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Nomad as a way of life. Part II

I don’t know if you ever had this feeling, but it used to happen to me, that some days I felt like my life wasn’t complete and I didn’t know why: I used to live in Barcelona, one of the best cities worldwide (no doubt). I had a very nice apartment for myself located in the city center, in the Gothic neighbourhood.
I had the best friends ever (still!!)
I had a nice job and a nice boss… I was traveling abroad, not working long extra hours, and earning well…
But still… I felt my life wasn’t complete. I didn’t know what to do to change this bad feeling, so I began searching a new job, maybe even changing cities if it was necessary, I like when I have to start from zero in another place: looking for an apartment, getting to know new people… but somehow this plan didn’t work. I was helpless.. I wasn’t happy and didn’t know why..but the days kept on passing, and nothing was changing. 
Things to do before leaving: eat all your favourite dishes … and as much as you can!

While feeling like this, the idea of changing my kind of job came to me (bye office jobs)! Even changing continents (bye bye Europe)! Actually what came to my mind was  changing my way of life and becoming a nomad.

As I wrote before, to become a nomad there are certain things you might do before saying goodbye to your actual “non nomad” life (Nomad as a Way of Life. Part I).

So now I thought I’ll tell you what you should think about, when you are “getting started” to begin this new way of life. Once you decided how are you going to spend your time while traveling (apart of traveling around, of course) there are many things you have to do before leaving your home. Here is kind of the “to do list”:

  • buy your one way flight ticket… this will be your “key date”
  • gather strength, and quit your job (Tip: leave some days/weeks between your last working day and your “key date” to say goodbye to everyone and do all the “to do’s” before leaving)
  • if you are renting, quit your flat contract. If you own a flat, rent it!
  • get a doctor/dentist appointment for general check outs to leave your home super healthy
  • get all the tropical vaccines at least 1  month and a 1/2 before the “key date” (when needed)
  • search for an accident insurance for abroad. World Nomads is very “traveler friendly”
  • start selling all your stuff. Wallapop is a very useful tool for this
  • start packing… is going to be hard to put all your belongings in only one backpack
  • quit your cellphone contract (some companies give you the chance to change to pre-pay and you can keep your number)
  • give a power of attorney of your bank accounts to someone else, in case you loose your credit card, etc
  • get a new passport, some visas required a full page
  • look out if you need visas, and get them in advance (they can take up to a month, depending on the country)
  • if you plan to have a blog during your trip, start designing one some weeks before. WordPress is very good and there are many tutorials in You Tube to get started
  • organice a nice farewell party to show your people how much you are going to miss them while being abroad, and let them know, that you DO expect their visit!
  • eat all your favourite food as many times as possible before leaving
  • keep telling your parents you are going to send them WhatsApp’s everyday to let them know that you are alive! :)p

I think this is all I’ve done before being able to be right now, sitting  on the terrace of
Cumbuco Guesthouse… feeling the cooling night breeze… and the most important… feeling FREE.


Let’s get started: Nomad as a way of life. Part I

Have you ever dreamed of changing your life? Leaving the office and starting a new lifestyle? Wondering around the world and traveling as a living?

I thought about it a lot of times, I dream about it many more. One day I started to plan this change: once you take this decision of changing your lifestyle, there are many things you have to keep in mind. Since I took the decision until I finally did it, it took me around 6 months of preparation.

Picture by Guido Schauwecker! 🙂

I thought that before telling you my experiences while traveling, today I want to start explain you how to plan a long trip, but when I mean long, I’m talking of an “open end” trip, of a couple of years: being a nomad.

For me, the first thing you have to think about it’s how you are going to live when your saving are over! While traveling there are many things you can do to earn money. There’s also the possibility of exchanging services. So what would you like to do while traveling?

– teach languages? learn new languages to live & work in other countries?
– be sports instructor?
– you prefer to be surrounded by other travellers?
– you have IT skills?
– you love pets or being surrounded by nature?
– you prefer sailing? …

Ask yourself which is your favourite hobby or which things would you like to do while wondering around the world, and get started to prepare yourself!

In my case I decided I wanted to practice water action sports, like kitesurfing, go sailing and write a blog. Once you have an idea of what would you do, you start preparing yourself: start courses, study for exams, and achieve all the necessary certificates to succeed in your new nomad life!

If you want to teach a language abroad, inform yourself which certificates you need (for example in case of teaching English you might want to have the TOEFL certificate)

For the once who prefer to be sport instructors, think about the first aid courses and CPR  as well as any other necessary certification, which are different in every case: diving, kitesurfing, windsurfing, surfing, etc.

In case of wanting to work with other fellow travellers at hostels, there are a few webpages where you can suscribe for a fee (around 20 dollars per year) and be able to apply for this kind of jobs: worldpackers, HostelJobs, WorkAway

If you are more in the “digital nomad” there are 2 really good websites where you can find many jobs for IT developers, translations, writing, etc: Elance and Odesk

For animal & nature lovers there are more options: Wwoof and Farm Travel Jobs, which are related with jobs helping in farms. There is also the possibility of doing “housesitting“: Mind my House, House Sit World. When the owners of the pets go traveling and they need somebody to take care of the house and the animals, they post these opportunities in these pages.

If you love sailing there are also opportunities with boats which need crew: Crew Seekers, CrewBay, Reddit

In case you are not sure what you want to do, these links have  like a “mix” of different opportunities for volunteering worldwide: Your Travel Jobs, Volunteers Base, Work Away.

Many countries also offer “working holiday” visas, which allow you to work & travel in the country of issue for a period of time (normally 1 year). The most usual destinations for these visas are Canada, New Zeland & Australia. Check out if your country has any agreements to allow you to apply for this visa.

Obviously there are more ideas and fields where you could work while traveling, but these are only some, to make you start thinking and dreaming about that new life, which is not difficult to achieve!

In the 2nd post related with this topic, I will give you some tips of the “to do’s” before leaving…and then it’s time to start your new lifestyle!