The joy of a nomadic Christmas

Hey friends,

Irene Lidia here, wishing you a holiday season so fantastic it makes every Christmas movie look dull!

Last week, we explored the pros and cons of having a home base as a digital nomad. This week, as Christmas sparkles around us, let's talk about the joys and unique experiences of spending this special time of year on the road.

One of the most exciting aspects of being a digital nomad during the holidays is the chance to experience Christmas in new ways. A couple of years ago, I was in New Zealand and it was like flipping the holiday on its head - sunbathing and BBQs instead of snowmen and hot cocoa! It was an unconventional holiday that started a whole tradition for me of spending Christmas at the beach.

And let’s talk about our global nomad family. Far from our relatives, we create our own wacky holiday traditions. I remember a Christmas in Koh Lanta – think 'Love Actually' meets 'The Beach'. The people in our coworking turned into a makeshift family, sharing a meal and some questionable Secret Santa gifts. It reminded me that home isn't just a place, but a feeling we can create and share.

Digital nomads palying pool in Koh Lanta
An established tradition amongst digital nomads in Koh Lanta -- pool 🎱 (before drinks on Long Beach, of course)!

There's also something special about spending the holidays alone, which can be a time for self-reflection and personal growth. Whether it's enjoying a quiet moment with a book or a solo walk along a serene beach, these moments allow us to reconnect with ourselves.

Despite these new experiences, it's natural to feel a sense of loneliness being away from family and long-standing traditions. If you're feeling this way, remember, you're not alone. Reach out to fellow nomads, participate in local events, or even organize a small gathering. Connection is key!

As we celebrate this festive season, let's cherish the unique experiences and joyous moments that our nomadic lifestyle brings.

So here's to a Christmas filled with unexpected adventures and maybe a few new friends. From all of us at Freaking Nomads, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a wanderlust-filled New Year!

With holiday cheer,
Irene Lidia

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