nomadingby@basilesamel

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About digital nomadism

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Aug 25, 2020

Sedentary Dreams

Being an entrepreneur without recurring revenues sucks, especially in France when you're looking for an apartment. You need to make at least thrice the rent to be considered solvent by a real estate agency. It's obviously not my case, even though I have enough savings to pay rent for two years. I wa...

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Aug 2, 2020

Penang Nostalgia

George Town is the city I miss the most out of all the places I've been to. It was just the right city size, in-between the sea and the Malaysian jungle. Not only does Penang attracts many tourists from all around the world, its local population is visibly richer than most cities I've been to. You c...

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Jul 30, 2020

Countryside Biking

I try to take out my bike every day to discover new paths in the hills near my hometown. Ideally, I want to find a way to the Cross of the Pech-de-Bère, a panorama 170 m above sea level, about 5 km by bike. It's a great spot to have an orientation race or do some quiet forest bathing, and near enoug...

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Jul 23, 2020

Andorran Mountains

When I think about mountains, I am reminded of my childhood trips to Andorra. Andorra is a small country in the eastern Pyrenees, in between France and Spain, about five hours from my hometown. Since my parents never earned much money, they had to be careful about where they bought things. Andorra h...

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Jul 21, 2020

Why Not Paris

I'm in my room near Père-Lachaise listening to Erik Satie while cooking some spinach for dinner. I only have two days left in Paris before moving to the mountains surrounding Grenoble. I'm not fond of Paris. It's loud (2,2 million people live in intra-muros Paris, 12,2 million in the surrounding geo...

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Jul 18, 2020

Bruxelles Trip

I'm leaving Paris for the weekend. Two of my closest friends proposed a road trip to Bruxelles to celebrate another friend's birthday, and I accepted. It's my first time in the capital of Belgium. I don't know what to expect. I understood we have two parties scheduled on Friday and Saturday before h...

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Jul 9, 2020

Summer Bindle

Traveling is always more enjoyable when you don't have much stuff to carry around. This is the only reason why I might prefer traveling to hot countries, or during Summer. I don't have a coat or sweaters to fit in my bags, and most of the pieces of clothing I do bring can easily be handwashed. Shoes...

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Jun 29, 2020

Bikepacking

I've been in my hometown for almost 3 weeks, but I already feel the itch to hit the road. See new things, meet new people. Surrendering myself to the call of adventure, I decided to go on a bikepacking trip this summer. I'm planning to go to Bordeaux by bike on July 10 and spend three nights there. ...

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Jun 25, 2020

Traveling the World

As of 2020, the UN recognizes 193 countries in the whole world. If you prefer slow travel, it would take 16 years to spend a month in each country. 32 years if you only travel half the year. Needless to say, you'll never have enough time to slow travel the world with two weeks of holidays per year. ...

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Jun 7, 2020

Traveling A Good Deal

I took 8 flights in 2019, including 3 intercontinental. I set out in 2020 to reduce my carbon footprint by avoiding planes, and according to my plans and thanks to the global pandemic, I'll only take 2 international flights this year: I'm settling down in Bordeaux for a year. But this isn't the end ...

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May 31, 2020

New City

I know people who will visit a few monuments and claim they know their city. It couldn't be further from the truth: discovering a new city is a slow, consuming art that takes months, if not years. It's an adventure. You don't want others to spoil it for you with guided tours and pub crawls. Never pl...

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May 22, 2020

Balaton Train

As the train is taking me to Lake Balaton, I am reminded of my time spent traveling with my parents across Iberia. My attraction to travel has never been about walking around new places or visiting monuments, and more about movement itself. There is something about watching landscapes succeeding one...

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May 21, 2020

End of Curfew Review

After almost two months of curfew, Budapest is finally going back to normal. I had my first drink outside with my traveling friends a few days ago, and saying we are glad it's almost over is an understatement. I've been stuck here for close to 5 months, hopping from one Airbnb to another. Even thoug...

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May 20, 2020

Love and Remote Work

Looking back, love was the reason why I started working remotely. Not money, entrepreneurship, or a desire to travel the world. Simply love. I was dating a girl living in Eastern Europe while attending Stockholm University in Sweden, and decided I had to figure out a way to finish my studies remotel...

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May 19, 2020

Solo

I am satisfied with how working remotely impacted my goals over the last years. Traveling alone helped me build my character: I know myself better, I have become more self-reliant, and overall I feel pretty confident about who I am and what I want from life. It's not as good as it sounds though. It ...

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May 15, 2020

Bordeaux Projects

As I announced in a previous post, I will be settling down in Bordeaux with my brother from September onwards. Without giving up on my nomadic lifestyle, I want to use this opportunity to involve myself in local offline projects. I'm thinking about a lot of things related to community writing (Cowri...

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May 13, 2020

Street

When I think about communal living, I am reminded of street food in South-East Asia. In countries like Vietnam or Thailand where living in the street is part of the local culture, the public space belongs to family business owners trying to make a living. Street food, in particular, is at the heart ...

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May 3, 2020

Settling Down

I've been a digital nomad for the last two years, moving from one city to another every month or so. I miss having a more long-term place I can call home. My parents' house in South West France is the closest I have to a base, but it's not my base. Without giving up on my digital nomad life, I decid...

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Apr 28, 2020

The Places

We spend most of our lives looking for a place to belong to—a city, a country, a job position, next to a loved one—and the rest of it protecting it or trying to get it back. Every human is one day forced to ask himself this fatidic question: where do I belong? This is one of the main forces driving ...

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May 6, 2020

Mini-Retirements

Mini-retirement is a term coined by Tim Ferris in his best-seller The 4-Hour Workweek. Instead of waiting for retirement, the author advocates for the distribution of long recovery periods (mini-retirements) throughout life on a regular basis to do what excites you. You work when you feel most effec...

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Apr 20, 2020

Saying Goodbye

If I had to name one hardest thing about being a constant traveler, it would be having to say goodbye to the people you meet along the way. It's bound to happen. You stay at the same place for weeks, frequent the local bars, eateries, and touristic attractions. You eventually create bonds with local...

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Mar 28, 2020

Eldorados

Reading So Good They Can't Ignore You by Cal Newport, I noticed finding a job where you'll flourish is a lot like finding the right place to settle in: you'll never know until you actually move there and put in the work to get to know the environment, the culture, and the people. There is no such th...

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Mar 26, 2020

On Xenia

Ancient Greek hospitality, called xenia, rests on two principles: hosts must offer food, drinks, entertainments, and shelter to travelers, while guests must be respectful, never abuse the hospitality given to them, and reciprocate it by, for example, telling tales of their adventures. Hospitality us...

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Mar 19, 2020

Extended Stay

I booked an Airbnb studio and enter self-isolation tomorrow. It's not much different from how I usually lead my life, in all honesty. I naturally tend toward a monastic lifestyle to make the best of my workdays. The past two weeks spent at the Avenue Hostel have been fascinating. I was there to witn...

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