If you’ve followed this blog since the beginning (the very first post was on April 26, 2008) then you might remember this site’s tagline was once: “Quit Your Job. Travel the World.”
A lot has changed. Through the making of The Wireless Generation, we met people who found ways to travel that had nothing to do with quitting their job. As we traveled and interviewed people what became even more clear was that it was hardly about the job at all. Some people transitioned their careers to online, others started new businesses, but the big driving force behind all of it wasn’t even the travel. It was what happens next. How does cutting out your commute, getting to live wherever you want, keeping the hours you want — and a shift to more work-life balance than ever — change you?
Just gorgeous, you spend half an hour slowly approaching it, riding through the city, then as you’re leaving you look back for one last look. It’s a lovely way to see a place, to move towards it, around it and through it at a slow pace.
For us, it has meant Drew and I both got to be stay-at-home parents and enjoy our kids. For the people in our film it has meant everything from overcoming shyness, to honing their photography skills, to volunteering around the world, to raising children who are global citizens.
As one person put it in the film: “We decided to buy experiences instead of things.”
Filming these stories changed us too. I stopped thinking about “digital nomading” or “work anywhere” as a destination. It’s not about that. It’s also not about quitting your job or running out to become a writer (although I love that I did that, and for me, that was absolutely needed). It humbled me and made me see how big this digital shift really is: what if we live our lives according to our joy wherever we are? What if we save and scrimp not for more stuff, but for better experiences?