Prague, Czech Republic

I’m so behind! I blame Budapest and so should you –¬† will update this weekend with the deets. Forgive the weird format, I’m gonna continue to play around with this to test what works before things get real in Aus, America, Asia etc early next year. I’m also going to cut these posts down and up the volume. ūüėÄ


How not to travel Prague

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GO PRAGUE? Ya – the city¬†was better than i expected for exploring and party life even in late October. Prague definitely felt like a place i could have stayed longer- mainly because the hostel was so good and it’s so damn cheap for Europe. Sir Toby’s Hostel came in at around 5 euros a day(!) and is one of my fave hostels so far. Plus if you were sensible (big if) you could live on a c.¬£3 p/d food budget thanks to the super affordable supermarkets.

Best bits: Hostel life, tearing up the clubs, beer tasting, absinthe bars + wandering around the cathedral.

More pictures: http://www.instagram.com/how_not_to_travel

Where stay(?): I wholeheartedly recommend Sir Toby’s hostel (9/10 hostelworld) which was absolutely crazy value in terms of staff, community vibes and quality beds. There were plenty of pretty decent clubs and pretty sights within easy walking distance and transport into the city center from right outside the hostel.

Where work(?):¬†Finding a quiet spot with Wi-Fi shouldn’t be too hard but if you need to make calls / get on skype like me then it’s a bit more of a struggle. I worked mainly in my hostel room which was pretty good as dorms are typically empty from midday to evening + the wi-fi was strong @ Sir Tobys’.

Good for work(?): Meh. In theory ya but i struggled to find a decent spot outside the Hostel with a nice environment & some peace and quiet.

On a positive note though – I’ve found teaching on the road to be no problem at all as long as I planned ahead and scoped out somewhere secluded. So yeah –¬†remote English tutoring has definitely got a big thumbs up as a solid way of roaming and earning. Worth noting though that to maintain my travel lifestyle in its current form I have also had to rely on other income streams (digital consultancy etc) to cover costs.

Please feel free to reach out if you want info on where I got my qualification, how long it took and then where I got a job.

What do(?): The beer tour, Petrin tower, clubbing, the pissing man statue(?), exploring the cathedral + those great views looking down over the city. (From the road up to the cathedral + up to Petrin tower)

Cock up count: (3) Laptop screen cracked, realisation that my phone camera is totally unsuitable for what I’m trying to do,¬† STILL waiting on payment from a client which is always coming ‘tomorrow’ (Sign a contract + send an invoice with a final payment date, gah)

Learn from me

  • Buy food from the supermarkets (Stuff like dried meat, nuts, canned food, lentils etc are great backpack fodder + emergency foods).
  • Buy a laptop case.
  • If you’re planning on documenting your travels / being a tourist, it helps to have a camera that isn’t completely outdated. (Iphone 6).
  • ALWAYS confirm payment deadlines + a project completion date when freelancing.

Prague story

There were many funny club moments but my favourite is still coming back from a night out to this girl in the common room saying “Bet i can stick a condom up my nose and pull it out my throat..”

“.. I’m not sure that’s sa…. Do it.”

(Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grZVxaiDnyY&feature=youtu.be)

Some pics: #1 Prague by night, #2 Losing an arm-wrestle to a skeleton in an absinthe bar, #3 Petrin tower by night. 

For more photos please check out my IG: @How_not_to_travel

Berlin, Germany

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 | A snap of the view wondering home from the station one crisp night |

How not to travel Berlin

Summary:¬† Berlin was intense in many ways. The city is steeped in history and the capital certainly doesn’t shy away from its chequered past, embracing the painful lessons of the previous generation and evidencing this through a distinctly liberal approach to life.

I got quite a bit of teaching done in Berlin but progress on my other projects was stunted somewhat by a desire to make the most of a short stay. Nevertheless, i did manage to hunt down a very decent work spot and have a few strong tips on the nightlife corroborated by my new local friends.

Nomad list: The Nomadlist.com score for Berlin is 4.1 (The city scores well across the piece especially when it comes to acceptance of foreigners and clubbing)

Best bits: The liberal stance, the historical tours, and the nightlife.

More pictures: http://www.instagram.com/how_not_to_travel

Good for work?: Yup.

Where to work: There are loads of cafes and bars with Wi-Fi. I did most of my work in the Hostel as there were a few quiet corners to plot and get on with things. I can, however, recommend Oslo Kaffebar for a more upmarket and super chilled spot to get your grind on.

What to do: Loads, top two for me being the nightlife and walking tour.

Cock up count: (4) Cash flow issues due to delay in payment from a client, a padlock too small for my locker which meant almost losing everything, my phone battery dying almost leaving me lost abroad and another case of overspend. (Thank god it gets cheaper as I move south through Europe)

Learn from me

Finance – Anticipate delays in receiving payment/communication from clients, I’ve been waiting on an update from one party in particular for a few weeks now which has played havoc with my cash flow. Establish clear end dates and regular catch ups for all projects to avoid sinking the ship.

Security – Lots of the lockers in Berlin require a ‘medium’ sized padlock to correctly secure your belongings. (By which i mean the mini locks that come in 2 packs are NOT secure.)

Social –¬† I now spend my first day in each Hostel introducing myself to anyone in sight (without being too pushy) and either forming or joining a group early doors. If you’re stuck just rally together a few new or lost looking people at the hostel. This is a great way to instantly gain a wolfpack for exploration and make some friends – the people really are the best bit of traveling,

General – Charge your powerbank each night and keep it in your day bag.


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| Snap of le bus whilst on the road to Germany |

Things got off to a good start in Germany as i actually managed to catch the bus from Amsterdam to Berlin on time. I’d booked an overnight stint reasoning i’d be able to sleep en route and save some hostel money. Although this is true, in practice sleeping on a night bus can be a difficult proposition, especially if you’re a 6 ft 4 fidgeter. I’d also forgotten to charge my powerbank which meant by the time i arrived at my hostel my phone was dead. (This could have been a nightmare)

There are quite a few must do’s in Berlin. The two key ones for me being hitting up the nightlife and taking in the cities rich history.

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| Snap of the wall during my visit |

I love the way in which the people of Berlin have owned the mistakes of the past and immortalized those lessons for others to see and learn from. There are loads of fantastic quotes which turn pain into positivity and the Holocaust memorial within the city was also beautiful in its own haunting way.

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| Snap 2 of the wall during my visit (imaginative captions, right?)|

A quick aside on the cultural piece: I didn’t get any great pictures unfortunately but one of the most authentic Berlin moments that i had was sitting with a few friends in a park watching people play frisbee (at a ridiculously advanced level), drinking coffee and chatting to locals as the sun went down. Highly recommend checking out one of Berlin’s many parks and following suit. The picture below is to illustrate the point but was taken long after the park had started to empty.

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| An admittedly terrible snap o’ one of Berlin’s many parks |

Anyway – in terms of acom, i was staying at the ‘Heart of gold’ hostel (https://www.heartofgold-hostel.de/) which was a good laugh. It had a pool table, a guitar, a bar which opened late and friendly (very relaxed) staff. It was also within easy spit of central so i feel comfortable recommending it to you fine folk.

I stayed in a ‘mega dorm’ which had around 40 beds in it. These were split into 3 vague sections so it’s not as daunting as it sounds but obviously due to the number of people in one space it’s possible you’ll be disturbed during the night. One criticism of the hostel is the lack of any real structured social calendar – there was a pub crawl and a free walking tour which were both great but i think more could have be done to introduce people to their fellow travelers.

I found it very easy to make some fast friends here. A few hours into day one a few of us gravitated together and formed a rag-tag band of explorers which meant familiar faces and a squad for excursions. Two of the beauties below.

| Selfie time |

Moving on to partying – there are plenty of opportunities to get your groove on. I’m going to be upfront and say i missed the bus on this one, (shock) I went to plenty of different venues but was tipsy enough not to remember place names and managed to miss most of the famous clubs entirely.

One i do recall was Suicide Circus. The sound system was pretty good, the smoke machine was turned up to 11 and the lighting was above average for what i’ve come to expect in London but certainly nothing mind-blowing. The place was also surrounded by street dealers. As per usual – don’t buy anything off people in the street.

Berlin story

To give you a taste of how crazy the night scene can be in Berlin, these places were touted again and again by locals and hostel workers as the top spots to plot:

  1. Sisyphos (Club) – Massive space within a former factory with large open spaces, a monster sound system and festival vibes.
  2. Kit kat (Sex club) – For those who feel like really diving into the deep end this is a club where people are openly searching for a certain breed of hedonistic opportunity. The sound quality is meant to be insane, there’s a pupil check on entry (to make sure you ARE high/drunk not the reverse) and your phone is also taken away at the door. Once inside there are some pretty intense opportunities to watch/indulge in group or solo sex.
  3. Berghain (Gay nightclub) – The infamous Berghain is often touted as Berlins most exclusive club. Allegedly inside you can expect to find a ridiculous sound system (the best money can buy), open drug use and gratuitous sex scenes in many of the clubs dark rooms and cubby holes.¬† Many people go to Berghain for periods of over 24 hours and sometimes actually sleep within the club. It’s notoriously difficult to get in but i have it on good word that Sunday during the day is the time locals go and the best way to avoid queues in excess of 4 hours.

If you want a laugh Рread this class one-star review of Berghain.  https://www.onlytechno.net/1-star-review-berghain-something-must-read

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When it came to the working portion of nomad life i found that Berlin wasn’t really the place for me but this was mostly a conscious decision. I wanted to make the most of a short stay and had some issues with delayed payment from one of my clients which led to a pretty sticky cashflow situation. Bit of an obvious one really but i suppose the take away is set a specific regular meeting slot to touch base on progress and mutually agree a hard stop for the completion of any project.

So yeah. Not so hot on the work front but I had a great time in Berlin. There is an incredible amount of history to take in and the nightlife is crazy but it was the people that made a good place magical.


Soundtracks for the stay:

Armin van Buurin – Our origin¬†(EDM stuff – no idea the subgenre but it’s tasty AF) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iaMkI1z3q4Y

Neverland – 7 skies¬†(EDM stuff – no idea the subgenre but it’s tasty AF) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3Cm69gtd4E

Creep on me – DJ Snake / French Montana / GASHI¬†(EDM stuff – no idea the sub genre but it’s tasty AF) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1YHv1wHAxo

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

How not to travel Amsterdam

Summary:¬†As expected¬†Amsterdam was fascinating. The vibe was an intoxicating blend of beauty, subtext and liberality. Like any city, there are definite shifts in ‘vibe’ (from luxurious to underworld in the space of a street or two) but i never felt unsafe and was caught off guard by the cities beauty.

I got a fair bit of work done including teaching, building out the base for Instagram, pulling together a business plan for the site and planning my next few weeks of travel.

Nomad list: Nomad list score for Amsterdam is 3.1. The city scores well on almost every metric but according to peer review misses the beat on cost, weather and AC/heating availability.  (Although the weather was beautiful the whole time i was there)

Best bits: The diversity, the canals, the liberal culture.

More pictures: http://www.instagram.com/how_not_to_travel

Good for work?: Kind of. Plenty of places to do it but plenty of distractions.

Where to work: There are loads of cafes and bars with Wi-Fi. I liked The Plantage (http://caferestaurantdeplantage.nl/en/#home) for the environment and food. I also liked white label coffee for decent java / work environment, available at: https://whitelabelcoffee.nl/

What to do: So much: Clubbing, bars, coffee shops, bike rides, liquor tasting, free walking tours, canal rides, museums, galleries etc.

Cock up count: (5) One accidental train ride to the middle of nowhere at 1am, two fails at finding train platforms,  one lost pair of headphones and one case of severe overspend.

Learn from me

Sprinter and Intercity trains have different stops. (Gah) Also if the train station you’re trying to get to won’t appear on the self-service ticket machines try typing ‘Amsterdam’ first. I.E: Amsterdam Muiderpoort.

– There is a massive range in Hostel quality and the free inclusions you get as part of your package (Breakfast, bar crawls, walking tours etc) so pick with care. Always check out the reviews on http://www.booking.com http://www.hostelworld.com etc first. Also for the cheapest price, get a quote from a comparison service then ring the venue directly and see if they can beat it. (They usually can)

– Don’t leave stuff out your locker / unattended in a hostel that you’re not prepared to lose. (Duh)

– Buy a protective case for your laptop – especially if you’re like me and completely dependent on this for earning money. (Duh)

– It’s easy to spend loads of money and burn a lot of time in Amsterdam, so pace yourself and make sure you don’t go too crazy.


Amsterdam story

So having arrived in Amsterdam late after very little sleep and a cramped 4 hour bus journey i did what any overexcited 26 year old traveler would do and immediately set out to find the closest coffee shop.

Unfortunately, sleep deprivation kicked in en route and i managed to catch the wrong train which meant an amusing but very frustrating jaunt into the middle of nowhere and a hefty wait for the last train of the night back into town. (Original ETA had been under 10 mins)

Anyway, my take on the must do’s: You’ve gotta check out the red light district just to experience it. (Just don’t buy anything off the street hustlers kids, these drugs really don’t work)

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| Snap of the red light district, taken from pixabay and posted with permission |

Whilst we’re discussing the socially questionable: For those smokers in the blogosphere drag yourself to Prix D’ami the afternoon after a night on the town and spend the day mooching on the TV’s and smoking/eating your troubles away. Thank me later. The place is central so easy to find and spread across 3 floors. It even has a gaming section with pool etc as well as several American diner style smoking dens. Check out some photos and more info on their site here:¬†https://www.prixdami.nl/pics.php – it’s the one.

There are obviously loads of other Coffee shops to try: Ibiza coffeeshop was good but Barneys coffeeshop and Grey area were better. (Y)

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| Generic coffeeshop snap lifted from Pixabay and posted with permission |

Definitely rent/borrow a bike. It’s an integral part of the Dutch experience. I was chatting with one of my Air BnB hosts about how people from all social circles use bikes in the dam. Seriously: everyone from suited n’ booted financiers to the odd maniac jamming hectic folk-pop fusion on his guitar whilst hurtling down the street ‘no-handing’.

My host said she’d even once seen people moving home using their bikes – one MATTRESS at a time. (Two people to balance it on the seat – lol) Anyway, there are¬†loads of nice parks to go to and it‚Äôs so much quicker, cheaper and healthier to get around the city on two wheels. I’ll be doing this from day one next time around.

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| Snap of the bike i borrowed from my Air BnB hosts |

Moving onto beer… You can wipe out an entire avian species with one stone by trying a range of beers and simultaenously check out one of amsterdams famous windmills at the famous Brouwerij Het Ij.¬† https://www.brouwerijhetij.nl/?lang=en

Instead if you fancy a decent club, head to ‘The School’, it’s 24/7 depending on the act with a lavish restaurant, chic vibe and a great atmosphere/sound system. More info on the official site here:¬†https://www.deschoolamsterdam.nl/en/

Finally on the libation front: Go tasting at the Wynand Fockink liquor distillery. You can really it push it on the number of samples you taste before purchase and the customer service/product knowledge is top notch. Take your time and try a large spread of flavors. I enjoyed the coffee blend and a mix of cinnamon, peach and apple. (Wow)

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| Snap of Wynand Focknik taken during my visit |

To work i’d recommend The Plantage, a beautiful building right next to Amsterdam zoo. The location is wonderful, the decor chic and there’s all the usual nomadic bells and whistles: Wifi, decent coffee, plug sockets etc.¬† ¬† (http://caferestaurantdeplantage.nl/en/#home)

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| Snap of the Plantage taken during my visit |

For somewhere less foody I’d also recommend White Label Coffee – a non-smoking cafe¬†with good wifi, plenty of plug sockets and everything you need to get on with work. (https://whitelabelcoffee.nl/)

I split my stay between both an air bnb and hostel as i liked the variety this gave me. (Local knowledge from the Air BnB + privacy vs party vibes and cheap living in hostels) My Hostel experience was clouded somewhat as i did have some money and headphones nicked off me which has meant downgrading to some truly abysmal black mp3 player things. They look and sound 20 years old and are the size and shape of small plates – but at least ive got my tunes.

Hostels, in general, are great for the record it’s just important to choose wisely. Thanks for reading, the next post #4 – Berlin will be live next Monday.


Soundtracks for the stay:

Rae Sremmurd – Bedtime stories (R&B / Hip-hop) –¬†https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_JyXaL2myI

Lil Wayne (Ft kendrick) – Mona Lisa (American Hip-Hop) –¬†https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qk4ionKGeeE

John Mayer – Gravity {Live} (American Folk / Blues / Rock / Soul blend) –¬†https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fo4746XZgw8

Ghent, Belgium

How not to travel Ghent

Summary: I had a great time in Belgium and Ghent was so much better than i had expected. The week was pretty light on the work but I did manage to get the project well and truly started. This was my first week actually working on the road so it was a big test!

It’s a classic start for the blog because i managed to miss Brussels and Bruges entirely.

Nomad list: Nomad list rates Ghent 3.5/5. Why bad? No serious adult night scene and tepid weather. (Similar to that in the UK) Why good? Ghent had high scores for Safety, Happiness, Healthcare and internet speed. 

Best bits: The people, the beer & the architecture.

More pictures: http://www.instagram.com/how_not_to_travel

Where to work:¬†Plenty of coffee shops and bars with Wi-Fi along the main high street. I liked: Take five espresso (http://www.take-five-espressobar.be/) – very cozy upstairs to sit and work. Also the coffee is awesome + it’s close to the town center.

What to do: Get on with some work in Take five, kayak through the city waterways, give Be Virtuals virtual reality experience a go and eat the sushi at Sushi Plaza.

Cock up count: (3) One interview fail and Two missed buses, (currently tipped as flixbus customer of the year)

Learn from me:

  • Arrive at long-haul bus stops at least 15 minutes early (Duh)
  • Make sure your phone is set to the correct time (time zone shifts) + set appropriate reminders for work commitments that take this into account
  • Work a little bit every day – momentum people, momentum!
  • Don’t overbook: The nomad life has constant opportunities to go out – I can already tell saying ‘no’ is going to be vital in order to make this lifestyle sustainable.

The trip has started suspiciously well. Free stay at a friends place meant an incredible host and a place to stay 10 mins walk from the city center.

| Dom introducing me to Belgian fast food |

Everyone is really nice here, I was constantly having conversations with people on the street without any awkwardness and was never alone for long before someone asked me where I was from and we got talking.

A classic example was when i was on my way out of Belgium having just missed my second bus of the trip. I was sat at a bar ringing sweat out of my t-shirt (i’d ran to arrive 5 minutes late, obviously) when a bloke sat down next to me and offered to buy me a beer.

An hour of increasingly loud conversation later and bus no.3 almost left without me because by this point half the bar was wrapped up in a debate about the best places in Amserdam to visit.

| I’ve been obsessed with Duvel for the last week |

Whilst we’re on the topic: The beer was soooooo goood. Honestly. Peng. Most of it is 8% ABV though so be careful chucking them back. For my English friends – the large ‘head’ is for taste. Just trust the Belgians and drink – quality over quantity is the name of the game here.

If you like a tipple then there’s loads of good bars (even a comic book / gaming bar: https://comic-sans.business.site/) and Ghent even has a few small clubs which were fun in a group.

The scenary is fantastic. I’m a terrible photographer but you can get a taste for the architecture and waterways below. It’s one of those cities you can really let yourself get lost in. It’s extremely safe, small enough to have personality and big enough to offer variety. Watch out for the trams and bicycles though.

Also – If you like to run like me then there’s a long canal route you can head down.

| Ghent riverscape |

There’s plenty of stuff to do in Ghent. Kayaking in the sunset through the city waterways was particularly awesome.

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| Credit: Dominic Crossland | Insta: @dcrossland | http://www.instagram.com/dcrossland |

I also really enjoyed the 4 player co-op virtual reality experience at Be Virtual here:¬†https://www.bevirtual.be/ – The picture below doesn’t do it justice, you’re attached by your headset to the ceiling but once the goggles are on the immersion is crazy. The blue mat’s you see in the picture below are as far as you can walk within the environment and then, to get further you need to ‘teleport’ which starts to feel natural and become reflex within 20 minutes of play time.

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| Taken in Be Virtual, Ghent |

If you’re in Ghent go get some Sushi from Sushi Plaza (http://sushiplaza.be/) – Fantastic service and fresh fish delivered every day. The sashimi was some of the best I’ve ever tasted.

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| Taken in Sushi Plaza – Ghent |

Ankara was also a very good place. A  Turkish / Mediterranean restaurant they served up perfectly cooked medium-rare meat and way more food than we could eat. Definitely, recommend the shared platter. The 4 person platter had lots of food left over though, you could definitely get away with splitting a 3 person between 4.

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| Taken in Ankara – Ghent |

Progress with work was good overall, it was easy enough to find different cafes to sit in and the calm nature of Ghent makes it relatively free of distraction. As mentioned above i recommend Take five here: http://www.take-five-espressobar.be/ and it’s also worth checking out Koffeiene: https://m.facebook.com/koffeinegent/.

This part of the journey was a soft start really as staying with a friend i had the luxury of privacy and a workplace free of distractions. Even still I got less done than i had intended this week. But progress is being made.

The writing has started, Instagram is ticking over and the adventure has begun.  Join me Next Monday for stop #3 РAmsterdam.

Soundtracks for the stay:

Paolo Nutini – Better man (Soul / Pop) –¬†https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5y4_Mi0fCz0

Eminem – Fall (American Hip-Hop) –¬†https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfTbHITdhEI

Keith Ape – It G Ma (Japanese Gangster Rap) –¬†https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPC9erC5WqU

Who the hell are you?

Its weird to start writing a travel blog before I even leave but in the narcissistic spirit of the age, I thought I’d kick things off with a little about me, where I’m planning on going and why you should care.

Who are you? 

Hey, i’m Seb, a 26-year-old mess with good intentions, big ambitions and a reckless streak.¬† After a recent life event, i paused a promising career working in a major London e-commerce team, boxed up my things and left the country to reassess.

I needed to find a bit of meaning in the wider world, I wanted to travel and I had to find a way to earn money as I did it. This was all rather ominous and confusing like that 3am post kebab burp or when your Uber driver swerves up smelling of Sambuca at 11am. Fortunately, upon these realisations I did (kind of) have a goal.

Go Digital Nomad: Live the dream, earn the bank and explore the world. ūüėĀ

If the hype was legit and I played my cards right all i’d need was my laptop, my phone and a bucket load of tenacity. Right?

Step 1 – Money

So, this particular life event left me down several thousand pounds across different credit cards and in a pretty terrible physical and emotional state. It felt like I was starting back at square one. This life that I’d built over the past 4 years was in tatters. I was depressed and spent a month getting my head together, watching the debt pile up as I defaulted on repayments and continued to spiral out.

I had to pay off that debt but I didn’t want to go back to the old job, so I started doing anything I could to earn money and try new things. Gardening, DIY, pub shifts, cleaning, ANYTHING. It sucked and at first I was barely scraping together enough for repayments let alone working down the debt. But it was also quite liberating, I was doing things I’d never done before, learning useful skills, and paying my way bit by bit.

It didn’t take long for me to drift back to one of my key passions for inspiration: The internetz. ‚̧

I tried loads of different ideas which required 0 capital. User testing, (really sporadic), surveys (awful), VA work, (too competitive, poor pay) affiliate marketing and dropshipping via shopify amongst other things. The dropshipping in particular was a useful learning experience but ultimately it still required money to advertise (SEO being a slow burner) and unfortunately, i was impatient and had been hoping for a short term play.

I decided that I needed to educate myself more so bought a few udemy.com courses to sharpen my digital marketing and financial skills and this was when my mum suggested taking a TEFL qualification. I looked into this and realised there were jobs where you could teach English online from anywhere in the world and earn an ok paycheck. I had a starting point.

I got a distinction in my TEFL qualification in about a month, tailored my CV and started applying. Another month later and i was teaching 3+ hours a day and the pay was double what i’d been getting in pub / gardening work etc.

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Step 2 – More money

Square 2 was to step further away from the ‘take anything i can get’ mentality. I found real joy in teaching and this gave me the boost I needed to get take the next step. I started offering my services to small companies to improve their digital offerings – this meant an hourly rate slightly better than the teaching. (I charged a low rate initially to build up a client base through case studies)

Now i had two revenue streams and had managed to get myself to a position where i was debt free AND had money in the bank.

Step 3 – Full Nomad

Square 3 is the shift into full nomad and it’s still ongoing. There’s the kit, the route, the people, the writing. the different projects and the beautiful locations all still being worked through. This is where both the adventure and the blog begin.

Cool story bro, but why?

This is my first proper stab at blogging. I know there’s nothing new about the idea and my biz head winces at the idea of diving into such a heavily saturated market. Fuck that though. I want to do it, it makes me happy to have a creative outlet and i like the idea of connecting with people and spreading some positivity.

Where you go, bro?

The rough plan is to explore Europe working my way through Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany,¬† Hungry, Austria, Croatia, Poland, Italy, Spain, Portugal and then briefly back to the UK through France to explore Scotland, Ireland and Wales. I’ll be doing this in the winter because this is how not to travel not a place in the sun ffs.

Then in early 2019 the real fun begins, NZ, Aus and as much of Asia and America as I can fit in.

Ok, but why?

This project is fundamentally about two things: Freedom (Be it financial, physical or spiritual) and fun.

Every week i’ll bring you lucky sausages:

– An update on what i’ve learned and seen on my own nomadic adventures. Including Tips, tricks and pitfalls for you to avoid on your own journey.

– The latest cock up – what went wrong and why?

– I also want to get a short interview with someone from a different part of the world with their take on life, love, music and/or business… But we’ll see if I can convince people to buy in to a random interview with a quirky British bloke.

Who are you writing for?

I’m writing for people who want to escape the 9-5 and people who want evidence that this ‘digital nomad’ thing is actually workable. I’m writing for the trapped, the hopeless and the unprepared.

I’m also writing for myself. The project is a creative outlet, a way to document my development and a way to give back after years of passive content consumption. In the spirit of transparency If the unthinkable happens and this project takes off then I do plan on monetising at some point down the line, but it will only ever be with affiliate links and ads that are relevant.

But what about us, bruh?

It’d be jokes to hear about your own adventures and get your take on mine – please join me for the ride in whichever medium you prefer, Instagram: (how_not_to_travel), YouTube: (Coming soon) or of course the blog here.

Tomorrow i leave on my adventure. Loads will go tits up, but that’s part of the fun.

Stay groovy, stay tuned and observe how not to travel.