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Rick & Bonnie: Digital Nomad Grandparents

Rick is a remote worker that’s a designer at an engineering firm. He’s been remote traveling for the past 3 years with his wife Bonnie. What a cool couple. These two nailed the digital nomad life in a way most of my peers have yet to perfect. You don’t always meet grandparents with more Instagrammable lives than their kids!

Rick grew up on a remote farm in Canada. The closest city was 40k people and that was “big time”. He spent much of his adult life in Texas and started his family in North Carolina.

I was very impressed with how modern he was. Our conversation kicked off as he admired my digital nomad setup with my bluetooth keyboard and phone stand.

His wife Bonnie was an absolute sweetheart. I hope to grow old together with a woman that emanates her style of quiet optimism and such a sharp listener asking me about tiny details I barely recalled mentioning. Hell, I could benefit a lot from being more like her!

Rick and I shared our techie job patterns and lamented the analytical future obsessed direction our brains tend to drift towards. But that’s the brilliance of traveling. It allows even a hard wired neurotic brain like mine to settle in on the present physical space and time.

We talked so much about the different places we’ve been…

How long does it take for you to feel immersed in a place? 3 days for me. Day 5 tells me if I want more or I’m ready to leave.

What places have we been that come to mind first? For Rick & Bonnie the Camino de Santiago; Tsibili, Georgia; Turkey river where Europe meets Asia. For me, Cambodia takes the cake.

We shared how much goodness we’ve found on the road. The part I liked most about our discussions is how traveling to other parts of the world – especially those with current or recent hardships – gave us the most perspective.

For Rick and Bonnie being immersed with people from Georgia which is currrently 20% Russia occupied and fighting daily for their independence yet remaining strong and perservering was inspiring. For me it was being in Cambodia which less than 50 years ago underwent a massive genocide. These hardships are etched into the people’s faces permanently and whilst as humans we shy away from hardship where possible it is so instructive and so humbling when reflecting on one’s own privileged, stress free, comfortable lifestyle.

Such a nice conversation with a couple that couldn’t be nicer. I wish we took a photo together or exchanged info as it’s always great to connect with the good people you meet even if the chances of further communication are slim to none. Maybe I should make it a habit moving forward. Like so many intersections in your travel “decision tree”, you never know how one little email exchange may alter your path down the road.

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