The advent of online business and the blogging world has led to a surge of writers, artists, and entrepreneurs who use the web not only as a business portal, but as a means of sharing art and inspiring others to embrace their creativity, become aware, or be inspired. Blogs, vlogs, freelance writing, travel guides, online courses… the life of the digital nomad has introduced a freedom of living unparalleled by any other period in history. Perhaps feeding its popularity is the fact that this life is attainable by anyone who has reasonable writing abilities, social media skills (i.e. anyone who has facebook or instagram), and a laptop or tablet.
However, no matter how glamorous the successful few make it look, being a digital nomad is not always easy. For one thing, carting around a very valuable piece of technology is a stressful feat. No-one likes braving busy airports and foreign countries constantly having to worry about where they can safely put their laptop or tablet, and how they can use it without it becoming a nuisance. Laptops can be heavy and a whole extra piece of luggage if you choose to take its case, which is not often useful as much else. Tablets are constantly vulnerable in their flimsy cases, and simply putting them in your backpack without protection is a big no-no. So, how does one attempt the life of a digital nomad or travel writer while minimizing the stress of carrying your technology? Here are three things I have learnt while travelling with a laptop.
I grew up in Cape Town, South Africa, and studied a BSc (Honours) in Genetics at Stellenbosch University. I have spent the past 10 months living in Argentina, and travelling Bolivia, Peru, and Ecuador. Travel has taught me so many deep and powerful lessons, and I hope to share my experiences and inspire other passionate people to explore the world and discover all the wonders it has to offer.
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