I have some news. September 4th I'll get on a plane to Bali. Well, to be more accurate, London - Hong Kong - Singapore - Bali. (Honestly, I should not be allowed to book my own flights. I always go for the cheapest option with fifty layovers, even though I'll spend more on crappy airport coffee than what a better flight would cost me. And I do this. Every. Single. Time.) So the news here is not that I'm going to Asia for the first time. It's that I'm not coming back until January next year. I'll be on the road for four months. Part of it will be vacation time, but the main chunk of it will consist of me working part-time, traveling around Asia.
I could just answer this with a "Why not?", but there are a few reasons why I brought up the subject with my manager earlier this summer.
Sometimes you just need a longer break from your usual ways and routines. Going at life in a slower pace. I’m not talking laying on a beach drinking umbrella drinks all day, everyday (but hey, valid life choice).
Just focusing less on worrying about your to-do list and more on being in the moment. I want to spend my mornings doing yoga by the ocean instead of cursing people on the subway, if only for a period of time.
Reconnecting with creativity
This is nothing that will be magically solved by living in a paradise by the ocean, but it will hopefully make it easier. The most creative thing I'm able to create when I get home from work is a poetic list of actions for the next day. "Buy food. Answer e-mail. Find a therapist who can deal with my emotional baggage." You know.
So for a while, I want to focus more on my personal projects. Improve my writing, take photographs for fun again, explore videography and maybe learn something new.
When I'm traveling, I always feel like I have to leave the party to soon. Never getting the chance to feel that I'm ready to move on. When I was in Australia doing the East Coast for a month it was like being heart-broken every third day (except when leaving Brisbane, sorry, that city just didn't do it for me).
I want to travel slower. Spending a proper amount of time in each place, without feeling stressed. Getting under the skin of a place. I want to be on a first name basis with the staff at the local coffee place.
Trying out the digital nomad lifestyle
For four months I'll be living out of my backpack, working from where I can find decent wi-fi and establishing routines with colleagues in another timezone. I have no doubt there will be challenges, but I'm also convinced the benefits will outweigh the troubles. And I'm truly grateful for working at a company where my managers not only are letting me do this, but are also excited about it.
This also means new things for this little ol' blog of mine. Frequent updates, more personal stories and a lot of photographs. Hope you'll follow along!