Digital nomads stories – how they work & travel (Part 2)

RioStill want to read more stories about digital nomads? Last time I interviewed three digital nomads about how they work and travel, about their fears and failures, but also about the beauty of this lifestyle. Now I am back with three more stories. Nomads from Poland, Germany and Croatia opened up and told us why they chose this lifestyle and what are the lessons they learned on the way.

 

Alan Ciechalski, Sales differently

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Can you briefly tell us who are you and what do you do for a living?

My name is Alan Ciechalski, from Poland. I’m a freelance web designer and an internet marketer. I help small businesses get their first clients online through Google AdWords and Search Engine Optimisation.

 

How did you become a digital nomad and what made you decide to adopt this lifestyle?
I went on holidays to Rio de Janeiro while still being at a full time job. I met Johannes Voelkner who told me about the digital nomad lifestyle. From then on I wanted to become a digital nomad and have a business I could run as location independent individual. It took me 4 years of different trials and errors but this summer I decided it is the time to make the jump.

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Digital nomads stories – how they work & travel (Part 1)

Digital nomads stories

In the past year I saw and read so many articles about becoming a digital nomad. Some of them are relevant and useful, others talk solely about the disadvantages, but most of them talk about the dream job and working in paradise. I really believe this is an amazing lifestyle, but because of all the media coverage, people started believing that it’s all honey and milk; that digital nomads are in a continuous holiday. Thus, everybody is asking how can these people afford it. They must have rich parents who help them.

Actually, most of the digital nomads are way past the age where they are being supported by parents. They had a few jobs, even leading positions, they gained experience, they know how it is to have a corporate job and decided that’s not for them anymore.

So… who are they?

Recently, I was on a transatlantic cruise ship with 100+ other digital nomads, where I had the chance to meet amazing people. I talked to them and I decided to share some of their stories with you.

 

Lodi Planting, Lodiplanting.comLodi Planting (LodiPlanting.com)

Can you briefly tell us who are you and what do you do for a living?
I spent my days doing what I love. As a digital nomad I travel the work while I am doing awesome work. I sell websites to freelancers, I manage a team that makes them and I teach them how to get new clients by blogging. Click if you would like to read more about me (in Dutch).

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Nomad Cruise – a non-digital experience

“What day is it? Thursday? No, it’s Friday. Oh, ok, so how many days do we have left on the cruise? 5? No, I think 6. No, 7… or 5?”

After a 5 minutes debate in the swimming pool we decided to give up and just enjoy the moment. We were just 5 of the almost 100+ digital nomads who forgot about time, Internet and worries for a few days. It’s hard to explain in words how this nomad cruise experience was for me. It’s one of those stories that end with “you had to be there”.

Nomad Cruise

Nomad Cruise – Photo Credit – Dinko Verži

I wanted to describe how a “typical” day on the cruise looked like, but they were all different. Except the regular meals that interrupted our meetups, each day had something different. Random drinking meetups by the pool, various workshops held by other nomads, yoga sessions, walks on the deck and discussions with new and interesting people – these were all on the menu.

 

How it all started…

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OFFice to Travel at DNX – the first global digital nomads conference

Berlin. Saturday morning. 6 AM. My alarm clock rings and even though I am not a morning person (actually I hate waking up in the morning), this time I am quite excited. It’s DNX conference day and I came to Berlin (like I needed another excuse to spend time in the city I love) to meet like-minded digital nomads.

And I have a good reason to be excited about this. In the past 3 days I’ve already met some of the attendees and they exceeded my expectations. People from USA, Czech Republic, France, Croatia, Germany and many more countries joined DNX. Actually their origins are not even that important because in the end we are all citizens of the world. We are only defined by what we want. And these days Berlin was our home.

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Formal and informal meetups

Even before the conference had started, we had a 4-Hours Workweek event at Betahaus, then Natalie Sisson gathered some of us to meet and get to know each other and we also got together for a BBQ on Tempelhof, which is an old airport that ceased to function in 2008 and now it is open to public. It’s a great place to spend some time at a picnic, riding a bike or flying a kite. But since Germans know how to party, the evening ended in a pub where more networking was at its best.

On Friday the event actually started and some of us already knew each other. Workshops, networking and more ideas came to life.

Looks like we were all eager to meet some location independent fellows, because it might be a great way of living your life, but sometimes it gets lonely. Marcus and Feli created the perfect environment for us to meet and discover other ideas, businesses and, of course, people or even future friends.

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Romance, history and food under the same name – Verona

While big cities have their fascinating stories, a mix of history, that metropolitan vibe and a flavor of chaotic sense of style, I found my self with an itchy need of escaping the hectic life for a few days.

A sweet place, filled with historic sights and fascinating stories kind of felt right. It was one of those moments when you know that you are not the one who is choosing the place but rather the city is the one who is transmitting vibrations to your mind (or soul) and tells you to come and meet it. Verona felt just right,

Once I got there, I felt the architecture is impressive and there’s no way to escape it. There, in the heart of this small city, you can get lost and enjoy each step. The old spirit combined with the new trends made me fell like behind each imposing door I could find another yet beautiful story. If only I had a pair of X-ray glasses to become a voyeur for a couple of days.

Verona, Italy

Verona, Italy

There’s no wonder Shakespeare chose Verona as the set for 3 of his plays. And because of him and his famous stories or maybe because of Verona’s spirit, everything seemed to scream romance at every step. It was like I was lost in one of his plays.

Only from time to time the actors dressed in gladiators and Egyptian Pharaohs and Mummies standing in front of Arena di Verona, next to Piazza Bra, reminded me that this is still a touristic city. Arena is nowadays a place where concerts and shows are being held and people all over the neighborhood area come to watch them.

 

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5 things you need to know about Larnaca, Cyprus

Perfect weather, golden beaches, welcoming people and history; all on a small and amazing island. Looking for a new travel destination that fits this description? Stick around and you’ll get some travel ideas and useful tips.

This is Larnaca. A small city in Cyprus with only 80 k inhabitants that welcome you to step on their beach and be part of their exquisite story.

Just 15 minutes away from the airport, a small and warm city will appear before your eyes.

Office to travel - Larnaca boardwalk

Larnaca, Cyprus

 

  1. Larnaca accommodation

Larnaca offers luxurious all-inclusive hotels but also perfect deals for a low budget traveler. Petrou Bros Hotel Apartments, Eleonora Hotel Apartments and Frangiorgio Hotel apartments are just a few of the places you can check.

Want to be surrounded by small cafes and restaurants but still just a few minutes away from the beach? Any of these options will fulfill this desire.

For more low-budget alternatives, check out the smaller ones and don’t be fooled by the map (as I was), because many of the hotels and hostels are really close to the beach, since the city is relatively small. If you are not in hurry, you can book a room in off-season when prices are even better, the weather is good (a minimum of 16C reached in winter) and the town so peaceful.

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Why Andalusia is the place to be this summer

It’s 8am. The phone alarm is ringing and I can hear birds singing outside my window. The sun is already shining telling me it’s time to wake up. For a moment I feel that I’m in Malaga and I should jump out of bed, do my morning workout and go downstairs to grab my amazing cappuccino from the café next door. That feeling suddenly disappears when I realize it’s Sunday, my alarm rang too early, I’m in Bucharest and maybe I should sleep one more hour.

Even though it was just a second of fantasizing, that feeling of a Spanish morning remained for the rest of the day and the excitement didn’t let me sleep anymore. It looks like my subconscious mind is telling me it’s time to go and experience Spain again. And it’s not only my deeper thoughts that are guiding me there. I actually elaborated a timeline so I can get there soon.

But this is what I am talking about. Recently, I went to Andalusia, Spain, a place I didn’t know too many things about, but it is a part of Europe that convinced me there is more to discover. It all started when I was wandering on Sky Scanner in search of my next escape. I heard about Malaga before, I knew it is the birthplace of Picasso and that it’s in southern Spain, which could only mean art, warm weather and a new place to discover. That information alone was enough to convince me to buy a ticket. So I made some kind of a plan (as I always do, even though I am flexible enough to adjust the plan on the way) and I was ready to go.

 

Malaga

This lovely city in Andalusia is known as one of the oldest places in the world (nearly 2800 years old). With so much history, Malaga has a lot to offer. From its old town, to a large beach, castles and art, the city can fulfill many wishes. Maybe you love to soak up the sun on the beach and your partner wants to find out more about the city’s history. There’s a place for everyone. Moreover, it has one of the warmest winters in European cities, so you can get a cheaper plane ticket and enjoy the off-season prices.

Spanish people are full of life, communicative and as far as I’ve seen, they love carnivals. And I was lucky enough to be there when one of their annual carnivals was happening. Kids (even infants), teenagers, adults and elders were all dressed up for the occasion and even performed on a scene and at parade. A rainbow of color: minions, fairytale characters, Einstein(s) and many others were walking on the streets. If you get the chance to get there during a festival, you shouldn’t miss it.

Malaga carnival Office to travel

The city is cute, cozy and so Latin, thus it felt like home. I had a really nice host I found on Airbnb who was willing to give me some tips and indications that only locals know. It’s a lovely studio close to the city center but in a quiet area, with all the features you might need. It’s always better to talk to the locals because they can give you tips that you cannot find in tourist flyers or websites. And if you are a shy person, this is a great way to overcome your fears.

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