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Road Trip Diaries: The Real Life Diaries Of A Nomad (Austin)

Idea Lemon is on an epic road trip August 8 - September 20, taking our Discover Your Inner Awesome podcast around the country in partnership with our friends at the kickass travel community Under30Experiences. If you daydream of going to places like Bali, Costa Rica, Belize, Peru, Iceland and more, you HAVE to hit up U30X. Their trips have changed our lives. We're all about helping you do more of what you love, so use Promo Code "idealemon" for $100 off your booking.

Here are our final notes from Austin!

Back when we spent time in Belize this past January as part of an Under30Experiences vacation, we noticed several people call out that they wished they had the life of the company founder Matt, and trip leader/adventure photographer Courtney Slade. It’s something we found interesting because the life of the nomad is something that’s often glamorized but rarely analyzed.

As we’ve been on this road trip, we’ve encountered several instances where people ask what we did during the day and our answer is, “we worked,” much to their surprise and confusion.

Being a nomad is definitely an amazing thing, but to know if it’s right for you it’s important to understand everything that goes into it.

As we get closer to closing out our road trip, we were able to catch Courtney at her home in Austin, Texas while she was on break from leading Under30Experiences trips for 9 straight months. We explored nearly every detail of life as a nomad and tackled the question, “What’s the best approach to a nomadic life?”. We covered the highs, the lows, the parts where you have to pinch yourself, and the parts where you just need to let out a good cry.

                             photo by Courtney Slade. @sladesstory

                             photo by Courtney Slade. @sladesstory

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s truly like to live a nomadic life, listen to this episode.



In this episode, you’ll learn:


+Dealing with the ‘real world’ things while traveling

+Realizing the things that are truly important

+Finding ways to cut out the noise

+How routines are crucial to living nomadically

+The effects changing time zones and climates on a regular basis has on your body and psyche

+The benefits and drawbacks of overpreparing and underpreparing

+Why we need comfort even when we break our comfort zone

+Why it’s necessary to be okay with the unexpected while traveling

+Whittling down to the essentials

+The smell of your laundry can sometimes tell you where you’ve been

+Thriving off of not knowing what each day brings

+How to let go of the little things

+How travel makes you find new solutions

+Taking an “I’ll be back” mindset to be more relaxed as you travel

+Living for the “in betweens” of your journey

+Being a solo flyer versus a social flyer

+The difference between good movies, and “airplane good” movies

+How you sometimes crave alone time when traveling

+Finding the activities that help you recharge and recenter

+Listening to your mind and body to become more in tune with yourself

+The culture shock you can experience when you take a break from being a nomad

+The beautiful moments you experience where you have to pinch yourself

+Traveling through the eyes of a photographer

What up! My name is Rajiv Nathan and I'm the Cofounder of Idea Lemon. That banana peel you slipped on to land here came from me. That's because I fancy myself a human Curious George, and the yellow hat I chase is life's authentic moments. I share my chase one story at a time through this blog, our email newsletter, and as a rapper. Follow along here to learn how to build a fulfilling lifestyle that gets you noticed for what you love.