I wasn’t always a digital nomad.
In fact, a year ago today I was stuck in my hometown working the same office job for over three years. Ironically enough, I was a travel agent.
My job was to plan trips for other people and make sure everything went smoothly. Contrary to popular belief, there were no free trips involved in my job and the travel discounts I received were mediocre at best. I wasn’t “in the business” for any reason.
I was simply working a job. I never wanted to be a travel agent and I never wanted to be working in an office. To be honest, I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life. I still don’t.
I did know that if I had to stay in Hamilton one minute longer, I would probably go crazy. I had enough. So after three years of working in the same office and sitting at the same desk, I stepped out of my comfort zone. I quit my job.
I had no plan. No next step. There I was, living at home with my dad, without a job and wondering what to do with my life. I knew I had to establish an income. I decided that my next job had to be location independent and accessible from my computer. So I did a Google search on how to make money online.
I made a profile on a website called Fiverr. I decided that I would offer writing services online. A week passed by and I had made a measly $25. Then I woke up one morning and had received over 30 orders overnight, each of them ranging from $5 to $90 in revenue.
So I got to work. I sat at my computer for several hours each day writing blog posts, press releases and website articles for buyers on Fiverr. In less than two months of working online, I decided that my online income was stable enough for me to move out.
I booked a last minute ticket to Belgrade, Serbia. Why? Because I could. I didn’t know anyone in Belgrade and I had no business being there. I jut wanted to experience something different.
It turns out that being away from home truly inspired me. I started branching out my writing services on other websites. I picked up writing projects on Craigslist. I wrote an ebook to publish on Amazon. Soon enough, I had gained several of my own long-term clients and jobs. I was shaping up to be a serious freelance writer.
I ended up spending two months in Belgrade and falling in love with the city. I had very little expenses and was able to save more money than I thought possible. I was living in an Airbnb penthouse apartment, exploring the city and eating out every meal for less than $600 a month.
This was the life. This was my life. It was amazing. I was happier than I had ever been before.
So I continued on my journey. I spent time in Poland, the Czech Republic and as I write this post, Romania. I am still a freelance writer. I have no permanent address. I am loving every minute of my life.
This blog is my new creative outlet. A way for me to document my experiences, share my photographs and inspire others to live a life they love.