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Digital nomads: travel as a lifestyle

Around five years ago, I came across this blog called viviralmaximo.net (it’s in Spanish and fairly different to what it is now). It was this “crazy” guy that quit his job at Microsoft (in Seattle’s HQ) to travel the world. I got really interested, read a lot of his posts and wondered how that kind of life would be. I mean, nowadays it doesn’t seem impossible to make your living online. No matter if it’s as a freelancer, working for a company that allows you to be anywhere or with your own online business. On the middle of all this reading and wondering, I moved to Dubai, made big changes in my life and kind of forget about it.

Digital Nomads

It hasn’t been until recently, when Aneesha started talking about the digital nomads thing. We talked about it and I found out that it was basically the same that Ángel (the guy who quit Microsoft) had been doing for the past few years. This made the idea grow again in my head and we started to look seriously into it. We signed up for a digital nomads group in Facebook. The group is full of people doing it or in the process of becoming a digital nomad. We’ve been reading blog posts about it. We’ve found out of digital nomads that are successfully doing it, traveling through Asia, Europe or the Americas and having a great time. We’ve also read about people that have failed. People that has been doing it for a while and had enough. Every person has it’s own story to tell. But I would say that the common message is this: no matter how it turns out, it is worth it.

Now, a concept of living in the road it’s something very “alien” for most of us. Becoming a nomad in the 21st century doesn’t seem to be the norm. It goes against everything we’ve been told by the system and the people in our environment: be safe. Get a good job. Get a house. Have kids. Do the right thing. What everyone does.

Thank god (or universe or whatever), my parents are not that way. They have taught me to look at every possibility, to question everything and to think things through. And the thing is, I have no major interest in a common life. Where’s the fun in that?

Yup, I want to be one of those crazy people

So now that I’ve told you all that, yes, I’m seriously looking into it. I feel life has way more to offer than a grey 9 to 5 work in an office. I’m not lying to myself and I’m not trying to lie to you. I might fail. It’s actually the most probable. But I’m not alone in this and failing seems less possible and less important.

It’s gonna take a while until we are able to do this. We need to plan, we need to save some money, and we need to sort a bunch of things. We’re aiming to mid 2020. It won’t be easy but I’m sure it’ll be a once in a lifetime experience.

BTW, the photo is by Atlas Green, check his work at Unsplash

Unsplash: The beauty of sharing Photography

Two weeks ago I received my much awaited Unsplash book. The book is a collection of high quality photos and essays that the guys from the Unsplash website put together. The spirit of the book was to give back to the people that has been contributing to their online community. You must be wondering what I’m talking about…

The Tumblr blog that became huge

Unsplash started as a side project for the guys at Crew, a small Canadian company. They had some extra pics from a project they were working on, and decided to setup a Tumblr with those pictures. The idea was simple, they would upload the pictures (10 to be exact) and anyone would be free to use them as they wanted. It didn’t matter if it was a personal or professional project. They also included a “submit your own photos” button.

Picture by Austin Neill, click on the picture to see his work

They thought it would be nice to post the link on HackerNews and make everyone know about it. After that, things escalated quickly. They had tens of thousands of visits in a couple of days. That was 4 years ago, and since then the site has grown to become an amazing community of photographers. And remember, all their photographs are free to use and high-res.

Why I think it is important

Photography on the Internet is a complicated topic. There are lots of great sites like 500px, Flickr (the old man), Instagram, etc. Thing is, you probably shouldn’t be using the photos from this sites without explicit permission of the author. If you need a picture for a project, you could go to one of those professional photo pages, but let’s be honest, the prices on those websites are insane. So that’s where Unsplash comes and changes the game. A website that represents the spirit of freedom and collaboration of the internet and brings it to photography.

Think of all those freelancers and small companies than can do good use of it. No, even better, check the Made with Unsplash section and see what creative people can do with the right tools and resources.

Picture by Samuel Scrimshaw, click on the picture to see his work

I’m might not be objective on this (yeah I’m in love with Unsplash since the day I discovered it), but damn, this is amazing. That’s why I had no doubts on supporting their book on Kickstarter. That’s why I will continue to follow their evolution and supporting their new projects. I think we all have to do our part when something as good as this comes out. I can only recommend you to check out the website and see how amazing people and the world are.

BTW, the cover picture is by Kalen Emsley, check his work here

Visiting the family on Christmas

My objectives for Q1 2017

When I decided to build my own website, I thought it’d be a good idea to set quarterly objectives for myself (not necessarily related to the web). I’ve seen other people doing it, and it seems useful for them to keep track of what they want to do and what they accomplish. So you can expect a post every three months doing a little review of the previous quarter and new objectives for the new one. Let’s see what I have for Q1 2017 😀

  • Build a website: technically, I accomplished this already. I bought the domain yesterday and setting up a WordPress hasn’t exactly been a lot of work. But I plan to do some work on the web, add new plug-ins to improve it, etc. Also I plan to build my own theme from scratch. Let’s see how that goes.
  • Start an exercise routine and stick to it: honestly, shouldn’t be difficult. I did it last year and it worked well until I got injured. Stupid leg 🙁 Anyway, I wanna go to the gym thrice a week (at least). I don’t have any particular target in mind, just get my legs to work and lose some weight. No hurry with this.
  • Blog once a week: No need to say anything else here, right?
  • Finish my Unity Prototype: Most people doesn’t know but I’ve been working on a shoot’em up prototype in the last few months. It’s been a tough experience in general. Had a lot of issues with Unity but I’m close to accomplishing what I wanted: a prototype that may be shitty but can be played from start to finish.

    Shmup boss demo
    That’s a non-finished boss. I think the routines are quite good 🙂
  • Build my first prototype with Game Maker Studio: my experience with Unity hasn’t been great so I’m gonna try GMS. I’m excited about this.
  • Getting my #*!$ driving license: I really need to do this. No more excuses. I’m 31 for god’s sake!

So yeah, that was my list. In three months I’ll come back and see how many I’ve done and how many I failed miserably 😀