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Questions to ask yourself before booking your one-way flight to freedom

Two beach loungers on a desk, under a big white umbrella overlooking pristine blue waters.
Sun, sand, and sea: The life of a digital nomad? - Photo by Miriam Eh on Unsplash

‘To move, to breathe, to fly, to float. To gain all while you give. To roam the roads of lands remote. To travel is to live.” — Hans Christian Andersen

Mexico or Thailand: The question plaguing the minds of potential digital nomads since, well, digital nomadism has been a thing.

Both are hot spots for remote workers seeking sun, culture, and savings. And for good reason. Each has its unique selling points, helping it get a one-up on the other.

But, each destination comes with a few hard-to-handle difficulties…


Don’t piss off your fellow writers and you’re off to a great start

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Medium is a minefield for beginners.

You just don’t realize it at first.

I was stoked when I found out about this platform. A place to write about any of my many, many interests?… And it pays?

No website malarkey; no complicated funnels or lame attempts at Tiktoks or Instagram Reels to drive traffic to my one-in-500-million blog.

That was all I needed to know. Sign me up! I thought.

Sure enough, it’s a fantastic platform. There’s so much potential for budding writers. And the community is second-to-none.

But as a new contributor, that’s where you can get stuck. This…


The power and conviction to change your life starts with knowing when your job no longer serves you

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Most of us don’t want to survive, we want to thrive. We have lofty dreams of living freely, traveling well, and enjoying our work (mostly, at least). We want to be our own boss, become industry leaders, and have the financial security that allows us to live passionate, fulfilling lives and be generous givers too.

Maybe your dream looks completely different, or maybe it’s a slight variation. But whatever you long for in life, your first career move will rarely take you in the precise direction of your dreams. …


Travel. Ireland. Dublin.

New York — you’re okay; Paris — meh; Bangkok — BLAH; Sydney — I love you, but I’ve seen better

Image by Author: The Temple Bar, Dublin

I didn’t have particularly high expectations from the beginning, so it should have been a smooth trip. Right? I mean, that’s usually how it works.

The cities you save Google images of to your screensaver at your first office job tend to disappoint (hello, New York). But the others, the places you go to on a whim because the opportunity beckons — those are the trips you’ll look back on when you’re 80 with a smirk stretching across your face and a twinkle in your eye.

The dream destination

I didn’t even plan to go there. It wasn’t one of the bucket-list destinations…


YouTube peddles click-bait and get-rich-quick fueled fantasy — is that where we’re heading for, too?

Man wearing a Scream mask, sitting at an office desk working on the computer.
Image credit: Masterpiece created by the Author on Canva

“I maintain my sculpted, 7% body-fat physique all year round on diet of Big Macs and beer, exercising only once a week. Here’s how you can do it, too.”

“I earn $10,000 every month, writing for 4-hours a week. No experience, social following, or proof of success required!”

“Follow these exact steps to lose 15 pounds in a month! Zero effort. Maximum results.”

“I write 100,000 words a day while working a full-time job. Steal my method — it’s perfect for beginners and only takes 5-minutes!”

600,000 views later…

Liar, liar pants on fire?

Now, I’m not saying they’re lying — that would be mean…


The world is opening up again — consider these things before planning your Sydney move

A young woman with a blue over-the-shoulder beach bag standing beside the sand of a packed beach. Crystal-blue waters are in the distance.
Woman standing beside a busy beach on a hot summer’s day: Photo by Debora Cardenas on Unsplash

You’ve been confined to the four walls of your 700 square meter one-bedroom apartment for over a year now. Like a prisoner under lock and key, your internal screams for freedom are drowning out the sound of reason.

Now, normality is setting in. You want to spend face-to-face time with your loved ones, to waste away your Sunday mornings wandering around the local farmer’s market, and to eat in at your favorite restaurants. …

Caro Violet

I write excellent love notes; does that make me a writer? Kiwi people lover + justice advocate. Travel | Personal Growth | Entrepreneurship | Health + Fitness.

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