Barry and Simone: Experiments in Nomadism
May 25, 2016 | Podcast
Barry and Simone started their location-independent life by accident in 2012. They now split their time moving between Scotland (where they met) and Australia (where she is from) each year, by spending a few months in different locations each time. While they travel, Barry runs several businesses and Simone sometimes works with him, sometimes teaches English, and sometimes temps as an executive assistant.
Most Memorable Location-Independent Experiences
Tough one, there are too many! Maybe our first trip through Vietnam, or house sitting in Laos for four dogs, or house sitting on a beautiful estate in the Caribbean.
Biggest Surprise along the Way
We learn more and more every week about how to make our lifestyle work for us, so it’s hard to pick out specific surprises.
Every location and country surprises me (Barry) in some way. If I was to pick one overall thing it would be how easy and freeing it is to live minimally for extended periods (at least when the climate is warm!)
In this episode
- Falling into a nomadic lifestyle
- Their experience traveling in the U.S.
- Balancing time “back home” when you’re from different countries
- Unique challenges of being nomadic at 40
- Connecting with locals and keeping up with hobbies
- Working with a distributed team
- Mixing temp work with travel
- The downsides of a nomadic lifestyle and finding your dream
- And much more
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