Did you ever feel like you didn’t fully belong – an emptiness, like you need more from life? I think many of us do. What is holding us back from exploring life’s possibilities? Is it fear of failure, fear of the unknown – or are we scared to dream, feeling we don’t deserve to be more, have more and live out our fullest potential, outside the traditional boundaries of our communities!
“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone”
I always knew I was a wanderer. As a child, my father told me I would be a journalist, because of my curiosity. Instead I have been travelling a lot both in my own country and abroad for business and pleasure, always curious about what is happening in the destination I´m in. I think we grow in unfamiliar territory and stagnate when we`re not challenged.
I have climbed the mountains of Norway and the volcanos of Greece, Italy and Indonesia. I jumped out of a plane in South Africa and paraglided of the peaks of the Himalayas. I visited the world peace pagoda in Nepal, the pyramids in Egypt, the Taj Mahal in India and the ruins of Chichen Itza and Tulum in Mexico. I flew a balloon over Jaipur at sunrise, went under the radar into Burma when the military Junta was still in control, climbed the Chinese wall and watched the magical sunset in Santorini Greece. I snorkeled the coral reefs of the Caribbean Sea, Indian Ocean and the Red Sea, and watched sea turtles, mantas and sharks in their natural environment.
The Eiffel Tower, Big Ben, Colosseum and Venice has been ticked off the list along with the political scenery of Washington and Brussels, and the celebrity, musical and fashion scene of New York, Paris and London. I have tried luxury hotels and camping in the mountains and everything in between. The more I travel and explore, the more I understand that I need to learn.
“The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” – Saint Augustine
I also started two businesses, attended loads of university classes, and should finish those with a master’s thesis. I can´t seem to get enough of the wanderlust in my body and the curiosity of my mind. I love change – change of scenery, change of environment, change of destinations and refill of my mind. I thrive in environments where I can be creative and discuss with like-minded people. Politics, business and body, mind and spirit. My mind needs constant updating on future technology, business development and travel destinations. I love hiking and taking pictures, getting to know new cultures and learning about their way of life.
It is time to cut the cords and follow my dreams to try out a lifestyle that combines my favorite things. That means leaving the safe harbor of home, friends and family and sailing the seven seas alone. Technology is changing the way we work and do business so the timing is perfect to research the digital nomad’s and remote workers, co-working in destination independent places around the world. I want to find out how technology is influencing startups and existing organizations strategy and business models in the future corporate world. I get to combine my love for travel, my curiosity about different cultures and lifestyles and the hunger for knowledge. I will also try my father’s predictions, and write this blog containing my experiences throughout this 52 week workation.
“A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for” – John A. Shedd
I expect this to be an inside journey as well as a world tour of destinations and analyses of technology strategies, digital nomads and future business models. I will try to write about the 52 weeks from all 3 perspectives. Thank you for reading this post and welcome to my blog. I hope you will join me on my journey and comment any feedback you might have. They say that life begins at the end of our comfort zone. I hope you will join me in my quest outside the comfort zone. What are your fears? And are they holding you back from your dreams?