So…you want to be a digital nomad? There is no time like the present to start taking steps towards achieving your dreams!
If you’re sitting here scratching your head and saying, digital whaaaaat?, a digital nomad is a person who has taken their careers completely online so they can work from anywhere in the world, as long as there is an internet connection.
Ok, so maybe that beautiful beach in the photo above isn’t likely to have an internet connection (in fact, I know it doesn’t, because I took that photo in Australia and it was a pretty remote place that involved a drive down a long dirt road to get to).
Still, if you have an internet connection and the right career, you can travel without having to quit your job. Pretty cool, right?
There is a percentage of the population who, like myself, suffer from some sort of dietary issue. For me, it’s an unfortunate celiac diagnosis that leaves me unable to eat gluten without becoming ill. For others, it might be a dairy or shellfish allergy, an intolerance to soy, or a myriad of other issues. Other people who might experience issues are vegans and vegetarians or others on special diets. As a result of special dietary needs, traveling can sometimes be problematic since it involves venturing out into the unknown where your trusted food sources aren’t readily available and you may not be privy to where your best dining options might be.
Let’s face it: layovers suck. Who wants to spend hours upon hours sitting in an uncomfortable chair in an airport terminal, listening to announcements over the loud speaker, babies crying, and people coughing? Certainly not me. As a traveler, however, layovers are a fact of life. I’m a big fan of flying nonstop whenever possible. Sometimes, however, there are times when a layover is inevitable due to available routes, or direct flights being more expensive.
I am writing this story for all of you out there who, like myself, have “faint” fingerprints that can’t be read by machines. I know you’re out there, and I also know that if you’re planning on traveling to Japan, you’ll likely be wondering what will happen when they fingerprint you at the border, which they do for all foreign nationals entering the country. Quite frankly, I had a hell of a time getting reliable information on the topic when I was planning my trip to Japan, so I wanted to write a detailed account of my experiences to help out my faint fingerprinted brothers and sisters out there in the hope that this will save you some of the frustration I faced when researching the topic.
In the first post in this series, we talked about some tips to make the trip more entertaining. This post is about preparation for a road trip. It’s all the boring yet necessary stuff you should probably do before you hit the road.
The Great American Road Trip is a beloved pastime in my country. However, as my country is also enormous with large areas of unoccupied wide open spaces, it can also be boring. If you’re planning a road trip (in any country!), you might want to follow a few of these tips to make your journey smooth and entertaining.
More and more of us are traveling these days with just a smart phone rather than carrying guide books, maps, a music player, a phone card, and a camera like in the old days. Remember carrying all that stuff? It’s nice to have the load lightened. Still, for those of us who love taking beautiful photographs, we may sometimes feel a smart phone doesn’t capture our images in just the way we want them. Not to worry, there’s an app for that! Obviously, Instagram is a great go-to app for making beautiful travel photos. (shameless plug for my Instagram!!!) However, when Instagram just isn’t enough, there are plenty of other apps out there to help you create and edit your travel memories just the way you want them.
I am sad to say that I’m too old for a working holiday visa. (If you’re under 30, however, read this.) The worst part about the whole thing is that I wasn’t even aware that working holiday visas existed until I was over the age of 30! Imagine my excitement, and then the immediate crushing of dreams that occurred when I learned that working holiday visas existed (hooray!), and then immediately learned that you have to be under 30 to take advantage of them (wait….WHAT?!?!). I seriously went through the five stages of grief on this one.
When I travel, I tend to fly by the seat of my pants a lot, looking for the best bargains and ways to scrimp and save money wherever I am able to. This has worked well for me throughout the years and I went on a lot of really great trips when I didn’t have a lot of money to spare.
These days, however, I’m a little older, a little wiser, and, mercifully, a little wealthier. I’ve never been burned when it comes to traveling, but I’ve come pretty close a few times.
Ok, so it’s not summertime at the moment, but I wanted to put this out there for you now so you’ll have plenty of time to think about it and get prepared before Summer arrives. I just found out that the state of Alaska recruits tons of people to come work seasonally every summer in their tourism and commercial fishing industries. There aren’t usually enough Alaskans to fill all the positions, so those of us from the lower 48 (and Hawaii) are in luck!