Technology has already given us the freedom to be able to work from anywhere in the world, with only a laptop and a WiFi connection. But how many people actually take advantage of that freedom? Do you?
I checked out of the rat race and never looked back. Now I live life on my own terms. I’ve visited, lived in, and worked from hundreds of cities across more than 50 countries around the world. Everywhere from luxury lofts and beachfront bungalows to a high-altitude herder’s yurt in Kyrgyzstan. From road trips through Tuscany, to crossing Mongolia and Siberia by train, I’ve had some incredible experiences and adventures along the way.
I’ve climbed the mountains around Machu Picchu, slept under the stars in the Sahara desert, ridden horses and explored glaciers in Patagonia, haggled at the markets from Hanoi to Marrakech, gone skiing in Slovakia, the Himalayas and in a shopping mall in Dubai. I got to hang out in Milan during Fashion Week, stayed up all night singing karaoke in Tokyo, learned how to surf in Bali and Barcelona, hiked active volcanoes and swam with wild dolphins in Hawaii, and partied everywhere from Miami Beach to Moscow, and under the full moon in Thailand.
I could go on and on, but you get the idea. Plus, it’s not nice to brag. My friends already accuse me of trying to be like that guy from the beer commercials, “the most interesting man in the world”.
But my life wasn’t always like this…
I certainly didn’t go on any crazy adventures as a kid. I grew up in the suburbs, sucked at sports, and spent most of my time sitting on the couch or in front of the computer. We traveled pretty often as a family, but only to places like Disney World, the local beaches, or to visit other family members.
In other words, my childhood was safe, comfortable, and boring.
I wasn’t a Boy Scout. I never learned how to tie all those knots or start fires from two twigs. The one and only sleep-away summer camp I went to was training to become a school safety patrol officer.
What a nerd! 😂
Maybe that’s why I never even went on a date (let alone had a girlfriend), until I was in my second year of university. Fast forward to adulthood and not much changed.
I was following the “default life plan” for most Americans. Go to a good school, and get good grades, so that you can get a good job, and then buy a good house in a good suburban neighborhood.
Eventually I decided the default life plan wasn’t good enough for me.
I quit my last corporate job in 2007, but the transformation didn’t happen overnight. Instead of embracing my newfound freedom, I doubled-down on work. I traded the daily grind of commuting to a corporate cubicle for a new grind — spending days, nights, and weekends at my home office. I was on a mission to “make it”. I don’t even know what that meant, but I figured once I’d made it, then I could do whatever I wanted and my life would finally be interesting.
It took me five whole years after quitting my last corporate job until I finally gave myself permission to stop waiting, start following my dreams, and travel the world. On October 15, 2012 I moved out of my house and became a digital nomad.
It was scary!
Back then, I didn’t know anyone who had ever done anything like this. None of my friends were digital nomads. Everyone I knew was still busy climbing the corporate ladder. They were more concerned with stock options and 401(k)s than street food and sumo wrestling. I was left to figure it out all by myself.
But you are not alone. I’m here to help you make the leap.
I have made it my mission to help 1,000,000 people escape from the unfulfilling “default life plan” and to start living their dreams instead.
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