjoy this wild world, watch the sunrise and sunset, and learn so much about the amazing Amazon River and the local native people. 
Blog post coming...
  • Embarking on a new solo adventure is always a little nerve-wracking.

Without knowing what you'll see or who you'll meet on the other side it's sometimes difficult to feel as excited as you would about a different holiday.

But all the apprehension of flying somewhere unknown faded away as soon as I got in a taxi in Iquitos, Peru. At 11pm it was 35 degrees. After 3 flights and 31 hrs I was exhausted, but my cab ride was familiarly wide-eyed.

The first trip out of the airport in a new country is enchanting. After hours of just trying to 'get there' you can finally start to get excited about what 'there' actually is. You're aware of what's going on around you in a way you never would be in a taxi somewhere familiar. You're breathing in all the smells; carefully taking note of everything you see & hear, from street signs to the way the ambulance siren sounds different. Your mind is furiously trying to find connections between the unfamiliar & the familiar; trying to place where you've seen something similar... It's not until you really get to know a place that your brain seems to let go of this mechanism, as you start to see & remember it for its own characteristics.

Despite my tiredness I arrived at my hostel feeling excited to see what there was to learn about Iquitos the next day.

But jet lag got in the way & I was only able to make it out of the room for breakfast & dinner.

At breakfast I wandered into what appeared to be someone's house, & since all my Spanish seemed to suddenly have left me, I pointed to a piece of paper the lady of the house was holding & she returned with meat, rice & salad. I realised that 16 Spanish lessons probably wasn't enough.

For dinner I took a tuk tuk down to the Bulevar (or boulevard), where there were street performers, markets, restaurants & bars lining the Amazon river. I realised there are times when it's good to be able to claim you can't understand Spanish, like when your tuk tuk driver asks if you'd like him to accompany you to dinner. A lady at the table next to me had obviously taken her driver up on a similar offer, & I saw him steal a kiss before she jumped on the back of his moto taxi after dinner 😂
  • Weekends are for exploring 🗻 #grandcanyonwalk #bluemountains
  • An extra hour of morning means more time for peaceful morning beach walks and rock climbing 🐣 #daylightsavings @visitnsw @australia
  • Throwback to that time I spent my days lounging in the sun on the deck of a yacht, visiting hidden coves, partying in cave bars, exploring island towns and jumping off cliffs in Croatia. 
This was about six years ago (😱) and some of the people I met on @sailcroatia became friends who I still see to this day. 
If you've thought of visiting Croatia, take a look at my latest post on @thetraveloid - link in my bio. ✌️