By the time I wake up, it’s almost noon. I enjoy a lazy breakfast of traditional Croatian meats and cheeses while sitting on my deck. I eat in almost complete peace and quiet, overlooking the undisturbed beach that is mere steps away from my one-bedroom apartment. I slip into my swimsuit and patter down to the sand, where I spend an hour alternating between the warm waters of the Adriatic Sea and the soft, golden sands leading out to them.
On the way home, I take a detour to capture the breathtaking coastline, where the mountains meet the sea. I stop off at one of the many waterside cafes, where I enjoy the treat that is Croatian coffee: a shot of espresso poured over a dollop of vanilla ice cream.
Finally, I head back to my apartment to work for three or four hours. My desk faces the front window, meaning the gorgeous coastline is always within my sight. The sun bears down on me as I write freelance articles and blog posts for my regular contributing websites, and as I complete nutrition and training programs for my online clients.
By the time I finish working, it’s almost dusk, so I head out again to watch the sunset while enjoying a pre-dinner beverage. The nightlife of the town is animated, with something different on offer every night. My evenings vary between salsa classes, pub crawls, ferry rides to neighboring islands, and hikes up the Marjan Hill. The weather is perfectly balmy every single day and night, and I truly feel as though I’m living in paradise.
This describes how I spent every day last summer, when I spent three months living on the beach in Split, Croatia. Compared to other European cities, the cost of living in Croatia is extremely low, meaning that I could live comfortably in a one-bedroom, beach-front apartment, eating out almost daily, while working a maximum of 15 to 20 hours a week…all from the comfort of my own home.
Before and after my delightful Croatian summer, I traveled throughout Europe, Southeast Asia, and Australia, comfortably setting my own schedule. As I am a night owl, I love the freedom of having no boss and being able to start my work day as late as 6 p.m., if I choose. I also love being able to pack my bags at a moment’s notice, and live anywhere in the world that takes my fancy.
While the majority of my income comes from writing gigs and online client services, I also have a few e-books available for purchase on my blog, which generate a passive income year-round…even during the times of the year where I take a complete break from work and enjoy a vacation in the truest meaning of the word.
My next big, work-free trip is scheduled for next month, when I’ll travel through my favorite European cities of London, Paris, and Amsterdam before finishing up in the Belgian town of Boom, where I’ll attend one of the biggest music festivals in the world. For three weeks, I won’t do any work at all. I have built up enough savings from working hard for the past couple of months, combined with the passive income I know I will receive throughout that time, to relax and fully enjoy my vacation.
Starting this nomadic way of living was far easier than I ever imagined, and my only regret is that I wish I had started it sooner. Building up a regular client base took no time at all and, provided I have access to the internet, I can work absolutely anywhere. I feel completely free and happy.
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