My name’s Seth Ward and I’m travelling with my Family - fiancee Joe and our 20 month old daughter Immy
I’m originally from Birmingham, England but have spent at least half of my adult life with London as my ‘home base’
I’ve been living mostly location free since the nineties. My buddies were all backpacking and emigrating all over the world. I had a couple of digital businesses based in Birmingham and I shaped them so that I could work from anywhere most of the time. We ended up having offices and employees in several different countries. I’ve had a few years being almost bankrupt and homeless, struggling to survive, before meeting my girl and starting our little family. We’re building new ventures (and having new adventures), with total determination not to be tied down to one place - we won’t be sending her to school.
I help people to obtain freedom in their own lives - location, time and financial - and to make a positive impact in the world by cloning themselves. I do this in several ways but my favourite is helping them to produce video based courses and using automated marketing to get them at least partially running on autopilot.
We just arrived last night in Marrakesh which is the first stop in a month-long adventure around Morocco. Previously we were in Holland, visiting Eindhoven for the first time, catching up with a buddy from Amsterdam and checking out the Hieronymous Bosch exhibition.
Next month we’ll spend a few weeks back in Birmingham before heading across Europe, spending some time in France where I’ve heard there are going to be a few people chasing a ball around in the grass.
Memorable moments so far have been the first time Immy went to the beach - on the Black Sea Coast of Bulgaria - and didn’t want to leave. I haven’t seen her quite so happy for such a sustained period of time. Another was a couple of days before, when I managed to leave a ridiculous amount of technology on the floor in my rucksack in the city of Burgas so we could get a cool photo of her on my shoulders next to a statue showing a man and daughter doing the same thing (OK, I may have had a few beverages at that point!) Cue a few hours of panic, only for the local police station to contact the hotel we were outside and had checked whether it had been handed in, and for those guys to call us. The bag had been handed in by… a street dweller? Otherwise known as a tramp. We made sure he had a good night as thanks for returning it! There are many places where you would stand little chance of getting a bag like that bag intact, but we left Bulgaria feeling that we’d be pretty safe anywhere.
Going home in a month, although technically we don’t have anywhere to live when we’re there - we’ll worry about that when we get there!
We haven’t been ‘nomading’ as a family for that long. We’ve learned that most people think this is insane but also pretty awesome. It can be a challenge at times - usually whenever Mr Ryanair gets involved - but having our little girl with us can actually make things easier. We’ve actually decided - for this year at least - that we are striking a balance of regular time back home with time abroad. Next year I’m hoping to be able to fly my family out to see us more regularly rather than us having to fly back to England quite so regularly.
Our biggest challenge is simple - internet. Because I depend on it so comprehensively.
It looks like there are a few solutions coming through such as Google Fi and T-Mobile’s unlimited international data tariff. But those are currently only available if you’re from the US. So I’m working on ways around that little restriction.
I’m wondering if there’s anyone in the group with any other tips on how to make sure you can get online wherever you go, without spending a fortune?