Journeyman - Part 1: Motives

I'm planning to go full nomad this summer, traveling around the Baltic Sea with a bike and wild camping while working remotely.

I wouldn't be the first to do it. I stumbled upon a blog with the exact same goal. The guy's been at it for several years now, so for the naysayers out there: I know it's doable. The first article I've seen on this blog is literally titled "How to be a maker and a digital nomad?". Sounds like me.

I have several reasons to make this choice.

First, I'm a bit tired of the typical digital nomad myth telling you to go to Bali, live off the locals, and hopping from one trendy hub to another every week or so by plane. I believe digital nomadism should be about independence and sustainability, not just another dogma where everyone does the same things.

There is nothing wrong with wanting to live in Bali or Chiang Mai. I've been to similar places. I did my South-East Asia tour, and I don't regret doing it. It taught me a lot about regions of the world I had no knowledge of while allowing me to launch my own business. I'll probably live again in Bangkok, Penang, or Ho Chi Minh City in the future. For now, however, I want to think about more innovative approaches to digital nomadism with concepts like slow travel and minimalism.

The second reason is I need material for my book on sustainable digital nomadism. I have frameworks, theories, and solutions, but I lack a good story. I want to think of this adventure as an alternative version of Thoreau's Walden applied to digital nomadism.

Walden's influence is huge. It's probably the book that precursed modern minimalism and Happy Sobriety movements advocating for simpler lifestyles. In my opinion, Thoreau's genius lies in his ability to merge practical experiences, readings, social critics, and philosophical statements in thought-provoking paragraphs. Both outside and within society in a Zarathustra-esque fashion, Thoreau is a singular character urging you to find your own answers while providing his own, regardless of what others think. That's what I want to convey throughout my book.

Last but not least, I've been working every day for the last two years. It's time for a vacation, or at least a change of routine since I can't afford to stop working on my one-man indie business. A bike tour is an occasion to stay closer to Nature, away from the stress cities bring. It's also an opportunity to meet people with a different perception of life than I'm used to while traveling.

As usual, I'll be documenting this journey in my writings, in a series called "Journeyman". Part 2 will be about my itinerary, part 3 about my gear. I didn't plan further than that.