Dream journey 8: Work and travel is not easy (February 2020)

It has been more than half a year since I decided to leave the “comfortable” life in a company that provided me with a stable paycheck every month. Many great things happened since then. I found my old passion, learned a lot and got to know amazing people.

However, I realized that I was getting lazy with my lifestyle, becoming too comfortable and playing the whole game safe.
Therefore, I decided to leave Vienna for a while and set for the lifestyle of a digital nomad. However, working and traveling at the same time proved not to be easy.

A sea gull overlooking Nazaré

My name is Jirka and welcome to follow my dream journey, which I embarked on in July 2019. Whether you are my friend, a stranger or someone from my family, I decided to share my newest adventure and path towards my dreams. If you have not read about my first month, I would highly encourage you to look at it first, so you know what I write about. Read here:)

February 2020

What happened

This month did not start in the best way. While staying in Tbilisi, I got ear inflammation, which accompanied me for more than two weeks. I moved also for a while to Santiago de Compostela in Spain, where I attended another Kino cabaret. Furthermore, I could travel for almost 2 weeks around the beautiful country of Portugal. Unfortunately, the coronavirus, which is spreading across the world casts shadows also on my further plans and I have no idea, what I am going to do next month.

Night view of Tbilisi, Georgia

My goals and progress

BiggestDreamers

I am so happy that I could organize quickly another BiggestDreamers meet up when I was staying shortly in Vienna. We had a small nice group, with a nice discussion. Other than that, I did not manage to proceed more on this goal, as I lacked time and concentration. It becomes clear to me, that I have to focus on a few things. For now, I decided to organize at least one meetup per month and write these updates about my journey.

Film

Probably the biggest thing for me was the investment in the new camera. I was planning and postponing this decision for so long and it made me already nervous that I am hesitating so much. Therefore, I was so happy that I finally bought it and could use it during this month.

At the beginning of February, I visited Kino Galicia – a filmmaking festival in Santiago de Compostela, where I learned a lot about the film. More importantly, I realized how much I still have to learn in order to become a good filmmaker. Overthere, together with my friends, we brainstormed hard to create a nice script for a movie. Having edited a film for my friend, I learned how important color correction is for the quality of a movie (as I saw that my colors were completely overblown on the screen.)

Having tested my new camera and having filmed with Black magic – a camera, which is one of the best on the market, I struggled with settings. This proved to me that filming is not just about holding a camera in your hand. Kino Galicia made it possible for me to make another film, which you can watch here:

Lastly, I learned a lot about acting and how important it is to play also with your thoughts. It was an honor for me when I got a role in a Spanish speaking film, where I had to learn everything in Spanish.

Apart from realizing how much I do not know yet, I got to know some amazing people with great skills, especially in graphic motion, where I still have to improve a lot.

Finances

Financially, this was so far the most difficult month for me. First of all, my investments went down, as the international markets started to panic. Secondly, my crypto earnings from Minerva bot stopped coming, a moment, which I expected to happen, as I was not so convinced about this crypto bot. The app still claims that it will start paying again, however, I do not believe that. This shows how important it is to prove your investment options, where you are promised returns which sound to great. Nevertheless, I am happy that I tried it because I learned a lot and gained not only the experience but also some small win.

Earning money myself seems for me like an unreachable goal, but I am not giving up and will try as long as I can.

As I have no extra income and it seems that I will have not any for a few months, this means that I am entering the stage where I have to rely heavily on my savings.

I knew that at some point I will get to this point. On one hand, this is clearly out of my comfort zone. Now, watching my savings going down. On the other hand, the pressure is growing and my motivation to break through is higher than ever. I still believe that I can sustain myself by doing what I love.

Income and Expenses

Whereas I was struggling on my income side, I was able to bring down my expenses while traveling. This proves that traveling does not have to be always more expensive than staying in your place. In total, I have to pay 460 € out of my pocket, which is not bad.

This was my income in February:

Parents:           250 €
Extra                   40 €
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Total                 290 €

Expenses

Clearly, when you travel you spend most of your money on traveling. This is reflected also in my transportation budget, which took the biggest portion. I could compensate for this with my lower spendings on rent or accommodation. Before I went to travel, I sub rented my room, which means that I did not have to pay 300 € for my rent this month. Staying at my friend´s place or using Couchsurfing made it possible to bring my spendings on housing down to 210 €.

I did not manage to keep my food budget low, as eating every day out in Spain and Portugal is not so cheap. Nevertheless, I spent only 25 € more than I planned, which is acceptable.

Food   185 €
Rent    210 €
Transportation 232 €
Others 123 €
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Total   750 €

I was always able to live in a cheap way, which is a great skill. However, this skill and mindset hinder me in creating more income. I am aware that only saving up is not possible without earning some money. Therefore, some changes in my mindset will be necessary in order to accomplish my goal of being self-sufficient.

My biggest success

Making another movie and acting in a Spanish speaking film. These would be probably the greatest things I have done during February. This only confirmed my passion for film further and showed to me, that I want to continue this path. However, if I want to be successful, I have to put more effort into my work. Until now, I was taking everything very chilled, unfortunately, our time is limited and I feel it more and more.

My failures

There is not any success without failures. I failed to move forward with my projects in general and I was not as productive as I hoped I would be while traveling.

Digital Nomad lifestyle seems to be more difficult than I thought, especially if you move constantly from one place to another. That was also one of the reasons, why I decided to stay longer in Lisbon, to see if I can work there. I could, nevertheless, my productivity rate was very low. This is a natural process, as you want to get to know the new city and new people, which takes lots of your time and focus away.

Furthermore, the coronavirus kept me busy thinking about what to do next, as my plan is to go to Indonesia. However, no there seems to be no place which would be safe from this virus and I have to make some big decisions on that very soon.

Lisbon became my home for a week

Happiness

I think that I am happy most of the time. Finally, I got to experience warmer weather, which I dreamt of for so long. I got to do what I want and without any stress and learned a lot. Furthermore, I met again great people, which inspired me and pushed me. I experienced also a lot of kindness.

Of course, nothing is great all the time and I had my moments, especially when I struggled to be more productive, suffered from ear inflammation or had to face my fear of uncertainty, what to do next. However, I can say that every single day, I experienced at least one happy moment.

Wrap up

Fátima – a holy place in Portugal

I am enjoying myself, which is great. The only thing is that I still do struggle to find the balance without enjoyment and hard work, which has to be done, if I want to reach my goals.

My journey will continue and will have to focus more on being productive, focused, learn more and finally produce some income, if I do not want to search for a job soon. Having travelled through Portugal, this country definitely gained my heart and I could imagine living there.

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