Why I’m becoming a digital nomad (during COVID-19)

This December, I’m leaving the US. Hopefully for good.

With COVID-19 still raging, the timing may seem a little off. But I’ve been looking forward to this for years and I’ve got several good reasons for leaving now:

1) Better quality of life. I’m not talking gigabyte WiFi or smart TVs, but the ability to travel or own a home for less than renting a small Chicago apartment.

2) Cheaper healthcare. Outside of the US, my husband and I can easily take care of our health and save for retirement.

3) Business opportunities. The US is no longer the center of tech innovation and most of my business interests and networks are now global.

But the biggest reason is probably the most personal one.

Being a nomad is in my blood.

It started with my great-great Scottish grandfather, who left home for Southern Africa to become an explorer and missionary. For the next 3 generations, half of my mum’s family called Angola, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe home, until civil unrest sent them back to Britain in the early 2000s.

After my mum emigrated to the US to marry my dad, she spent nearly 15 years homeschooling me and my sisters and ferrying us between the US, UK, and Zimbabwe.

Those experiences as a young traveller and homeschooler really shaped my interests and need for freedom of movement. It’s one of the major reasons I become a freelancer.

So when the opportunity arose for both of us to go location-independent, I knew this was our chance.

I won’t lie, it’s been a rough year and a half between helping my husband start a freelance career during a pandemic and being the sole earner. There are still so many unknowns and I’ve no idea if our plan will work.

But I can’t wait to get started!

Originally published on Twitter. Follow my #ship20for30 journey here and @leannalost!

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Future of work and wellbeing writer-journalist and advocate. Co-host of business podcast, Bettermental. Lead writer at digital nation, Plumia.

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Leanna Lee

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Future of work and wellbeing writer-journalist and advocate. Co-host of business podcast, Bettermental. Lead writer at digital nation, Plumia.

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