If you know me, you probably know that i am very passionate about traveling and meeting with people. My number one goal is to finance a trip around the world and not so long ago i stumbled upon an article about people called ‘digital nomads’ and the next few paragraphs are going to be dedicated to them.
“A location-independent professional — or a digital nomad — is someone who leverages technology to work wherever they want — be it from home, your favorite coffee shop, on the beach, or even from the other side of the world! These nomadic entrepreneurs use their laptops, iPhones, a little resourcefulness, and a few handy web-based applications to earn an income wherever they live or travel.
Location-independent professionals frequently work as freelance writers, photographers, affiliate marketers, web designers, software developers, graphic designers, and sometimes they simply pick up odd jobs as they go.” http://www.thrillingheroics.com by Cody McKibben
I have to say that i’m amazed by the way those people live, they combine two of the things i love the most - freelancing and traveling. Imagine working from anywhere in the world and meeting with different people and cultures. People with ordinary jobs usually have 2 or 3 weeks for vacation, and usually they spend half of them at home. Working from everywhere is just better, even if you are not considering to go on a journey.
Ideology that says, the less material property you own, the more free you are. That’s why most of these ‘digital nomads’ cross the world only with the things they have in their backpack. Going mobile have it’s pros and cons, but it just sounds awesome. Also i love the idea of creating more, and consuming less.
Buying life experience, instead of material things
In our consumer society, people dream of having things that they don’t really need. Advertising is trying to make us believe it, so people never think about what they really need. But in the end of you life, what matters the most is what you have experienced in your life, not what TV you bought, or what furniture you had.
People don’t want to be millionaires — they want to experience what they believe only millions can buy.
If you go on a journey, and at the same time you earn money and invest them in your journey, this is investing in life experience. And i think this is one of the little things in life that truly worth investing. The one common thing about everyone, considering himself as a location-independent worker, is the desire of freedom. No matter if you work at the coffee shop or at the other side of the globe, you simply seek the freedom.
If you work as a freelancer and you like adventures and traveling you should definitely consider trying this. I am, and i will try, so dear reader i hope our paths cross somewhere around the globe.
Couple of links related to the topic:
- Max Spiker - he spent the last 4 years traveling as a way of life
- Andrew Hyde - is a vagabond and a minimalist who spent 20 months on the road researching for his book
- Cody McKibben- is a writer, traveler, and nomadic entrepreneur
- Adam Baker - exploring personal finance, consumerism, clutter, travel, minimalism, and passionate entrepreneurship