5/5 committed to their flexlife
10/10 feel confident they are living the lifestyle they want everyday
2 years and running
Do other things to pay the bills
Brent and Michael are a married couple originally from Seattle, Washington, USA. They started their digital nomad journey 2 years ago and have since lived in Miami, Florida; Birgu, Malta; Matera, Italy; Bansko, Bulgaria; Koh Lanta, Thailand; Hoi An, Vietnam: Grimentz, Switzerland; and Tbilisi, Georgia. They both work as are authors, novelists, screenwriters, columnists, and travel bloggers.
Brent and Michael call themselves “digital slomads.” They tend to move slower than most digital nomads; rather than changing locations every month or even every few weeks, they choose a spot they like, and then stay there for anywhere from one to three months.
They always knew they wanted to live outside of the U.S. for extended periods of time. But it wasn't until Trump got elected that they finally decided to make the change. They sold their house in six weeks, got an apartment for a year while they moved their life online.
Back then, they’d never even heard the term digital nomad and at one point Michael was reading a New York Times article about the concept and they realized, "That's us!"
They are both location independent and work for themselves, so they set their own hours. Unless, they have a specific trip planned to see something near whatever spot they happen to be living, they both tend to work at least a little each day. And usually quite a bit.
“It isn't hard for us to work as we both really enjoy what we do and really want to succeed in our projects.”
Michael tends to be an early bird, so he gets up pretty early and heads into coworking. He's almost always the first one there. Brent gets up a little later and works from home. They usually meet for lunch around one, go to the gym later, and then about half the time they go out in the evening. They meet friends for drinks or dinner, and almost always follow up with gelato!
When asked if they’ll ever go back, Michael says,
“Nope! LOL. We're in our fifties and know what we like and it’s being digital slomads!”
People ask them things like, “Isn't it scary living in countries like Vietnam and Georgia?” Michael answers, “Not at all. Living in America with all of its gun violence and terrible health care system is much scarier.” #true
#THINGSPEOPLESAY People ask them if they miss their stuff or their friends but they say they definitely don’t miss their old things and they have more friends and new connections now than ever before.
They are most grateful that they were brave enough to reinvent their lives and take a leap into the world without a safety net. They love the fact that they are never bored and almost always discover some brand new thing.
#MASTERTIPS “Don't be afraid of the world. It isn't a big scary place. And don't be afraid to try different things. If something doesn't work, you can try something else. And don't worry about giving up things or personal space. What you get in exchange is the whole, wide world!”