We are officially digital nomads :)
Learning Gypsies. Week 7. Writing from San Antonio, Texas.
Many of our friends (old and new) are asking us how we are doing so far. Living as digital nomads, while might sound scary, isn’t as bad it is seems… mainly because of the sharing economy and the internet. While we have to juggle many moving pieces (the hardest is the kids emotions and bad WIFI) thankfully our work allows us to run our projects and meetings remotely.
When it comes to this lifestyle we have given up many material things, and to be honest it feels super liberating. As the weeks went by, we realized we could get rid (donate) even more belongings. Things we had not used the whole time we had been in Lima, things we assumed we needed, but soon realized that with a shift in mindset comes new behavior which impacts even the way we dress.
Here is some unsolicited advice, in case you are thinking of traveling the world and joining the beautiful #digitalnomad community:
Cloud above your head.
If you are shooting a lot of video or taking many photos, think (really think) about getting extra storage that doesn’t require an internet connection to transfer content. This has been a pain for us, and the reason why we have not been able to upload our video diaries for the last 2 weeks!
Keep calm and check airbnb, every day.
There were moments of desperation for a few weeks. Especially because when you are doing this on your own dime cash flow can be a challenge. So even though you might find that breathtaking “rare-find” home on airbnb, you don’t have the mula to pay for it upfront. But don’t worry, the house you are meant to live in will be yours.
Airports do matter. Pay more to avoid some.
We got our tickets at a great prices from The Hipmunk ❤ but we had to go through Mexico City. Now, I have nothing against Mexico, we actually love to go and visit, but being a transit passenger arriving from Peru is a challenge. Remember the cartels in the 80s? No? Well the Mexican airport authorities do, and do really well. So anytime a plane lands from Peru to Mexico, passengers’ bags are inspected (for an hour and a half) and they get to go through a “special” customs line. Because of this I missed my connection to Stockholm :( where I had one of the most important workshops of my life!
Make friends, everywhere, parks, buses, airplanes, restaurants, etc.
Somehow life has a way of placing the right people in your path. But sometimes we are so busy with life we don’t make the effort to notice them. During our trip we have already met 10 amazing humans we now get to call friends, (3 of which the kids helped us meet.) Having people who are like-minded and share passions with you is key when you are going from city to city. Saying goodbye can be hard, as the magic is just beginning, but thanks to Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp we get to stay connected.
Finding the right place to call “home.”
Even though to us “home” is where all of us are together, we have discovered a large community of like-minded people crazy enough to leave their sedentary lifestyles to leave a mark in many different places around the world. Many of them have developed platforms to support the process of moving around, and help break down the fears we might have (especially parents.) These are some of them: Nomad List, What to pack, The Nomadic Family, 8 Mistakes ‘Would-be-Nomad-Families’ Make, Traveling Family Advice, Upwork (remote work), and the best homeschooling site we have found is Homeschooling-ideas.
There is a huge opportunity to disrupt the car rental industry.
One painful learning is that going to cities that require having a car will really hurt your pocket. As we are in Texas right now (the land of space) we have had to get creative with how we rent cars so we can afford it. Besides zipcar, which is here, but is still expensive there is no offering available affordable to people traveling the world. We need to come up with the Airbnb of cars people! So our advice? Don’t stay longer than 4 days in cities where you need to rent a car, taxes are brutal.
Amazon: somehow I was addicted to you and didn’t know it.
Before you leave any city that has pampered you with Amazon products get everything through them so you can get it off your system. I know this sounds crazy, but we seriously had Amazon withdrawals. The second we reserved our house on Airbnb we started loading the cart. Then we emptied half of it as now we need less and less material things. See how this sounds like a total addiction?
One realization we have had is that we need to move more, to visit more cities, even around the hub we chose. So during this week we visited more places around San Antonio. You can see it on on our weekly video diary and on our photo album.
Thanks for following our adventure,
The Learning Gypsies.