A Nomad Suitcase changed the way I live my life and I want to share my journey…
I remember the days of traveling with my family as a kid and at the airport getting the luggage cart, filling one and then getting another and filling it too. I had never even heard of a Nomad Suitcase before.. We didn’t travel lightly but then again looking around everyone seemed to have full luggage carts too.
Even into when I began traveling as an adult I still would fill a suitcase for travel, think nothing of it rather than wish it was lighter.
A few years ago I caught what some people call, ‘the travel bug’.
I began to travel whenever I had vacation time from work…
…and when I had enough money to pay for my trips. I travelled to the Caribbean a lot to all inclusive’s, which now that I think about it, I shake my head wondering why I filled a suitcase of clothes I didn’t wear as I spent most of the time on the beach. I also went on group vacations which were multi city adventures, trying to see as much as I could in a short time. Ten days to see ten cities combined with jet lag, it was tough on a seasoned traveller but so worth it especially when your job didn’t afford you many vacation days!
It was during these trips that I learned having a large suitcase on such an adventure made it difficult to navigate cities and required either large lockers or luggage holds at hotels. As I continued traveling I began to realize that I could do laundry at the hotel or hostel I was staying at to minimize my packing list and by using extra large plastic zippered bags, I could reduce the bulk of what I was carrying.
Proud to be traveling with only what I needed, exploring became easier. Eventually I gained enough confidence to stop checking in luggage and began doing carry on only.
It was seriously liberating. I no longer needed to wait for a luggage cart or pay for a luggage cart.
I’d now see individual travelers or families with tons of luggage and a feeling of satisfaction would come over me…it still does because I don’t miss that frustration.
Once this was mastered and I realized how much I loved travel, I began to reevaluate my life.
I wanted more, my life was boring and really what was getting me through the days, weeks and months was planning my next trip
I come from a family where everyone works at a nine to five job and they go on vacation when and if their employer approves a vacation request; this is what you do. I was never introduced to anything otherwise but I knew this was not my happy ending. The more I researched the more I found working remotely could be the answer for me.
There were people working for the same company as me who worked from home so I knew a remote position wasn’t out of the question and I was lucky that my employer could accommodate my specific requirements and I was free to do anything.
Along with this new found freedom I needed to figure out how to pack up my life and work but keep it to a carry on. My days of travel were over and my real adventure was about to begin.
I remember when I started my new lifestyle the first ‘hikers’ backpack I tried ripped while I stuffed it with my necessities. After that fail I tried a duffel bag but everything just seemed to get lost in it and there was no organization.
I had a lot of trial and error, but I knew eventually I’d find what I needed. It didn’t take long, maybe a month into working and living out of a bag, I found the Nomatic Travel Bag, it literally made packing up my life easy.
I met another traveller doing exactly as I was…
… at one of the hostels I was staying at. He was working remotely and traveling with one bag. The Nomatic. Seeing as we both had the same goal we ended up traveling to a few destinations together, it was great to have companionship and even better to have someone share tips as he had been doing this for just over a year at that point.
It didn’t take long to notice his bag was somewhat of a magic act.
He easily had double the belongings that I had but when he packed up his bag it wasn’t bulky or pulling at the seams.
He laughed when I mentioned it and asked if I had ever heard of a Nomad Suitcase, I hadn’t.
In my excitement to start my adventure I researched how to work remotely abroad, places I wanted to go, places I wanted to see and never really researched travel bags…after all I could travel with a carry on right?
This discussion revolutionized the way I travel.
It didn’t take long to find what bag he was using and it didn’t take long for me to find exactly what would work for me and I ordered my Nomatic Travel Bag which is what I am still using!
For example, like I said above I had been using zippered bags to reduce the bulk, this translates to me sitting on a plastic zippered bag filled with my clothes to let out the air and then sealing it to reduce the space needed in my carry on. The bundle came with a vacuum bag that not only did the same thing but is 100% better quality and it is reusable. All this time I thought I was so smart finding this space saving idea to then realize there was a better option!
It also came with a toiletry bag and I can’t say enough about how much space the wrong toiletry bag can take. The Nomatic Travel Bag has a spot for EVERYTHING, the person or people who designed this bag had me in mind!
- Shoes, they go at the bottom keeping them separate from your clothes and personal items.
- Laptop, there is a space that your laptop or tablet slides into and separate there is a spot for cords so you can keep them neat and accessible.
- Underwear and socks, there is a compartment so you no longer have to dig through everything else to find these.
- There is a spot for a water bottle, there are waist straps so if the bag is heavy you have added support giving your back a bit of a break.
Literally everything was thought of, I’ve only highlighted some of my favourite designs and compartments. It is amazing!
So, back to my friend and the Nomad Suitcase.
Do I now have a bag that fits everything, keeps it organized and is carry on size? Yes. And do I have a desk everywhere I travel? Well, if there is wifi and a table, you bet I do!
My friend and I were recently chatting online because we have since gone on to different destinations but you know what we still talk about? That Nomad Suitcase conversation because it has made such a positive impact on the way I go about my everyday life.
I have been traveling for almost two years now, my family is always asking when I’m coming home to fit their mould but the lifestyle I’ve made for myself is exactly where I want to be. I am still working remotely for my original employer but I’m no longer a slave to a desk, I am in control of my environment. Better yet, I enjoy everyday, I don’t have to wait for my next vacation because I am living it!
Vacation time from my job is now used to spend time with family members and friends who come to where I am and want to explore. I plan to continue working my regular job as long as it gives me the freedom to work remotely and I have now begun to focus on travel photography.
I am thinking it won’t be long until I will be able to make my new passion a source of income and perhaps become my new career. So many factors came into play to get me where I am today, I am happy.
If I can offer any advice, live your life. Get yourself a Nomad Suitcase and make the most of everyday!