BecomeNomad is a podcast explaining the nomadic lifestyle. Whether you are a digital nomad on the road, or thinking about changing your current life to becoming a nomad, we aim to supply you with insights and resources to make you a better and more balanced long term traveler and nomad.
BN 088: How To Stay Productive While Traveling
When your environment keeps changing, it inevitably becomes more difficult to stay focused. The fluctuation and constant building of new routines is part of the digital nomad charm... But it's also one of our biggest challenges.
Here, Eli talks about his approach to building and keeping that focus in new locations -- including both practical tips & more general mindsets!
BN 087: The Power of Memory -- Photos, Journals, & Other Forms of Nostalgia
How do you record your experiences? Is it even an important part of appreciating what's around you? Or does it take you out of the experience and cheapen it?
In this episode, Eli & Dan discuss their approaches to remembering and looking back on their travels. We debate the importance of doing something now for your future self, the methods of memory capture that we find most meaningful, and the ways in which recording experiences can actually deepen their value.
Also, really want to give a shoutout to StartupBlink -- their global startup ecosystem map & rankings have been updated for 2021. Really fascinating stuff; check it out at www.startupblink.com
BN 086: The Freedom of Cross-Country Road Trips
There's something special about just getting in a car, shifting gears, and going... wherever. So in this episode, Eli & Dan talk a bit about the unique, psychological effects of cross-country road trips.
We discuss the experience of shifting landscapes & cultures, the benefits of changing locations, the mentality of reexamining your life story, and a whole lot more.
Are you a big cross-country road-tripper? We'd love to hear your story & where you've been! Give us a shout at firstname.lastname@example.org & email@example.com.
BN 085: The Principles of Lower-Cost Living
The actual tactics behinds saving money while traveling change month to month, year to year. But the necessary mindset underlying it all tends to stay consistent.
In this mini-episode, Eli reflects on his decade-plus of travel to share some "mindset hacks" for living a low-cost lifestyle.
Do you have any hacks that you've implemented into your lifestyle (travel or otherwise)? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org -- we'd love to hear from you!
BN 084: Nomadic Social Life -- The Ups, Downs, & in Between
We've talked before about the nomadic social life... But never like this.
This episode won't give you tips for socializing while traveling or anything like that. You can find that elsewhere. But we will talk about social life from a bird's eye view: What are the big challenges and the mentality required.
Join us here for a back-&-forth discussion about what it means to try to build friendships on the road.
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Tribes by Sebastian Junger
Social Chemistry by Marissa King
BN 083: Finding Spirituality in a Lifestyle of Change
We're too busy. We're all plugged in. And even for us nomads, it can be easy to lose sight of the greater goals.
In this episode, we're trying to recapture our spirituality. With all this talk of building startups and finances and practical elements, let's remember why we're doing all this in the first place.
How do we tap into that deeper fulfillment? Is it getting harder as the world gets more connected? And what does it mean to be a spiritual nomad, anyway?
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Plus, a huge thanks to our sponsor, Flexverk! They make awesome laptop accessories for travel (think: laptop stands & cases). Check it out at www.flexverk.com and use code "flexnomad" for 10% off (good thru end of April, contrary to what Eli says in the pod intro :) ).
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Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman by Richard Feynman The Origins of Everything by David Bercovici