NuNomad http://www.nunomad.com Location Independent Living Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:11:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.2 SurvivalFest! Packing For Your Best Festival Season Yet! http://www.nunomad.com/travel/survivalfest-packing-best-festival-season-yet/ http://www.nunomad.com/travel/survivalfest-packing-best-festival-season-yet/#respond Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:11:58 +0000 http://www.nunomad.com/?p=4946 Festival season for many is the highlight of their year. It signals the start of summer and, if you have the money and the time, you can go festival hopping for months on end. From Glastonbury to Hurricane to Bestival, you can truly get your fill of great music and sunshine. With all the excitement […]

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Festival season for many is the highlight of their year. It signals the start of summer and, if you have the money and the time, you can go festival hopping for months on end. From Glastonbury to Hurricane to Bestival, you can truly get your fill of great music and sunshine. With all the excitement about the bands, the weather, and the amount of silent disco-dancing you might be doing at 4 in the morning, you may not have thought much about what to pack. Not to fear! Here is your festival essentials starter kit, and some simple advice for what to do when you get there.

Traveling to the festival doesn’t have to be a chore. If you all club together with your friends, you could rent a van or an RV, which actually makes financial sense if you’re going very far away as it would be cheaper than flights, plus you get to chuck all your stuff in the trunk. But there are many other transport options to festivals. Many big cities offer transport to the big name festivals but you will need to book it a few months in advance. The other option is to take a train to the nearest city, and there may be transport links directly to the festival but check on the festival website before you go.

What do you need to pack? Well, you are going camping in a (potentially) muddy festival ground, so make sure you have plenty of clothes for all types of weather. Waterproof clothes like wellies are a must. There’s no point in packing your nicest outfit, as it will probably get wrecked. Pack sensible and warm (the nights will be cold), as well as a few spares in case people are enjoying themselves so much they spill beer on you! You should check your tent before you head off, just to see if there is any damage or if it’s in a bad way. If you are in need of a new tent, you can go onto dedicated camping sites like TentsAndCampGear.com for some ideas on what you need. If you are trying to cram in a few people into one tent, then something like a tunnel tent will give you a lot more space to work with.

Big festivals can be very crowded affairs, so make sure you have a mobile phone handy. If you have a smartphone, it is best to leave it at home in favor of a cheap and old model. The older mobile phones have a battery that will last days instead of hours, so you won’t need to sit by the charging port while your friends are having a good time. Packing cash is always a good idea because cash machines can be hard to find and can charge a lot for its use, just keep it in a place you know is safe. And toiletries are probably the most essential thing to pack, as much toilet roll as you can pack! Sanitizing gel and water are the other things to get you through!

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Becoming a Digital Nomad in Seville, Spain http://www.nunomad.com/featured/becoming-digital-nomad-seville-spain/ http://www.nunomad.com/featured/becoming-digital-nomad-seville-spain/#respond Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:06:50 +0000 http://www.nunomad.com/?p=4943 Ah, Seville. The hidden gem sneakily tucked away in a corner of Andalucia. It’s Spain’s fourth largest city, sure, but there is an air of small town goodness about this wholesome, thriving, happy city. If you’re a digital nomad, you’ll find the city well equipped to handle your needs…but let’s be honest, the main drawer […]

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Ah, Seville. The hidden gem sneakily tucked away in a corner of Andalucia. It’s Spain’s fourth largest city, sure, but there is an air of small town goodness about this wholesome, thriving, happy city. If you’re a digital nomad, you’ll find the city well equipped to handle your needs…but let’s be honest, the main drawer is probably the fantastic weather and cheap beers. Here’s all you need to know if you’re thinking about moving to the city for a few months or more.

 

On the Plus Side

There are many advantages to settling in Seville, but the first one that might surprise you is: it’s cheap. The cost of living here is completely agreeable to those accustomed to the costs of the States or places like France and the UK. Not that the low cost of living means a compromise in the standards of living – you’ll have everything you need here. The infrastructure is sound, the food edible and the water potable. And on the plus side…yeah, the weather is pretty great. If anything, it’s too great. You’ll want to have somewhere else to go during July and August, when the temperatures hit uncomfortable peaks. For most of the year, it’s shorts, t-shirts, and good vibes.

And On the Down Side

But we wouldn’t be doing our duty if we didn’t tell you some of the less positive aspects of Seville. To be fair, there aren’t many – and in fact, the negatives are actually kind of positive. For example, there isn’t the working ethics that you would find in London or other big cities, where people exist there because of their work. Seville is about having a good time, and you might find it difficult to knuckle down to work when you’re constantly being offered afternoon beers in the sunshine (isn’t life hard?). Similarly, there aren’t a million places to work remotely there, either. Seville library is generally busy, also. However – buy a coffee in any cafe and they’ll let you stay for hours if you want to!

The First Days

Seville is a small city, but it’s still pretty big, especially when you don’t know your way around. So don’t commit to having too much work when you first arrive, because you’ll want to spend getting your bearings in the city. If the size doesn’t get you (and it probably won’t), then what will confuse you is the mazy, labyrinth passages that make up most of the centre. You’ll be walking to one destination, take a wrong turn, and then struggle to get back to your starting point. It’s worth having a GPS device on you, but don’t worry – time doesn’t really exist in Seville, so whether you’re on time or an hour late is mostly immaterial.

Getting into Swing of Things

You’ll soon be settled into your accommodation and be ready to really throw yourself into life. You’ll learn the routines of the day. For example, rise and shine at 8am, head outside, and you’ll probably be greeted with…nothing. Few people, few places open. The city doesn’t really come awake until about 10. You’ll get into a habit of visiting your favourite cafe around 9:30 and ordering breakfast, which is always inexpensive and mostly good. Sit back and watch the city come alive – there’s no rush here. In the evenings, you’ll learn to have your meals at around 9 or 10, even when you’re not eating out. Seville people ‘live on the street’, so you’ll be out and about all day; meals are so inexpensive that your kitchen might only rarely be used.

Going Deeper

After a while, they’ll come a point when you want to get deeper into Seville life. Learn Spanish, it’ll be a great help – there’s an infographic by Upgraded Points that shows you just how easy it can be. The Spanish are friendly, hospitable people, but you won’t be able to really see just how much until you speak their language. Plus, when you’re outside, having a beer, the experience will be greatly enriched if you can understand what everyone is saying as there are some real characters living in Seville!

Discovering the Gems

Eventually you’ll discover that Seville, alas, isn’t only about having beers and tapas as you sit in the sunshine. There’s two big events on the Seville calendar: Semana Santa and Feria. During Semana Santa, you can expect absolute bedlam. The city is virtually at a standstill as church groups parade through the city to the sound of music. It’s a real sight, not to be missed, though it’s more enjoyable if you have a balcony overlooking the parade. Also, don’t expect to sleep too much during this week, as it’s a non-stop party. Feria takes place usually in April, in the Feria part of the city. This is also a party, where people host pop up homes, eat, drink, and be merry. Fun for a day or two, but after that you might to look at heading to the mountains. Which brings us on neatly to…

Getting Out

Seville is a good base to explore other regions of Spain, and also Portugal. If you travel a couple of hours east, you’ll meet the picturesque city of Granada, and just beyond that you have the Sierra Nevada mountains – a perfect place for skiing, hiking, cycling, camping,  and so on. Around an hour to the south is the coast; many Seville locals head there for the weekend when the weather gets too hot. An hour west is Portugal, specifically the Algarve area.

Other Expats

One last thing: Seville is full of other expats, so you’ll have no problem making friends. Visit foreign specific cafes (there are plenty) and you’ll be greeted by many English and  American accents, as well as those from other nationalities who also speak English. It’s a really social, young city, so you’ll be invited to hang out with people almost instantly. And in the future, when you hear a new English voice, you should invite them to hang out with you too!

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Best Gifts for Travellers 2017  http://www.nunomad.com/blog/best-gifts-travellers-2017/ http://www.nunomad.com/blog/best-gifts-travellers-2017/#respond Mon, 20 Feb 2017 21:00:57 +0000 http://www.nunomad.com/?p=4938 If you know someone who loves to travel, you know how much he or she would appreciate great travel-related gifts. These gifts make travelling easier and more fun, or help to remind you of the excitement of a new trip or the sweet memories of your previous journeys. Here are a few gift ideas that […]

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If you know someone who loves to travel, you know how much he or she would appreciate great travel-related gifts. These gifts make travelling easier and more fun, or help to remind you of the excitement of a new trip or the sweet memories of your previous journeys. Here are a few gift ideas that fit the description – the best gifts for travellers 2017.

Passport protection

You need to have your travel documents at hand and your passport can see a lot of things, travelling around the world. Keep those documents in pristine condition and safely tucked in your luggage with the help of a cute passport protector. Notonthehighstreet.co.uk has a great selection of passport protectors available, ensuring you get something that suits the style of a female or male traveller.

Stylish backpack

Some travellers have truly learnt the secrets of packing lightly. For these masterminds, a stylish backpack is a great gift – they won’t need much more than that for a good holiday. If you want a backpack that looks good, but also has enough space for those outfits, snacks and travel gadgets, check out the Poketo Weekender bag.

Smart luggage

The first nervous breakdowns usually happen when you go check-in your luggage. The dreaded notice of “Sir/Madam, the bag is overweight” can catch everyone off-guard. But you don’t have to worry about it with smart luggage. A50 Set, available at Raden.com, is a lightweight luggage with a built-in scale. Similar solutions are available with other big brands as well.

Thoughtful travel organisers

Sometimes packing is simply just hard. If you’re going on a long holiday, getting your makeup, toiletries and clothes in a single luggage can seem like mission impossible. Luckily, travel organisers have come to the rescue, turning packing into a more fun, puzzle like activity. For your chic friend, the Pattern Ladies Travel Pouch set from mochithings.com is a must-have. If you’re looking for something for your male friends, the Ted Baker collection has plenty of stylish options from organisers for travel documents to toiletries.

Soothing face mist

Flying can be rather harsh on your skin and it’s often hard to look at your best right after step out of the plane. Luckily, skin technologies are improving the situation and every traveller would love to get their hands on the latest technology: skin-soothing mist. Dewy Skin Mist comes in travel size and the milky softness of the mist will nourish and hydrate your skin during travels.

Sneaky cocktail kit

If your friend appreciates a bit of cheeky behaviour, you should consider buying them a sneaky cocktail kit for one. Old Fashion Carry-On Kit from W & P Design is a fun and tasty gift idea. If you can sneak it into their luggage, it can be a nice surprise when they arrive at the hotel exhausted.

Old-fashioned entertainment

In the era of smartphones and lightweight tablets, we’ve almost forgetting about the trusted book. But books still make great in-flight entertainment and are perfect gifts for travellers. The season’s must-have books include A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara, The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead, and Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple. You can, of course, get these as an electronic version as well rather than print.

Proper trainers

Travelling is not easy on the feet. Whether you are going for a city break or a beach holiday, you’ll need to do a bit of walking – you can’t get to your destination without taking a few steps. Now, surprise your loved one this year with football sneakers – the best types of shoes for backpackers and business people who need to have an extra spring in their step.  If you are tired to look around you can jump to lovellsoccer.co.uk which has a great selection of affordable options from Puma to Nike.

Noise-cancelling headphones

Holidays are about relaxation. Unfortunately, the travelling bit is not often the most peaceful of experiences with other passengers ensuring no one on the plane or train sleeps. Give your friend the option to start the holiday in an instant and pick up noise-cancelling headphones. You can pick your favourite from the What Hi-Filist, which has a good selection of options available for different budgets.

Silky sleep aid

Aside from the noise, the lights can keep you up when travelling as well. If you want to ensure your friend has a good night’s sleep, a silky sleep aid, such as an eye mask is a perfect gift idea. You can find these from most department stores and online stores. For example, try the Slip Silk Eye Mask from netaporter.com.

The above gifts are bound to put a smile on a traveller’s face this year. The list also has a lot to choose from depending on your budget. So, pick your favourite and surprise your loved one with a thoughtful and fun gift!

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5 Reasons To Travel To Canada http://www.nunomad.com/travel/5-reasons-travel-canada/ http://www.nunomad.com/travel/5-reasons-travel-canada/#respond Thu, 16 Feb 2017 15:44:36 +0000 http://www.nunomad.com/?p=4929 Canada has become a hotspot for tourists of all types. Whether you’re a rugged adventurer or looking for luxury, the world’s second largest country has it all. Here are some of the prime reasons to visit Canada this year. Affordability Getting to Canada can involve a few costs. Most people will have to apply for […]

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Canada has become a hotspot for tourists of all types. Whether you’re a rugged adventurer or looking for luxury, the world’s second largest country has it all. Here are some of the prime reasons to visit Canada this year.

Affordability

Getting to Canada can involve a few costs. Most people will have to apply for a Visa, although those travelling from the US may be exempt – you can find out more details here https://official-canada-eta.com/. Flights can also rack up costs. However, once you’re there, living costs can be relatively cheap. Ottawa has been named the most affordable city in North America, and Toronto is relatively cheap compared to cities of its size and status. You can get affordable accommodation on the suburbs of most Canadian cities, and even better deals if you’re staying somewhere rural.   

Natural wonders

Most of Canada’s huge landscape remains untouched. For scenic drives and wild exploration, it’s one of the best places you could go. Some of its biggest sights include Niagara Falls, the rocky mountains, the Cabot trail and Dinosaur Provincial Park. The country also sports some amazing wildlife from grizzly bears in the south to polar bears in the north, moose, reindeer, lynx, mountain lions, bison, beavers, porcupines and prairie dogs. This site http://www.cwf-fcf.org/ offers more in depth information on the wildlife for those that interested. Nature freaks and those that love a taste of the outdoors will be in their element.

 

Cosmopolitan cities

On top of its natural wonders, Canada is full of urban adventures. Vancouver is a popular hotspot, situated on the sea with a mountain backdrop and sporting all kinds of nightlife. For a historically cultural trip, Montreal is the place to go, known for its distinctive European feel and range of festivals. And of course there’s Toronto, one of the most vibrant and multi-cultural cities in the world in which you can climb the CN Tower, once the tallest building in the world.

Outdoor activities

Canada offers a plethora of outdoor activities for the sporty and adventurous types. World-famous ski resorts such as Whistler make it a hotspot for those that are into their snow sports. There are all kinds of hiking trails also suitable for mountain bikers and climbers. Its amazing rivers meanwhile offer multiple kayaking and canoeing opportunities. Golfing and fishing are also big.

 

Diverse climate

Most people may know the country for its cold wintry climate. Indeed, much of the north is very arctic and it has many ski resorts and mountain ranges. However, summers in the south can be relatively warm. Vancouver is known to get fairly warm, as is Toronto. There are even a few beach resorts dotted around the place. Those looking for tropics should probably go elsewhere, but don’t just expect minus figures – unless of course you are venturing to the very north, in which case you know what you’re getting yourself into.

 

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Three Reasons To Take Your Family Camping http://www.nunomad.com/travel/three-reasons-take-family-camping/ http://www.nunomad.com/travel/three-reasons-take-family-camping/#respond Mon, 13 Feb 2017 17:00:23 +0000 http://www.nunomad.com/?p=4916 As parents, all we really want to do is instil our values in our children. The world seems to be an increasingly technology filled place – and while that’s great in many ways, it’s less great in others. We can contact friends on the other side of the world at the click of a button, […]

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As parents, all we really want to do is instil our values in our children. The world seems to be an increasingly technology filled place – and while that’s great in many ways, it’s less great in others. We can contact friends on the other side of the world at the click of a button, we can learn things that we never used to be able to dream of, but at the same time we need to focus on the simple beauty of the natural world as well so that we can keep living our highflying lives while quietly supported by this green planet that we should love. Introducing your kids to nature at a young age will help them to understand the importance of it, of fighting against climate change, of being kind and gentle towards animals, of respecting natural habitats that they should love, of seeing the miracles contained within the natural world. Going camping with them will help to reinforce this love of nature much more than any book or statistics could ever do.

Get Back To Basics

It’s important to remember that at times we should ditch the affectations of our everyday life and focus on what really matters. A lot of us spend a lot of time considering our appearances, the state of our hair, what exactly to do about our dull and lifeless skin in winter (does your skin really look that bad? I thought not!). We also spend a lot of time worrying about our jobs, about politics, about what our friends think of us and our choices. Going camping helps you to get down with the world, to get your hands dirty and earthy, it helps to show your kids how to do things like make a fire, to rely on themselves in the outdoors – click here for more information on equipment that you should take out camping with you. It reduces your life to how you’re going to make dinner, to the quietness of going fishing and waiting for one to bite, to seeing the brightness of the stars in the night sky away from the city’s light pollution. It helps to remind you of the stillness and quietness at the heart of life.

Encourage Family Bonding Time

A lot of vacations can be frenetic, busy times – city trips, shopping, sightseeing tours – but if you want to relax and spend time together as a family then there’s no better way to do that than camping. Admittedly if you spend a lot of time together in small spaces then there might be a few minor disagreements among your kids (I think we all know that’s an understatement!) but at the same time you’ll have time to talk to each other about what really matters, to play board games at night, to tell stories and to really listen to each other. In the evenings you probably find that you’re so absorbed in chores and getting ready for the next day that you don’t have much time to really talk to your kids about what’s going on in their lives. Going camping together will help you with that.

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Cool Ways To Fund Your Canadian Travel Adventure http://www.nunomad.com/top-story/cool-ways-fund-canadian-travel-adventure/ http://www.nunomad.com/top-story/cool-ways-fund-canadian-travel-adventure/#respond Mon, 13 Feb 2017 16:55:30 +0000 http://www.nunomad.com/?p=4915   When you start traveling, you might find that you visit a destination that you want to explore for more than a couple of weeks. Canada is such a place because you can’t discover all this country has to offer in just a couple of weeks. You might want to spend a few months there, […]

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When you start traveling, you might find that you visit a destination that you want to explore for more than a couple of weeks. Canada is such a place because you can’t discover all this country has to offer in just a couple of weeks. You might want to spend a few months there, a whole season or even a year. You can’t witness everything the beautiful city of Montreal has to offer in just a few weeks. It’s impossible to explore the Canadian wilderness when you’re under a time limit. The problem is that this can get expensive rather quickly. You need to think about how you can pay your way while exploring this beautiful country. Here are some of your best options.

Unpaid Environmental Internship

You might be disheartened by that word unpaid but, on a course like this you will get food and accommodation provided for free. This means that you only have to pay for any activities, travel and the initial cost of getting there. So, it might be worth it, particularly, if what you really want to do is explore the Canadian wilderness. On a course like this, you will live in a group and work on conservation projects. You will see gorgeous scenery, incredible wildlife and know that every day, you are making the world a far better place to live. Many students take up this possibility for their gap year.

On The Farms

If you are not afraid of some hard work and good old fashioned elbow grease, you can get a job on a Canadian farm. Have a look into this possibility before you head over there. You might find there are already some options available. Don’t expect luxury accommodation or a stunning five-course meal every night. What you can instead expect is a hard week of work for fair pay and a chance to explore through the weekends. When you’re earning a full wage, make sure you understand how you can be taxed and what level of pay you should be looking for.

Use Your Skills

You might have a number of skills that could lead to an honest wage while traveling in Canada. For instance, it’s possible that you have a solid base of skiing techniques. If that’s the case Canadian ski instructor courses are available for travelers. With one of these courses you can learn the skills you’ll need to take to the slopes and get paid. Who knows, you might even find the basis of a permanent career.

You may also speak french as a second language. You’re sure to find work as a translator or in the customer service industry with this on your resume. Don’t forget 7.3 million people in Canada are native French speakers.

Write It Down

Last but not least, you can make money writing about your experiences. Rather than setting up your own blog, you can sell your writing to different blog owners. You’ll usually find that they will be interested in buying if you have a unique voice and a story worth telling.

 

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Happiness Is Not A Free Gift; It’s Hard Work http://www.nunomad.com/blog/happiness-not-free-gift-hard-work/ http://www.nunomad.com/blog/happiness-not-free-gift-hard-work/#respond Mon, 13 Feb 2017 16:52:07 +0000 http://www.nunomad.com/?p=4914 It’s not uncommon nowadays to describe the modern times as one of the most stressful that one could experience. High bills, stressful work environments, relationship dramas, and increasing health worries, it’s difficult to keep a cool head. As a result, more and more individuals turn to hard substances for support, while others fall into depression […]

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It’s not uncommon nowadays to describe the modern times as one of the most stressful that one could experience. High bills, stressful work environments, relationship dramas, and increasing health worries, it’s difficult to keep a cool head. As a result, more and more individuals turn to hard substances for support, while others fall into depression and isolation. It may even seem like there is no way out! This is thankfully just a trick of the mind – a bad trick, obviously, but a trick nevertheless – that you can fight off easily. You are the only one responsible for your own mood and your own happiness, so the best way to stop suffering from stress and depressive patterns is to spend time with yourself and discover what matters to you.

 

Spend Time With Yourself

Spending time with yourself might sound like something that is easily done. But it’s difficult to be able to isolate yourself from the everyday pressure. Even on weekends, most people check their work emails and remain available for their partners and clients. This is the example for the professional life, but stress wherever it exists in your life, is hard to keep away from. Sometimes, all you need is to plan a vacation with yourself: Just You offers single holiday packages for those who want to enjoy stress-free and relaxing holidays. This vacation gives you time to think about your options, to discover new ways of thinking and perceiving life, and also maybe to find the solutions to your troubles.

Change Professional Career To Embrace Your Passions

Stress-related illnesses are one of the modern plagues in workplaces. There is no denying that modern business life brings a lot of pressure, whether it comes from a heavy workload, a problematic team spirit, or even poor management skills. Physical symptoms of stress can be very violent, and you might find yourself experiencing regular headaches, sleepless nights, loss of appetite or using food as a reward, or even abdominal cramps; it’s time to wake up. These physical pains are an indication that your work life needs to change. Sometimes, a change of company can help. Or maybe you need a complete change of career to embrace a hidden passion or revive your motivation. It’s very stressful to do something that you don’t like. So don’t let stress eat you away; you can create for yourself the ideal lifestyle.
At the core of everything is happiness, a big word that seems unreachable for most. Unfortunately, the common misconception is that happiness arrives when you expect it less. In truth, happiness is a state of mind that you need to train and develop to detach yourself from self-inflicted pressures. Learning how to treat yourself to the small pleasures of life, think of it as a friendly pat on the shoulder from time to time, is a way to keep your mood up and to stay focused on the good things in life. Little pleasures are essential in keeping people feel more stable in their everyday lives. The ability to show appreciation to others is another big lesson of a happy life, as it is likely that your appreciation will be reciprocated in future.

 

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How to make the most of your holiday – Our advice http://www.nunomad.com/travel/make-holiday-advice/ http://www.nunomad.com/travel/make-holiday-advice/#respond Thu, 09 Feb 2017 19:53:05 +0000 http://www.nunomad.com/?p=4910 As humans, we are always looking to break convention. To go one step beyond what has been laid before us and divert from the path that we are expected to follow. Most jobs that are applied to now are calling for creativity as one of their most desirable traits that they are looking for in […]

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As humans, we are always looking to break convention. To go one step beyond what has been laid before us and divert from the path that we are expected to follow. Most jobs that are applied to now are calling for creativity as one of their most desirable traits that they are looking for in a potential employee; like this sort of characteristic can be worked upon rather than being something innate. 

It’s no different in other aspects of our life. It is a transferable desire – especially when it comes to holidaying. Gone are the days of taking a towel down to the beach and spending your days soaking up the sun. We are craving hedonistic adventure, and don’t want to be led by anyone – whether or not it’s for our own good and safety. 

Get to Grips with the Culture

If you are travelling to another country and want to explore, it is always better to take a friend with you. Solo travelling is increasing in popularity, but so are crimes against tourists – it is much easier to distract you if you don’t have somebody watching your back. Do you research online and find out the safest areas to go, where other tourists and big groups of people are so you are not entirely alone. Learn the basic rules of the culture (what may be acceptable to you may not be so much to them), take your time and keep your wits about you. 

Book a Highly Recommended Tour 

You can still go on safari, discover an island or take yourself off across a forest by yourself. There are a number of self drive holidays that you can find to suit your needs online, and it brings you the best of both worlds; you can be safe and secure in a car insured for your needs and purpose, and can also go out and do what you want, when you want with no curfew or time constraints on how long you can be out there. 

Get Going

Don’t sit and wait for something to happen. Start researching things to do as soon as you know where you are going, and make sure that if it is an event you want to attend or something that is highly popular, that you book your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment. Always take recommendations from the locals, as they may be able to guide you to places that don’t appear online. 

Ask & Eat Local

Instead of venturing around and visiting chain restaurants that are big in every continent, take a trip out and try some local cuisine. Even commercial restaurants in a foreign country may not offer you a true taste of that country’s cuisine, so ask those who have been living there their whole lives what to try and where to go to find the best examples of it. You may not like what they have to offer, but at least you have gone out there and tried it for yourself.

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25 Career Ideas for your Location Independent Lifestyle http://www.nunomad.com/blog/25-career-ideas-to-design-your-location-independent-lifestyle/ http://www.nunomad.com/blog/25-career-ideas-to-design-your-location-independent-lifestyle/#comments Thu, 02 Feb 2017 01:14:10 +0000 http://www.nunomad.com/blog/?p=892 Designing a lifestyle that is location independent is not just for web moguls. Here are 25 proven careers that are nomadable.

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Career options for location independenceA lot of people assume that if you want to have a sustainable income while you’re on the road you’d better build a money making web presence.  In fact, there are many sites on location independence that will sell that idea.  It is almost as if  location independent person = money making website owner.   Of course, it’s usually to their advantage because in the next line they’re going to sell you some product or service to teach you how to create this fabulous website.

Now, I’ll let you in on a little personal mission of my own.  That has been to debunk the above idea.  In fact, since 2006 I’ve been interviewing and blogging about nomadic professionals from many walks of life purposely to show that “there’s more than one way to skin a cat” so to speak.

So – I thought it would be fun to do a list now of the many ways people out there just like you and me are seeing the world and keeping their income going.  So equip yourself with some free accounting software and get ready for some unique money-making ideas. I hope it will bring hope and inspiration to those of you who are wondering how you might make your nomad-ing dreams happen and new ideas to those of us who are already out there.

In addition, toward the end of the list I have added in a couple more ways that although I have not yet interviewed individuals from these careers I have discussed their existence with others.

  1. Web designer

    Ok, this one is web related.  However, being a web designer is not the same thing as owning money making sites.  Designers develop and maintain their clientele.  Our own Matt Preston is one such designer who has now traveled more than 32 countries over almost a decade.  Check out his designs at Cotswolds Online Services.

  2. Photographer

    With the age of digital photography this craft has become more mobile than ever.  We interviewed Tat Tso, photographer and web designer traveling between the U.S. and Hong Kong as one such great example.

  3. Biofuel Educator

    When we met Seth and Tyler they were driving their biofuel powered truck from Alaska to Argentina and educating people along the way.  The money for the Oil and Water Project was derived from sponsors. To top it off, they were having an amazing time kayaking at every opportunity.

  4. Balloon Artist

    Irina Patterson has got to be one of our more creative interviewees.  Having brought balloon art to an amazingly high level, Irina is actually paid large sums to bring her craft where she goes.

  5. Communications Specialist

    Mark and Judith, owners of Foundation Communicaid have been able to make their non-profit business in communications and marketing consulting completely mobile. When we interviewed them they were in Southeast Asia.

  6. Trapeze Artist

    My family had the treat of hosting 3 trapeze artists, Russell, Randy and Jay, while they worked in Austin.  These three guys have seen their share of the world while flying high above the air for Trapeze Experience.

  7. Consultant

    Consulting is not a typical location independent career in that you’re usually told where to go.  However, FB, had taken her consulting job and made it an engine by which she was downsizing and saving for life adventures in the future.

  8. Coach

    OK, that’s me.  I’m the owner of Dr. Coach.  I actually got into coaching from psychology specifically because of it’s potential mobility.  All I need is my laptop and headset and I’m good to go.  But I’m not the only one.  We also interviewed Lynn Hornyak and executive coach who puts her mobility into action as well.

  9. Writer

    There are lots of location independent writers out there to draw inspiration from.  One we interviewed was Nora Dunn. Another who comes to mind who has been a supporter of our blog here and of the location independent community is Sharon Hurley Hall.

  10. Author

    Ok – pretty close to writers but these have their own books.  Maya Frost is a nomadic author of “The New Global Student”.  Another profession that’s good to go with a laptop.

  11. Film Maker

    Jeff and Vern were totally adorable, creating films while they nomaded in their trailer around Los Angeles.

  12. Camel Trainer

    Why not be a camel trainer?  Doug Baum has melded his love for camels with regular travel to the Bedouin nomads.  His photo brought tears to our eyes.

  13. Software Developer

    A reader favorite, Cherie of Technomadia earns her living as a software developer as she and her husband Chris travel the U.S. in their RV.

  14. Brand/logo designers

    Greg and Yoko prove that logo design and branding are yet another nomadable occupation.

  15. Graphic designer

    Milosh Zorica sees the world while he creates designs for others.

  16. Business Analyst

    Eugene proves that being a business analyst can be done while you nomad.

  17. Insurance agent

    Who would ever think you could be an insurance agent and a nomad?  Simon Le Pine is just that.

  18. Rescue worker

    Simon Le Pine is not only an insurance agent but also a rescue worker as he travels the world!

  19. Translator

    OK we’ve hit the professions that I have not yet interviewed but I know exist.  Translation is done by many online and there is no need to be in one location.

  20. Radiologist

    Believe it or not even MD’s have a chance at location independence.  While waiting in a hair salon in Austin Texas, I got into a conversation with a woman whose husband does just that.  Don’t believe me?  Check out NightHawk. In addition, a degree in radiation therapy is a great choice for your future; this profession is in high-demand.

  21. Virtual Assistant

    as we know virtual assistants can be located anywhere.  So if you’re one you could be too.  Virtual Assistance U is a place to get training to join this profession.

  22. Property Manager

    I haven’t interviewed them yet but 2 sets of my English speaking friends here in Oaxaca fund their travels by managing real estate in their home cities.

  23. English Teacher

    We can’t forget this die hard option for those of us who really want to travel and enjoy sharing our language.  In fact, my first long term travel experience was doing just that.

  24. Dancer

    OK, we didn’t get an interview with him, but Matt Harding has taken his little dance around the world and gets paid to do so. If you want to put a smile on your face, definitely watch the video on his link.

  25. Importer

    If you love purchasing handwork, art, and just cool stuff from other countries, you might consider funding your travels through importing and selling some of the things you love.

This is a list of 25 actual careers that have been and are being nomaded.  I’m sure it only scratches the surface of possibilities out there and I imagine you may know even more. For some extra cash on your journeys you could go on timeshare tours for free gifts as well. If you do buy a timeshare and find yourself later asking “how do I sell my timeshare?” you can always sell it or rent it out online.

I’d love to hear about other nomadable careers that you know of.  I hope this list has provided some inspirational thought.

 

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5 Must Have Gear For Kayak Fishing http://www.nunomad.com/travel/5-must-gear-kayak-fishing/ http://www.nunomad.com/travel/5-must-gear-kayak-fishing/#respond Mon, 23 Jan 2017 17:34:41 +0000 http://www.nunomad.com/?p=4894 Kayak fishing increases muscle strength in your arms, chest, and shoulders. It also improves the rate at which blood flows in your body. Moreover, kayak fishing allows you to catch some great fish and make your expedition out in the water worthwhile. In fact, kayak fishing without some essential gear is difficult, if not impossible. […]

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Kayak fishing increases muscle strength in your arms, chest, and shoulders. It also improves the rate at which blood flows in your body. Moreover, kayak fishing allows you to catch some great fish and make your expedition out in the water worthwhile. In fact, kayak fishing without some essential gear is difficult, if not impossible. Here are five must-have gear when you go out kayak fishing.

Kayak fishing

A Flotation Device

You have to consider your personal safety as you kayak. Remember, fish move constantly while they are in the water. That means you have to adjust your angle continuously if you want to catch them. Sometimes, this movement causes you to lose your balance.

A flotation device is critical when such an event occurs. It will keep you afloat while you are in the water. It is especially useful if you feel tired or if you do not know how to swim. A good floatation device is also easy to spot, which makes it easy for rescue teams to reach you.

Kayak fishing advice

Fishing Equipment

Some of the best fishing kayaks that you can find today come with different fishing accessories that can make you comfortable and safe out in the water while also equalling the fun.

If you do not own a pricey fishing kayak, all you need to do is buy separate fishing gear as per your needs. For example, you need a rod holder that is compact, neat, and easy to install. It minimizes the risk of fish pulling you overboard. It also reduces the risk of tackle falling.

You can choose flush mounts, tube style holders, or adjustable deck mounts among other types of rod holders. An appropriate fishing rod for kayaking is also necessary. It should be shorter than conventional rods are. Additionally, it should have a short butt section.

Finally, kayak-fishing nets are convenient because they help you scoop the fish that you have caught on your line.

Fishing by kayak

A First Aid Kit

Kayak fishing can be dangerous especially when you have sharp objects around you. These objects include hooks that you will attach to the fishing line. A sharp knife to cut the anchor line or the cutting line in case of emergencies is also necessary. The presence of these sharp objects means that you can cut yourself at any moment.

Covering this kind of wound correctly and as soon as possible is critical. In fact, you might have to disinfect the affected area. You cannot do any of these things if you do not have a first aid kit. Get one before you go kayak fishing. It will help you deal with emergencies as soon as they arise.

Communication Devices and Navigation Equipment

The weather may change abruptly when you are kayak fishing. For example, a storm may hit your area. Strong winds may also cause big waves to turn over your kayak. Losing your sense of direction is possible if these events occur especially if you are ocean fishing in a kayak.

Having navigation equipment during such times is vital because you can use them to get back to the mainland. In some cases, paddling on your own might be impossible because you have sustained injuries. Communication devices allow you to call for emergency help in such cases.

Water Bottles

Kayak fishing takes place in different environments. For example, you can fish in a big river, a large lake, or a nearby pond. These environments do not have clean water for you to drink. What will you do if you feel hydrated while you are kayak fishing?

Will you stop fishing so that you can go to the mainland for some water? Will you continue fishing despite the thirst that you are experiencing?

Dehydration causes the blood in your body to become thicker than it usually is increasing your blood pressure. It also causes light-headedness. Therefore, carrying plenty of water is critical when it comes to avoiding this kind of unfortunate circumstances.

Conclusion

These are the five essential things that you should have when you go kayak fishing. However, they are not the only things that you need. For example, carrying sunblock is an excellent idea because it protects your skin from the scorching heat of the sun. You also need a flashlight and a headlamp in case it gets dark while you are kayaking. An anchor is another necessary item because it keeps you steady as you wait for the fish to come near your kayak. Carrying a visibility flag is an added advantage because rescue teams will spot you easily in case of emergencies.

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