What if you’ve been traveling for so long that the thing you’re longing for most is not to see the piramids, or Machu Picchu, or the next palmtree? What if the only thing you’re really looking forward to, is to settle down?
Digital nomads are people who are location independent and use technology to perform their job.
But does the fact that you are location independent mean that you have to move continuously? I now know that it definitely doesn’t.
Some questions I often get from people around are: “Aren’t you tired of traveling yet? When are you going to settle down?” Well… These are good questions. I am tired of traveling – sometimes – and I do want to settle down – sometimes. But then other times, completely not!
…or not to travel?
For 1.5 years we were literally all over the place. Physically, emotionally, mentally. We moved every few days and lived out of our suitcases. We spent time on public transport, we spent time sightseeing and getting to know our new environment, and sometimes we spent even more time stressing about not having wifi on days with important deadlines.
Because, amidst of all this chaos, work goes on.
Getting to new places can be quite tiring. Finding out how to get to your temporary ‘home’, where the closest supermarket is, how to communicate with the people that don’t speak your language… It takes energy to do that once. And it takes even more energy to do that every few days or weeks. And let’s not forget about work. To do thát AND work at the same time…
What were we thinking?!
To settle down
I’ve settled down before. I rented an apartment, lived with my ex-partner and had a full-time job. And yet, I felt unsettled in a way that could only be solved by leaving it all and set off on a life-changing adventure.
So there I am.
— Either traveling, and longing for a routine – any routine basically. Going to the same supermarket, the same office, the same house, doing sports regularly, watching tv, reading my own magazines.
“I needed some mental, physical and emotional peace, and not having to think about where to sleep, what to eat, the currency or how to get to the next place.”– A fellow digital nomad
— Or settled down, longing for a new adventure, not being able to enjoy the perks of having everything stable, wanting to leave.
Such ‘luxury problems’ this so-called digital nomading brings with…
The best of both worlds
There’s good news, my friends! You can have it all. Let me say that again: You-can-have-it-all. But how, you are asking?
I went out and gathered some advice from fellow digital nomads. Turns out that we all face a similar search for balance. And that the majority seems to stay in the same place for about 1 to 3 months. That sounds like settling down enough to enjoy daily routines & at the same time not having to give up travel.
“I always try to spend at least a month in a place so I can have those lazy/boring/do-nothing days.”– Another fellow digital nomad
Our theme for 2019 will be: SLOWING DOWN. We are now in Plovdiv (this year’s European Capital of Culture!), Bulgaria for 1 whole month and will later on spend a whole month in Italy, and then in Greece.
I am excited & so ready for this!!