Welcome to The Zen Nomad
Hello everyone, my name’s Daniel. I’m the author and publisher at The Zen Nomad and you can view my bio here.
Read on to discover more about the story, purpose and future of The Zen Nomad.
If you have any questions, you can connect with me here.
Namaste, and happy travelling!
Combining my three biggest passions (writing, travel and self-development), I created The Zen Nomad to share the vision that you can use travel as a catalyst to change your life.
The Zen Nomad vision of growth through travel is underpinned by the following beliefs:
•You don’t have to do what people tell you.
•Travel combined with experiential learning is a great way to explore yourself.
•New experiences change the brain.
•You can learn something from every single person you meet.
•Small steps, and continuous improvement lead to meaningful life changes.
I’ve used travel to change my own life. Now my mission is to share my story and what I’ve learned to inspire you to embark on their own self-exploration journey and use travel as catalyst to:
•Find your happy and discover what you are passionate about.
•Learn about yourself and discover your blind spots.
•Overcome various mental issues – e.g. fear, anxiety, depression, trauma, addiction.
•Live a simple and resourceful life.
•Be more productive and create habits that stick.
•Achieve your goals & dreams.
If you resonate with the purpose, beliefs and mission of The Zen Nomad, then read on to find out about how it all started out.
To start this story, let’s go back to July 2012. My life looked like this:
•Purpose – I didn’t have a clue what I wanted to do in life. I’d just graduated from university and was facing a job as a banker which did not excite me in the slightest.
•Goals – I had loads of ideas to start my own business but deep down I was scared to execute and never did anything about them.
•Values – I was extremely driven and worked hard, but I was motivated by money, power, success and the accumulation of materials objects.
•Alcohol – I believed I needed to drink to have a good time and each weekend I’d drink as much as I possibly could. I couldn’t handle my drink and had no limits. It often made me violent, and led to getting involved in a lot of fights.
•Diet – Although I played a lot of football and exercised regularly out of habit, I ate a lot of fast food and unhealthy foods, and didn’t think twice about looking after my body.
•Lifestyle – I lived my life based on other people’s expectations and what they thought about me, spending most my time buying things I thought would impress other people.
•Struggles – I didn’t have any source of income and I was £5,000 overdrawn from funding my own studies.
In fear and not knowing what to do with my life, after graduating from university I was persuaded by my best friend Joe to join him on an adventure to Australia to work, save and then travel the world for a year. On the word that we had a job lined up in a grain factory somewhere in the outback, I borrowed money off Joe to book a one-way flight to Australia and that’s when the adventure begins.
Like most things, my plan to travel for a year didn’t turn out that way. Through a series of experiences and people who I met in the first 6 months of my adventure, I discovered how empowering travel was as a catalyst for transformation. This influenced what turned out to be a 5-year journey of self-exploration which would change my life for good.
At the start of that journey I decided to start a journal while I hitchhiked and CouchSurfed around the world. Instead of writing a repetitive account of the day’s events, I would write about the people I met – their story, beliefs, dreams, fears & philosophy – followed by an account of what I could learn from them.
I didn’t discriminate and choose the people I met and wrote about along the way. I let it be, because I understood that everyone had a story to share and their own unique struggles. I never judged or made assumptions. Instead, I just listened with the empowering belief that I could learn I could learn something from every person I met.
5 years and 22 journals later, this belief coupled with intense introspection led me to make small intentional changes to my own life, and here’s what my life looks like now in comparison to 5 years ago:
•Purpose – I discovered a love for writing, travel and self-development. I have developed a vision around these passions and feel like I have found my place in the world.
•Goals – I’ve learned to take action and have built a sustainable business around the things I love doing while travelling to over 40 countries on 4 continents.
•Values – I am still driven and hard-working but now I am motivated by softer qualities such as meaning, doing what I love, simplicity and growing through experiences.
•Alcohol – I quit drinking alcohol 2.5 years ago and haven’t had a drink since. I also haven’t been in a fight in 5 years, and I’m a lot calmer these days.
•Diet – I no longer eat fast food. I cook and eat consciously, exercise regularly and do my best to look after my body. Admittedly, my vice is sugar (i love a good ice cream).
•Lifestyle – Beyond wholesome food, good sleep, exercising and nurturing good relationships, I don’t need much more and enjoy living a simple life.
•Struggles – I work incredibly hard and sometimes find it difficult to switch off.
I believe that a lot of the transformation that occured in the last 5 years was a by-product of travel – particularly the people i was luckily enough to encounter on my journey.
What started as a simple initiative to record the stories and lessons of people I met while hitchhiking turned into the creation of The Zen Nomad, and a vision to empower and inspire people to change their own lives through travel.
That’s the story for now, and I invite you to join me on what will be a very exciting journey.
The Zen Nomad is a project for life, and an ongoing enquiry into the human experience.
Asides from continuing to write and share my philosophies and beliefs here, there’s two major projects I am working on in the coming years:
Book: The Zen Nomad – Path to Peace
I’m currently writing my first book, The Zen Nomad: Path to Peace, which traces the story of my last 5 years travelling and the lessons I learned from people I met along the way. The book is set to be released in January 2018, and you can read more about it and pre-order a copy here.
I have also begun planning and preparation for the biggest journey of my life which commences in October 2020. The journey will be a 4-year world pilgrimage crossing 6 continents, sharing the unique stories, philosophies and life lessons of everyday people I meet along the way. You can read more about the journey here, and if this is something that excites you and you want to be involved, please get in touch using the links below.