Tune in for a brief update on Grounded Nomads and the latest from Nomadtopia.
Naomi is a full-time housesitter who has made some big shifts in her lifestyle as a result of the pandemic. (Spoiler alert: she's decided to settle down in Sydney, Australia, for the next year!) We talked about how she made that decision and weighed its financial impact, mourning the loss of her identity as a nomad and feeling excited about new possibilities, her goals and plans during this time, and lots more.
Catch up with the founder of Nomadtopia! How has becoming a mom of twins and living through the pandemic shifted my perspective on my own Nomadtopia—and lots more? Find out in this episode with the fabulous Jill Sessa returning to interview me once again.
Sam and her partner are full-time housesitters who had to scramble to find a place to stay when their next sit was canceled due to the pandemic. We cover a lot of ground in this episode including where they ended up, the importance of backup plans, the future of housesitting (in general and for them personally), and how new/aspiring housesitters can take advantage of the current situation to get housesitting experience. There’s a lot that’s relevant to all of us, so give it a listen even if you’re not interested in housesitting!
Sam and I started out talking about how his Nomadtopia was affected by the pandemic… and quickly found ourselves fumbling through a conversation about black lives matter, freedom, white privilege, the privilege of the nomadic lifestyle, and so much more.
Sarah has been living in a rural lakeside town in Guatemala, writing for the local paper and teaching yoga. When all her in-person work dried up overnight, she had to think quickly and learn how to bring her business online. In this episode we talk about what she's discovered in the process, the unexpected benefits of doing something she'd been resisting and of the pandemic in general, and lots more.
Norm and his girlfriend were back in the U.S. for a visit and as the pandemic escalated they made the quick decision to leave the country again. Norm shares how he's keeping himself busy and, for the first time on Grounded Nomads, we spend much of the episode talking about the future of travel—practically and emotionally, for ourselves and in general.
Seven years in Shanghai came to an abrupt end when Shannon and her husband left for a few weeks of travel in February—and couldn't return. Tune in to find out where they ended up, what it was like to pack up their apartment via video chat, the pros and cons of their current situation, and lots more.
Gustav was in Bali in March when a news report caused him to quickly decide to leave the country that same day. Now home in Sweden, he joined me to talk about having to choose one place to be, mindfulness in daily life and during lockdown, the unexpected upsides, and lots more.
A born-again nomad after a fire forced her out of her apartment in December, Erica cut her time in Mexico short to head back to Canada in mid-March. In this episode we talk about finding places to stay during a pandemic, why she feels like she may not be cut out to be a nomad, and lots more.
Their travels on hold and their bus parked in the driveway, Brittany and her family are staying in a rental house in Canada. Listen in as we talk about why she’s loving sedentary house-life, the transition to motherhood, exploring what’s next, and lots more.
A short trip to Mexico has turned into an indefinite one for Beck, who’s originally from New Zealand and based in Toronto. In this episode we talked about why the current uncertainty feels different than the normal uncertainty nomads experience, the need to make life feel more exciting/interesting, and exploring other aspects of our identity now that that central piece—travel—isn’t available to us.
Julie usually lives in Chile but went home to the United States to take care of her mother temporarily in early February. She's still there. Tune in as we talk about the challenges of a short-term visit that's unexpectedly turned into an indefinite one, dealing with lost income, deciding when/if to return to Chile, and lots more.
The Nomadtopia community is grappling with a whole new set of challenges in the midst of the COVID-19 global pandemic. Like planes all over the world, we nomads have found ourselves grounded. Just like the regular monthly podcast, this weekly series will share the stories of nomads, expats, and other location-independent professionals and travelers as we explore what our Nomadtopia looks like right now and in the future.