I always wanted to travel the world. It was all I ever spoke about when I was younger and the only thing I knew I wanted to do once I had finished University.
I thought that moving to Dubai to be an air stewardess was perfect for me but it didn’t satisfy the hunger I had for adventure and real experiences.
The job only allowed a mere snapshot (twenty-four hours maximum layover time) of what a destination had to offer and if I’m honest I spent the majority of my layovers in the hotel room sleeping or ordering room-service because I was so exhausted and sleep was far more appealing than venturing out to explore the place I was so lucky to be in – as much as this pained me.
After one year of flying and living in a beautiful city I had made the decision to email my manager and resign from my position. I wanted more from my life and didn’t want to stay in a job that was not making me happy. Me and my boyfriend packed up our lives (again) and bought a one-way ticket out of Dubai straight over to South East Asia.
So here I am (or was) in Bali, Indonesia and I have been here for four months now and already have Thailand booked as my next stop. The “island life” is different to the hustle and bustle of the city which I’m used to. Everything is slower and more relaxed. I wake up when I want, go to the beach every weekend and get to explore at a pace which suits me (and on a scooter). There’s no more layover time-limits.
How do I earn a living you’re probably thinking? Well my boyfriend has always been a big fan of the online working idea and made it work pretty well for himself when he was in Dubai so I have jumped on board too.
However it isn’t an easy way of life even though many “digital nomads” seem to suggest it is – I don’t know, maybe they know something I don’t. But so far it’s been a roller coaster.
I try to earn a steady income through a variety of things like freelance writing or transcribing, web design and also do stock trading from time to time – just anything that will at least cover my living costs such as rent, food and drink. I have had days where I am so full of frustration I could just cry because maintaining a consistent income is hard and to go from a well paying job in Dubai to earning barely anything is a shock to the system.
Luckily, the cost of living out here is so low that I’m not under too much pressure and I suppose this is the good thing about relocating to Asia. If you want to read about the cost of living in Bali take a look here.
I don’t for one second regret my decision to leave my job. It’s been an amazing experience so far to be able to work on things that I’m actually passionate about and have an interest in (like blogging). I am determined to find a way to make it work, but if it doesn’t then at least I tried and I will just have to figure out another way of travelling the world… we will see how it goes.