Why I Went Straight Back Home After Becoming a Digital Nomad

Many of you still remember me being a digital nomad. Heck, reading our current about page still sounds like we’re having coconuts on the beach every day (note to self: rewrite). But actually, that’s all a bit outdated. In fact me and Mariah, we’re as un-nomadic as it gets nowadays. And enjoying it over coconuts. Here’s why:

More Grounding

Living out of a backpack may be a sustainable lifestyle for some. For us it always felt like a compromise. We felt that we need a base. A headquarter. A place to return to after exciting journeys and peak experiences. A place where all boxes are unpacked.

While this sounds like materialistic reasoning (things), it has a lot to do with the emotional state connected to that. Our household is as minimalistic as it gets. But having something that we can call “our household” makes us less agitated.

Homesickness and Other Emotional Reasons

Yep – after traveling for a couple of years, the state of being homesick isn’t a stranger anymore… While I’m very aware of the state of wanderlust as well, especially traveling Asia never made me feel home. Looking unapologetically caucasian always makes you the tourist.

Of course language barriers can help a lot overcoming that label. And I take it on my plate not having pushed through those many times.

It also does feel great to be closer to people that we love. And what helps after all: what we’re calling home is, also semi-objectively speaking, one of the most beautiful parts of that planet.

(Way) Better Infrastructure

When it comes to the hustling aspect, that’s a big one.

During our travels we spent too much time figuring out where to do our laundry. How to reset the wifi router. Where to print out stuff. All that is set up conveniently in our headquarters. There is an (unwritten) SOP for doing the laundry. That allows us to go deeper. Not only handling superficial things all the time.

I am all for working digitally. I prefer hypertext to paper in many cases. But sometimes it’s just great to draw things on flip charts, or scribble over a print-out. Helps balancing the brain hemispheres too. So that gained infrastructure is definitely beneficial for the creative process.

Easier Forming of Beneficial Habits

This aspect is related to the one above. Actually, to all the ones above.

The groundedness, feeling emotionally home, and having a well working infrastructure helps me forming positive habits. Did you ever try to meditate daily while traveling? Very challenging for me personally. When being in one place, I can have a gym subscription. I can have that large smoothie blender. I know where to buy the good food. I can develop routines that are healthy for me.

I’m not saying it’s impossible to do that elsewhere. But for me personally, it’s harder.

Now, maybe this is also a post about me getting old. But I don’t think so. I love change. Including changing places. So I’m still very much looking forward to exciting journeys and discovering the planet. But I don’t necessarily see the need to work while doing that.

About the author

Philipp Steinweber

Philipp is the founder of Metamonks and Omooni, and passionate about personal growth. On Soulful Hustle he open-sources the strategies and insights learned from his projects.