Inside Look At My Life As A Traveling Entrepreneur
No, I'm not one of those Digital Nomads that sits on the beach with my laptop and a Mai Thai in hand while I work.
Not that I wouldn't mind that...
I travel "full-time", with long stints of time in one place. I don't always get to choose the places I go though, and sometimes they aren't that great.
Since starting my nomadic journey in May 2017 I have been to:
Nagaoka, Japan (lived here)
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Kansas City, Missouri (lived here)
Adelaide, South Australia
Melbourne, Victoria (lived here)
Mount Dora, Florida (lived here)
Reading, Pennsylvania (lived here)
... Where to next?
These locations are a bit random, so how do I end up there? Baseball.
My partner is Australian, and plays professional baseball. We travel full-time, "chasing summer", playing with a new team every six months or so. I usually know where we are going with a few months notice, but we have moved with only twelve hours notice before!
When we lived in Japan, it was in a very rural town, where there was minimal English, in a small Japanese style studio apartment. We had a mattress on the floor, which produced mildew underneath until we did research to learn we needed wooden palettes to go under it, because of the amount of summer humidity. We rode our bikes to the grocery store and everywhere else, in the midst of rainy season, and cooked all our meals on a "camper stove"... not oven (& I love to bake! Ugh). In Melbourne, we had the pleasure of living with an amazing host family, a couple that was our age, with a separated half of the house to ourselves, and a car provided by the team. They had an outdoor swimming pool, and we had a nice gym membership. I even had my own office! In Clearwater, Florida, my partner was living in a hotel, and I was living with family two hours away. I drove the two hours every Saturday, and stayed for one day, for three months! In Reading, Pennsylvania, we lived in a two bedroom apartment with three other baseball guys and one other partner (6 of us total!). We had all rented furniture, which consisted of four mattresses on the floor, a couch, a chair, and a TV. I cooked all my meals out of a single pan I bought at a nearby bargain outlet. Our "tables" were the cardboard boxes leftover from air mattresses and other items. Our TV sat on the floor.
I would never say this lifestyle is easy. And I complain my fair share, I won't deny that. But I absolutely love it.
I am so thankful that I have created this little slice of my life that allows me to see all corners of the world, meet new people, be alongside my partner, and work with amazingly talented entrepreneurs. I am thankful that other people put their trust in me to help them create a brand that they love. I will never take this gift for granted.