Once again, I hopped on a plane and took off for a month filled with adventure. This time, my travels have taken me to Cape Town, South Africa, where I’ve joined a group called Hacker Paradise. Hacker Paradise is a travel group made up of remote workers and entrepreneurs who are location independent or digital nomads.

Digital Nomad – someone who works with the aid of the internet, and who travels from place to place, with no home base.

Location Independent – someone who is not dependent on making their living from a stationary place, who travels and works for finite periods, and still keeps a home base.

I’m location independent. I make my living online through training and e-commerce, so my only requirement for where I can travel is reliable wifi. I still maintain my home in Wasaga Beach, Ontario.

The last 12 months have been a major breakthrough year in my life. I took my first month-long trip with Hacker Paradise in February to Buenos Aires, Argentina, and it was a turning point for me. Meaning, it opened up a whole new world and passion.

Why travel with a group? Well, as most of you know, I’m single and my friends can’t always get away when I’d like to or for as long as I want to, so I searched for a group that could provide me with that companionship. I don’t like to travel alone. I get lonely and really, I love to share what I’m seeing or learning with others. It’s a huge part of the experience for me. After a ton of research, I stumbled upon this term “digital nomad” which led me to about 50 groups that travel together, which led me to interview a half a dozen of them, which allowed me to settle on Hacker Paradise.

I don’t know about you but when I thought of the term digital nomad, it conjured up young. Young, male, party animal. I’m no 20-year-old and this is certainly not what I was working for. Hacker Paradise was the only group that had a significant age range in their participants. The others all told me about 30 was their oldest.

So, that’s how I settled on Hacker Paradise and I haven’t been disappointed. Oh, the majority of people who join us are in their 20’s and early 30’s but there is the odd one my age (I’m 51) and I definitely feel like one of the gang here.

It’s amazing how the millennials are so open. They are always saying, “age is just a number”, and they’re being sincere. That’s certainly refreshing. They’ve also opened me up to being more entrenched in the sustainability of our planet and taking responsibility for those around us. I grew up in the 80’s… it was a very selfish, self-absorbed time.

 

 

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