An Introduction To The Reality Of Living Like A Digital Nomad Blog

Hi you, Digital Nomad, Location Independent Entrepreneur, Remote Worker or Lifestyle Seeker. Thanks for having a look at the blog of Active Workation. A blog about the lifestyle of a Digital Nomad, written by a Digital Nomad. A blog not only to inspire you about this lifestyle but to give you an honest view about it. The good, the bad and the ugly.

What Will You Find Here

Everyone has an opinion about the lifestyle of Digital Nomads, and I think it’s good to get some first hand ins and outs about Digital Nomadism from someone who’s been on the road for over 5 years. There are a dozen of articles on how to become a Digital Nomad, and that’s not what you will find here.

In this blog I will tell you more about the pro’s and con’s of this lifestyle, the expectations, how it affects your current life in different ways. You will read about tools to make your Digital Nomad life easier and tips and tricks for on the road. How is this lifestyle, what are the problems we face as a Digital Nomad, and how do we handle them? Be prepared to not only read the good, but see that also as something positive, as without down’s no ups.

The Good

Working from the pool

And the bad

Working day and night.
Whenever, wherever!

What Made Me Become A Digital Nomad

My name is Marcella, and I started this journey of living around the world in 2007 when I decided to quit University and study in San Francisco. Six months after being back I started a six months backpacking trip in Australia. I came back to finally get my University degree and as soon as I got that, I couldn’t help myself to leave again. I quit my corporate job at Bose, where I worked for almost six years while I studied at night. It wasn’t all bad, but as I already had my part of living abroad I knew I wanted to go and explore more. And so I did, I got back on the road in 2013.

When I started out I had never heard of the word Digital Nomad, I was traveling, I saved up enough money to get me through my first few years and didn’t even bring a laptop on my trip. That all came after I spend the summer of 2015 working in a hostel in Tarifa, one of my favourite places in the world. In Tarifa I got in contact with the so called Digital Nomads and one thing lead to the other. I changed my big 17 inch HP for a MacBook Air and my traveling life changed into my Digital Nomad life.

My Grandfather, My Big Example

From very young on I always had a few goals in life of what I wanted when growing up. I think a big example for this all was my grandfather, someone I always looked up to. My dear grandfather, who passed away back in 2000 was a big sample for me.

My grandfather travelled the world when no one else did. In his younger years he traveled to countries like China and Peru. He was an entrepreneur in heart and soul. He had his own sport store in the center of Purmerend, the city I was born and raised. He ran a sport center, taught the National Team in gymnastics and built his own house. He was super social and worked till the day he died. Not because he needed the money, because he loved his job. Cees Korver, my big example!

What Did This Mean For Me?

This is what I wanted in life, being an entrepreneur, travel the world and built my own house (one day!). So this is what I do. I combine the things I love to be able to make a living. I love to organise and I love to be active and social, so I started to focus on organising workations. What isn’t better than being able to spend time with like minded people while doing what you love?

The best way to connect, the best way to make friendships for live, all while being able to grow your business. For me, there’s no better way to make a living. Workations for me are all about learning from each other. It’s like that weekly network meetup some entrepreneurs go to in their hometown, but then on the road. A lot more intensive but also a lot more fun and valuable.

It’s so rewarding to look back and see how much you have accomplished in the last years. A few years ago, I would have never thought I would be able to make websites, but I did. Not one, several.

My purpose was to have an own business, not work for someone else. So even when I got offered several remote jobs, I wanted to focus on working on my own projects, even when that meant I had to be more careful with my spendings as my income was much lower. I didn’t care, I was willing to give up a luxurious life to make sure I got what I wanted in the end, a business.

I hope you get some value out of my blog, as that is the whole purpose. Make sure you don’t give up your dreams. Keep in mind that it won’t always be easy, but that you will get there. Keep your own goals in mind, just like I did.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out at any time.

Cheers,
Marcella

You have any questions or comments, let me know, I’m happy to answer them 🙂

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