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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.
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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.
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.
Check out video on nomadlifestyle.com or here:
I get often the questions, how to become a nomad? How can you afford that lifestyle? How can you earn money? With what kind of job can you live a nomad lifestyle? Where to find those jobs?
So I thought, it could be helpful to have a list with different info all around nomad lifestyle, tips, locations, jobs and so on.
- Evernote – notes, writing, creating lists, share it on your other devices
- Wunderlist – Tasklist, easy and simple, but well connected to all your devices and you can share and delegate tasks.
- Facebook groups:
- Airbnb – Rent a room or apartment
- Booking.com – Hotels, Hostels, Guesthouses, and apartments.
- Couchsurfing – stay for free with locals
- Trusted Housesitters – house and pet sitting for free
- Workaway – volunteer for free accommodation
- Nomad House – rent a room in a nomad house
- Upwork – Freelancer Jobs
- Freelancer.com – Freelancer Jobs
- Writer Access – for Writing Jobs
- Guru – Freelancer Platform
- iWriter – Writing Jobs
- Fiverr – Freelancer Tasks
I try to update this list regularly and continue adding more links to it.
It’s been a long time ago, I have been writing something here on this blog.
Honestly, I am struggling with the idea of what to do and where to go.
Actually, it is like always. Haha!
But I want to continue. One of my goals for next year.
This year has been amazing. I met wonderful places, like on Bali or Santa Teresa and Nosara in Costa Rica. But also Tarifa in South Spain was amazing. And I met a lot of beautiful people, who entered my heart, and from whom I learned a lot about life, business and about myself.
Every single person was my teacher on my path through life.
I made big steps in my personal growth and could broaden up my mind even beyond my horizon, where I thought there must be the horizon. But learning and experiencing is endless.
I am writing to you right now from my little apartment in Santa Marta in Colombia, sitting in my hammock, with the view over the city.
I was here primarily to volunteer for an organization, which is called Mariposa Amarilla, supporting street kids in this area. I decided to use the time, while everyone is celebrating Christmas with there beloved ones, to share my love with those who need it the most.
On Christmas Eve I spent time
with the local family where I stay. It’s a small apartment I booked via Airbnb. I live in a barrio (district) where just locals live. No tourists here. This is the best way to learn and understand the culture and people, who are living here.
When I reflect the last year, I can just see beautiful moments and experiences. Of course, there have been also negative moments, but this is a part of life. And honestly, most of the time they just kicking you even deeper in reality, and you will feel that you are alive.
My worst problems the last months have been electronic problems. 2 laptops crashed and my phone is since days locked by a Colombian mobile provider so that I can’t use it. That sucks, but it’s just a material problem.
But since I decided, to live a nomad lifestyle reduced my guts to a minimum and nowadays have fewer things and responsibilities – I feel richer than ever before. Because once you have nothing, you can do everything.
You can’t lose a lot and you can act spontaneously.
What I learned this year, is that you can open the door to another world, that welcome you with open arms, a world that’s so diverse and intensive, If you allow yourself to let go, let go from beliefs, habits and too many expectations. The world is constantly moving and changing. So stop to collect things, save, live secure, and build up a future, which you won’t able to keep it. Live right now. In this and every single moment, expect changes and be even open to new things that come along. This is part of the game. If you can handle it, you can reach the next levels.
And they are so much fun!
I am already looking forward to. Just the next 2 month will be amazing for me, with many new experiences.
I am going to have my first tattoo. On my ankle. Finally, my roommate and host in Bogota inspired me to do it now.
I will join a sacred medicine retreat with the elders and Sharman’s. One part will be of course Ayahuasca. I am a little bit scared to take this medicine, what it’s called here in this area. But I am going to prepare myself and think I am ready now – especially from a spiritual perspective.
Then I will do an excursion to the Amazon and fly to Brazil to celebrate Carnival in Rio. Raised in the Carnival city Cologne, participating on the biggest Carnival parties in the world, has been always a dream for me since I am a young girl.
Afterward surfing again in Pipa! 🙂 I never thought that you could get so addictive with surfing.
But it’s true.
I will keep you updated about all my experiences.
I wish everyone a good start of a new year, and a new chapter to change or improve yourself. Open your eyes, ears, heart, and mind and live every moment…wherever you are!