Well, I don’t have a beautiful wife or a beautiful house…at least not anymore. (Neither really fits with a nomadic lifestyle.) Oh and head’s up, this nomadiversary post might be best read while listening to Once In A Lifetime by The Talking Heads.
♫ And you may ask yourself ♬
♪ Well…How did I get here? ♪
No one ever imagines when first hitting the road that they will ever find themselves still on the road more than six years later. But travel changes you in ways you can never imagine — and before you know it life begins to rely on this perpetual change as much as it does food and oxygen.
The article above is the best piece EVER written about the effects of long-term travel. Read it I’ll wait.
After moving to Tokyo in 2008, I quit my corporate job to stick around Asia and pursue this new thing I had discovered called “trav-el-ing” in March of 2009. Of course at that stage of my life “traveling” really just meant “drinking in strange new places.”
♪ Letting the days go by… ♪
I bounced back and forth between Asia and the Americas for the next few years, embracing life as a nomad, always on the move and always partying…at least until I became culturally enlightened. While backpacking in 2011 that I finally realized how beautiful and diverse the cultures of this planet are. With a little external assistance, of course…
Ingesting local hallucinogens in Central America first opened my eyes to the beauty of new cultures. Soon I began chasing remote villages and opting to live with locals rather than stay with other foreigners at a hotel or hostel.
♪ After the money’s gone… ♪
By the end of 2011 my savings was gone…so I started travel blogging. And selling my body on a nightly basis. Now as of 2015 I am proud to say that I make enough off my blog to only need to whore myself out on Saturday nights. Progress baby!
♪ Once in a lifetime… ♪
Over the years I’ve had enough once in a lifetime experiences to last me well into the afterlife. From partying with Yakuza to appearing on an Indonesian game show, it’s been one helluva unforgettable ride!
♪ Same as it ever was… ♪
Here it is, over six years and 26 countries later, and I’m still traveling, writing for others, producing videos, designing tours and even doing web design too. In other words, embracing the digital nomad lifestyle. What does the future hold for me? Will I ever stop traveling? No idea. And that’s just the way I like it.
The point is…
There is an amazing world out there to explore. In the words of The Lion King, “there is more to see than can ever be seen, more to do than can ever be done…”
[Tweet “#itravelbecause there is more to see than can ever be seen. Why do you travel? #ttot”]
So get out there are live life!
Go forth and wander, but do so with an open mind.
You never know what you will find.
Other nomadiversary posts:
- Travel Wisdom: 4 Years & 16 Countries Later…
- 5 Years Ago Today I Quit My Job To Travel The World
- [UPDATE – 7 YEARS] Travel Fucktastrophes: The Stories I’ve Never Told