Digital nomading – traveling and working, and why it’s awesome
I just arrived in Thailand after some cold but good weeks in London and Stockholm. Celebrated the holidays with my family and it was as usual really lovely. Traditions are even better when your everyday life is escaping routine.
I’m currently located in jungle of Koh Samui, one of Thailand’s biggest island. I’m here with a good friend of mine, relaxing, exploring and getting good work done. We’re also visiting Kuala Lumpur, Goa, Delhi, Dubai and Istanbul before returning to Malta. 🙂
If you ever get the chance to work remotely and travel around the world, take it! It’s the best lifestyle I can possible dream of.
Only traveling, without doing anything, for longer periods of time bores me out completely. I can’t stay way from work for even more than a day without feeling abstinence.
I love traveling, but only if I can spend time being productive at least a part of my day. That will make the other part, the relaxing or sightseeing, more interesting too. If you’re constantly sightseeing and exploring for months, it gets a bit old.
Working holiday – does the productivity go down?
In contrary to what you might think, the productivity goes up, not down. It’s true that I probably spend less time in front of the computer doing actual work, but the work I do gets done more efficiently and my productivity increases a lot. Mainly due to the fact that I’m never as creative as when I’m traveling.
According to studies, your brain is more creative when you are being given new experiences. So whenever a pattern or a routine is broken, your mind switches from autopilot to creative thinking. You get more inspired and find better ways to accomplish things.
But also, living the free life you’re working for, swimming and relaxing in the sea, sipping coconuts and being in nature makes you appreciate the work you do much more. If you’re already experiencing the dream life that the hard work resulted in, you’ll feel more inspired to keep going.
I’ve seen this being true, especially on my 6 months trip that I made last year. My business bloomed. I was actually working less hours, probably around 5-6 per day. My mind was forced to find new ways to get the same results in a more effective way.