After a long period of time, I had finally made the decision in early 2019 and canceled the rent for my apartment. From April 1, 2019 I started living as a nomad. In the meantime we are a year further and I have enjoyed my year. Yet this is also the year where I spent close to a burnout. What are my findings after a year of living as a nomad.
Read here the story of how I became a nomad. My last look back at my nomad existence was when I was a nomad for six months. Today is exactly one year since my adventure started. On April 1, no joke.
- 366 days
- 30 pets to look after
- 38 houses
- 54 different beds
- 81 nights in the parental home which is a home base. (part of which as house sitting and part forced by quarantine, other than that it would return to 45 nights)
I have tackled my year as a nomad in various ways. That is why I will divide this part in the first months in the Netherlands and travel abroad.
Housesitting in the Netherlands
The first months I was still in the Netherlands and I was mainly a house sitter. Because of this I looked after a number of houses in the Netherlands. One week I was in the city center of Amsterdam, the other week I was in Utrecht again. I noticed that I mainly got offers in the big cities and I actually thought that was fine, which was best combined with my work in Amsterdam, Utrecht and Arnhem. The disadvantage was that there were a number of babysitting addresses for only a weekend. That meant a lot of stuff dragged around. So I quickly made the decision not to take more places where I could go for less than a week. You can read all about that decision in the article “Can you be critical as a nomad?”
My first two months abroad, I was in Slovenia. Here are some of my (literal) highlights as a nomad. I went skydiving here and I got to climb Mt. Triglav.
My time in Slovenia has been very special. I lived and worked in Bled at Altitude Activities. This place turned out to feel like my second home base. In addition to the two months in the summer that I spent there, I went back in October to enjoy 2 weeks there and celebrate my birthday.
Follow the sun
In October, November and December I had the freedom to actually travel around and try out my nomad existence. These months became more expensive than the previous months as I was mainly in hostels. I had complete freedom since I had no plan, the only thing that was certain was that I wanted to look for warmth. From Slovenia I first left for a luxury weekend to Austria. From there I left for Croatia. When the sun disappeared in Split, I went to Malaga via a short stop in the Netherlands. In Malaga I was mainly sick for two weeks. After being sick I flew to Gran Canaria. My sister came to visit me there and I fell completely in love with Finca la Isa. I decided the day I left there that I would come back there in the new year. After that I had two more weeks in Fuerteventura and that was also fantastic. I didn’t want to leave, but really went back home for the holidays.
Working in a hostel
At the beginning of January I went back to Gran Canaria, where I started working at Finca La Isa. I spent two months in the hostel, where I took on breakfast, dinner or cleaning. I had two days off each week, which allowed me to explore the island. At the end of February I flew home again and although I didn’t want to leave, I knew I had to be in the Netherlands now. And how happy I am to be at this time close to my loved ones.
How did i finance my nomadic life
This is a question I often get when I tell them that I live as a nomad for a year and travel part of it. Actually, I hardly saved up for this company. I have ensured that my current fixed costs are low. I have no rent in the Netherlands and also fewer subscriptions.
As a nomad, there are a number of products that you really cannot do without. A Noice canceling headphone is one of them! How do you survive all the trips you have to make, all the background noise? Without noice canceling that is much more difficult. You also live a lot with your phone and it runs out sometimes. Nothing is more ideal than having a power bank with you that charges itself with solar. Sure, it takes a while for your power bank to charge via the solar, but even if you forget to hang it on the charger, you still have some power! My most important thing is my chromebook. It is a small and light laptop, which I can use as much as with my normal laptop. All I occasionally miss is my num pad. Furthermore, I never want anything else!
All in all, I really enjoyed my first year as a nomad. I ended up in beautiful places, have had very nice houses and I know how to make a place my own.
The only drawback is that now is so uncertain time, I don’t know how it will go on. At the moment I live with my parents and I feel completely at home there.