Author: Anne Dorko

Do You Really “Find Yourself” When You Travel?

Do You Really “Find Yourself” When You Travel?

“I know this sounds cliché, but I have to ask—do you really ‘find yourself’ when you travel?” the girl asked me. Her young friend crouched next to my table, gently stroking the cats as they slept. Café Neko is a small coffee shop in Vienna that allows cats to wander freely. My girlfriend and I sat next to the window with the beds where the cats enjoyed laying in the sun. We sipped our espressos while bemoaning the number of visitors who would clumsily reach over our table to interrupt the napping cats. These two were different. They were clearly on a school tour and made interesting...

Read More
The Digital Nomad’s Roadmap – A Complete Guide: Successfully Live, Work, and Travel Anywhere

The Digital Nomad’s Roadmap – A Complete Guide: Successfully Live, Work, and Travel Anywhere

So you wanna be a digital nomad. I’m not surprised: the future is bright for freelancers and location independent workers. Statistics show 40% of Americans will be contingent workers by 2020. That’s a lot of potential for digital nomads! Yet there’s no hands-on guide on how to transition from office employee to nomadic freedom. Where does the savvy to work while moving about the globe at will come from? Right now it’s scattered across a gazillion blogs in a bunch of tiny pieces. Digital nomadism is not for the faint of heart. Before starting your journey, become familiar with the ups and downs and...

Read More
Dreams Are Like Pirate Treasure: Hard to Find, But Worth the Risk

Dreams Are Like Pirate Treasure: Hard to Find, But Worth the Risk

All dreams start somewhere and typically, no matter the size of the overall dream, most dreams start small. Let’s say yours is to feel better at work every day. You focus on sitting up straight in week one. Week two finds you taking a 10-minute walk at lunchtime. Week three sees you on a regular sleep schedule. By the fourth week, you’ve even started eating an apple with lunch every day. By the second month, things are starting to feel a little brighter. But my guess is that you’re not reading this because you want to sit in a...

Read More
A Modern-Day Nomad’s Guide: How to Leave Everything Behind and Start Over

A Modern-Day Nomad’s Guide: How to Leave Everything Behind and Start Over

I want to start over. I need a new life. I want to go somewhere far away. You’ve reached a major turning point in your life. For one reason or another, you want to say goodbye to your old life and start a new chapter. This is not a decision to be made lightly, but at this point I’ll assume you already know it’s what you want. Trust me, I’ve been there. Making this kind of change is never easy. But you can help mitigate your anxiety with some good old-fashioned preparation. So, how do I start over? I...

Read More
How to Live Alone in a Foreign City: I Don’t Speak the Language!

How to Live Alone in a Foreign City: I Don’t Speak the Language!

Almost everything I owned was strapped to my person. I gripped my one-way ticket as I stood at my gate in the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The rental car turned in. Draped in three different jackets to beat the checked bag weight restrictions, I triple checked my backpack, carry-on, and guitar. Everything ready, except maybe my nerves. Thankfully, I had some friends at the beginning of my journey. Chris would be joining me until my layover in Iceland, and my friend Melina would be hosting me when I arrived. But after that? Getting an apartment and making a life? Well,...

Read More

Learn More

Barter Your Skills Cheat Sheet PDF Guide