10 things this Latina Digital Nomad learned by being on the road for over a year

10 things this Latina Digital Nomad learned by being on the road for over a year

Digital nomad? Are you not familiar with the term? Well, a Digital Nomad is a person who works from anywhere…. essentially from any location around the world. Nowadays, there are many professions that do not require for you to be sitting in a cubicle or office to do your work. Example of such professions include: Influencer, Blogger, Vlogger, Marketer, Graphic Designer, etc. The first three apply to me.

I chose the Digital Nomad lifestyle since I love the freedom, creativity and location independency aspect of it. This is why, after almost 5 years as a blogger, influencer and freelance writer traveling all over the world (while based in NYC), I decided to take a leap of faith about a year ago and I skipped my return flight and stayed living in Berlin, Germany. Everything began after a press trip that changed my life. I realize that it was time for a change and that NYC will always be there. No matter where I go, I will always be a New Yorker (and I still have a home there). Changes are good but not always easy at the beginning. With another address in Berlin, I decided to go and discover other locations in Europe, so just like that, I left some of my belongings behind to travel light and embarked on an 10 month journey, visiting over 20 countries and 50 cities. And I’ve loved practically every minute! Below are 10 things that I learned from being a digital nomad:

Cologne-Germany / Photo Credit: Johannes Jaekel

Cologne, Germany / Photo Credit: Johannes Jaekel

1.     Always have faith. When you take a leap of faith, doors will open where other doors close. You will always find new opportunities and the universe will truly conspire to help you achieve your goals and dreams, just like my favorite writer Paulo Coelho wisely wrote in his book, The Alchemist.

2.     There are good people all over the world and you can always meet someone new everywhere you go. You just have to be open to experience new cultures, to listen to another’s story, to learn new words in different languages, to just basically embrace traditions and beliefs that can be different from your own. Life is too short to live in/inhabit the same space forever.

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Carpathian Mountains, Ukraine

3.     You are human and regardless of sometimes working from paradise-like locations, there are always good and bad days. Days where everything goes wrong, days where you miss your family or hometown, where you miss your flight or a train, but remember it is okay. Tomorrow is another day with a new sunrise and there is always another chance of exploring a new town, eating something new or meeting someone new… just a day full of possibilities.

4.     When you return to your hometown, give yourself a small adjustment period. Sometimes you might feel different, even though nothing’s changed, but honestly it is you who has changed. Traveling and living on your own terms will have a profound effect on your perspective, broaden your world and expand your horizons. Seeing the familiar through different eyes can initially feel weird at first, but that’s okay. Just a sign of personal growth.

Finca El Girasol – Guanica, Puerto Rico

5.     Some people will judge this lifestyle by saying that “you are not stable” or that they do not understand what you do for living. Guess what?! It is your life and you get to decide how you live it. Do not let negative people stop you from pursuing your dreams. Be yourself, be independent. Only you have that power and nobody will live life for you. If it works for you, make no excuses and have no regrets!

6.     You need to find a balance. That you are on the road, visiting new cities, doesn’t mean that you don’t have responsibilities, bills, and deadlines. This is why as much as it is important to explore a new place or try that new cuisine, it is also important to schedule time for working, to read emails, to organize your calendar, edit photos, sort out content, etc. Life cannot always be lived on the go. We must sometimes stop to strategize, create, think and repeat.

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7.    Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself to try new experiences. Ask locals for their advice for the best places to visit, things to do or something unique about their city. They’re the real experts, do take advantage of their insights.

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Paragliding over the Blue Lagoon – Fethiye, Turkey

8.   Expand your palette. Trying the local cuisine can teach you a lot about a culture. Other than any food allergies you might have, it’s important to develop an appreciation for different spices, food or drink. You never know what you’ll like until you try it!

9.     It is important to keep a healthy lifestyle. As you travel, eating out all of the time, trying new cocktails or just letting yourself go more than usual is tempting​. But it is important to also create healthy habits, such as meditating 20 minutes in the morning, keep three daily goals in mind, go for a walk, run or bike (working out is truly important) and watch your nutrition. Letting yourself go is easy but regaining your overall health is not.

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Mondsee, Austria

10.   Document your travels. Whether you keep a diary, photographs or videos, you’ll be happy that you did! Memories are wonderful things to experience and share with others. After extensive travel, it might all begin to blend. Your notes will help you to remember and appreciate your journey!

 

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Stockholm, Sweden

Are you a digital nomad? What have you learned? Share your experience on the comment section below.

 

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Dreams in Heels

Dreams in Heels is a Trendy Blogazine focusing on Fashion, Beauty, Travel, Culture and Lifestyle. Dreams in Heels was created for those adventurous souls that travel to be free, to enrich their mind, body and soul. For those dreamers who are wondering if traveling is for them and/or where to go on their journey. Brought to you by a free spirit traveler fashionista that is living her dreams in heels. Dreams in Heels adds a touch of fashion, glamour, flavor and passion for life. It delivers budget tips, exclusive deals, elite festivities and worldwide culture!

10 Comments

  1. L♡ve this, good advice to follow while traveling♡♡♡.

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    • Dreams in Heels

      Thanks so much Carmen! I am glad that you found this post helpful. 🙂 <3

      Reply
  2. Girl, yes! I’m a digital nomad too and can I just say that I love how honest this post is? Some people think of digital nomads as hippies backpacking around with a laptop – but it’s really so much more than that! It’s an alternative lifestyle for sure but it can also be sophisticated if you want it to be. Can’t wait to follow your adventures!

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    • Dreams in Heels

      Maya, I am glad that you enjoyed my post. I am all about being honest. It is totally an alternative lifestyle. What do you do? Keep in touch!

      Xoxo,

      Olga Maria

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  3. I’m not a digital nomad, I’m a full time teacher and travel in the holidays which works well for me but I admire you for taking that leap of faith. I particularly follow number 7,8&10 too. I think it’s importing to push myself to try new things and try the local cuisine too. I’ve enjoyed reading an insight to your life as a digital nomad, thanks for sharing 🙂

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    • Dreams in Heels

      I am glad to hear this. I also admire you because you work full-time but still take time to travel and to explore the beauty of this world.

      Xoxo,

      Olga Maria

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  4. Oh people will judge you no matter what you do. Stuff ’em I say! Go forth and live the best life that you can. Congratulations on surviving a year as a digital nomad.

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    • Dreams in Heels

      Thanks Jean! I appreciate the well wishes and love. and that is right: Live it up! Life is too short.

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  5. Really inspiring to read! Can’t wait to start my digital nomad lifestyle!!

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    • Dreams in Heels

      Thanks for your lovely comment. I am glad that I was able to inspire you!

      Xoxo,

      Olga Maria

      Reply

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