From young parents with a Baby, to a Full-time digital nomad family
How do you Travel as Location-independent parents and build a business working from anywhere?
We’re Mordi, Liraz and little Mili. We’ve been travelling the world together non-stop since Mili was 6 Months. We travelled around eastern Europe in Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Poland and Romania, Spent an amazing Month in Japan, got “stuck” for 10 months in Vietnam when Covid-19 started, Climbed mountains in Georgia and met an amazing community in Bansko, Bulgaria.
Here’s the story behind Our Nomadic Ways – in hopes it can inspire you to change your lives and explore yourselves and the world!
It started in 2019 when Mili was born…
I was working 10+ hours a day as an Art Director in a demanding advertising agency and almost didn’t see Mili for the first 4 months of her life. Liraz was alone with her most of the day and shared moments with me as much as she could while trying to accept going back to work and leaving Mili in the hands of strangers at 6 months old.
We understood soon enough that this is not the way we want to live our lives as a young family.
We started searching for alternatives and discovered the digital nomad lifestyle. A Month later, we quit our jobs, sold everything, and were on a flight to Bulgaria.
From employee to freelance to business Founder
I’ve been working as a Designer and an Art Director for 10 years at that point, developed a good career, worked with big clients, had a nice paycheck – but almost no satisfaction from work.
Becoming a digital nomad meant giving up the comfort of working for someone else – and opening my own business. I already worked as a freelance for several years while being an employee – but not nearly close to full-time.
For the first 6 months I concentrated on building my business from the ground up, not making much money, but finally had the freedom to create things I believed in. At some point I built a good client base and now I work less, earn more and do what I love – while having a lot of freedom and flexibility to live my life the way I want.
Family life as digital nomads
We only spent 6 months as a “normal” family, so we can only compare with family and friends – but we believe this change is the best thing we could have done for our family structure.
Liraz still works part-time but spends most of her time as a full-time mom, Homeschooling Mili – Which is one of the benefits of being a digital nomad family.
We’re together most of the time. Traveling together, hiking together, sometimes sleeping in the same bed when rent is expensive and apartments are tiny (Tokyo for example). Sometimes we have too many rooms to spare, we eat breakfast and dinner almost every day together, as a family.
Liraz and I are a team with a common goal in mind. Everything is done together with (almost) no personal ego wars, out of pure love and commitment. It’s a choice you need to make every day, again and again, and I believe it is the only way to make this lifestyle work while keeping the flame alive.
We couldn’t imagine a better life for ourselves.
Life is perfect? Not really.
One thing we keep hearing is “you’re living the dream!”, and we understand how it can seem that way… But it’s not a dream – but a way of life.
Changing a house every month or two is not always easy, and moving to a different part of the world with a 6 month old baby means changing food, diapers, baby wipes and more.
Not being close to our families is the hardest part, especially during covid when it’s impossible to visit. And not having a babysitter for a year means no dates – so we need to work hard to find time for ourselves – as a couple and as individuals.
Being minimalist is a must, on some level, to experience this way of life, But it also means not having too much equipment. It’s not as hard as it sounds – but needs getting used to.
Being a Digital Nomad Family changed our lives for the better in ways we couldn’t imagine – so the Cons are definitely worth it – Just want to set realistic expectations for people who want to live this way. It is not a dream, just a (very) different way of life.
You’re probably rich, right?
Another thing we keep hearing and couldn’t be far from the truth. We started this journey with a safety net for 6 months of living (that actually made it only for 4 months), without any other savings. Our parents have no means to help us financially in any way.
We travel to countries where we can reduce our expenses significantly, and My income comes mostly in USD and EURO. So this makes it very easy to not slave yourself to work while covering all expenses and even saving.
A couple of points the help support this way of life for the long run:
- Not having a home means not spending tens of thousands of dollars on furniture, a new big screen tv, toys for your man-cave and a lot more
- Earning in strong currencies and spending it in cheap countries
- Being Minimalists and aware of what you really need in order to live your lives
- Being Financially literate, be aware of every cent you spend and earn (which again is easier when you have fewer expenses)
Sharing our story as a way of giving back
If you’re a young couple thinking of creating a young life, or you already did and want to make the move towards becoming nomads, or even there right now and have a million questions – we’re here for you.
We learned so much during the past 2 years, from other families and from our own experience – and we believe we must help others to make their lives better.
Here’s how you can reach us; We’re on Instagram, sharing our day to day life and photographs from our travels: @ournomadicways
Join us on our journey and drop in to say ‘hi. Check out Mordi’s Website, if you’re interested in the kind of work that makes this financially possible: Mindcube
Thank you for joining us. And we hope to meet you somewhere around the world. Mordi, Liraz and Mili.