Meet The Traveler is a series where each week we interview one lifestyle traveler from around the world. These travelers range from being digital nomads, location independent entrepreneurs, or simply so passionate about seeing the world that they’ve fully integrated travel into their lifestyle. Our travelers will bring us into their world, sharing their transition story, what they do to support their lifestyle, and giving us insight into their life as a traveler.
If you’re looking for inspiration to transition to this lifestyle, want to meet other people in the community, or are simply curious to know how others live and split their time, then you don’t want to miss this series!
Meet The Traveler: Marketing Guru Chloe Morris
We like to start things off by knowing the behind-the-person story. We love getting intimate and learning about what drives a person to be who they are. Let’s skip the small talk, and head right into some more passionate questions.
Could you tell us a bit about your journey? Who were you in a past life, and who are you now?
I studied for a degree in business and marketing and went into the corporate world as a marketing exec and coordinator. I did that for a few years before somehow ending up in recruitment, which almost broke me. One day, one of the workers I had on placement carelessly drove a truck through the factory door resulting in the factory manager screaming at me. I put the phone back on the receiver and cried. I was out of there. After that, I started my brand Pink Flamingo Marketing and never looked back. That was 5 years ago.
Where are you from originally?
I’m from a rural village in Wales. I grew up in a farming community where no one ever left or really went anywhere. So, yeah, I’m a bit of an anomaly, and the people back home don’t get my nomadic ways.
What are the things you’re most passionate about currently?
Resilience and creativity. Creating a business on strong foundations that can adapt when times are hard.
When did you first get interested in traveling?
In 2016, I took my first solo trip to Mallorca to work on a project. I then decided I was going to move out there. Everyone thought I was crazy, which provoked my “I can and I will, watch me” attitude. I have lived as a nomad ever since.
When did you realize that you wanted to make travel a lifestyle? Was there a trigger point?
Once I started meeting such incredible people, I got hooked. I always thrive on new connections, and travelling definitely satisfies this urge.
How did you go about making the transition to a lifestyle traveler? Was it a seamless transition or a bit difficult?
It took me a while to find my feet, and there were many panic attacks and freakout moments along the way. Learning to drive on the ‘other side’ of the road will always be a memorable moment into transitioning.
I’ve always been super lucky with new opportunities of places to go and people to stay with landing on my lap, which really helped the transition.
“Everyone thought I was crazy, which provoked my ‘I can and I will, watch me’ attitude. I have lived as a nomad ever since.”
Could you elaborate on what you do for work as a marketing guru? Do you work remotely for a company, freelance, or have your own location independent business?
I work as a Marketing mentor where I help business owners create a practical plan to organically grow, develop, and launch their business. This includes hands-on collaborative implementation and mentoring where they need it.
I also run many online courses and programmes, including topics surrounding promotional fear and marketing confidence.
I run a Facebook group, The Marketing Flamboyance, where I host free training sessions focused on marketing clarity and creativity.
How do you manage working and traveling? Are there any specific apps you use to manage your work and lifestyle?
I’m completely addicted to Google Drive and use it for everything. Trello keeps me organised and on-track with goals and to-dos.
I also swear by my booking system, Calendly, which manages my calendar, confirmations, time zones, reminders, and payments for client sessions.
What is your preferred method of traveling/living? Do you move constantly/stay at a few places for a few months/have a base/multiple bases?
I went through a phase of short-term house sitting one week at a time which lasted for 4 months. Safe to say I got tired of that pretty quickly, and woke up confused as to where I was each morning!
Now I prefer to stay a month at a time at a place, as this really helps ground me, and helps with productivity.
“Be open to experiences and go for it!”
What seasons, if any, do you prefer to chase?
I don’t like full summer heat so I actually travel Spain and Europe during the spring and fall, returning to the UK mostly in the winter. The UK is better geared for colder weather, and I like to get cosy with the log fire!
What destinations do you consider to be the best for digital nomads/location independent lifestyles? Why?
Bali and Thailand for sure. Coworking spots, cheap rent, and good vibes.
How do you go about making new friends/dating while traveling?
Facebook groups are great, in particular Girl Gone International.
Credit: Chloe Morris
How do you keep your long-distance friendships/relationships alive?
I regularly interact with my friends through Instagram and Whatsapp. I have a LOT of friends spread out, and manage to keep up with them regularly.
What is it that you like most about the traveler lifestyle?
Meeting new people, new experiences, and constant inspiration.
Is there anything you dislike about the traveler lifestyle?
When things go wrong. Visas. When people who aren’t travellers just ‘don’t get it.’
What’s something that’s currently missing from your life? Is there something stopping you from getting it?
Being able to ‘make home’ by having nice interiors or homeware sometimes! One day though…
Is there something you know now about the traveler lifestyle that you wish you knew before making the switch?
Get your business set up remotely earlier, and believe in yourself.
Do you see yourself living this lifestyle forever? Or will you go back to a more “traditional” life at some point?
Semi-traditional. I would like more of a base to travel from, and perhaps a campervan.
What’s your best advice for someone wanting to transition to a life of travel?
Be open to experiences and go for it!