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When I first heard about the expression “digital nomad” ten years ago, I was still working in an agency in Germany. I worked lots of hours in the office, banned to my desk, spending over and over in loooong meetings in concrete walls.
And sometimes I just looked outside the window, the birds where singing, people laughing… and I thought: What the hell am I doing here? Did you have had the same thoughts? Wondering if there is even for you a chance to get out of this 9-5 jobs, selling your soul and energy to someone else business just to receive the money to keep your life smooth and running?
If you need a holiday to recover from your daily life, you have to change something. Start to make your daily life a holiday.
A lot of people ask me how to start? If you start googling digital nomad lifestyle and how to start, you get a lot of information. But what is right for you? It can get very overwhelming and time-consuming.
I would be so grateful if there would have been someone, who took me by the hand and help me to setup. I would be probably faster at the point, where I am today. Just by simply learning from successful digital nomads, who are already there.
Kristin Wilson is a digital nomad for more than 15 years and offers a wonderful 30 days Digital Nomad Challange. Starting on 15.May. So join now to reserve your seat and get started to become a nomad.
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- Week 1: Mindset & Opportunities
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✨DEFINITION OF FREEDOM✨
Before I started to become a nomad, more than 6 years ago, I was working in agencies and marketing departments as a marketing manager. All my “work life”, I was working as a freelancer and never been really employed. Because I have been always quite autonomous and loved the idea to be independent and schedule my day to my work-life balance.
But to be honest? I was not free… …not in time. I had a full scheduled day and could sometimes not even manage my private life anymore. I had simply never time. ✨ …not in location. I felt often slaved to my office desk or spent time in meeting rooms all day without any fresh air and daylight, surrounded by cold concrete walls.
✨ …not from my soul. And this is the most important one: Even though I loved my job at this time and the variety of different projects and the connection to people, I started to feel tired and empty after a while. Because there was something missing. The purpose of my soul, the reason to be here on this planet, the connection to the higher source and my life force.
✨ It took me a while to understand this and until I eventually took action and changed something. I learned and studied A LOT in self-development, yoga, meditation, and spirituality, how to become happier, how to change my life, more fulfilling life balance and so on…
✨I started to TRAVEL MORE and WORK LESS. ✨ One day I humbled over the expression “digital nomad” and new this life will make me more independent, time and location wise. It would allow me to travel wherever I want, meet new cultures, places and make new friends, while I was working from my, laptop from everywhere.
✨ So I DID! I packed my bag rented out my flat for minimum one year and when on a long journey. I had an amazing time and everything I did was perfect. Sometimes it felt like a dream, too good to be true.
✨ BUT also this lifestyle has its good and bad sites. I still had to work for clients, for other peoples products, businesses and started to feel some resistance. And there it was again: The feeling of emptiness…
✨ Emptiness even in paradise? Yes! Because it was not the purpose of my soul. My soul was calling for more… …more true connection, …more personal fulfillment, …more things that I really love …more creativity and creation …more abundance.
✨ Once I started to create things for my own, I felt more alive and in flow with my heart, soul, and life. My inner and outer life seemed to be aligned.
✨ But just my latest new project really boosted my full potential in so many ways. Because now I am able to do what I want… …to welcome and live more abundance on all levels …more wealth …more choices how I want to structure my day …more own decisions, with who I am want to work with and how. …more passive income …more soul food and fulfillment
✨ All of that means more FREEDOM for me. Because I am free to decide and can make conscious actions that lead to a result that I want to happen.
✨ What means freedom for you? 🙂
✨ And if you want to know more about my freedom project, post FREEDOM in the comments below. I am happy to share more information about what’s working for me.
Last summer in 2018, I’ve created together with ARTE a German documentary about the nomad lifestyle in Bali.
I speak about how to become a digital nomad, the challenges and the advantages of this lifestyle, how I usually work on the road and how to earn money. I tell about, where to register as a permanent traveller, how and where to have your insurances and where to invest in your future as a digital nomad – and many more.
A few months later the international channel DW published this documentary in English.
If you want to live this lifestyle, too or at least looking for a way to earn passive income to be financially free, drop me an email with the code “FREEME” and I will send you further information.
By Octavia Drughi
Each year, around 25,000 people travel to Tanzania in the hope of reaching the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. It is on top of many adventure seekers’ bucket-list. Is it on yours as well?
The symmetrical snow-capped volcanic cone is synonymous with Africa and is all about superlatives – the world’s largest freestanding mountain rises in perfect isolation above Tanzania’s open plains and savannas. You’d be surprised that Mount Kilimanjaro is not considered a technical climb. This is because you don’t need an oxygen tank, ropes or prior technical climbing experience. Especially when compared to the world’s tallest and deadliest mountains, it is fairly accessible for the average trekker. But it’s not exactly a walk in the park either! You might want to think twice before taking on the challenge, so here are some aspects to consider before deciding whether climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is an adventure you ought to pursue:
An introduction to Mount Kilimanjaro
Photo by Kyle Taylor
In northern Tanzania, at the border with Kenya, the Kilimanjaro National Park is home to the largest freestanding volcanic mass in the world. Rising 19,341 ft (5,895 m), Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain on the African continent, which also makes it one of the Seven Summits (the highest mountains on each of the seven continents). It consists of three volcanic cones: Kibo, Mawenzi and Shira. The summit, Uhuru Peak, is found on Kibo, a dormant but not extinct volcano, its last volcanic activity having occurred some 200 years ago.
Uhuru Peak, Mount Kilimanjaro
There are seven major routes to the summit, which take anywhere between four to eight days. However, the success rate depends on the number of days spent on the trek. The more days, the better you will be acclimatized. Five-day routes have a far lower success rate than eight-day routes.
The Marangu Route is the only route on the mountain with hut accommodation, which makes it one of the most popular. It is also the shortest and the most crowded. It can be completed in five days, but climbers are advised to take an extra day to acclimatize at Horombo Hut in order to increase their chances of reaching the summit.
According to statistics from the Kilimanjaro National Park, around 50 percent of climbers choose the Machame Route to get to Uhuru Peak. The route is indeed scenic, passing through varying landscapes. It is, however, more difficult than others, as climbers are faced with the Barranco Wall, which they must climb on day four of the trek. No climbing skills are required, as the wall is often described as climbing a staircase, but a good fitness level and mental preparation will help you feel much more at ease during the climb.
Foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro – Photo by Katie (alaskahokie)
As with most high mountains, training, planning and careful preparation are key. Before the 1990s, you could just head down to the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro with nothing but a good old pair of boots, a backpack and some crackers, and attempt the summit on your own. Since 1991, it is compulsory to sign up with an agency if you wish to climb Kili, as it is affectionately called. The agency will provide a guide, porters and a cook. Food is usually healthy and wholesome, and vegans/vegetarians can easily be catered for as long as they give the agency notice in advance. The national language is Swahili, but up on the mountain, you will hear Kichagga, spoken by the Chagga people. English is spoken among the guides and the more educated crewmembers.
Porters on Mount Kilimanjaro – Photo by Mouser Williams
Kindly note that signing up with a company does not guarantee your success. The average time to complete the trek is six days, which is quite short for a mountain this tall, but the trails are steep and you should prepare yourself months in advance, both physically and mentally. Physical endurance is a must, but mental stamina is even more important. After all, you will be trekking 5 to 10 miles (8 to 16 km) each day.
You don’t have to be a marathoner, but you should be an active person. Short runs through the park, long walks, a little bit of mountaineering will help you get prepared for the challenge ahead. The idea is to increase lung capacity. Still, being fit does not mean you will not have trouble with altitude sickness. That’s a whole different story…
The Milky Way from Barranco Camp, 12,795 ft (3,900 m) – Photo by sama093
The altitude is not to be messed with. In fact, it is the thin air that often stands between mountaineers and the summit. Acute mountain sickness (AMS), also known as altitude sickness, is triggered when going too fast to high altitudes, not giving the body enough time to acclimatize and adapt. Symptoms include fatigue, nausea, dizziness, diarrhea and nasty headaches, all caused by the lack of oxygen. Walking slowly and spending more time in each camp helps prevent acute symptoms. Altitude sickness is nothing to joke about, as it can lead to pulmonary or cerebral edema, which can prove fatal.
Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro – Photo by Fredi Bach
I’m sure we all associate Africa with sunny days and warm weather. Mount Kilimanjaro is here to tell you otherwise. It inspired Ernest Hemingway’s short story, The Snows of Kilimanjaro, written 1938 after having been on a safari in Tanzania, in which he questions morality and philosophy, even his own existence as a writer. Contrary to the title, it is not as snow-covered as one would expect. Nevertheless, the weather can be tricky.
Changing weather on Mount Kilimanjaro – Photo by Fredi Bach
Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro will take you from 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 Celsius) to under 20 Fahrenheit (-7 Celsius) up on its alpine meadows, with strong winds making matters even worse. This will make you put on layers over layers of clothes. Still, you must make sure you don’t pack too many, as there is a limited weight and volume porters will carry.
Best months for trekking are January through mid-March and June to October. March, April and November are the wettest months. The cold season usually lasts between December and May, and snow levels are at their highest between November and May.
Why climb Mount Kilimanjaro?
Sunset on Mount Kilimanjaro – Photo by Fredi Bach
This is a matter of personal choice and you are the only one fit to answer this question. If you are a mountaineer, climber, or simply someone who has always dreamed of reaching the summit, then, by all means, go for it! Other things you might enjoy, or at least find interesting, are:
- Encounteringstrange animals that are simply out of this world.
- Experiencing four different seasons in one week.
- Reaching a serious altitude.
- Taking amazingphotographs while crossing farmlands, lush rainforests, alpine meadows and lunar landscapes.
- Watching incrediblesunsets.
Should you think twice?
Barafu Huts camp, 15,357 ft (4,681m) – Photo by Stig Nygaard
Yes! No matter your training and dreams, you should think twice. Adventure-addicts might think of it as a perfect getaway, but remember this is not your average holiday. If you’re looking to relax, forget about it! It might not be a difficult summit, but you will have to fight for it!
It is estimated that between three to seven people die each year on Mount Kilimanjaro, mainly due to acute mountain sickness, falls and hypothermia. Altitude sickness and poor physical and mental training cause hundreds to abandon the trails each year. Not to mention the air will get thinner as you go higher, it will be uncomfortable, even painful at times, and you may have second thoughts.
Glacier on Mount Kilimanjaro – Photo by Mouser Williams
You might not reach the summit, and you have to be okay with that. Most people who do not make it to Uhuru claim they still enjoyed the trek. But disappointment can easily creep in, and you must be prepared to face it. Even if you do reach the summit, you might still experience nausea, dizziness, dehydration, diarrhea and other nasty symptoms that can make the experience pretty painful.
Reaching the summit of a baffling natural wonder, a snow-capped mountain at the Equator can become more than just a dream. As long as you do not underestimate the challenge and are ready to step out of your comfort zone, you too can place your foot on the roof of Africa.
About Octavia Drughi
Octavia is a travel writer for BookAllSafaris.com. She is a passionate mountaineer, tree hugger and adventure addict who believes every living creature deserves care and respect.
You don’t need to have money to change something. You don’t need to be single and without kids to become free. These are the most complaints I heard when people tell me, they would love to change something, but they can’t. For me it’s easy. Because I am young, independent and kids-free. That might truly help, but is not an answer and result just to except and to do nothing.
If you really really want. And when you are ready. YOU CAN DO IT!
When we all do all small actions every day, we can change a lot as a union. Even scientists and economists realize that the situation in which we humans are right now, as a society, has come to a point where we need to change something.
We destroy our planet by industrial and economical contaminations, we listen and believe all the negative headlines and news in the media, politics are made by the big economic player and people are consciously tried to keep them busy. Busy from awakening, from seeing who we really are. For the big “economic gods” ( I call them gods because they are going to win more and more power on this earth and this is exactly what they want) we are just consumer or buyer. We have to earn more money to buy more stuff.
Is that what you are? Is that want you to want to be?
For me, the answer is definitely NO!
We can change if we want. We can do little steps each day, to become more conscious about our environment, about what we eat, what we buy, how we act and what we should believe and what not.
So here are just a few options listed, what you can do to get out of the system and even help to create this world to a big community that is connected again with our mother earth and all its beings:
1. Change food and nutrition
Stop eating what the media is telling you what’s good for you. Research where it comes from, explore what’s good for you.
Diet is not a diet to lose weight. It’s the choice to keep out things that are not good for us.
Some foods like refined sugar and wheat make not just fat, it has also almost no good nutrition inside and makes us addictive. You are just eating what people want that you eat. But would you eat is also when you were won up in another society or another age? Without media?
2. Try to spend and live with less money.
Money makes addictive. For the big economic gods. You are addicted to the system. The more you are able to live without it, the easier it will become for you to step out the system, because you are independent. But this means to let go of all your arrangements. If you need gadgets or tools, try to rent them or buy them used. There is already so much stuff on this planet. We live in a consumer world, in abundance. This means we are out of balance and should deal with the things that we already have. It should also protect us from all the trash we are producing. How can Mother Earth deal with all that trash? It’s already too much. It will affect us in a longterm way. We have all the contaminations already in our waters, foods, and air, that we need to survive. Do we want to kill ourselves?
3. Change your mind.
Meditate, practice Yoga or any other practice to reduce your full mind and thoughts to connect with your spirit and soul. It will automatically tell you why your here and where to go.
But you need to take it seriously and practice regularly to get out of the hamster wheel and see the difference of being just a small puppet in the theatre play or an individual that is connected to a bigger story – a whole society of beings that can live in peace and harmony. It’s still a lot of work to get there, but I see already a lot of positive developments in the last decades, and are optimistic can drive us to big actions. So let’s do it! 🙂
4. Exercise at least 30 minutes per day outside in nature
If possible outside in nature. Especially when you live in a city and spend most of your time on concrete walls. It helps you to free your mind, to keep your body active and strong and helps to build and spread serotonin in your body. That makes you happy and alive and improves your way of positive thinking, which is necessary to actively change something.
5. Do something good every day
Do something good for a person, organization or environment without excepting anything else in return. Rewarding will come later.
All good comes back. We are part of an equal system of interactions. In the Vedic, old Indian, philosophy its called “Karma”, the Andean indigenous people in Peru call it “Ayni”. You can spend money to an aid organization, volunteer for a social project, help a good friend or family member or even a person you don’t know but need the help. Or at least give somewhere a smile, who had a bad day. You will see after a while the return is tremendous and priceless.
By practicing awareness, consciousness, connection to your own true being, mother earth, and the spirit will help you to get out of a game which is already rigged.
10 tools to increase your intuition
Intuition is something that every one of us carries deep inside with us. There might be people who are talented in using his or her intuition, but in fact, intuition is what you can train and learn to use as a high-value skill. If we want to achieve something in life that makes us happy, we need the right vision.
To get a clear vision, we need to look in our hearts. Intuition is useful for decision-making, problem-solving, creativity increasing, receive messages as warnings, foretelling future events, spiritual guidance and to stay focused on your real goals.
With the following tools you can increase your intuition in just a few weeks:
- Meditate regularly. Try to meditate daily for at least 10-15 minutes. A clear and empty mind, helps you to get to the point, who you really are and what you really want.
- Practice silence. Listen and observe more. Talk and think less.
- Be present. Try always to be in the moment. Be aware of your situations, actions, and feelings.
- Dream interpretation. In dreams, we process a lot of unconscious thoughts and actions. To learn about your dreams and their meanings, can help to increase our intuition.
- Checking with your feelings. Learn more about your self and train your consciousness of your unconsciousness. Check minimum twice a day how do you feel right now. Inside of you, on your close or around yours. Write it down brackets or bullet points.
- Consume less TV, radio, entertainment internet content or music
- Have a regular morning and night ritual. Try to keep some rituals right after you wake up and right before bedtime. That keeps your thoughts and actions clear and open for bigger inspirations.
- Be playful, silly and creative. Whenever you need it, dance, laugh, smile, make a joke, doodle or do any other things that break your serious rational mind.
- Create a unity between your voice and what you’re talking, your thoughts and what your thinking and your actions, what you finally do with it.
- Practice and exercise yoga, dancing and stretching to balance your body, mind, and soul.
“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that donors the servant and has forgotten the gift.” (Albert Einstein)
I’ve been in Barcelona in July and met Sean from Nomadlifestyle.com.
He interviewed me for his blog about my nomad lifestyle.
We had a warm and inspiring conversation and I gave also lots of tips and tricks, how you can live a similar lifestyle and become a nomad.
We were talking about how to become a nomad, how to balance your life and many deep going insights about a nomadic life and general lifestyle tips and ideas.
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