I recently celebrated 3 years being a digital nomad. This dream lifestyle started out when I left Malta for Mallorca in March 2011, not knowing what to expect, with no real location independent business, but knowing deep down that I wanted this change.
Today I absolutely don’t regret having made decision, if anything I rue the fact that I didn’t start my journey earlier, but I guess everything happens for a reason.
Here are some highlights from my nomadic lifestyle during these last three years
- Met the woman of my dreams and married her
- Created not one but two sustainable location independent businesses
- Overcome many fears
- Became fluent in Spanish
- Traveled to more than 20 countries on 3 continents
Not bad at all, don’t you think? I consider myself very blessed to have the privilege of visiting so many places and learning about the culture of the people at each and every location we visit.
Right now I feel like continuing with this journey but I also know that it’s something I probably won’t be doing for ever. Whenever the time comes to settle somewhere or at least travel more slowly I want to have no regrets when looking back, and this drives me to enjoy and make the most of every single day as a digital nomad.
Living a fuller life and being more present in the moment is one major benefits of this lifestyle in fact. When you’re away from home in a totally different culture you see things differently and really live try to make the most of your time. It’s hard to explain the concept but the following example should help.
I’ve lived in Malta most of my life and the island is considered to be a great place for diving, in fact it attracts lots of tourism for this very purpose. However I was always a bit apprehensive about it and always said I’d do it one day. Right now I’m in Mexico and it’s also one of the finest diving destinations one can visit, and knowing that we only had a few months here and maybe no chance to ever visit again made me take the plunge and finally do my diving course.
Being a digital nomad means dealing with many daily challenges, it’s not easy or straightforward to live this lifestyle, however it really builds you up as a person and opens up the door to so many opportunities that it becomes quite addictive in a positive way.
Here’s to another year of being a digital nomad!