20 Lessons I’ve Learned From Visiting 20 Countries

2016 was a busy year for me. And beyond the calendar year, the last 18 months have taken me to 20 countries—that’s a lot of travel! It’s gotten to the point where my friends at home just automatically assume I’m abroad. When we do happen to cross paths, their first question is inevitably: where next?

The life of a digital nomad is enviable, in a lot of ways. Everyone I meet is curious about how I do it, what my advice is. Here, in no particular order, are 20 lessons I learned from visiting 20 countries:

Airplane Tickets Are Cheaper than You Think
airplne window shot

When I took my first trip, I paid something like $800 for a one-way ticket from Denver to Thailand. Now, years later, I would never pay that much for a plane ticket—and definitely not a one-way ticket. If you’re paying attention to deals, you can pretty easily get a roundtrip ticket for less than that.

And travel from the U.S. to Europe?

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Book Review: The Alchemist

Paolo Coehlo The Alchemist Meaning Themes

“To realize one’s Personal Legend is a person’s only real obligation.”

These were the words with which Paulo Coehlo stole my heart.

My world is far too full of I cant’s, but’s, and if only’s. I hear these words all the time from friends, from lovers, and from family. I heard these words from the woman who introduced me to this book: “I wish I could do what you did and travel, but I need to work.”

Essentially, Paulo Coehlo’s “The Alchemist” pivots around this idea of “I can’t.”

This book exists to convince you: “You can.”

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