I honestly never thought I’d be writing this post. Considering it was only a year ago that I quit my full-time fashion copywriting job to go freelance, so much has changed in that time.
Like most people who quit their 9-5, I’d become bored of the office life and felt unmotivated and depressed, well, pretty much every day.
Commuting to London drained me physically and financially, and I was exhausted by the time Friday rolled around, spending most of my weekend not wanting to do anything except catch up on Netflix and drink wine in my trackies.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m still all about the slob life, but I completely lost my sense of adventure and the enthusiasm for life that I had when I was travelling, which is a sad state of affairs for anyone in their twenties.
So, fast forward twelve months, and I’ve managed to carve out a new career as a travel writer, and the best part is that my job lets me work from anywhere (with decent internet) and I can now officially call myself a digital nomad.
I must say, I’m pretty proud of myself.
I’m grateful that I didn’t settle for a job/life that didn’t excite me, and it just goes to show that it’s worth persevering until you find something that suits you.
The 9-5 never suited me, and neither did the fashion industry after a while. Travel is my biggest passion now, so it makes sense that my creative work is based around that.
Also, now that I don’t need to be in commutable distance to London, I don’t need to pay rent, so I’ve moved my stuff back home so that I can hit the road with no ties – and I could not be more happy about it.
I won’t lie though, I’m a little bit nervous about travelling solo again and getting to grips with this new digital nomad lifestyle.
It’s a fairly new way of working, and I feel like there’s a mini revolution going on out there at the moment. It’s starting to really kick off now though, so I’m excited to get involved and meet other people that have chosen this path.
BUT, will I be able to master the work/life balance? What if my laptop breaks? What if the internet is shit? What if I get so sunburnt that I can’t type?
All very valid concerns, in my eyes.
Which is why I’m starting this year with some shorter breaks just to get me into the swing of it.
First up, I’m going back to Bali (my old flame) for a month.
My plan is to work in some co-working spaces like Hubud so I can meet some like-minded people, check out Canguu (which I missed last time), and head to Nusa Lembongan for some island vibes.
In June, I’m off to Rome for a long weekend, and then I’m visiting Greece in September – and in between that, who knows.
I’m also planning to create some more Digital Nomad related content on here, so if there’s anything you’d like to see, please let me know!
If you’re out in Bali in May or want to connect, you can find me on Insta or Twitter at: _rebzo