So many have asked me how I can afford to do this trip and that they wish they could do the same. I’m not getting any CSN-money but renting out my place which helps a bit. Other than that, just making sure where and what I spend money on. If it’s really tight you can always volonteer and get free accommodation and/or food, which is often the highest fixed costs (expect for the busses and flights)
Anyway to all of you who are even considering going away for some time. Do it. Just do it. I am almost 100% sure you won’t regret it.
Go for it, create new friendships, memories and enjoy your life. Life is long and should be lived. Try to have fun on the way. Another big expense is the flight to South America. In my case I got it for free thanks to my SAS euro bonus and American Express card. It probably has a fancy name i don’t know about. As long as the bills are paid on time there’s no extra fees and you get points on all your purchases. Highly recommend it! If you want to know more I have a code that will give us both extra points when you register.
I think the link above should. thanks @nienkelaurier for the 📸 .
Productivity for digital nomads can be a tricky thing. It's soo easy to get distracted and forget all about work and dive into play when you're in a new exciting destination.
What has worked for me is to create and stick to a daily routine. Without any structure to your day you're going to lose track of time and before you know it, the day is over.
Another thing that has worked for me is setting a timer where I focus on only one task, and I will not leave my desk until the timer goes off.
How do you stay productive? 💻🤓
Having travelled 1.5 years solo as a digital nomad I often get comments like "You are so brave" or "Isn't it scary to travel alone?". I actually find solo travelling to be an incredible liberating experience. You can do exactly what you want to do, when you want. Making new friends is so much easier, as you are more approachable as a single person. It's also an opportunity for self discovery and self growth. Have you ever travelled solo? 🙋♀️
I felt so unhappy a few months ago when I decided to go back to Southeast Asia. I tried several times to convince myself that it was alright. That I was lucky to be there and therefore, I should enjoy it to the fullest. I felt like a spoilt brat because who wouldn’t enjoy traveling in Southeast Asia? But truth is, I was struggling so much. I wanted to get out of there, but I couldn’t because I had made plans to see a few people. So I tried to make the best of it. I’m happy I did, but I regret not spending my time more wisely. Why do we force ourselves to do things we don’t enjoy anymore?
So when I spontaneously decided to go to Central Asia, I was so nervous. What if I’d hate it here? What if I’d encounter the same feelings and problems again? I know it’s just still only been a short time on the road, but I feel so... happy here. I feel genuinely excited about traveling again! Like this is where I’m supposed to be right now in my life.
I feel motivated to write again and to share my travels with you guys. Who would’ve known that Kazakhstan, of all the damn countries in the world, would be the place where I would connect with myself again. Life is weird. It’s tough. It’s damn frustrating at times. But it’s also so beautiful, genuine and pure. Just like Kazakhstan.
Me and my little Kazakh family in the village of Saty ❤️ it’s only 15 km away from both Lake Kaindy and the Kolsai Lakes, so it’s the perfect place to stay overnight if you’re heading there. Also, the village is super cute and you can really get a glimpse of the rural life in Kazakhstan.
If you're a digital nomad, my guess is you're a minimalist too. On the road you realize how little stuff you actually need. Minimalist packing hacks:
- Choose multifaceted items. For example, use jojoba oil for body oil, shaving oil, aftersun oil and makeup remover.
-Get rid of anything you can go 2 weeks without using.
- Weigh your bag to make sure it doesn't exceed the weight limit.
There’s still times when I have to pinch myself because I can’t believe I’m in Kazakhstan. Traveling here is by far one of the best experiences and I’m so happy that I still have a lot more time left to explore Central Asia. I’ll be blogging about Saty, Kaindy and the Kolsai Lakes. I hope people will be more open minded about the Stan countries and see that it’s not dangerous. It’s truly incredible.
Being able to stay in luxurious accommodation for a third of the cost back home, is one of my favourite things with being a digital nomad. 🏨✨ Photo taken by @christinebottross, a NYC based nomad travelling the world working as a graphic designer.
Ser oftare ut som på bild nummer 2 när jag fotar. Djupt koncentrerad (haha den där rynkan!!). Men när @ccorinnes står i stormiga vindar ute på däck och jag har i uppgift att försöka fånga en vacker bild, då blir det ganska mycket skratt.
Casually posing in front of beautiful buildings since 1995 💁🏻♀️