How Full-Time Traveling Changed My Outlook on Life

7 life lessons from long-term nomadism

Jack Krier
Nov 19 · 7 min read

1. Your first experience at something will always be special.

Lee Konitz’s quote: “a first love always occupies a special place” may sound cliché, but it applies both to full-time traveling and life in a broader sense.

2. The journey matters more than the destination.

Looking back at my travels, I fondly remember experiences, not places.

3. A career is worth nothing without the right lifestyle.

Before becoming a digital nomad, I worked in finance. I had a cozy office, handsome paychecks, and a fancy business card.

We all have two choices: we can make a living, or we can design a life.” — Jim Rohn

After my first months on the road, I realized that the lifestyle you build matters more than your business card or bank account.

4. Social circles bring out the best and worst in you.

Digital nomadism comes with many sacrifices, but one of the most painful is not seeing your friends and family often.

5. Personal growth happens outside of your comfort zone.

Full-time travel smashes the barriers of your comfort zone. And this exit from familiar, comfortable routines will make you grow as a person.

6. Long-term travel changes your approach to risk.

I never considered myself a “risk-adverse” person, but full-time travel changed my perspective.

7. Minimalism can change your life.

Finally, the last life-changing lesson from two years of full-time travel concerns minimalism.

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Jack Krier

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Writer. Photographer. Entrepreneur. Full-Time Globetrotter.🌎 I write about entrepreneurship, remote work, and personal growth. https://www.minimalistfocus.com

The Ascent

A community of storytellers documenting the journey to happiness & fulfillment. Join 138,000+ others making the climb on one of the fastest-growing pubs on Medium.

Jack Krier

Written by

Writer. Photographer. Entrepreneur. Full-Time Globetrotter.🌎 I write about entrepreneurship, remote work, and personal growth. https://www.minimalistfocus.com

The Ascent

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