I’ve been travelling full time for over 3 years now.
I suppose I can firmly call myself a digital nomad.
A location independent person.
Although I’m still feeling restless.
Those that have never travelled this long will have no idea what I’m talking about.
In fact, I probably sounds ungrateful.
Or not aware of how lucky I am to be able to do this.
Many friends have asked how.
The life of travel is the best feeling there is, they imagine.
How can you still feel unsatisfied?
You see instagram pictures and imagine travel as being the holy grail.
I did the same.
But travel is not all it’s cracked up to be.
Let me educate you.
When I first started travelling, I imagined this life forever.
I imagined a great lifestyle, standard of living, friends you see everyday, laughter and fun.
I still appreciate these things.
But I’ve realised it’s all fun and games UNTIL you’re struggling.
- You get sick.
- Or you get hurt.
- Or you get lonely.
And you realise all these problems you experienced at home still exist.
You never escape.
You just get to forget about it for a little while.
As you should – why not let your hair down for a while?
But as the years go by, nomads start to crave stability.
To create a home.
All these things we judged and tried to run away from.
I see the irony.
Maybe for people like us, we needed to do away with the whole white picket fence life idea in order to truly appreciate what it has.
It’s not necessarily walls that suffocate – perhaps it’s walls that put down roots.
So we can find stillness.
So we can just BE.
Location Independence is not the goal
Perhaps the craving for travel was just boredom – not a lifestyle change.
Perhaps as Tim Ferriss talks about, mini retirements are where it’s at.
Where there’s a home you come back to.
Where nothing needs to be translated and nothing to worry about.
A place where everything is just…so.
Maybe the feelings of restlessness isn’t about running off to some exotic island.
Sometimes it’s just about moving too much and needing to stop.
It feels like it for me anyway.
What sounds amazing right now is a place I call home.
- Where the people around me are awesome.
- Where the lifestyle is boundless.
- Where I can create my family.
I’ve met some seriously amazing people on my travels, and continue to do so.
I would also like to create a comfortable home for them to visit me.
A sanctuary just as much for them as for me.
Because it’s common knowledge within the nomad community that after two years of constant nomad-ing, nomads get tired.
- Nomads want home.
- Nomads want stability.
- Nomads want the same things I want now.
I think it’s funny that those in their full-time jobs right now often seek desperately to have the lifestyle I have.
And I, now seek what they have already – stability, family, a solid life.
Boredom is actually the true enemy – as my friend Natalie reminded me of yesterday (a nomad herself).
Circumstances are changeable.
And I now see that it doesn’t matter what my life is right now or going to be.
I can relax – it’s all going to be ok.
And so can it be for you…