Louise Cottrell: Settling into Nomad Life
June 8, 2016 | Podcast
After 4+ years living in Argentina, developing location-independent skills, and taking a few trial runs, Louise is back on the nomad train. This year will be full of new (and old) countries, as well as the first time nomading with her partner. They only have tentative plans/ideas of where they’re going through winter. After that they’re not sure; they may even pick a base to stay for a while (but not Buenos Aires!).
Most Memorable Location-Independent Experiences
When I got my most important valuables stolen in La Paz, Bolivia, in 2011, a bad situation quickly turned positive because I was with the guy who I would end up with until today! I quit grad school, moved to Argentina, learned so much over the next four years, and eventually ended up leaving with a new citizenship (without even having to get married).
Biggest Surprise along the Way
The nomad community, i.e., “people who get me,” are all over the place. But there are many people who cannot and will not ever understand the urge to keep moving. I have had to make a place in my heart for both types of people.
In this episode
- Lessons learned from getting robbed in Bolivia
- Keeping track of important documents
- Deciding to move to Buenos Aires
- Settling in one place (or not)
- Tips for using Pinterest as a business/blogger
- How and why she has passports from three different countries
- Getting her boyfriend on board to travel
- And much more
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