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DARIO, the photographer, entertainer + slow traveler

@Darislow * is a a Belgian photographer, videographer, entertainer, and slow traveler.

5/5 committed to his flexlife

9/10 feels confident he is living the lifestyle he wants everyday

6 years and running

Does other stuff to pay the bills

Inspired by @linaderman

Dario was raised in Ghent, Belgium. At age 17, he started living abroad and travelling, mainly around Europe. He has lived in Belgium, France, Spain (Mallorca, Costa del Sol, Gran Canaria, Ibiza), and Greece (Kos, Crete) over the past 6 years.

Dario funds his slow travel and stints in new cities by working for an international company as an entertainer. With this gig, he travels to different parts of the world and spends around 6 months in each destination. He uses the spare time he has in these beautiful destinations to build his portfolio as a freelance photographer and videographer. He says:

“I’m currently trying to turn my passion into my main job, but as most of us, I'm still figuring things out.”

Dario came across this travel gig mostly by chance. Growing up, he was a very shy kid and didn't have strong social skills. A family member informed him about the possibility of working as an entertainer. He liked the idea of working in a different country for a few months so he applied for the job, without thinking through that he would be expected to perform, including dance, comedy sketches, quizzes, gameshows all on a stage in front of audiences. He only discovered this part when he arrived at the first destination. He says:

“But it's quite funny how I ended up enjoying these things.”

Dario is still kind of location dependent, but he only works for a few months at a time. He gets to suggest destinations where he would like to work, but of course these can always get rejected.

He says:

“I have always dreamed about traveling the world and seeing as many places as I can in the short amount of time that I have on this planet.”

A day in the life for Dario looks like this:

  • Wakes up around 9:30 --> shower --> breakfast

  • Starts first work shift and plays a few activities with the guests in the hotel (could be a game of darts, French boules, aqua gym)

  • Grabs some lunch at 12:45 and works on some photo or video edits on his break from work until 14:30

  • Goes back to the hotel and plays some more games with the guests (i.e., sports or games).

After the afternoon shift, he gets a few more hours off in which he can create some more content, go to the beach, or go to a nice restaurant to grab some dinner with a view.

After dinner he goes in for him last shift in the hotel. In this shift he usually hosts a kids disco, followed by a dance show, quiz, or gameshow and finish the night off with some dancing.

When asked if he thinks he’ll ever go back, Dario says:

“No, [I don’t think about goins back], but I do think about the next step in how to become entirely location independent and I’m dreaming about that next.”

#MASTERTIP Just get started. Getting started is the hardest part of achieving your goals. Most people don't start because they think they are not good enough. If you just start, you are already ahead of most people.

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