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.
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!
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.
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.
A country's visa requirements determine how much you need to plan ahead before you visit, what kind of information you need to provide, how long you can stay, and more. It can also shape your decisions about where to go and, if you're visiting more than one country, in what order.
I don't bother with New Year's resolutions anymore, but I do like to set intentions for the coming year, and as a nomad, a lot of that has to do with where I want to be and the experiences I want to have. Here are the rough plans we have so far.
As I was packing up this morning, I was reminded yet again of how much stuff I have with me, and how tight a fit it is in my luggage. I know some might find it impressive that I'm traveling long-term with a carry-on-size suitcase, small shoulder bag, and a laptop bag (Roberto has about the same amount of stuff, without the shoulder bag). But I can, and want, to do better.
Running a business from anywhere is not really that much different than running a business from one place. There are just a couple important things to set up, and you'll be ready to go!
I've written before about how to decide where to go, which can be a challenge when you could go virtually anywhere! People also often ask me about the next step in the process: how do you decide where to stay?
As I've wandered, improvised, dreamed, schemed, and refined my ideal lifestyle, I find myself winging it more and more, and I'm constantly reminded of why it's a good idea to not plan things out all the time. Here are five reasons you should wing it—in life, in travel, and in everything else.
Some people love having a home base to return to, and others love the liberation of being completely nomadic. Some only start to recognize the appeal of a home base after spending months, or years, on the road. I've done it many different ways, and they all have their pros and cons.
I know how easy it is to get bogged down in the logistics of creating a nomadic life, which can seem really complicated sometimes. But let's put it all in perspective, shall we? To have the freedom to go anywhere in the world, there are only a few things you really need.
There are plenty of people who are technically location independent (meaning they could do their work from anywhere), but they haven't actually given it a test drive. Then something unexpected happens—a storm, a family emergency, or something more fun like a spur-of-the-moment vacation—and they're not prepared to work from somewhere besides their home office (or local coffee shop). What to do?
Planning and living a successful, sustainable nomadic life can require a lot of organization. If you stay on top of the important stuff, you can relax and go with the flow the rest of the time. It's all about balance!
Sometimes your dreams feel so far away. It's discouraging, and you might feel like giving up entirely. I understand, because it happens to me, too! Here are four ways to keep the faith when it feels like you'll never get there.
One of the most challenging parts of location independence (but also a wonderful problem to have, I know!) is deciding where to go, when, and why, when you can essentially go anywhere, anytime. I've written before about how to decide where to go, but here I share what this looks like in real time, in my own Nomadtopia.
This is the first time in quite a while that I've taken a pretty "normal" trip: round-trip from one country (Argentina) to another (Peru), for two weeks. It's interesting to see how my perspective has changed and how much less planning I do than I used to.
There’s a lot to do to create a lifestyle that allows you to live anywhere in the world. It’s easy to get bogged down and feel like you’ll never get there. Making any big dream [...]
Research your destination so you know what to expect and where you'll be going when you get there. It can be fun to wing it, but it can also be stressful to arrive in an unfamiliar place and have no idea where to find a room, which parts of town are safest, what the exchange rate is, and how much a taxi should cost.
If you embrace your dream, and focus on doing whatever you can to make it happen, I believe virtually anything is possible. Whatever excuse you have for not doing what you dream of, I have met people online and off who can prove you wrong.
This is Step 5 in the 7 Steps to a Life of Travel series. Before you go, some things will have to be taken OFF autopilot, and others will need to be put ON autopilot.
This is Part 1 of Step 3 in the 7 Steps to a Life of Travel. Once you have come up with a money plan and begun to plot your escape, it's time to figure out where you're going!
So you've decided it's time to make your dream of living your ideal life, anywhere in the world, a reality. Your money plan is in place, and you're starting to get a handle on what this adventure will actually look like. The next step is to free yourself of all the trappings of your location-dependent life so you can plot your escape. This is Step 2 in the 7 Steps to a Life of Travel.
Having a way to make money from anywhere is one of the essential components of a successful location-independent lifestyle (aka Nomadtopia). This post lays out some of what's worked for me and things to consider as you work on your money plan. This is Step 1 of the 7 Steps to a Life of Travel.