1. Is Nomadic Dreamer just a blog?
The blog is only a part of what I am doing. NOMADIC DREAMER is a project that aims to visit all the countries of the world and spread a MESSAGE OF FRIENDSHIP AND CONNECTION BETWEEN DIFFERENT COUNTRIES AND CULTURES.
Through the website and social media, I talk about the experiences I have had through travel, combined with motivation and inspiring others to face their fears and create and live the life they have always imagined.
In this project, we collaborate with governments, tourism boards and foundations, and look for the best way to spread this message, not simply by just writing about it, but also giving talks, training, workshops, activities and collaborations.
2. How long have you been with NOMADIC DREAMER?
My experiences abroad started in 2013, but the website we started did not start until April 2015 when I started traveling alone across the world.
3. You always talk about “us”… Are there more people in this project?
Of course. There is a team of people and we all work together. Working on a project alone, while traveling to so many countries, in two different languages, would be a very difficult task to manage as just one person.
I do the writing, videos, photography and travel to different parts of the world, and I have different people who are in charge of editing material, social media, advertising/marketing and contacting personally different collaborations that I have along the way. .
4. How can you pay for all your trips?
When I started my aventure I worked very, very hard as a nurse in the USA and saved as much as I could. Given that I started the Nomadic Dreamer as a hobby, I traveled the first part of my trip with my savings and working to spend as little as possible. However, after traveling for a period of time, I realized that if I worked really hard, I would be able to turn my dream into traveling the world into my profession, and that’s just what I did.
Currently, we work with different companies: hotel chains, airlines, car rental etc. Since we have a lot of interaction in social media, we have companies and sponsors that are collaborating with us along the way. In addition, I do motivational speaking and make money by speaking in different locations while I travel.
5. Why do you live in Spain and specifically in Zaragoza?
Although I claim Spain as my residency, I am actually only in there around 4 months out of the year, and the rest of the time I am traveling to different parts of the world
There are two very important reasons why I live in Spain:
I learned my first word of Spanish when I moved to Spain in 2013. I am now fluent in the language and speak in a professional setting, but I am still new to the language. It is very important that I spend the time that I do in Spain in order to continue learning, improving my pronunciation having speaking engagements in Spanish nearby.
I went to Zaragoza in 2013 because I found work and I was able to obtain a visa. Over time I made friends and I currently have an apartment and office located in the center of Zaragoza. The most important thing for me as a nomad is the location.
As you can see on the map, Spain is right in the center of the world. From there, I am able to easily fly to any parts of the world. Apart from traveling to brand new countries, I am also in a location that makes it easy to return to countries if needed in order to give talks, conferences or some type of work.
And why Zaragoza? Well, it is centrally based and easily reachable to the important cities: Madrid, Catalonia and the Basque Country. In just over an hour I am in Madrid and Barcelona in the AVE.
6. What is your favorite country so far?
Every time I visit a new country or continent, I discover something totally different, why is why I love traveling so much. Each country has its charm, but I tend to like places that are the most different from my normal.
I had an amazing time in Asia, especially in Indonesia. The people are super friendly, the food is different, it has beautiful beaches and the landscapes are breath taking. The country is full of different cultures, temples, mountains and volcanos for hiking (I climbed Mount Igen, the only volcano in the world you can see blue lava).
7. Which country did you like least?
Being totally honest, I could not name a single country. Every country has something interesting and unique, you just have to search and find it. If I do not like what I see in a country, I do not leave until I find something special, because I do not like to leave with a bad memory.