“It’s probably a question you’ve gotten a 1000 times…”
And what is that question? Usually it’s something along the lines of:
- What career can I pursue to become location independent?
- What classes should I take to get skills to become a nomad?
- Should I sell my house at a loss, or rent it out?
- What style of travel should I do?
- What budget should I set up?
And our answer is usually the same:
Follow your heart, follow your passions.
While we can rattle off a list of careers we know people are doing while traveling, that doesn’t mean you’ll enjoy any of them. And just because we haven’t heard of anyone successfully exploring a certain career – doesn’t mean it’s not possible.
And besides, we’re not career counselors or experts at this stuff. We’re just two folks who took our existing tech careers on the road.
And of course we can recount our experiences and stories of how we got on the road, full of our own trials and tribulations, but our path is certainly not the only one. Heck, what worked for us is unlikely to work for anyone else.
- Just because I was willing to take a huge cash loss to sell my house and get on the road, does not mean that anyone else should consider that path unless it’s right for them.
- Just because RVing around America with occasional pauses for international exploration works for us, does not in any way mean it’ll scratch your adventure itch.
- And just because we spend a certain amount a month, does not in any way imply that’s what it costs any nomad to travel in their preferred style.
Basically, there’s no curriculum for becoming a nomad. It’s not like deciding you want to be a lawyer, and then having a clearly defined set of courses, certifications, expected student debts and internships you take to get there. You find your own way – pulling from your own skillsets, resources and desires. And you make it happen.
This all comes down to something deeper
Every successful location independent person I’ve had the pleasure of knowing, is doing something so uniquely them.
And that’s the key to this stuff.
Your success wont be based only on a set of specific skills you can acquire – but rather some more fundamental attitudes.
Here some of the traits that we’ve found common amongst our fellow rockstar nomads:
- They live outside of boxes. They think differently about their approach to the world, and aren’t afraid to look beyond the defaults. Usually, being a nomad isn’t the only alternate lifestyle they’ve explored.
- They are resourceful. This doesn’t mean they have lots of stuff, skills or money. But rather they know how to seek out what they need when they need it. They trust in this.
- They are adaptable and agile. They know and anticipate that the future is not known, and go with the flow as life throws them twists and turns. Plans are just guidelines, and can .. and will, change.
- They are persistent. They know what their priorities are for the life they want to live, and do not make compromises. They do not take no for an answer.
- They are passionate. At every turn they follow their heart and desires to explore the world they move through.
- They are pioneers. Each is following their own path and journey, not following anything resembling a formula. They are inventing and molding their own careers, modalities and adventures.
Sure, there are logistical tips us veteran nomads can share – such as how to stay online, how to find campgrounds, how to receive payments from clients, how to get your mail and vote, how to navigate visa requirements, how to convert a generator to run off propane, approaches to healthcare, etc.
But the path itself – that has to come from your heart.
You’ll just have to do it like the rest of us and figure out what works for you.