It is not uncommon to walk into our community kitchen and stay and hour or two getting to know a new roamer. Great conversations often start in the kitchen, and when you happen to have new personalities with new ideas in that same kitchen every other day, it turns out to be a productive shared space, full of life.
This is how I met Ester, on my first day at Roam Miami. I walked into the kitchen at 7 am and there she was, workout gear ready, full of disposition, moving through the kitchen with the ease of someone who has been there for a while (8 months to be exact). She knew where everything was and which buttons to press on the coffee maker. I knew we would be friends. Agility is a character trait I admire.
An import from Barcelona, Ester came to the US 7 years ago to finish a masters program and never went back home. Now, the concept of home has been completely changed in her eyes, as her newfound dream to explore and be free is becoming a reality everyday.
If not now, when?
What do you spend most of your time doing?
If you had asked me this question a few months ago, I would have told you that most of my time was spent working (who the hell came up with the 40 hours work week?) and focusing on career growth. However, if I had had a choice I would’ve spent most of my time traveling, which is what I really love the most. For the first time in history, I’m able to combine both! What else could I ask for other than being able to make 2 of my bigger dreams come true at once… Lately I’ve been spending most of my time being grateful for my digital nomadic lifestyle.
How long have you been at Roam Miami? What brought you here?
I’ve been at Roam since October of 2016 (on and off). 8 months ago, I was offered a full time work-from-home/remote job position. I had lived in California for 7 years and I was already itching to keep exploring the world (I can only still still for so long). I no longer have a home, but I have Roam! And there truly is no place like home – scratch that – there truly is no place like Roam. Roam allows me to use Miami as my home base without having to sign up for a lease or commit to living somewhere in particular. Flying out of Miami is very convenient so I intend to travel the world from here.
Describe a day in your nomadic life.
I usually wake up in the morning and join the community for a meditation session and a yoga class. This gives me the strength I need to rock at work. At lunch break, I head to our shared kitchen where there’s always someone to chat with – either a known face or an unknown one. I love the known faces, most of them have become friends that I will never forget. But the new faces are always the most exciting. What new stories and adventures am I about to hear? Every single one of these nomad souls has something interesting to share, I love all of their life stories & adventures.
What has inspired you recently?
Jim and Dorianne. Their story gives me goosebumps. I love how they’ve become nomads. They used to own multiple properties in multiple locations in the US. They decided to sell it all, including vehicles and furniture. They only kept some of their books and wines in storage. For the past two years, they’ve been traveling around the world and live out of their suitcase.
I admire those who need the least, whose most valuable possessions are memories, who care about visiting every single place on Earth, who would rather have a passport full of stamps than a house full of stuff.
If you had a chance to teach one thing to the world (or leave one message for humanity), what would it be?
I don’t know that I can teach the world anything… if something, the world still has so much to teach me. But all I can say is that the most important life lessons I’ve learnt so far have come out of the worst experiences or situations.
If I had to share something with humanity, I would probably explain why I live life the way I do, and what triggered it: ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis). I had a family member suffer from it during 5 years. It taught me that life can be taken away from you at any moment in time. And steal your very basics: being able to walk, being able to talk, being able to eat, …
So run as fast as you can, dance as much as possible, and travel as far as you can, because life is extremely short and often times, unfair.
What makes you feel least alone in this often times lonely journey?
I left home (Barcelona) 7 years ago to go explore the world. Trust me I’ve had to work on loneliness for a very long time. It took me a little while, but I finally came to realize that love and distance do not have a direct correlation. While the ones I love may not always be physically present, I carry them in my heart, and so do they. Thus, I’m never alone.
What can’t you travel without?
My cameras. I love to share images of the world through my lens. Although carrying too many cameras can get heavy, I’m always afraid that my brain capacity may run out of space and I may not be able to store all of my memories. I also like to shoot with film, otherwise, I tend to take 100 shots of the same thing if I do it with my digital cameras. With analog film, you only get one shot.
Give us one tip for how to pack a suitcase…
Do not worry too much about it. Most people get stressed out about packing. And most of us always tend to take too much stuff with us that we end up never wearing. If in doubt, do not take it! If you are traveling for a few days only, take a carry-on with you. I always avoid checking in any bags, otherwise you may end up wasting a lot of time at the airport or end up with a lost bag.
Where are you off to next?
Cuba in February, Costa Rica in March, Bahamas in April, New York in May, Spain in June/July, Puerto Rico in August. And I’m already planning too far ahead. Trying to focus on staying present!