1: Please introduce yourself and tell us where you are from ?
The easy part of this question to answer is the first half, I am Rohan George. The hard part is where I am from, and I have always had trouble answering this question as I don’t know what really to say but I will try. I am South African by nationality, Nigerian by birth and Indian by heritage.
For as long as I can remember, I was always traveling. My Parents travelled a lot and moved from country to country. I just carried on the family tradition when I finished University.
I have lived in 11 countries and have travelled to over 65 countries.
There are pros and cons to this, for the cons, I never felt like I belonged anywhere I lived and for the pros, I always felt like I was part of something bigger and knowing that I was never bound to one place because of nationality or culture.
My parents always taught me to be better and part of being better was to step out of my comfort zone both physically and mentally.
2: What made you take the leap into leaving your home country ?
I left South Africa in 2001 to study in the UK, I studied Graphic Design, got a fantastic education. After my studies I wanted to see the world and my only option at that time was to look for work as a graphic designer in other countries. I successfully managed to live and work in many countries and in 2015 I resigned my full-time job in the US as I was tired of the daily grind and the monotony of the 9 to 5 and travel.
3: Are you a digital nomad, worldschoolers traveling full time or taking many long trips or have you settled in a new country?
I would consider myself a digital nomad as I have been working and travelling since 2015 till now. I am currently in Canada now working on my start-up which is on Educational Reform Through Creative Thinking.
4: The big question, how do you sustain yourselves financially?
I work as a freelance Art Director. I have clients in the US, Canada and France. My clients give me consistent and regular work. I keep about 3 to 4 clients, so if one company gives me less work the I reach out to another to get more work and the reason I have not more than 4 clients is to give their client the attention they deserve.
This way of working helps me to be free and work from anywhere I please and my clients don’t care as long as don’t miss deadlines and keep providing them with top quality work.
So, today I could be in German working from a co-working space and tomorrow I can be working on a beach in the Bahamas. As a creative, this transition has really helped my career, not only financially but also creatively.
5: Looking back, what are the best tips you can give others wanting to do the same?
Travel is best education you get and its good for your soul. You learn so much through research, interacting with people of different cultures. It helps you be better planner and better organized, helps you manage your finances better. Learning a new language can also help you be a more creative individual.
If you want to get paid while you travel, I would say the most important thing is to network, reach out to past colleagues, past employers, etc. Keep a good relationship with everyone professionally and never burn bridges.
I always reach out to my contacts on LinkedIn 2 to 4 times a year just to say hello and see how they are doing, and this conversation usually ends up getting me work.
Many companies today allow their employees to work remotely and if they do, see how you can make use of this to travel and work.
Travel doesn’t have to be expensive. With good research and a well-planned budget, it can stretch a long way.
6: How different is your life now and what are the most positive results you can share with us?
Travel has always been an eye opener, it made me more compassionate and understanding to the needs of others. It has also helped in my career as I have seen a boost in creativity. I get more ideas and have come up with so many different start-up business ideas.
7: Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers to inspire them to take the leap?
Its normal to have a fear for the unknown. I too have this before I travel. I worry about my safety and not knowing what to expect but I always tell myself that if I live my life in fear, I will experience nothing. I think about it as an experience I can learn from whether good or bad and more stories to tell.
Traveling makes you a storyteller and gives you the ability to interact with people from different walks of life. Don’t let doubts or fear hold you back.
Take the right precautions and make sure you research before you travel. What I have learnt is that people are good and will always help in times of need. Also remember that life is short, make the most out of it.
8: Do you have any blogs, websites, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest or other social media we can follow you on?