Amongst the veiled (or not so veiled) promotion and other noise of the internet, it’s hard to get the information you need. The anonymity of the internet also seems to give people permission to be assholes, and makes it harder to find a safe space to share your dreams and struggles. But there are great communities out there, if you can find them.
Because many people in our lives don’t understand our goals or lifestyle, and we’re often moving around—which sometimes makes it harder to meet like-minded people in person—it makes sense for nomads and location-independent professionals to seek out community online. But it can be hard to find places where we feel like we truly belong.
As I mentioned in my last post, one of the biggest issues as you work on creating (or improving!) your Nomadtopia is finding the information you need. Google can help, as can some Facebook groups and individual blogs, but I find that they can actually create more problems than they solve.
Here at Nomadtopia, I talk to a lot of people who are working toward big goals. Maybe they’re dreaming of living abroad, or traveling long-term, or just setting everything up so they can head to the beach for a month every winter. The dream is exciting, but the day-to-day ins and outs of making it happen can feel like a real uphill slog. They’re feeling alone, frustrated, and overwhelmed. Why is it so hard? Here are a few of the specific issues I see these people struggling with as they work to make their dreams a reality.
I asked experienced travelers, nomads, expats, and future nomads to share their suggestions for the best gifts for nomads.
If you’ve ever struggled with what to buy for the avid traveler or nomad in your life, this is for you.
And if you’re tired of your family and friends complaining that you’re difficult to shop for, just send them this post.
Nomadic or not, you might be one of the many people in the world who communicate and even work with people in different time zones. Add your (or their) travel into the mix, and it gets even more complicated keeping track of it all. I'm constantly coordinating with people in other time zones, and over the years I’ve found some helpful tools to stay on top of time zones when working and/or traveling internationally.
Here’s as close as I can get to a comprehensive list of all the tools I use to run my businesses no matter where I go. I'll keep updating it as my needs and choices change.
Guest post from Mel Candea! In 2012, the term ‘digital nomad’ was only being loosely toyed with; the (hashtag) ‘vanlife’ revolution hadn’t truly begun; and we had no clue how we’d travel. We just knew that we had to. If I were sitting across from then-me, armed with what I know now, I’d have a few pivotal points of advice.
A look inside my bags: everything I pack for our extended travels, plus lots of additional info about the luggage I use, why we check our bags, and things I've added and gotten rid of over the years.
In early July, we left Granada, Nicaragua, and headed to Playa Samara on the northern Pacific coast of Costa Rica. It’s been pretty smooth sailing, but we (re)learned quite a few things along the way!
I had heard so many people rave about Granada that I expected to love it, and, well, I don't. I still can't quite put my finger on how I feel about this place or why, and I feel guilty admitting that I don't love it.
I've learned a lot since I launched my podcast in September 2014, and I thought I would share some of my lessons learned for those who might also be interested in podcasting while traveling.
To an extent, everyday life is the same no matter where you go. You (and the people who live there) need to eat, wash clothes, access money, get around, communicate... it just happens in different ways depending on where you are.
In addition to creating altars and painting faces, one of the most important parts of celebrating Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is going to the cemetery to decorate ancestors' graves with flowers. We joined the crowds on November 2 to check it out.
Cate Brubaker helps global adventurers navigate re-entry at SmallPlanetStudio.com and the Living Your Ideal Global Life Summit. In this interview, she shares how she's made a part-time nomadic lifestyle work for her.
Ten years ago, I was on a nine-month solo trip around the world. Here's a post I wrote on my RTW blog on October 11, 2004, about the four-day trek I'd just completed on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
We're leaving for Mexico in less than four weeks! So exciting. I have been dreaming of the food for months. (Years, maybe?) Find out how we're getting ready to arrive in a new place.
For those times when you have a bad Wi-Fi connection while traveling, one of the best back-ups is connecting to 3G data via a local SIM card. If you travel internationally and stay in one country for a while, buying a local SIM card is worth the effort. Read about my experiences buying local SIM cards...
Nomadtopia Radio is my new podcast that will feature interviews with people all over the world who are living lives of freedom and adventure through location independence, long-term travel, living abroad, and more. Find out how and why I started a podcast and check out the first episodes.
I've been thinking recently about my values and priorities, and the ones that I see as an essential part of Nomadtopia. I created this graphic to illustrate one of them. There are lots of reasons one might collect experiences instead of things; here are mine.
I'm constantly adding to, and tweaking, my list of most-used and favorite apps and services that make living and working anywhere in the world possible (and easier!). I just found this cool service called List.ly, so I thought I'd try it out as a way to share my latest favorites with you.
I had no idea this photo would be so useful when I took it! I've actually used it quite a bit over the years (including for my newest offering), but I took this photo long before Nomadtopia existed, and before I was thinking about what kinds of images work well for adding text to for marketing purposes.
My parents' home has been my default storage space for years. But now that they're finally moving, the tough decisions about what to keep and what to get rid of can't be put off any longer.
We've spent the last nine months in SE Asia (Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand) and India. One of the biggest changes for us has been the difference in time zones; in Asia, we're about 12 hours ahead of most of our friends, family, and clients, and we've found it has its pros and cons.
In 2005, I did a 10-day silent meditation retreat in Thailand. It was an incredible experience, but once I started working for myself, I assumed I wouldn't be able to do another one. And then I had a realization that shifted everything...