1. Who are you, what you do and when did you know that freelancing is the life for
Florin and Alina, couple, travelers, digital nomads. We never thought of becoming digital nomads or location-independent entrepreneurs (as the official wording goes), it was just the way things evolved. The passion for location-independent work started from a corporate job that allowed Florin to work a lot from home and after a while he wanted to work from anywhere.
The idea of Aventurescu (check out the website) was born on a beach in Thailand in 2014 and it was since then nurtured by our constant traveling addiction. Alina quit her finance job almost 3 years ago to maintain the project.
2. What is your work setup?
Hardware-wise, we use 2 light-weight i7 ultrabooks, 1 smartphone for the travel snapshots and an external battery. Software-wise, Aventurescu.ro is kept afloat with WordPress and different automated tasks.
We use Google Docs, WhatsApp and reporting tools like Google Analytics.
3. What are the tools of your trade?
Being a location-independent entrepreneur requires a lot of discipline. A fixed schedule and working hours. If you are a freelancer or digital nomad, discipline is a key skill and has to be kept in tune.
Strong coffee is another key “tool” that we use to get going in the morning. Work goes on until afternoon and rarely after 6PM, depending on the projects.
The archaic email is still a key instrument for our editorial projects. While traveling we always book places with good internet and a laptop-friendly space, even if it’s just a plain kitchen table with 2 chairs. It’s enough. If working conditions are bad, we head over to a quiet café and work from there.
In South-East Asia, for internet we relied heavily on local SIMs (I have a wallet full of them now.). To round it up, the essentials of a digital nomad are a decent working space, internet and discipline.
4. What are the ups and downs of freelancing?
You work for yourself and the amount of work you put in, gets you “bread on the table.” You work less, you get less bread. That’s the way it goes. You are also the boss, employee, marketing manager, accountant and the technical go-to- guy.
Of course, there’s always the freedom and satisfaction of doing something on your own and not having a boss or needing to ask for time-off.
5. What is the setup that keeps you healthy and sane?
The passion foremost and traveling monthly is a routine that keeps us going. Changing the “scenery” keeps us in check, breaking the routine. New places refresh the mind and spirit. Alina is an expert travel planner now, she gets a “high” from setting up travel itineraries for our destinations, so there’s that also.
6. What are your biggest frustrations?
Time is never enough, goes by fast and maybe we could also improve how we organize stuff, something things go crazy and there’s a lot to handle in a short time.
7. What book(s) are you currently reading?
The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan.
8. What should you start now that will have a positive effect on your life 5 years from now?
Build a house with a big garden from where we can work, kids, plant a tree (or a forest).
9. What thing from today would you like your 10-years- from-now self to remember?
Passion and determination.
10. Let people know where they can connect with you.
We are always in touch with the people in our community using the Facebook messaging feature on our page. Otherwise, we respond quickly to individual emails at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be it digital nomading with full time travel or location independence with a home base and travel, what we have at the end of the day is a lifestyle of freedom and feeling at peace. Surely this lifestyle will change and evolve over time, but for progress to happen inspiration is crucial. For most of us it all comes down to getting over fear and attachment to comfort. And this happens when we share knowledge, experiences and ideas that turn the unknown into opportunities to learn, grow and feel alive.
So if you want to share from your life of freedom, feel free to connect with us via e-mail: