The Reality Of BEing Digital Nomads & Earning Your Travel Badges
As new Digital Nomads, we are quite honestly learning the ropes!
It’s an interesting thing to be in another country, and running your business at the same time. That in itself takes a lot of dedication and straight-up discipline! Which is something we have wavered on.
Though we feel like we have been working a lot… In a businessy, entrepreneurial point of view, we are hardly working at all. We discovered this today while we were riding our bikes, going from store to store collecting groceries for dinner.
We had been working all afternoon. The sun and warm breeze felt so good on our skin. We decided to cruise the island and discover it a bit further. It was wonderful! We found a cute little spot called The Split. This is where Caye Caulker was ripped in half by the last hurricane that blew through. There were some people lounging around in the water at a swim-up bar, and others hanging out on the cement edges of The Split.
The first thing to realize about Caye Caulker is that it is very much a beach town, but it isn’t known for its soft sandy beaches… So we felt very excited to finally find this spot!
Brian suggested we bike back to our place, drop off our groceries, throw on our suits, and bike back to spend the afternoon in the sun. I was fully game, but there was something in my head that I just couldn’t shake.
I heard our mentors voices in my head… ” You work like nobody else now, so you can live better than anyone else later.” As we biked back I was having a battle with myself in my head. I really didn’t wanna be the bearer of bad news, and tell Brian “NO… We gotta keep working the day away!”
And then I said something…Brian being the beautiful soul he is, he totally understood me. I mean we are already living in Paradise here. We really just gotta figure out some kinks.
The Kinks Of BEing A Digital Nomad:
- We have an beautiful outdoor seating area… BUT everytime we go out there we get eaten alive by little bugs that the locals call “no-see-ems”. So… We have felt a bit trapped inside.
- I have taken a physical beating… First off I cut my hands while working out doing pull-ups. Then my legs got covered in a rash, and I got a brutal hacking cough while I was in the jungle. (Turns out I am allergic to the jungle)
- The internet connection isn’t always up to snuff with the wifi we are used to… And we need to upload videos for your viewing pleasure.
- We are conflicted between enjoying the country we are visiting, and creating content for you!
This is what our place looks like, and most rentals here in BElize:
This may sound a bit like pissing and moaning to you… We really want to be clear that we are SO grateful to be here in BElize. We are also so grateful we took the plunge into this lifestyle.
The main thing is… We have people from all over the world that are counting on us to show up. That is part of the biz… It is a massive part of any biz. This is why we are sharing, and not sugar-coating anything!
If you want to be a successful entrepreneur you gotta show up! AND to be even blunter with you… You gotta do a hell of a lot more than that! You gotta eat, sleep, and breath your biz until that sweet thang turns into what it is you’re after, but that isn’t when you lay off the gas. That is the moment you turn it up… Because you see… Most business owners think they are in the clear once they start making good money.
That was kind of our mistake when we hit the road. We laid off the gas a bit because we have been traveling around, discovering all of the places we have been. We aren’t necessarily doing an adventure every day, but we are really acting like locals. Eating where the locals eat, shopping at the markets, swimming, and paddleboarding in the jungle. We are having fun that is for sure!
It is very important that we keep you, and the rest of our adventure tribe up to speed. More important than that… That we are consistently creating daily content for you so that you can learn how to start building the lifestyle you really want!
The epiphany we had today has lead us to be more driven and focused than ever. We know that right now we are going to have to make a few sacrifices if we want to create something for you everyday and if we want our business to do well!
And guess what? That is a sacrifice we are willing to make. Which really isn’t a sacrifice at all. Because you see… We are already living the life we want in most respects.
First of all… We are together! That has been something we have been working towards since the moment we touched skin in June of 2016! And we made that goal happen pretty darn fast.
Second of all… We are traveling the world, and able to work our business online as we go! This is HUGE that we no longer have to be stuck in one place.
Third thing… Is that we have found a way, and acquired some pretty ninja-like skills to market ourselves online like professionals. This is the glue of our business… To any business really. If you want to create a business that will soon enough make money while you sleep this is the key!
Dear Digital Nomads… We have some really exciting things coming your way!
I am going to spill the beans a bit here… BUT we have a really awesome course we are putting together that is going to give you the step by step on how you could finally put it all together, and start creating your dream business from point A – Z!
How exciting it that?!
We are going to cut the learning curve in half for you! That is why we are here earning our travel badges… Figuring out this Digital Nomad thing for you! SO you can break away from working behind that desk! Or working for a boss who doesn’t appreciate you. Maybe its the crap hours you can’t stand, and the fact that you’re slaving away just to get by…
We totally get it! We were there! AND guess what? We flipped it all around in less than a year!
I retired from my hairstyling job 2 years ago, and Brian literally just hung up his Firefighting boots on April 1, 2017! (See the full story How I Quit my Job To Travel The World)
Time is the only thing we cannot get back!
In the video below we give you an update on where we are at now, and what is coming up!
Hey, we're Brian + Erin. Currently, we're workin' on our bug out bus. Lucky the proverbial $hit hadn't hit the fan yet when we picked up this 40-foot beauty in Phoenix AZ and drove it up to Canada to convert it. Hopefully, we all still have time...
Honestly, this bus conversion has been the only sane thing in this insane world lately. We can't tell you how good it feels to BE working on something that lights our souls up and has such potential for a life that is entwined with nature, love, and happiness.
Our main goal is to inspire people to get off-grid and become self-reliant. We are well on our way and are super excited to talk about solutions with others who are shooting for a similar way of living.
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It is so true that you MUST work harder now, in order to have an easier life later on. A lot of people miss this lesson and this why we see so many people who should be retired, working during their retirement ages.
Its a shame huh Gary?!
OR they worked themselves into the dirt so when they finally retire they turn to vegetables in front of a TV!
BLEH! No thanks!
Work our buns off now so later we can prosper, and make money while we sleep! 😉
“Eaten by little bugs.” It’s amazing how those little things make a big difference. Fun read, Erin!
Gosh isn’t it wild that something so small can drive us so nuts?!
Thanks for reading Larry! 🙂 Appreciate it!
Love your refreshing honesty. You gotta show up and work…
But knowing you two, you’ll find a way to make it happen 🙂
Aww thanks so much Dr Lisa! It does no one any good if we sugar coat this lifestyle!
It certainly is not for everyone. We intend on working out the kinks.
Just gotta get into a groove! We are already figuring it out.
Thanks for the love! We so appreciate you! <3
Wonderful post! Discipline seems to be the name of the game when in paradise.
Escape the jungle and the little bugs in the south of France.
Check it out! http://frenchnomad.com/
YES Discipline has got to be a part of our everyday.. OR we wouldn’t get anything done!
WOW France… What a beautiful place. We will make it there eventually! Right now we are digging Central America! 🙂
We will have to meet up there one day Ray!
THanks for reading 🙂
Awesome tips and although I m not trying to cut it as a full-time digital nomad, I hope to make a little extra through some of these!
Great to hear that you are wanting to make extra money online using digital nomad style work, Nadkarni! Let us know what questions you have!
Great article and I hope everyone will understand that although the term digital nomad sounds very appealing its not for everyone.
So true! We’ve found that people who do not want to learn new skills generally are not very successful. However, people who want to create a life they never have to take a vacation from, learn new skills, and build a brand around their vision… it is a perfect fit! Thanks for reading, Frankie!