Digital Nomad Life: Some Cool People Who You Meet Along The Way
One of my favorite aspects about living life as a digital nomad are the thought-provoking, motivated people I get to meet on an almost daily basis.
These are folks that come from all walks of life covering every inch of the globe. Some are young, broke and hungry for work, while others are older, wealthy and seeking interesting activities to fill their days. They are Internet moguls, handymen, cooks, bartenders, computer programmers, land developers, activists — and on and on it goes.
As I expand these blog posts, I plan to highlight some of the most dynamic people and families I’ve come in contact with, specifically related to my past few years living in Costa Rica. And let me tell you, Costa Rica has become a melting pot of folks eager to escape big-city madness in favor of rustic charm and a toned-down pace of life.
The first family I’d like to highlight is Greg and Rachel Denning. I first met the Dennings about 18 months ago, but we had known of each other through our blogs and online networking for about 6 months prior, so there was some familiarity there. The Dennings actually moved into a house my family used to live in, (a total coincidence) so we immediately started off with something in common. From there, our relationship expanded rapidly.
With six children — ranging from 13 years old to nearly 2 years old — and an established online business that specializes in educating/raising families abroad and making a living working as digital nomads, It was pretty amazing that these two parents could pull off such an incredible balancing act of work and family. I mean, I thought Danielle and I were doing well with three young kids and our online businesses, but these people have us beat twice over!
The Denning’s children are absolutely wonderful. They are respectful, polite, extremely well educated, caring and — this might be my favorite part — they carry a treasure-trove of worldly knowledge rarely found in kids of such a young age. These positive traits come from their parents, people who aren’t afraid to travel the world and work from various locations with their young children in tow. Some people think it’s crazy to take your kids from country to country and homeschool them during their developmental years. I say it’s crazy not to, because that’s where the real learning process begins, by seeing how the other half lives.
All of our kids get along great, and as time goes by — assuming we’re in the same location for a while — I imagine they’ll do a lot of things together like surfing, hiking and playing soccer. But that’s the rub. How long will our families be in same place? Judging by the way they live and the way we live I assume we will meet every few years in different locations around the world. My hunch next is somewhere in Asia.
You see, when we start talking as couples, locations fly around like champagne corks on New Year’s Eve. We want to go here, and they want to live there. Back and forth it goes until we’ve spun the globe on its axis several dozen times. These conversations create endless possibilities, and that’s probably a big reason why I like the Dennings so much.
You see what I’m saying about the magic of endless possibility? Both families are in control now. There are no big corporate policies pushing us around. There’s no employer telling us where we have to live or how we have to dress. It really is a beautiful thing for both families. This is 21st century progress at its absolute finest!
For any young family that is seriously considering expatriate life, I encourage you to follow Greg and Rachel Denning on their websites you will see what they have going on at there Hub site Discover Share Inspire .They provide all types of pertinent information regarding online income, homeschooling kids and travel. Plus, they’re pretty cool people, too.