Traveling For Life: What It’s Really Like to Move Country All The Time

A few years ago it seemed ‘Lifestyle Traveler‘ was the label they attached to me. But more recently that has shifted to ‘Digital Nomad‘.

Not that my life has changed much, it’s just that more people started to live a lifestyle that involves moving from country to country while working remotely and that’s how this new label was created.

And in a way I’m happy that they (whoever they are) have come up with a name for people who live a similar lifestyle to mine.

Because although many other digital nomads are very different from me in many ways, it does feel good that I’m not the only one living this “strange lifestyle“: moving from country to country, starting new adventures and exploring new worlds.

I first moved abroad when I was 17. I decided to spend the summer working in a restaurant in a small town in Spain called Moraira. Not long after that I flew to Guatemala where I’d have my first real backpacking experience.

Since then I have lived and worked in over 10 countries all over the world and traveled through many more. Traveling, moving and building a new life became a lifestyle. A lifestyle that I love, most of the time.

In my opinion, there is nothing more intoxicating than being immersed in the unfamiliar: from the new smells and sights to the new people you are about to meet… It gives me energy, makes me feel alive.

But, seeking a better life abroad doesn’t necessarily mean that things will be easier.

Traveling for life - What it's really like to be a digital nomad or lifestyle traveler

Traveling For Life

I’ve seen some amazing places and met so many great people from all walks of life.

While my friends back home got a steady job and started thinking about marriage and kids I was exploring Mumbai (India) in a rikshaw or swimming with dolphins in Mauritius.

It sounds amazing, yes, and in many ways it is. But no life is perfect and neither is mine.

The older I get the more I realize how important family and real friends are. And that is what I have to miss while I’m abroad. Many of the new friends I make abroad are great people but will never be able to replace some of my life long friendships at home.

And then there is all the frustration of having to build a new life.

I currently live on a tropical island in the Caribbean. Paradise in many ways with its great weather, warm water, palm trees, and endless cocktails… But like any other place, it has its downsides: housing is very expensive compared to the average salary, at night I don’t feel safe enough to walk on the streets alone, the inefficiency and “Caribbean relaxed attitude” can be extremely frustrating if you need to get something done, and so on.

I’ve realized though that I need to stop fighting the conflicting feelings I’ve had for so long; those that compel me to keep going, to explore the next place, to go somewhere new, and those that tell me to settle down.

A life abroad at times can be lonely and getting to know a new place can be tiring and frustrating. I’ve missed so many birthdays, weddings, and family Christmases.

But, few people can say that their life is perfect – I just have different concerns and worries to people living more conventional lifestyles.

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And I have to admit, I really am a lifestyle traveler: I love the excitement of a new place, the joy of planning for a new destination, the unimaginable adventures that daily life offers.

I don’t know why I am this way, but for some reason I feel happier when I’m the foreigner, just a little out of my comfort zone.

So while I sometimes envy my friends who are happy with their careers and settled lives, I still find so much enjoyment in exploring new worlds and starting my next adventure that I think I’ll remain a lifestyle traveler or digital nomad for some time to come…

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“Once the travel bug bites there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected for the rest of my life”
Michael Palin



Sanne Wesselman

Author: Sanne Wesselman
A traveler, wanderer, digital nomad, and entrepreneur. Owner of marketing company A to Z Marketing.
I spend most of my time living and working abroad and use this website to share "the good, the bad and the ugly" of traveling and living abroad. Visit the About Me page for more info.

3 thoughts on “Traveling For Life: What It’s Really Like to Move Country All The Time”

  1. Thanks Elisa, I really appreciate that! 🙂
    Yes, I feel it would be unfair to only share the positives… a life of travel isn’t always the easiest but it is absolutely worth it! With two kids it will definitely require more planning but just take your time and enjoy the journey! 🙂

  2. Good on you for sharing not only the highlights but also the negatives of constant travel. I think its amazing that you have been doing it for this long, i bet you have incredible stories form your journeys. We are working towards making this a reality for ourselves too but with two kids. Congrats on your 9 years and hoping for many more too!

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