Lisa Lansing

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The secret to living as a nomad: part 1.

So many people ask me how I’m able to travel the world like I do, and I get it. Digital nomad travel is exciting! But sometimes I’m annoyed because some of these questions imply that people assume something like this can happen overnight without putting in the work.

Recently someone asked me for the secret to this nomadic lifestyle because he/she wants to do the same thing.

I hate to break this to you, but there is no secret. This isn’t easy. Achieving this lifestyle takes time and it depends on the type of person you are. It requires research and hard work.

Plaça Catalunya in Barcelona.

My entire life leading up to this point prepared me for this lifestyle. Former jobs, relationships, living situations, everything! I understand that most of you have no idea what my life was like prior to living as a nomad, especially if you just started reading my blog or recently followed me social media. It might look like all this happened in a flash, but that’s far from the truth!

The fact that I’m this organised, that I’m meticulous when it comes to budgeting and calculating expenses, that I’m crazy when it comes to researching every possible detail of a trip…none of this happened quickly. It took me years to get to this point.

Previously, I wrote about how I started life as a nomad in How to quit your job and travel 24/7. Selling all my stuff and diving head first into minimalism worked for me, but that might not work for others.

There are ways to help you travel the world, such as teaching English abroad or volunteering at animal sanctuaries in exchange for room and board, but if you want to travel the world like me or Jason Pizzino or any of the other digital nomad vegans on social media, you have to put in the work! You need to figure out what works for you based on your skills and abilities. You need to figure out how to fund your travels on your own.

And transitioning into a nomadic lifestyle has to be a long-term goal. No one can pick up and start travelling the world overnight. You may need to work and save money for a few years before you are ready to depart.

Somewhere on Via Laietana in Barcelona. The beach was my final destination.

This lifestyle isn’t easy. You have to organise everything yourself. Where will you live? How will you get there? What will you do for money? What will your budget be in each location you visit? Can you stick to a budget? Are you able to deal with unexpected issues and problems while alone abroad? Are you willing to make sacrifices in order to succeed? These are some of the questions you need to ask yourself and research before you consider this lifestyle.

Living as a nomad requires research, discipline, creativity, and grit. And above everything, you need to be organised.

Tomorrow I will go more in depth into money matters, offering advice and pointers for those interested in nomadic travel since that tends to be a popular topic. Stay tuned!

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