Lessons from a minor breakdown

A couple of years ago, we experienced something of a minor breakdown. For many weeks, we had daily bouts of hiccupy sobs, bad headaches and an unbearable feeling of failure. During a particularly bad episode, Rob snot-cried his way through an entire toilet roll in two hours while I downed paracetamol like it was M&Ms. Looking back, the situation wasn’t actually that bad. We’d been working with extremely difficult and demanding clients for Mortified Cow, who seemed to hate us and need us (night and day) in equal measure. But…

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What happens when digital nomads get old?

We’d really rather not think or worry about getting old, but we have to. That’s partly because Rob’s concerns about his wrinkles and baldness – not to mention “the relentless decline in abdominal definition” – mean that whenever he’s in front of a mirror, old age is the topic of discussion for the next ten minutes or so. But we also have to think about it because at some point we’ll be too old to work on our businesses, too old to gallivant around the world at breakneck speed, and…

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BREAKING: having a job might not be that terrible after all

Confession time: over the last couple of years we’ve probably been far too bullish/sanctimonious/closed-minded about insisting that you should start your own business if you want to travel the world. We don’t have any agenda to push (“This is why you should start a business – now buy this product where we show you how!”), but we’ve been working so hard on trying to build our own business that we may have lost sight of the other options. Because it’s so damn hard, maybe at times we were also trying…

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What’s the biggest surprise about getting rich?

By far the most interesting thing we read this week was a selection of responses to a Quora question: “What is the biggest surprise about getting rich?”. While the answers weren’t exactly surprising (to us at least), they did give us a lot to think about. It’s no surprise that being truly poor is awful. If you’re not having to choose between feeding your kids or heating your home, you should be very grateful. But as I’m sure you also suspect, being mega-rich doesn’t automatically make everything amazing. You certainly…

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Taking the plunge

Whenever we ask our readers what they want us to write about next, the most common answer is always a variation on the theme of “how do you… you know… start being a digital nomad?”. Which confuses us, because we feel like we’ve written about every facet of every aspect of how to get started, many times over. Still though, a lot of people seem to have the impression that there’s some some kind of secret mystery ingredient that we’re missing out – which, when revealed, will make the path…

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