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How did I get here?

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.

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4 Comments

  • Natalie Timperio

    This has to be the single most inspiring thing I’ve read in a very long time. I freelance part-time, blog part-time and work at an office full-time. I took a stab at full-time freelancing a year-ish ago and while I wasn’t able to move out on my income, I was able to get by and I have to say I’m pretty proud of that! I can totally relate to that same, dreadful feeling about living in Hamilton. I’ve lived in Hamilton my entire life (I’m 25) and I often wonder how much longer I’ll allow myself to stay here! I’ve never even heard of Fiverr but I will definitely be creating a profile thanks to what you’ve written here! I can’t wait to read more.

    September 28, 2015 at 20:17 Reply
    • Maya

      Natalie, your comment just made my night! It makes me so happy to hear that this post inspired at least one person. I know how time-consuming and stressful it can be working full-time whilst freelancing and I seriously applaud you on your dedication! The fact that you were able to make enough income to get by from your freelancing alone is really quite impressive. If I had remained in Hamilton after taking the plunge into full-time freelancing, I doubt I would of been able to move out as quickly as I did. Living in Serbia and much of Eastern Europe proved to be a lot less expensive than living in Canada. With your determination, I am positive that you will be able to turn your freelancing and/or blogging into a full-time career and experience life outside of Hamilton! Good luck with your new Fiverr profile and if you ever have any questions about the site, please ask away! I look forward to sharing my experiences with you Natalie. Thank you for this! 🙂

      September 28, 2015 at 21:33 Reply
  • Katharina

    Wow, that is exactly what I want to do after I have finished my studies. Travel the world and earning Money with writing for others and myself. Thank you for sharing your Story with us. Very inspiring 🙂

    June 11, 2017 at 11:48 Reply
    • Maya

      Katharina I was so surprised to find a comment on this post! It was my first blog post ever and I think it could definitely use an update. So happy you liked it. There are so many ways of earning money online now that I’m sure you will be able to do it! 🙂

      June 11, 2017 at 15:17 Reply

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