Going Nomad – Should or shouldn’t I?
As an aspiring nomad, I’ve come across quite a few individuals who discredit this lifestyle, and also say that it’s difficult and amounts to no good. To counter this thinking, and to provide inspiration to myself and other aspiring nomads, I’ve started this Going Nomad : Inspiration Series, where every week we invite a nomad or an aspiring nomad to talk about the challenges they faced and the mountains they’ve climbed en route to achieving their nomad dreams. Today we welcome Maegan and Elise to the blog floor.
Maegan – Remember your ‘Why’
I have been a registered dietitian for 6 years and I am ditching the 9-5 lifestyle. I am leaving Corporate America behind, to travel fully! The truth and reality is that my desires have shifted and grown but my daily regimen has not. I am burned out at the ripe age of 28.
My husband, 2 spaniels, and I are buying an RV to gallivant throughout the UK and Europe. I want experiences that open my eyes and transform my thoughts from the shelter of my Southern upbringing. I want to inspire others to listen to their hearts and seek their adventure, too!
- Maegan : Pensacola Calling
This life change comes with heavy baggage, though. There are naysayers among our friends and family who are full of doubts, anger, jealousy, and harsh responses to our “We’re moving abroad” statements. I have been looked down upon for leaving a career. I am “less responsible” for following my heart instead of listening to my head. My job has become less desirable because my boss hounds me over everything, now. We are 8 months from our move and have less support than when we started.
However, when doubts set in and people become hateful, remember your “why”. I have been successfully blogging for 10 months and have received free travel perks, already. I have nearly 1K followers across all my social media channels. (More on some). I am also freelancing in the evenings and on weekends to bring in extra cash and build my “nomad” portfolio. I am happier than I have been in years!
Do you want to live your life your way or how someone else wants it to look? You are capable and deserving of the life you desire.
- Maegan from TheWanderlustDietitian
Maegan, is an adventurous Southerner who shares her world journey and approach to living the travel lifestyle with her husband Michael. She brings you humor and lighthearted banter blended with REAL travel stories and tips. Maegan is a registered dietitian, and an outdoor lover who revels in the beauty of cultures unlike their own. Together with her husband Michael, Maegan is working towards expat life through remote work. Join their nomad adventure. Do you love to travel? Does your full time job or career prevent you from living the life you dream of? Follow Maegan, The Wanderlust Dietitian for inspiration at The Wanderlust Dietitian
Maegan is also on Instagram at @thewanderlust_dietitian
Elise – Don’t follow the crowd
After university and extensive travelling I decided that this 9-5 life wasn’t for me. I had experience and qualifications that meant I could at least partly support myself abroad and I decided to take the plunge in 2015. I had totally fallen in love with Cambodia and decided to travel again for a few months before settling in Siem Reap. Despite our skills, there were *many* people in our lives who thought we should stay in the UK and get ‘real jobs’, as if there is some list of ‘not real’ jobs that we would be applying for!
- Being a nomad in Cambodia gave me freedom to travel – Here’s me at Inle Lake in Burma
Moving abroad turned out to be one of the best decisions that I’ve ever made. While a nomad, I worked as a freelance writer, researching and creating articles on the Middle East and Africa for a news distributor. I also wrote for my own blog and worked on my photography which made a huge difference to the quality of my articles and the content I was producing. To supplement my income, I taught part time, and I also worked with an NGO during the week in fundraising and marketing. I was teaching in person so perhaps not strictly a digital nomad, but there are plenty of online sites that you could use to help stabilise a writing income.
Phew! I was busy, but my life was full and enjoyable. I was working easily as hard as the UK, but the work I was doing was far more meaningful and has contributed to a great portfolio of writing and marketing experience. It’s also a lot easier to write creatively and inspire yourself to work hard if you’re living next to the ocean or sitting in the shade of palm fronds, I can assure you! Growing social media channels and effectively marketing your website is a really valued skill ‘in the real world’ and doing work like this only helps you to get employed should you want to move back home afterwards.
Since leaving Cambodia I’ve made another move to Vancouver where my portfolio of work has secured me my dream job basically full time travel writing for a living! I cannot stress enough that this would not be possible had we ‘moved to London’ and joined the graduate ladder in the corporate world. Becoming a nomad is about being adaptable and resourceful, and it actually teaches you skills that you wouldn’t get at home. Try cycling around at 1 am to find Wi-Fi for a deadline in the middle of a power cut!
Providing you have some kind of plan, and an intention to work hard – don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do it.
Elise is originally from the UK and has now made her home in Vancouver, Canada. She loves travel, sunshine and dogs. Not always in that order. She is a freelance writer and editor and has written for numerous magazines & websites covering travel, news, the non-profit sector and literature. Elise blogs at Travel, Work & Play
Elise can also be found on Instagram at @travelworkandplay
What did you think of Maegan and Elise’s stories? Let us know. And catch up with us next week to read more inspiring stories from other digital nomads.