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! A new interview goes live every Wednesday so be sure to set a reminder.
Meet The Traveler: Affiliate Consultant Enelin Paas
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?
That’s an interesting question because in one way yes I have grown, but at the same time I am still the same person I have always been. I’m just a bit older and smarter (I hope).
I’m from Estonia, studied politics as my BA and then continued with cross-media studies for my Masters at Tallinn University. This is where I fell in love with marketing. While studying I was also leading the student union at the university (I was definitely “that” hyper-active student haha), and also worked with a startup helping with marketing.
Where are you from originally?
South-Estonia from a really really small and green place. Country side girl lol.
What are the things you’re most passionate about currently?
Marketing, startups, scuba diving, salsa, and love.
When did you first get interested in traveling?
Very early, as far as I remember. Watching the travel and nature shows on TV as a kid made me dream about visiting all of those amazing places one day when I grew up.
When did you realize that you wanted to make travel a lifestyle? Was there a trigger point?
That was me overworking and studying at the same time in my early 20s. Definitely too many things at the same time (master studies + basically 2 jobs) so I ended up almost burning out. This experience made me think about what I really want from my life. The endless “rat race” for career, money, and ending up with the regular study-work-die 9 to 5. It was definitely not something I wanted and I knew that marketing and traveling while making a career on my own terms is what I wanted to do with my 20s. And this is what I am doing now!
How did you go about making the transition to a lifestyle traveler? Was it a seamless transition or a bit difficult?
It wasn’t that big of a change for me. I went remote and became a nomad very early, straight from university. I never worked in a big “normal” traditional company in my life or from an office, and never will.
Could you elaborate on what you do for work? Do you work remotely for a company, freelance, or have your own location independent business?
I’m the Head of Business Development for SafetyWing. We are a Y-combinator startup building a global social safety net tailored to the needs of online freelancers, entrepreneurs, and remote companies. We just launched a brand new Global health insurance for remote workers and nomads! See more here https://bit.ly/3cLjNNQ.
Next to this, I work as an affiliate consultant. I consult online businesses on how to launch and manage their own affiliate programs. See more on my website: https://www.enelinpaas.com/
I am also a speaker and an online teacher. My e-course Business Growth Hacking with Affiliate Marketing is among the highest-rated courses on Udemy. It’s now available here: https://enelinpaas.teachable.com/
How do you manage working and traveling? Are there any specific apps you use to manage your work and lifestyle?
The most famous app – clock. I work, focus, and then log out (to recharge and rest!). Trying to keep a healthy life balance.
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’m not a backpacker wandering around and I travel rather slowly – one place for 2-3 months in a row. Then I can unpack, focus on work, and also have enough time to discover amazing places on the weekends! My work at SafetyWing and as an affiliate consultant always comes first, and then it’s the traveling part.
What seasons, if any, do you prefer to chase?
Summer in Europe and at home in Estonia, autumn til winter in Asia, Xmas at home (Estonia). After the holidays I head to South-America until summer starts in the northern hemisphere. Then it’s time for Europe again.
What destinations do you consider to be the best for digital nomads/location independent lifestyles? Why?
It’s a personal choice. Many people LOVE Asia. My favorites are South America and South – Europe. I’m a climate refugee.
How do you go about making new friends/dating while traveling?
Nomad communities for like minded people. Coworking and coliving places and events for nomads or online entrepreneurs.
How do you keep your long-distance friendships/relationships alive?
We keep in touch via social media and visit each other as much as possible!
What is it that you like most about the traveler lifestyle?
Learning about new cultures, trying new foods, and discovering amazing nature.
Is there anything you dislike about the traveler lifestyle?
There’s nothing so bad that would make me stop.
What’s something that’s currently missing from your life? Is there something stopping you from getting it?
No, thanks for asking. Perfectly happy 😀
Is there something you know now about the traveler lifestyle that you wish you knew before making the switch?
Stop buying things you don’t need. You REALLY don’t need them.
Do you see yourself living this lifestyle forever? Or will you go back to a more “traditional” life at some point?
I will have 3-4 home bases and I will stay 3-4 months per year in each of them, while always having the rest 3 rented out. Those places will be Estonia (have a condo there already), Spain, Rio, and then something maybe in Bulgaria and/or Asia. Time will show 🙂
What’s your best advice for someone wanting to transition to a life of travel?
Do it. Now.
Where can people connect with you?
Find out more about me, my work as an affiliate consultant, and my contacts from my website here: https://www.enelinpaas.com/