I woke up at 7am and drowsily scrolled through Instagram and Snapchat.
After twenty minutes, I climbed down my bunk bed (I’m on the top) put my bathing suit on and walked five minutes to the beach.
As I stepped into the water, I realized that this is the most clear water I have ever been in. I could see my feet perfectly. The sun and the water were creating lines of light across my legs and stomach and without a second guess I jumped underneath the surface.
That was the first time I had ever been in the Caribbean ocean.
It certainly won’t be my last.
I’m currently in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica. In two days I’ll head to Bocas del Toro in Panama and then from there I’ll explore more of Panama and either head to Colombia, Oktoberfest or London. Or maybe Bali. Or New Zealand.
After my morning swim, I came back to my hostel and pulled out my computer. I looked for new clients on Facebook groups and then started scouring Quora for my daily post (and that’s how I ended up here).
I’ll work for a few more hours, take another dip in the Caribbean, eat some lunch and then come back and work some more.
Now don’t be fooled…the life of a Digital nomad sounds glamorous but there’s a sh*t ton of elements that go into making this happen.
Think of going on vacation, you tend to get tired just from planning your trip alone. Between accommodation, transport, activities etc. there is always a lot on your plate when you uproot yourself temporarily (or permanently).
Now on top of figuring out the four different public buses that you need to take to your next destination, the best place to stay while you’re there and what landmarks and activities you need to see and do, I want you to:
- Consistently be reaching out to new people and hoping to convert them into clients
- Staying a master of your industry and studying trends and the top dogs to make sure you are keeping up
- Plan projects around your Wifi connection (there is a such thing as very, very weak Wifi connection and it will be your nomadic demise)
While simultaneously planning your travels and work life you are also in charge of remaining social. This means when somebody sits down next to me while I’m hard at work on my laptop, I have to take those ten minutes to get out of my zone have a conversation and then (hopefully) be able to get back to where I was.
Rinse and repeat.
Here’s the catch:
The lessons that I am learning as I become a professional digital nomad (professional traveler + professional freelancer = professional digital nomad) are ten fold of any that I would learn if I had just chosen to travel off of a savings account or if I had decided to create a career from my local coffee shop.
When I first figured out how to become a digital nomad, I had no idea that I would be surrounded by overwhelming to do lists, financial strategy and the art of simultaneously following my heart.
Every night I have to sit down with myself and say: “Are you okay? You are doing a great job! Keep on trucking through and I promise you will figure it out.”
I consistently push my limits and through trial and error find out how to be successful in this digital nomad game.
Because of this on a day to day basis, I am turning into an emotionally intelligent, go getter, master of multitasking and all around badass.
And that is exactly how I will spend my day today.