After 3 and 1/2 months living and working out of Nairobi, Kenya as a digital nomad I’m glad to be back in Sydney. Here are some things I learned while I was away, writes Rashida Taylor.
For almost 2 years, my partner and I discussed moving back to Nairobi, Kenya (where we are from) to help out his elderly parents and so our kids could spend time with grandparents and extended family. Somehow, we always put if off as it wasn’t the right time or we were anxious about how much time we should spend in Kenya.
In 2019, we finally decided to make the trip to Nairobi for three and half months. We were comfortable with this amount of time, feeling it was just enough to spend with family, yet not disruptive to our life in Sydney. Still, we had to pull my son out of school for two terms and explore various options for homeschooling with his school. My husband applied for his (long overdue) long service leave and I packed my laptop and recording device. Finally, 16 July came and we said goodbye to a cold winter in Sydney and warmer weather in the tropics.
1. It’s difficult working in different time zones (-8 hours) to your clients especially when it comes to scheduling calls.
2. Technology is amazing for when you want to work in any part of the world!
3. It’s doubly hard combining work with homeschooling kids, family responsibilities and expectations. It takes some time just to find a groove that fits and works.
4. In hindsight, I shouldn’t have taken on so much work while I was away. It meant I had little time to relax and just be (I didn’t get a chance to crack open even one book!)
5. My clients are wonderful! No one made a fuss about me working in a different time zone or being away from Australia.
6. I was lucky to be able to combine a holiday (sort of) with my work. Had I been working in corporate, that may not have been possible. I still found time to enjoy the sights and scenery, climbed Mt Longonot, went camping on Lake Naivasha and spent some quality time with family.
7. I’m not cut out to live and work as a digital nomad! But glad we did it. I know for next time!
Rashida Tayabali is a brand copywriter, corporate writer and founder of The Newcomer Blog.