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The Secret Life of a Digital Nomad

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Last October, I gave up my expensive San Francisco apartment, gave away the few big things I did own, and flew to Amsterdam (through Iceland ☃️) with all my worldly possessions in two suitcases and a backpack. Since then, I’ve been to 12 countries and many more cities working from my 13” MacBook Pro.

Being a digital nomad has always been my dream, but I was not nearly prepared for the reality of it. Learn what travel bloggers will not tell you about what it’s really like to be a digital nomad.

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The Secret Life of a Digital Nomad

  1. 1. @ N ATA S H AT H E R O B O T • Swift Robot • This Week in Swift Newsletter • Swift Jobs • @tryswiftnyc 🐥🗽🎉
  2. 2. @ N ATA S H AT H E N O M A D
  3. 3. – R O F L P O T T S “For me, the experience of travel is not only what I'm seeing but also what I have chosen to leave behind, even for a short time, and the perspective I grain from doing that”
  4. 4. 🏡 ☕ ⛴ 🍕 🚐 🏨 ✈
  5. 5. T H E D R E A M
  6. 6. – T H E A R T O F T R AV E L “A momentous but until then overlooked fact was making itself apparent: I had inadvertently brought myself with me to the island.”
  7. 7. – B E H E R E N O W “What is happening to you is nothing less than death and rebirth. What is dying is the entire way in which you understood “who you are” and “how it all is.” What is being reborn is the child of the Spirit for whom things all are new.”
  8. 8. 😱 😎 😒
  9. 9. • Loneliness 😢 • Sensory Overload 👀 • Language/Culture barrier 🤐 • Productivity 📉
  10. 10. L O N E L I N E S S 😢
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  12. 12. – T H E A R T O F T R AV E L “It seemed an advantage to be traveling alone. Our responses to the world are crucially moulded by the company we keep, for we temper our curiosity to fit in with the expectations of others.”
  13. 13. S E N S O RY O V E R L O A D 👀
  14. 14. – VA G A B O N D I N G : A N U N C O M M O N G U I D E T O T H E A R T O F L O N G - T E R M W O R L D T R AV E L “transition into travel can be compared to childhood: Everything you see is new and emotionally affecting, basic tasks like eating and sleeping take on a heightened significance, and entertainment can be found in the simplest curiosities and novelties.”
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  16. 16. – B E H E R E N O W “there are stages at which you feel pulled in to inner work and all you seek is a quiet place to meditate and to get on with it. Then there are times when you turn outward and seek to be involved in the market place.”
  17. 17. L A N G U A G E / C U LT U R E B A R R I E R 🤐
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  19. 19. 😭 😂
  20. 20. – 1 Q 8 4 “Life might just be an absurd, even crude, chain of events and nothing more.”
  21. 21. P R O D U C T I V I T Y 📉
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  23. 23. – T H E S E C O N D B O O K O F T H E TA O “Concentration, he found, was not a matter of applying effort; it was a way of eliminating the unnecessary.”
  24. 24. – J I M R O H N “Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”
  25. 25. 😢 -> 👯 👀 -> 💆 🤐 -> 😂 📉 -> 📈 😱 😎
  26. 26. – B E H E R E N O W “You must live before you can die. But you must die before you can live.”

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