I believe in my dream to work from anywhere at any time while travelling the world.
What started this dream?
It all began thanks to my parents, really, even though they now hate that fact and my mother swears that if she were to know that I’d spend the rest of my life traveling and being away from home that she never would have sent me to Spain. You see, my family is from the northwest of Spain but emigrated to the US a little over thirty years ago, in search of better job opportunities. My brothers and I were born and raised in the US, but my parents would send us away to Spain every year to spend the summer with our grandparents.
Imagine nine to ten months of boring school, tedious schoolwork, a demanding extra-curricular activity timetable and overprotective parents, and then imagine two months of being in a small, safe town where you can be out and about all day without any worries, learning another language, meeting people who become some of your best friends, seeing new places that are completely different to what you’re used to, and all of this with the minimal responsibility of being home in time for delicious meals and to spend some quality time with your grandparents.
Summers in Spain meant freedom, freedom and happiness discovering and experiencing new things. That is what traveling is; ever since being privileged enough to travel to Spain every summer, until I myself got up and moved to Spain, I’ve wanted to travel the world. So, why not find a way to work while traveling? That’s how this dream evolved.
What motivates you to follow this dream?
This may not be the answer that most people expect, but, what motivates me is feeling stuck. You can be relatively happy and comfortable somewhere, but it’s not until you throw yourself out there, somewhere new and different, that you realize what you’re missing out on on a daily basis. When I lived in the US, I dreamt of living in Spain. I’ve been living in Spain for almost seven years and now I dream of living everywhere. Why? Because you get used to it, you learn the language, you learn the lifestyle, the culture, the ways of the people, there comes a point where it’s not new and exciting anymore and you feel this need to get out there and find another place to discover!
That’s obviously not the only thing that motivates me. What motivates me the most is seeing that other people are doing it. There’s this somewhat new concept called the Digital Nomad lifestyle, which is basically living around the world while working from a lap top. If you search for the term Digital Nomad on Google, Facebook, Instagram, any social media site, you name it, tons of accounts/groups/pages will come up showing results of people who are already living this lifestyle.
If they can do it, why can’t I?
What are your goals?
My ultimate goal is to be able to travel while working from anywhere in the world at any time, essentially, to live the Digital Nomad lifestyle. In order to do that, you must find a way to make money on the go, so, my biggest goal (before traveling) is landing freelance writing and/or translating ENG <-> ESP jobs and generating income on the internet.
Apart from freelance jobs, I’m creating a website where I document my process in becoming a Digital Nomad from day 1. Through this website, my goal is to share the steps I take throughout the process in hopes to help others who are trying to live this lifestyle as well.
What would you like people to know and where can we find you?
Collaboration always wins over competition; help others and others will help you. I landed my first freelance writing job simply by sending someone a Direct Message asking them if they were looking for someone to collaborate with. The worst answer you can get is “no,” but there is always someone who will say yes!
Currently, you can find me on Instagram: @dreamsndeadlines. That is where I post daily and will post any and all updates about my website.
The Dreamer Blog features two people each week in pursuit of their dreams, large or small everyone has a dream that deserves support. Douglas Geller, the author of this blog is also the author of the book The Dreamer; you can learn more about The Dreamer and purchase it at: http://amzn.to/2j7W79P