My name is Daria, I’m 28. I was born in Northern Russia, from an Ukrainian mother and Russian father. When I was 7, we moved to Sweden where I grew up with my mother and my Greek stepfather.
I moved down to south of France to study when I was 21, and stayed there for 6 years. In March 2016, me and my French-Argentinian boyfriend left France, to try the digital nomad lifestyle. We are currently in Australia for a year.
I run a social media & branding online business, where I help artists and small companies to better manage their online presence. It’s called Murashka Consulting. Murashka means ant in Russian, so now you learned a new word in my native language!
1-What inspired you to decide to live this nomad lifestyle?
I’m not sure that I actually decided that. Life happens, things happens and you have to follow. By the age of 22, I had already lived in 3 different countries and I spoke 5 languages. Having that kind of background, you know that it’s not that hard to start over in a new place. Being an entrepreneur-soul, my goal has always been to continue growing as a person. Having a nomad lifestyle gives you more opportunities to meet people who are completely different from yourself. Your “playground” is a bit bigger, it becomes global.
I want to learn more about other and myself. I want to make a difference. Comfort zones are good, but it’s important to me to get outside of my own comfort zone, and meet new people and different cultures. That’s how I become a better human. And that’s why I live this nomad lifestyle.
2-Is a travel lifestyle as glamorous as people think?
Define glamour. It really comes to down to what you cherish as a person. It’s a privilege, for sure. I have the chance to choose where I want to be and what I want to experience. But, it requires a constant awareness and goal setting. You are leaving comfort, friends and family behind so you need to know why you are travelling.
The places I visit can be quite outstanding and I have to pinch myself sometimes to realize that this is real. But I wouldn’t say that it’s glamorous. I still have to wake up in the morning and get work done!
I’m an extremely lucky person, having the chance to be a digital nomad. I’m free of the choice in so many ways.
3-What keeps you motivated to keep on travelling?
All the connections I make with people. Travelling to me is all about people. I learn so much about our planet and myself when I’m travelling. I learn what’s important in life, to come back to the basic and cherish my family and friends even more. And I get a deeper respect and appreciation for mother Earth.
4-What do you love most about long term travel and what do you dislike most?
I love to have the chance to see the world, to meet different people, to explore nature. What I dislike the most is all the good byes. As I get easily attached, it’s always sad for me to say goodbye.
5- Have you had any major troubles on your travels?
Yes, I had some issues. An advice for that would be to make sure that you have a travel insurance, that you have copies of all your documents scanned and in different bags, and at your parents’ home. Always make sure to have some savings for unplanned situations. Then you can relax better and enjoy your trip.
6- How can you afford long term travel?
I run an online business, Murashka Consulting. So I would say I’m a full-time entrepreneur and digital nomad. Having worked on my own companies since I was 21, I know the importance for me to be my own boss.
I always make sure that my company is running smoothly, even when I’m travelling. I put away time to answer my mails and plan my workshops and online sessions with clients. It requires organization and concentration, but I get the chance to travel and work at the same time.
7- Where are you now and where are you going next?
I’m in the Byron Bay region, a beautiful part of Australia. Next will be Sydney for some more workshops, and then spend Christmas and New Year in Melbourne. I have heard many good things about Melbourne, so I have the intention to stay there for couple of months and host workshops for small businesses and artists.
8- Of all the places you’ve been, which one would you recommend for digital nomads and why?
If you are digital nomad, good Internet connection is crucial. The best Wi-Fi I had this year, was in a homestay in the rice fields in Bali. One can get pretty surprised sometimes! Try to find a place where you feel a workflow, and where you can enjoy your everyday life.
I have found a good balance here in Byron region, where I’m staying for about a month. The nature is outstanding; beach, mountains, hikes. There are enough events and culture to keep me going! And, I have found a coworking space that suits me well when I need to get some work done. You need to find the right balance, and it’s really up to you to see what you need to find that.
9- What item/gadget don’t you travel without?
My laptop, of course! Working with online marketing and running my own online business, I need to have a good computer. And my smartphone, as I work with social media. I’m not really gadget, it’s important to keep it minimalistic. Less items, more freedom.
10- What advice would you give to someone who is about to start long term travelling?
Ask yourself why you are doing it and what you want to get out from it. Living as a digital nomad has its ups and downs. It’s not all glamour, and it can be tough to find the right balance sometimes. But when you do, it’s so worth it! So make sure you know why YOU are doing it.