First post in my new travel and food blog! 🙂 Woohoo!
I am writing this at a local cafe in my city (while listening to my current fave, Valerie by Tom & Kayla), which is now my new favourite, Gold n’ Pearl Cafe located near FSUU and while this is not a sponsored post, I would still like to invite everybody to visit it because their salted caramel latte is the bomb and their baked mac will comfort you like a best friend’s hug! 🙂
Now let’s get down to business! I am motivated to write this post because I received my Wednesday Inspiration from Tomas, and he shared Digital nomads: What it’s like to work around the world. It was on point. I could relate to every word in that article and even though I don’t usually comment on articles, I just had to leave one. I have traveled a lot but even then, I haven’t met a digital nomad yet in real life. Maybe they’re busy traveling too? Ha!
Meeting New People
First thought that came to my mind after I finished reading the article was, there are people you meet along the way that you will never meet again. According to Laura in the article “Moving around constantly means you don’t make truly long lasting connections with people in the same way that you would if you lived somewhere for an extended period of time.” And I couldn’t agree more.
I have talked to a lot of people and bonded during my travels and in those moments, it was amazing. Most, if not all, were foreigners and the chances of us meeting again is very slim but I wouldn’t trade it for a day. Thanks Sabrina and Mi-sun! Two girls I met and have made those travels more amazing! 🙂
Setbacks and Visa Applications
As a digital nomad, the only thing that really restricts me is my passport. I badly need a German passport in my life LOL. I truly believe in the saying that traveling is never an issue of money but of courage.
Visa interviews are so nerve-wracking! The USA Visa was the most intimidating of all because before you even get to the window, the look in peoples’ eyes are piercing through. The friendliest consulate I’ve been to was Norway, even the security guard complimented me of my look that day 🙂
I wish people would be more friendly-looking and it doesn’t hurt to smile just a little bit. It will really lessen the tension and pressure of the applicants. And even though I understood that maybe it just comes with the job, there is never an excuse to be rude to people. But even though I have to go through a lot of visa processing, I would still love to travel the whole world 🙂
Nothing and no one can stop me! Haha!
The Need For Good Internet Connection
While most of us say that we can work anywhere, what we really mean is, we can work anywhere as long as there is internet connection. It is very important to have good internet because we depend on it like it’s our moneyline. At least it is for me.
I need to have access in my email all day that’s why, sadly, there are places I couldn’t go. If ever I choose to go to places with no internet connection, I have to let my clients and the people I work with know in advance. The same goes whenever I do long flights. Longer layovers are heaven sent because then I’ll be able to catch up with work.
The longest flight I was in was my Manila-Hong Kong-Paris-Helsinki flight and the longest time I didn’t have internet connection was during a three-island hopping tour in Sihanoukville, Cambodia. Great times! 🙂
Juggling Work And Exploring New Places
I cannot remember the last time I was on vacation. People assume that because I travel a lot that I am on vacation all the time. Very wrong. Much wow. I know! It is actually harder to work when I’m traveling because I have to juggle exploring the city, trying new cuisines, going on an adventure while making sure I am still productive. But as the years go by, my brain has been accustomed with the lifestyle so it has been a bit easier. I have learned how to manage my time well although I love spontaneous activities and I always give myself room for unexpected things/situations to happen! 🙂 A quick tip I can give my fellow nomads is to research the best times to visit a tourist spot and I always go for the times when it isn’t so busy, which is earlier or later in the day. And also, please explore new places on your own. Don’t rely on the internet. This is the best time to get lost in a new place. You’ll never know what you’ll find along the way! 🙂 Just make sure you know the name and address of your hotel 🙂
Hello from the dunes in Dubai!!! – RJ Lyn
Will you live the nomadic life? And if somebody asks me if I could do it all over again and have a brand new start, I would still say I’d live the nomadic life. I hope this inspires you as it inspired me 🙂
– RJ Lyn