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: Lifestyle Blogger Farah Cuyvers
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?
Since I was little, I knew that I wanted to travel the world and live a life full of adventure. The day I graduated from university I put all my stuff in a backpack and booked a one-way ticket to Central-America. After my big trip, I really caught the travel bug and wanted more, so I found a way to work and travel at the same time. Some of the jobs included being a flight attendant, waitress, travel & event planner, surf shop manager, photographer. In the meantime, I started a blog on the side that now has grown into my own full-time online business as a lifestyle blogger. After living in many places around the world, I settled down in Barcelona.
Where are you from originally?
What are the things you’re most passionate about currently?
Photography and my online business.
When did you first get interested in traveling?
Since I was a little kid. Always have been passionate to discover more about what’s out there.
When did you realize that you wanted to make travel a lifestyle? Was there a trigger point?
I studied tourism in highschool, so I knew that somehow I’d make a living out of traveling. I would have never dreamed I’d actually be able to live a life of freedom and become my own boss as a lifestyle blogger.
How did you go about making the transition to a lifestyle traveler? Was it a seamless transition or a bit difficult?
Not really, I had been waiting for years, to finally be old enough to travel. When the moment finally got there I was just so excited. I did miss my family a lot, especially in the beginning, but now every time we are together these moments are so much more valuable. We don’t take each other for granted which is a beautiful thing.
Could you elaborate on what you do as a Lifestyle Blogger? Do you work remotely for a company, freelance, or have your own location independent business?
I work for myself as a lifestyle blogger, via my social media and my blog. Currently, my main focus is on a healthy lifestyle and adopting a success mindset to dream big, and reach your goals. I also created my own photo editing presets that are available on my blog. Besides that, I offer healthy lifestyle ebooks with the focus on mindset. Soon I am launching my 1:1 coaching program to guide other ambitious women to grow their business online.
How do you manage working and traveling? Are there any specific apps you use to manage your work and lifestyle?
I use Asana to plan my life as well as my business.
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?
My base is in Barcelona, but I like to follow the sun in winter and go to new places. I’m not a tourist, so when I go to a destination, I like to stay for a couple of months.
What seasons, if any, do you prefer to chase?
What destinations do you consider to be the best for digital nomads/location independent lifestyles? Why?
Bali, Cape Town, Barcelona, and Gold Coast (Australia). These places attract digital nomads so it’s great to network, and meet like-minded people. Besides the community, they also have good weather, beaches, sunshine, and of course, good wifi!
How do you go about making new friends/dating while traveling?
It’s so easy. Just have an open-mind and try to meet locals, not tourists.
How do you keep your long-distance friendships/relationships alive?
Sometimes I video call with my friends that are on the other side of the world, sometimes not at all. It depends. Most of the people I meet, we don’t hear or see each other for a long time, but then when we reunite it feels like nothing has changed and we are super close again.
What is it that you like most about the traveler lifestyle?
Freedom! Doing what you want, when you want it, and where you want it.
Is there anything you dislike about the traveler lifestyle?
I admit that sometimes it is challenging to stick to your routine. There are more distractions and I miss working with a team. Now I always work on my projects by myself.
What’s something that’s currently missing from your life? Is there something stopping you from getting it?
It used to be perfectionism. Sometimes I would block completely just because I want something to be perfect. I became so insecure. I am aware that that’s my weak point, and I found a way to deal with it. Every creative entrepreneur goes through lots of different phases, and dealing with negative self-talk is definitely part of it. It’s normal, that’s why it’s called a “creative process.”
Is there something you know now about the traveler lifestyle that you wish you knew before making the switch?
It’s not always as fancy as it seems. There are many good moments, but you will also face lots of struggles along the way.
Do you see yourself living this lifestyle forever? Or will you go back to a more “traditional” life at some point?
I like having my freedom, but I will always have a “base.” Having a place with all my stuff, and where I can always go back to.
What’s your best advice for someone wanting to transition to a life of travel?
If you can’t beat fear, just do it scared. It’s normal that you are afraid of the unknown, or to be afraid of getting so far out of your comfort zone. 99% of the things we worry about do not happen. So just go for it and whatever happens along the way… you’ll find a way to deal with it.