Digital Nomads & Travellers – finding The best balance

Digital Nomads & Travellers – finding The best balance

along with lots of of our online colleagues, we classify ourselves as digital nomads. but what does that indicate exactly?

“Digital Nomads are individuals that leverage technology in buy to work remotely and live an independent and nomadic lifestyle.”

– Reddit

To add to what Reddit says, the digital nomads that we know tend to live financially conscious lives, have less possessions than a lot of people, are absolutely complimentary to live how they want, and are exceptionally happy!

But, how do we find a balance between working remotely online, and having time to explore the destinations we’re checking out or living in?

If we don’t travel, then we have nothing to write about.

If we don’t write, we have no funds for travelling.

It’s a catch 22.

Writing with a furry pal in Mexico
Oftentimes we feel like we should be out there mingling with people, trekking up a mountain, or checking out the popular markets and sights. We see other travellers looking down at us because we’re being antisocial on our laptops, rather than discussing where we must travel to next.

Our web site and our freelance columns are our job, it’s our passion, it’s what we love. We feel like it’s a small sacrifice to miss out on a couple of delighted hours in buy to earn a few hundred dollars, which will ultimately get us from one exotic destination to the next.

Here’s what a very young Australian girl on her gap year said to us recently when she saw us working on our computers:

“Ugghh, I’m so sick of hearing the “W” word! You’re travelling, you shouldn’t even be thinking about Work!”

Things were much different during our travels in 2009!

There are times when we feel left-out and like we don’t fit in with other travellers, but we brushed off what the Aussie said because we’ve come to the realization that it’s ok to not be full-time travellers anymore. We’re not just tourists – we’re now expats, bloggers and tourists. Unlike before, our journeys around the world don’t have an expiration date. We’re in no rush to see the top vacationer sites of the city we’re in, because a lot of likely we’ll be there for a month and will have plenty of time to get to them.

We now take pleasure in living in places, whether it’s in our own apartment or condo or house sitting. This allows us to fully immerse ourselves in the culture and community. We get to have local neighbours, we’re able to know about the best restaurants, secret hikes and off-track beaches. We can unpack for a while and make long-lasting friendships.

We still have the desire for adventure, to learn and explore. but we also have the desire to sit still and put some effort into our occupation and into learning about a place, its people and its culture.

Over the past four months, our web site has been seriously neglected. Our plan to live and work in San Pancho fell through, as it ended up being a lot more of a place to have family come and check out us. After that, we were really interested in travelling around Mexico and loved exploring all of the colonial cities and stunning beaches. It’s one of the best countries in the world for backpackers and we absolutely loved our 7 weeks of moving around.

Rather than working in San Pancho, we spent a lot of time at the beach with family
However, we were just doing the bare minimum on the site, and rather than timely responses to emails and prospective partners, people weren’t hearing from us for a week, often two… or three. In buy to keep our heads above water, make significant progress on projects and reach out to new advertisers and partners, we need to slow down and take some time for us.

The new plan is to travel around a country for a month, then sit still for two or three, while getting caught up on everything, writing about the experiences we’ve just had, and really enjoying the community that we’re a part of. We’ll write about how to find an apartment or condo or good hotel / hostel, the cost of living, and all of the extraordinary things to see and do in the city we’ve put down momentary roots in.

We’re currently living on Lake Atitlan in Guatemala, which has given us a chance to unpack, unwind and focus on getting together some terrific articles.

Being digital nomads allows us to meet interesting service owners, work with terrific companies, be used some amazing products, but a lot of importantly, it allows us to continue to travel the world. We love everything that this title encompasses.

We’re still trying to find the best balance between being travellers and having an online job, but we think we’re doing ok and are pretty delighted with where we’re at ?

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