These days my life is full of excitement and adventure…
I’ve climbed the mountains above 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, 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.
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 all the sports in school, and spent most of my time sitting on the couch or in front of the computer.
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! 😂
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.
Finally, 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. It took me five years from quitting my last job until I finally figured out how to follow my dreams. 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 else 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 felt like I had to figure it out all by myself.
But you are not alone…
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.