Welcome to our little slice of the online world!
…you beautiful people
We started this blog in order to have a platform where we can share the good, the bad and the sometimes very ugly side of travel, freelancing and life in general – completely uncensored. We do this because it will hopefully allow you to learn from our mistakes and save a lot of time and money along the way.
Living to Roam is for you if...
You’ve ever wanted more out of life than working the same job for a few measly weeks of holidays each year.
You’ve been bitten hard by the travel bug, and felt an itch that no amount of calamine lotion could soothe.
You want to learn about working online from anywhere in the world, setting your own schedule and being your own boss.
You want to learn how to travel smarter and make your money last longer.
Why we do what we do...
Paying it forward is a huge part of our philosophy.
We love what we do and helping others quit their boring jobs and travel the world is a huge part of that.
Whether you’re 18 or 80, it’s never too late to make a change that your future self will thank you for.
What's in it for you...
Have you ever seen those tanned, glamorous, fit people on social media who seem to travel permanently and have endless money to stay in fancy hotels and who clearly never work? That’s us!
Minus the tanned, glamorous, fit (we like nachos too much), endless money, fancy hotel, never working part. We work incredibly hard to maintain a location independent lifestyle where we can travel whenever we like, but unlike those guys, we’re happy to let you into our inner circle and help you do the same!
SO WHO ARE WE?
We’re Nick and Maggie…
Travel-junkies, pun-enthusiasts, hummus-fans, hyphen-overusers. Together, we are Grauslanadian (Greek/Australian, Slovak/Canadian) in essence – just a giant wonderful mess of nationalities.
Along our adventures, we somehow both ended up in Europe, working for the same tour company back in 2013. After meeting in London, it only took us a year and a half to sort our shit out and get together. As we were both tour managers, sometimes we didn’t see each other for months at a time and eventually the modern day equivalent of a 16th-century love letter (Snapchat breakfast selfies) just didn’t cut it.
So, we wanted to try adulting. Nick enticed Maggie into moving to Australia with false promises that Vegemite tastes better when you get there and that kangaroos are pets and not food. Other than the still awful taste of Vegemite, there were many highlights: putting IKEA furniture together, grocery shopping, and actually having a fridge to put our food into – one that we didn’t share with 40 hostel-dwellers who would eat it as a late night, drunk snack.
We could each suddenly own more than just a week’s worth of underwear, and even upgraded from a backpack to a wardrobe. With clothes hangers! Safe to say we were living the fancy life.
It lasted a whole 6 months.
Then we got the itch again (the good, travel kind) and as a result began resenting having to do silly things like wear shoes to our jobs.
We took our dedicated annual leave and went travelling to satisfy the craving. It turns out we made it worse, much worse.
Like any good travel junkie, if you’ve ever felt the lows of travel withdrawal, you know it’s a bit like coming home from seeing your long-distance significant other – when you don’t fully know the next time you’ll get to see that person. Basically, it totally sucks and when we came home from our trip all we wanted to do was take off again on another adventure.
So we decided to do the responsible thing and quit our jobs before we got too settled trying the whole ‘adulting’ business. The white picket fence life is wonderful, it just wasn’t our thing.
Occasionally we take a break from our usual triple-chin selfies and embrace our [perhaps slightly nauseating] romantic side.
We eventually discovered freelancing as a way to fund our travel addiction.
Initially, covering our travel expenses was all we needed, but it wasn’t long before we discovered we actually really loved doing it. It allowed us to become a part of some incredible businesses; helping them grow while using our love and knowledge of travel and social media.
While working with several clients on various projects, we developed our skills and began getting more work at higher hourly rates.
After just a few short months we had almost replaced our full-time office incomes while only working a few days a week. Not only that but we found something we could do from anywhere in the world, provided we had a WiFi connection.
Fast forward to today and we’re proud to say that we’ve broken the mould and won’t be going back to our former jobs or lifestyle anytime soon. It certainly wasn’t easy getting started but it’s been a great journey so far and we can’t wait to share the rest of it with you!
We created Living to Roam as a way to teach people how to do what we do. inspiring them to travel longer, work smarter and live happier.
Finally, here’s some fun facts about us that’ll help us become virtual friends:
- Strengths: Eating hummus, playing Finska, beard growing
- Weaknesses: Cracking eggs, yoga (except for child’s pose), making terrible celebrity look-alike calls, playing way too much ‘Plants vs Zombies: Heroes’ (although he will tell you it’s a strength as he is really, really good at it)
- On the bucket list: snowboard in Japan, high five a penguin in Antarctica, see Daft Punk live
- Ideal dinner party guests (living or dead): Richard Branson, Zach Galifianakis, Muhammad Ali
- Strengths: Vegan superpowers, speaking three languages, ability to play in ball-pits and go on children’s rollercoaster rides without suspicion due to being height-challenged and often being mistaken for a child
- Weaknesses: Insane case of the CADD – Career Attention Deficit Disorder. I have worked as a chef, English teacher, housekeeper, sexpert – later sexecutive (actual job title, but probably not what you think), tour manager, oboe teacher, and for a brief time there a mechanical camel operator.
- On the bucket list: selfie with a llama in Peru, friendship with a turtle in the Galapagos islands.
- Ideal dinner party guests (living or dead): Ellen DeGeneres, Doug the Pug, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau