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.
Please read on to discover more about the story, purpose and future of The Zen Nomad.
If you have any questions or queries, please get in touch with me here.
Namaste, and Happy Travels!
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’s vision of ‘growth through travel’ is underpinned by the following beliefs:
•You don’t have to do what people tell you to do.
•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 changes in life.
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 your own self-exploration journey and use travel as catalyst to:
•Find your happy and work out what brings you joy.
•Challenge and learn about yourself.
•Overcome various mental issues & blind spots – e.g. fear, anxiety, depression, trauma, addiction.
•Live a simple and resourceful life.
•Become more productive and create habits that stick.
•Achieve your goals & dreams.
If you resonate with the purpose, beliefs and mission of The Zen Nomad, please read on to find out more about how it all begun.
To start this story, let’s go back to July 2012. My life looked like this:
•Purpose – I was confused and didn’t have a clue what I wanted to do in life. I’d just graduated from university and was facing the prospect of a job as an investment banker which did not excite me.
•Goals – I had loads of ideas to start my own business but deep down I was scared to execute and never did anything about any of them.
•Values – I was extremely driven and worked hard, but I was motivated by things outside of myself – money, power, success and the accumulation of materials objects.
•Alcohol – I believed I needed to drink alcohol to be social and have a good time. Each weekend I’d drink as much as I possibly could. I couldn’t handle my drink and I had no limits, which inevitably led to problems in many other areas of my life.
•Diet – Although I exercised regularly and played a lot of football, 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 doing things I believed would impress other people.
•Struggles – When i finished university I didn’t have any source of income and I was £5,000 overdrawn from funding my own university degree while I studied.
Upon graduating from university, and not knowing what to do do with my life, 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. Based on the prospect 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 begun.
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 early days of my journey, I quickly discovered that travel was as a great catalyst for personal development and changing one’s life. This belief influenced what turned out to be a 4-year journey of self-exploration which encouraged me to make some big changes in my own life.
At the start of that journey I decided to keep 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 a personal 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 the journey take its course, 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 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 meaning 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 learning through experiences.
•Alcohol – I quit drinking alcohol 3 years ago and haven’t looked back since. As a result, my health and mindset has improved dramatically.
•Diet – I no longer eat fast food. I cook and eat consciously, exercise regularly and do my best to look after my body.
•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.
The Zen Nomad is a project for life, and an ongoing enquiry into the human experience.
Asides from continuing to write and sharing my philosophies and beliefs here through weekly articles, there’s two major projects that are currently on the go:
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 March 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, commencing in October 2020. The journey will be a 4-year world pilgrimage crossing 6 continents, sharing the unique stories, philosophies and life lessons from 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 here.
I believe that much of the transformation that occurred in the last 5 years was a by-product of travel – particularly the people I was fortunate 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 look forward to meeting you on the journey.