Why do i we want to be a digital nomad

For me (Mark), my whole life, I have been interested in faraway places, other lands, and history. In Primary school, whenever we had to do a project, I always chose to do mine on a country. My earliest memory is doing a project on Russia in grade two and presenting it on an A3 piece of cardboard.

I was proud of the pictures and facts that I found about Russia. During high school, my friend Matthew and I would go to the Library after school and always find our way to the encyclopaedia section. We would search for the universities we dreamed of attending in faraway lands.

After years of dreaming of travelling, I set off in 1999 for England and beyond. I ended up in a hospital in Munich, Germany, halfway through a Contiki Tour. With my tail tucked between my legs, I headed home after only a few months to recuperate. 

During my time in Europe, I visited castles in Wales, climbed the Eiffel Tower, and took a Gondola ride in Venice. I had tried beer in London pubs, ate pasta in Rome, and travelled across Europe by bus.

Upon returning home, I slipped into my old life of working and hanging out with mates. While working, I noticed this brown-headed beauty with a big smile and a purple purse who came into the shop regularly.

Well, history tells us that we were living together a month later. That is how Bec came into my life. Bec was not a traveller and would happily say she would have never left Australia if she had not met me.

Our first international trip together in 2003

In 2003, we set off on our first overseas adventure together, taking in Munich, Berlin, Amsterdam, and Paris. In 2006, we welcomed our first daughter, Willow, into the world, and ten months later, the three of us got on a plane and headed to Europe. Our family travel dreams were born on this trip as we carried and pushed Willow through Munich, Prague, Budapest, Amsterdam, and Paris.

In 2008, Marley joined the fold, and what followed were seven long years of short domestic holidays. In 2013, 2015, 2016, and 2017, we explored Europe. During this time, around early 2016, I started a website called Wyld Family Travel.

Taking the kids in 2006 and 2013 for the first time.

It started as a hobby to record and document what we were doing. I also hoped to use it as a platform to leverage free entries to attractions so we could see and do more with the kids. During the space of a year, both my dad and Rebecca’s mum passed away. My dad died wanting to go on one last holiday to his favourite place, Merimbula.

Steadfast in resolve after this, we started planning a year-long trip away in 2019. After much saving and planning, we took a plane at Avalon Airport in Melbourne in January 2019, headed for our first stop in Bali.

Over the next 14 months, we visited and stayed in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, South Korea, China, Kazakstan, France, Germany, Luxembourg, England, Wales, Scotland, Poland, The Netherlands and Belgium.

During this time, we made life-long memories with our kids, had unforgettable moments and continued to work on our website as we travelled.

I remember standing on a ferry in January of 2020 as it pulled out from the Port of Dover on its way to Calais and telling myself when I got home, I will do something every day to turn our website into something that will support us in living this life in the future. The 9 to 5 work life, stuck in small-town Australia, was just not for me.

I wanted to eat at small hole-in-the-wall places in Asia. I wanted to have coffee on the cobblestone streets of Europe. I wanted to stay in areas and immerse myself in the fabric of the places we visited, not just have a holiday but live and breathe in these destinations.

Just as COVID-19 started to become part of our world in February 2020, we landed back in Australia. We set about finding new jobs, putting the kids back into school, and resuming the humdrum of everyday life with one eye still on the prize.

COVID-19 decimated the travel industry and our chance of making money with our website. Instead of giving up, I used the time to learn more about SEO, Keyword research and anything else that could improve our website. I was going to be ready when Covid was over.

New Zealand 2023, our first trip solo since having the kids.

Coming out the other side of COVID, we saw good results with what we have learned and implemented on our website. We were starting to make a steady income stream through advertising and affiliate marketing.

In 2024, we are making enough money to hopefully make the digital nomad lifestyle happen in the next 12 months. By no means do we know everything, or do we create a fortune blogging. I have spent thousands of hours working tirelessly on this. It just shows that if there is a will, there is a way.

We have no professional background in blogging or content creation. It shows that anybody can have a go at this and succeed. Travel has been and will always be a part of our lives. We are not rich by any means, and this was how we could see ourselves living the travel lifestyle we wanted.

My driving factor is my will to lead a life that makes my wife and me happy, and travel makes us happy.

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