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Too busy to digital nomad: Ain’t no such thing

by Lisa GhisolfAugust 12, 2015

It’s been a couple weeks since I’ve blogged, and I wish I could blame it on the usual: Too much to do, and I haven’t traveled much. Both are true, but they’re also wrong.

  • Too much to do. True, I’ve been deadline after deadline, plus site hackings, day-to-day work and just general life.I always balk when people say they’re too busy, because it usually means they’re too busy to do that thing they don’t really want to make time for. But projects overlapped, and things don’t always go as planned, as the rule. I can’t really blame this, because it’s the essence of digital nomading: Making time for one’s own sanity, to appreciate the world around you, while you work.If I’ve learned anything over the years as a solo entrepreneur, it’s that life will always throw you curveballs. Saying no to the ones you can, usually (always?) works out in time and money saved, not to mention sanity.
  • I haven’t traveled much lately. True, but it’s not as though Chicagoland isn’t a hotbed of amazing attractions and sights. I’ve written up a few neighborhood tours for Time Out Chicago but I often have to leave out some of my favorites, so you’ll see a few of these here; and I know I haven’t said all there is to say about the destinations I’ve hit, especially killer meals and secret tours.

With a cruise and some epic international experiences planned as we head into late 2015 and 2016, I know I’ll keep the blog fired up!

But I never forget that digital nomading isn’t just about far-flung destinations—though perhaps it’s the best part. As I sit at a suburban Chicago Starbucks, I know I’m still fulfilling the dream: Freedom.

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Lisa Ghisolf
Lisa Ghisolf
Founder of WorkTravelTech. Obsessed with exploring neighborhoods, cafes, and delicious experiences. Day (& night) job: Freelance designer & WordPress wrangler ( & founder of

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