It’s October 26th 2015, I’m currently sitting in a coffee shop on Koh Tao in Thailand. I’ve been wanting to write this post for a while but have been caught up in the chaos of making life changes.
Just last week I was a resident in Surrey, just a short train journey outside of London. Over the last year I’ve worked with some great companies and agencies creating social media strategies, delivering training & managing online communities. I was well paid, lived in a lovely apartment and ate out for at least half of my meals.
Unfortunately though, I lost almost 3 hours a day to commuting and sometimes getting through the day required an unhealthy amount of caffeine. Oh I can’t forget to mention the £1000 a month in rent & £220 in travel costs.
I decided that I needed to make some changes – to live a healthier life and work smarter. London is a wonderful city and it’s a great place to create strong networks, source opportunities and meet great people. Unfortunately though, most will agree the commute is painful and I believe there is a smarter way to work.
Earlier this year I was reading some posts on Medium and come across the term ‘digital nomad’. I hadn’t heard it before, but it interested me. After much further reading, I realised I had all of the ingredients to live life as one. I have a skill set which enables me to work from anywhere with a good internet connection, a strong entrepreneurial network to source opportunities and no ties to a location.
I was sitting on the train home from London one evening looking around through tired eyes at drained souls when I made the decision. Sometimes it’s in the blurry moments of life those big decisions just seem right, after doing the math and speaking to the lovely folks on #nomads I realised it all was all possible.
After a week of jet lag, the next chapter of my life has started and although at times I’ve felt a little anxious (naturally), it feels right. I have mapped out the essential locations to explore but there is no rush. This lifestyle involves slow travel, good accommodation, health & work.
If you’re thinking of making a change in your life, just remember – you don’t have to do what everyone else is doing. It may feel comfortable to do what your friends are doing, but it may not always make you happy. Don’t fear away from alternative ways to live your life. Embrace the unknown and fight the anxiety – for it will surely knock at your door.
Here is to the next chapter, living life as a digital nomad.