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A “short” story of me-the wannabe digital nomad

Had a stop in Chiang Mai to work a bit on promoting my Skype English lessons(with success,gained one new student-yay!).I had been here before,so it was a good place where I wouldn’t be missing out on seeing new things.

Let me introduce myself-I am Anna,I was born in Warsaw,Poland.When I was 4 yo,I moved with my family to New York City for 4 years,then came back to Warsaw for 3 years and to New York again for 4 years.Then I came back and lived in Warsaw until I kind of moved out.

I actually was a late bloomer independent traveler(but it’s never too late).I spent my teenage and student years on travelling with travel agencies with friends.I really started in the summer of 2010.Me and my bff,planned(not precisely at all) a 3 week trip around Norway,from the south to the (not so far,Lofoten the farthest)north and back to the south.The tricky part was,that it was to be done only by hitchhiking and couchsurfing(our first time doing both).Long story short,we managed,had a blast and got to experience Norway firsthand.I fell in love with nature there.But also with travelling independently.Then I did some short trips with friends and Erasmus students who I took care of.In 2012, I went off on my first solo trip(after a failed trial of hitchhiking the Balkans with a girl met online,I quit that after the first night in a forest in a tent by a road).I went to the Baltic countries.I figured I’ll travel by bus and sleep in hostels,no hitchhiking or tent on my own.I went to Lithuania,Latvia and Estonia.Riga,Latvia ended up being my favorite,mainly because of the people I met in the hostel,in bars and on couchsurfing.That was when I learned the cliché,that you do learn a lot about yourself when travelling solo.You also experience adrenaline,a never-ending challenge and constant drifting into the unknown.In the meantime I took a 2-year break from University,thinking of never coming back,but to have the option just in case.I planned to travel long term.I ended up going on many short trips with friends and then solo trips to Georgia and Goa,India.In India somehow,I had a revelation,I was ready to travel long term for sure.

After all these trips,I knew I had been living in Warsaw for far too long(apart from travels,I was annoyed to always have to come back to living in the same place).Until the year 2014 when I went to Inveraray,Scotland to work in a hostel.I was a Joint Hostel Manager(there were only 2 people working there:P) and Publicist(managing the website,blog,social media,pr,marketing).It was heaven on Earth.I had just a bit of work.I was living in a beautiful small town.I had contact with the guests.I had a cool challenge doing the Publicity work and had a creative flow of ideas.I had plenty of time for myself,to travel,wander around,read,do yoga,jog,explore.My idea was,that I could work in Europe during the summers and travel to exotic places during the winters.And so I bought a ticket for 4 months,to India for November.I was a bit in panic.I am afraid to solo travel around there,that’s the reason I bought a ticket.I thought if I’m afraid,I should face my fear.But I got a ticket to Thailand instead:)So,I was to be in Mumbai 2 days and then safe and civilized Thailand.In the meantime,I also started to give English lessons on Skype,so I was already working when travelling,plus I still did the publicity work for the hostel.I went off to India,then Thailand,traveled around there,plus Cambodia and Vietnam.Then went back to Scotland.

Glasgow wasn’t my thing from the first night out there.But I tried to get a job.I was still teaching through Skype,but Polish money in the UK isn’t so strong.I loved this possibility though and didn’t want to lose my students,so I was trying to get a job which could fit in with teaching.It wasn’t easy.In Poland I never had problems with getting a job,which wasn’t complete shit.Here I didn’t even get the job of a waitress.I got a part-time job in a guest house,but it was a bit shady.I had secured a hostel job in Edinburgh,which became the best option.

In Edinburgh I met like-minded people,who traveled and worked,traveled for work,or worked to travel.I still kept teaching through Skype all summer,connecting it with my hostel job.Working night shifts to do that,didn’t leave me with much time to enjoy Edinburgh though.But the thought that I would have money to travel plus to pay some part for my school,that I was planning to finish kept me motivated.Then on the day of my flight back home,I a)first time in my life missed my flight cause of a fire on the highway b)lost my second flight cause of c) losing my bag with everything.I had taken up almost all my summer’s pay,to not lose money when drawing it out in Poland(I know,how stupid,never again).And apart from the money,I had all my documents,my DSLR camera and 2 phones.Fortunately I had my laptop in my luggage which I left at the airport and my phone that I use, in my pocket(the chargers were in the bag though-but whatever).

So my travel plans were quite ruined.With this situation I didn’t feel like going back to school,after not having traveled for about 9 months,I knew I would quit school again if I didn’t travel soon.So I skipped school and got a job in a corporation for 2 months.I was still teaching through Skype and gathering new Skype students.I got a one-way ticket to Bangkok for March.The company wanted me to stay longer,but I couldn’t. I actually got a migraine,I was so overworked,with this job,teaching,maintaining my social life that I enjoy so much in Warsaw plus ME time.ME time was suffering too much.Fortunately,I live with my parents when in Warsaw,so I did not have to work to pay the bills.Call it egoistic or childish,I call it sacrificing to achieve my goal,which is being self-sufficient,with a remote job,which one day will allow me to support myself even in the richer countries in the world.For now,I can do this in South East Asia.I do have to go back to Europe unfortunately,to finish the school thing.Then I will have more opportunities to work and live around the world.One of them can be teaching English in for example Japan,or somewhere(in Asia they need a degree,doesn’t matter the if you have qualifications or experience).

I have this blog,which is not making any profits,to gather other travelers’ stories,interesting places,pro-social or remote business ideas,anything to do with living differently.I hope to interview people or present their stories here.I know that many people don’t live their life the way they would like to.I want this blog to inspire,give ideas of achieving your perfect lifestyle or purely entertain.

I must say,I prefer to present others’ stories,as I don’t know how exactly I want to live yet.I know at my age,people have a direction.I find my way good as well,I am flexible:)I try to gather many different skills,working different jobs,live in different countries,try all kinds of lifestyles,to maybe find one direction.However,I don’t think I have one and I don’t have to have one.This world gives so many opportunities and why not try all of them?I have been teaching English for 10 years altogether,so this is quite a long time of doing the same thing.Now,that it allows me to travel,I don’t think it will ever get boring.I just need good Wi-Fi and to get up at night(the only minus of the time difference between Europe and Asia).I travel with a laptop,that’s the only additional burden apart from working a bit at night.I am writing this from a beautiful Thai island-Koh Samui,which I explored by scooter and will spend some days here relaxing at the beach,enjoying good food,shakes and Thai massages.So,the advantages greatly exceed the burdens of this lifestyle:).I just can’t be in one place for too long,and then I can be happy.I do have a place on Earth that I call home-Warsaw,where I have the people that I love and whose company I enjoy a lot!However,I do not see myself living there for long.Having to be there,or close to it,for one year is a tragic vision for me already,but I know it’s a must.I know I will want to settle down in one place from time to time,for a month,2 months,maximum for 2 years.I have hobbies that I can’t develop easily when on the road.Even exercising or doing yoga is a challenge,but I would like to work more on DIY projects,making,remaking things,baking,cooking,selling things(trying to:P),learning new skills which require focus.So being on the road for too long can get a bit disorderly.With time I think I will come up with an idea and the means for a lifestyle which will allow me to balance all the things I want to do in life.For now I am travelling around Asia,teaching through Skype and trying to gather interesting stories plus interesting products to buy here and sell in Europe!

This is my story,but I want your stories.If you travel and work,are an expat,travel long-term,live differently in any way,then please contact me.Share your story to inspire others!

Now I am in Thailand.I plan on going to Malaysia and Indonesia and I’ll see what then.For now,here are some of my photos from Thailand,which I post on Instagram(onehapeehipee).

Koh Samui,Chawang beach
Lemon shake in a restaurant in Koh Samui
Scooter driving is the best-daily rental cost is about $5!Koh Samui once again.
Easter pleasures in Chiang Rai.
Thai food in Chiang Rai.
White temple in Chiang Rai.I’ve generally had enough of temples in my life,but this one was different,beautiful and really worth seeing!
A pagoda near a lake in Udon Thani.
Wild jungle Buddha in Chiang Mai.

The irrationalities of society

I have a theory,that there are two kinds of logic:  social logic(what society makes us think)and real logic(what is obvious,but because we sometimes let society think for us,we don’t use it at times).I will show the difference between these ways of thinking through some aspects of life(I won’t use the terms social logic and real logic in the examples,because I think they’re quite easy to differentiate):


Real love is rare.Let’s not pair up just for safety,fear of loneliness etc.Let’s face it,not many will encounter a deep soul connection.If you don’t,it’s ok to be single until you do,even if you never do.Let’s learn to not settle for less.There is a line between accepting your partner and settling for less.If you’re not happy with someone,with how they treat you,if you experience mostly negative feelings,anxiety etc don’t settle.Even if someone wants to change or promises to,they won’t.We are as we are,at some point,we can only make small changes in behavior,attitude,outlook,life philosophy and lifestyle etc.It’s worth waiting for such a love that will feel so right,you would never think of leaving or risk losing them,for whom you would give the world to and from whom you would receive it,someone you can’t imagine living without or not sharing this hell on Earth with:)Maybe that will happen never,but I think it’s worth not wasting your time on the mediocre,Mr/Mrs Right Nows,temporary people etc.If everyone focused on pairing up more meaningfully,there would be more value in relationships.People would put more effort in developing themselves as human beings,developing intellectually as well as emotionally.
Not everyone wants children or is parent material.For many people,having children should be forbidden.Women have a physical instinct,but some should shush it,and find some other things they can put their energy into.If the wrong people have children,society suffers,either because of the children’s mental,physical or emotional disabilities.So it’s alogical that society wants everybody to have them although the more children the more people to make money.Thanks to modern technology,we could avoid the mental and physical disabilities,but we don’t.The emotional problems could be avoided or solved,by teaching parents or future parents,how to deal with and raise children.That also doesn’t happen(at least not thanks to the government).It’s not like people are born with knowledge how to be a good parent.It takes hard-work and talent to raise children well.I’m not saying that a school for parents will do the job(there are so many other factors),but it would be some kind of support for them,so they can feel less afraid and helpless or even depressed.There isn’t only a positive side to parenthood.Instead,society forces an idea,that it’s the most beautiful thing that can happen to a person.Work

I mentioned in my previous post,that work takes up so much precious time and we don’t get a lot in return.Most people dislike getting up early in the morning,but that isn’t taken under consideration when the basic work hours are from 8am or 9am.Work lasting 8 hours per day is also surreal.Everybody complains but they don’t do anything about it and continue to do it obediently.The truth is people don’t concentrate on work the whole 8 hours,so we could work shorter and be more effective.The work doesn’t finish in the 8th hour(some work longer)because you have to commute.You could say “Ok,but if I work shorter hours,I won’t be able to do my shopping etc,everything will closed earlier”.There could be shifts and that would be even better,all companies could be open much longer(maybe even 24-7 if needed).The next irrational situation is,that even if you are a millionaire or a director of a company,you sometimes have to work even longer than the average worker,so when do they have time for themselves,others or to spend their money(isn’t that the reason they want the money-to be free?).Even if you start your own business,at the beginning it takes up all your time and later it may not change,because you’re afraid to leave your company with no supervision.There’s no easy alternative to this way of life.I would start a change with cutting down the hours of the workday.This could be easier to swallow for the economy than for example the basic income idea.


Schools up to Secondary School should change their method of teaching.Instead of having so much boooring,useless theory,they should put the most important and useful information into practice.The same with Universities.If you aren’t a student or haven’t finished any University,people suppose you aren’t intelligent,ambitious or hard-working.The truth is,that nowadays any vulgar,dull thug  can get a diploma from some University,they just need to have a lot of money.Does that make sense?And still you graduate and have no skills,because you’ve just spent 5 years studying(if so) theory for exams and deleted the information from your memory afterwards.


We go to war for it.We fight for the less fortunate countries to have it as well.Yet do we really have freedom in”civilized” countries?Can we live in whatever way we want to?Are we not being controlled?Do we not have to identify ourselves somehow,even to move around this planet?Is money really the only way to feel free?Based on what logic is the “freedom” issued?Is it logical that we can drink alcohol but not smoke a joint?Is it logical to get a fine for littering on a pavement,that stops nature from expanding?Are we really happy and comfortable to not rebel?If all of us stopped being pragmatic conformists,then something could be done.I believe this will happen some day.

Ok,these are just some aspects and situations,which are pointless,but we believe in these “verities” as if they were our own.We have to trust our intuition and not be afraid to state our opinions,even if others disagree or think of them as crazy.I know, I may appear to be an idealist,but in this situation,you need other people to put this into practice.A good way to do it would be starting temporary societies-where no one would have children.I’m not sure what would happen,but it could be an interesting experiment.Of course,it wouldn’t be big groups(people need to have children in order for the homo sapiens to not be extinct).The small size would make it less anonymous,so there would be better conditions for good things to happen.It’s just an idea,although I would be up for taking part in this!:)


30 is the new 20


This ted talk once scared me.I looked back at my 20’s and realized I hadn’t worked on my adult ME in my 20’s at all.I didn’t focus on relationships,a career,finishing University(just starting and quitting),settling down,saving money for real estate etc.I did not claim my 20’s.I was focused on myself and on pleasures.I was a hedonist.

With all this,I still don’t think that my 20’s were a waste of time.I do feel ready to claim my adulthood now in my own way,or at least start.Maybe it’s my 30th birthday or my life experience,but I feel ready to focus on serious things now.Still not in a traditional way according to the rules of society,but in my way.I feel I’ve grown emotionally,spiritually as a woman and human being.I feel I am getting to know myself better now-my needs,values,identity,priorities etc.And actually I still don’t need that career,University degree,to settle down,have a house.

What did change, is my perspective on relationships.I don’t think they are the worst thing that could happen to you,anymore.However,as always,I am not going to settle for having whomever.I learned I can give a lot to someone,but I need that person to give as well.I will always give my all,but I will stop if I don’t get the same. Continue reading 30 is the new 20