I’m sitting in the back garden of my accommodation in Spišské Podhradie, Slovakia.
It’s dusk, sunset it getting near. The colour of the sky, clouds and landscape are changing by the minute. Each time I look up from my computer, there are new colours.
The medieval Spiš Castle dominates my view – apart from a fence between me and a paddock, there is no other man made structure between me and the castle.
I can hear church bells in the distance. Birds singing as they fly around the colourful sky, catching insects before tucking in for the night.
The air is fresh, it’s been a warm day but the temperature is quickly dropping – it will be just 1 or 2 degrees above freezing overnight. Winter is fast approaching.
I’m sitting here with my laptop and a bottle of red wine that cost 4 Euros. (not the best wine in the world, but still enjoyable – a Slovakian Cabernet Sauvignon.
There is WiFi in the house, but it doesn’t reach this far. I don’t have the distraction of Facebook, email or texts from friends or family. I’m here just with this view, this scenery, this atmosphere and my thoughts.
This is what I love about travel.
Sure, seeing amazing cities and meeting new people can be great too. But this is just perfect. This is what life is about.
I have to make this “Digital Nomad” / “Location Independent” business/lifestyle work, one way or another. I can’t go back to working 9-5 (or, 7-7 as the case often was), in an office in a big city. I can’t go back to only having my annual leave days available to experience things and places like this.
Enough of telling yourself “I’m slowly working towards it”
Set goals. Work towards them. Put in some serious effort.
If you don’t make this work, you’ll be back to “real life”, which really isn’t life at all.