It’s crazy how time flies. It feels like just yesterday we were running around trying to get all our crap to fit on our Velorbis bikes, before setting off on our amazing bike trip around Europe.
Still, it seems far away. It’s a weird feeling, but because we’ve had so many adventures these past 6 months, the first one seems extremely far away.
But it has been 6 months. Half a year. And we’re still loving this lifestyle. On December 25th it was exactly 6 months ago we started living as digital nomads. It has been tough, fun, inspiring and challenging. We’re still learning and making lots of mistakes. But we’re getting better.
We’ve been to 9 countries: Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Monaco, Italy, Portugal, The United States and right now we’re in Mexico. That’s not too bad in 6 months!
It’s crazy to think about everything we have experienced in the last 6 months – we’ve created more memories than we ever had before. It’s a gift, surely, but it’s also a struggle. But making it work for 6 months is definitely something we’re proud of!
We’ve decided to look back on our last months and our new lifestyle – what has been the best? The worst? Most surprising? Read on. We hope this will give you a clear insight to this lifestyle.
The best thing about being digital nomads
The best thing about this new lifestyle is that we get to see this beautiful world. That’s pretty simple, but it is the main focus in this lifestyle – and it’s definitely the best thing about it!
We have never felt like travelling for pleasure was enough for us. We’re bad at being on vacation. We usually end up at a café talking about life. We’re not good at running around from sight to sight and see everything.
It annoys us. And we don’t feel relaxed or excited doing that all.
Simply existing and living in a different place for some time is what we enjoy. We love having our projects and working on them while being in a beautiful place. We will never be able to just travel – we need to have our online work and projects.
Together with travel – that is the perfect combination. And it is the best!
The hardest part of being digital nomads
The hardest has definitely been to work on the road – and therefore financing our travels. We have simply not found the perfect balance between work and play, and we have found it hard making enough money to finance this lifestyle.
However, we’re still alive and we’re both certain that the next 6 months will be a lot better for us when it comes to getting work done.
Starting out with a 3744 km bike trip across Europe definitely didn’t make it easier for us to work. We lost some clients and are still trying to reach a higher stream of income.
However, this December has been great for mostly my affiliate-sites, and it has really made me want to focus much more on that. Making nearly 5000 DKK (around 900 USD) a month is definitely a huge step forward for us. And if we could make that much money each month on affiliate marketing, we’ve come a long way.
So we have our fingers crossed that this won’t be a problem still when we look back on the next 6 months!
Our favorite place so far
This is one of the hardest questions to ask! We have fallen in love with so many places during the last 6 months! Amsterdam, Paris, Lyon and Monaco completely took our breaths away. So amazing cities.
Then we went to Lagos in Portugal and had no idea what to expect. Well. It was just perfect. Especially because we escaped from cold and rainy Denmark. The contrasts were huge and we ended up extending our stay by another 4 weeks!
If that’s not love, I don’t know what is.
But going back to Miami earlier this month was just incredible. It’s not possible to describe it – and we realise that picking Miami Beach as your favorite place might not be as popular as Paris or some small village in Southern France – but that is how we feel.
Being in Miami make us feel at home in a weird way that no place else makes us feel. And even though we had a pretty bad start to our time in Florida, it was quickly forgotten when we discovered the beauty and spirit in the city.
However, we look forward to experiencing new places around the world these next years!
Our least favorite place
Well, to pick our least favorite place wasn’t easy! We haven’t hated any of the places we’ve been yet – thank God – but of course we haven’t loved all the places either.
We’re not fond of being too far away from a larger city with possibilities. The old East Germany was pretty boring cycling through, and the fact that it rained all the time didn’t make it fun either. The Northern part of France before we hit Paris was also a little boring.
But for us Berlin didn’t live up to its hype either. I have been to Berlin once before, and while I find the history of the city extremely interesting, the rest just doesn’t appeal to me.
I know many people love Berlin. We didn’t feel that way. I suspect Berlin to be way more fun if you have room in your budget for trying out some of the fancy restaurants!
The place that surprised us most
Bruxelles really surprised us. We thought it would be a really boring city – heck, that’s how we see it when there are news from the EU. Zzz – but it was nothing like that.
Bruxelles has a southern French feel to it. It’s beautiful with old buildings and charming narrow streets. Definitely a city we need to check out more!
Monaco also really surprised us. Such a lovely little country. Ahh. Europe is full of gems – that really surprised us since we always thought we had to travel far away to experience beauty, while we had it in our “backyard” all this time… Lovely surprise!
The most important lesson we have learned
Dinner with amazing friends – all couchsurfing at the same apartment in Monaco
People are extremely friendly and our most important lesson has been to trust people. We have really appreciated all the help we’ve gotten from strangers on our travels.
Couchsurfing has been a big part of that. Just meeting complete strangers who open their homes to you is a rare gift. And we’ve had some of our best experiences while couchsurfing.
Another important lesson we’ve learned is that we can actually do this. We can actually travel the world and work at the same time. It has been tough so far, but also extremely rewarding in every way possible. We couldn’t have chosen a better life for ourselves!
Our biggest accomplishment
Our biggest accomplishment is definitely that we cycled 3744 km through Europe. Our crazy plan of cycling from Copenhagen to Rome actually became real.
And we did it. We couldn’t be prouder! The trip was amazing in a life changing way and we’re both so happy that we did it. It’s without a doubt the hardest thing we’ve ever done.
But it’s also a great experience and something we’ll be able to think back to for the rest of our lives. It’s an amazing story to tell.
Making the decision to become digital nomads and actually realizing our dream was another great accomplishment. It takes a lot to do it – but if it’s your dream we can’t stress enough how important it is to just take a leap of faith and do it!
What we hope for the next 6 months
We hope to spend the next 6 months exactly as on the photo above: near the amazing turquoise ocean, with our bare feet in the hot, white sand, and the sun shining down at us!
We have some amazing months planned out – we’ll be in Central and South America for the whole time. By the time we can celebrate 1 year as digital nomads we (especially Jonas) hope to be enjoying the World Cup in Brazil!
If we could start making just a little more money from our websites and online companies, that would be great too! We are working hard on earning more now and we hope it will pay off over the next 6 months so that we can have more economical freedom.
And of course: we hope to see even more of this world and inspire you to travel more – if you have the same dream as us. We hope you’ll follow us for 6 months more!