You don't want to end up in this situation? Then you should read this article written by a digital nomad who's spent a year traveling the world while working remotely.
You can picture it now
The warm sun heating your legs as the waves crash and wash up ashore pushing the sand against your feet. The taste of independence you have been waiting for. The freedom to finally be in a new place with new people and unfamiliar surroundings. It’s almost like a surreal dream. One you possibly imagined never happening in this lifetime. Yet here you are. Ready to see more of what this world has to offer and to experience it first hand.
Before I left for my travel program my mom called and as we went over my checklist of essential items that needed to be packed she asked, “Are you ready for this?” I knew just what she meant and it had nothing to do with the contents of my suitcase. I started to wonder if I was making the right decision based on the things I was risking to take the trip. I continued then with thoughts about what I was going to do in a new place with possible language barriers and at times, without the help of anyone else.
After my initial journey around the world I learned even more so, how important being mentally ready for my trip was and I wanted to share some ways to prep before departure.
Organizing your goodbyes
I had originally had a weeks notice before embarking and I remember worrying so much about packing and getting all of my “ducks in a row” that I did not leave myself enough time to properly say my goodbyes. There were people I wanted to see and things I still needed to say. My advice to you is making time for the things and people that matter most before send-off to ensure relationships of any kind aren't vague or lingering. Let your closest friends and family know how much they are loved and how much their support is appreciated throughout your journey. You don't want to leave any loose ends untied as you want to clear your mind for your new beginning.
Make time for the things and people that matter most before send-off to ensure relationships of any kind aren't vague or lingering.
Make sure you appreciate the journey
As I prepared for the longest flight I had ever been on I thought to myself, what would be the best way of passing the time until my arrival? I was standing in the airport store looking at their books and magazines and skimming through the ones that peaked my interest and I shifted my sights to
a natural sleep aid on sale at the counter. It was called “Dream Water” and suddenly after grabbing two of the sleep aid waters I had decided I would sleep on my flights and just be groggy on my layovers and while switching planes. I could even sleep through the layovers once I re-check my bags. This was a mistake. Once I arrived and wanted nothing to do with the work I needed to get done I realized I could have been working during and in between flights. I could have been reading a book about the country I was soon to be arriving in. I could have taken pictures and collecting coins in different currencies. You have worked so hard to get to a point in your life where you can experience this journey, don't let your hard work go to waste, appreciate every single moment.
You have worked so hard to get to a point in your life where you can experience this journey, don't let your hard work go to waste, appreciate every single moment.
Set your intentions
Let's just say I have a mindset of getting away from everything I knew and starting a new temporary life where everything was perfect and nothing went wrong. We all know that's never the case. I was shocked when I found myself becoming so lonely within my first week I arrived to Malaysia. I was with a group of 75 other people surrounded by scenery that appeared to come right
out of a movie. Things happen. Life happens. I was having a blast getting to know the other nomads and exploring the city for the first time.
Taking the time to find the right program will benefit you most when meeting your expectations and getting what you want from the program as all programs differ and offer different things.
The next day as I was nursing a fierce hangover I found myself in a depressed state thinking about all of the people I had left behind and wondering what they were up to. It’s very important to understand you will have your high days and you will experience some low days. The program wasn't promising that life would be perfect now that I had escaped my 9-5, the program did however, promise to allow me to experience a different way of living. One that took adjustment and needed time for such. I also cannot stress enough that taking the time to find the right program will benefit you most when meeting your expectations and getting what you want from the program as all programs differ and offer different things.
Think about the end result
There is nothing better than coming back from one of these trips and old friends telling me how much I have changed or grown. Each trip I feel like I come back a new person, a better version of myself perhaps. I meet so many new people, embrace different cultures and perhaps even learned a few words in a different language. You are never the same person as you are at the end of your travel program.
Constantly reminding yourself of where you are and where you want to be will help you get to that point throughout the duration of your journey.
There is something about the way you have lived during the last months and the things you have seen that can only better the overall person you are. Its important to picture the end result daily because transformation takes time. Constantly reminding yourself of where you are and where you want to be will help you get to that point throughout the duration of your journey. I used to ask myself "Am I doing the right things to keep me on the path of achieving my goals?" or "Is there anything I could do to be more productive and gain more speed towards my end result?"
These are just a few ways to mentally prepare for your trip and as the list could go on I would rather cut it short and say this. Don't be afraid of anything. Talk to people. Meet as many people as you can as it’s quite possibly one of the most rewarding aspects of your journey. Have an open
mind and don't forget to laugh about the small things because again, you worked hard to get to this point.