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Jun 02, 2019 22:57:53

The end of an era

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Sarah Hum

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Andrew tweeted the other day that we are slowing down traveling. It's true. After two years living the digital nomad life, we are settling down for a while. The city we chose is Toronto, my hometown. I don't think it's really hit me yet but I think now's a good time to reflect. I can definitely feel reality creeping in.

We're in Toronto now for two and a half months. We're subletting so it doesn't feel permanent yet. We're off to Seattle for a short stint after this but then we're coming back. At that time, we'll look for more permanent housing. Insane!

I can see me being happy here. My family is here, I have friends here. Toronto is a really cool city. The whole thing feels kind of bitter-sweet. Either way, it's a new phase and something to be excited about.

Leaving SF was mostly my idea. I enjoy seeing the world and I would continue to do so if it was just me. That said, it's not just me. Andrew has made compromises for the last two years so I think it's fair that I make some now. I completely understand the tradeoffs he's had to make and the reasons he wants to settle down. 

First, a quick summary

During these last two years, we’ve lived and worked from 26 cities in 16 countries. London, Lyon, Budapest, Berlin, Madrid, Valencia, Barcelona, Seville, Las Palmas, Lisbon, Dubrovnik, Split, SF, NY, Seattle, Vegas, Toronto, Vancouver, Hong Kong, Saigon, Bangkok, Malapascua, Taipei, Kaohsiung, Fukuoka, and Seoul. We usually stayed in each city for about a month. The most memorable were Valencia, Lisbon, Split, and Seoul.

We worked on Canny full-time the entire time. We also started growing our team. We grew from just me and Andrew to a fully remote team of five. In Lisbon and Split, we held our first two team retreats. 

The lifestyle is definitely not for everyone. There's a lot of planning ahead, moving around, and adjusting to unfamiliar places. It's exhausting for a lot of people. I, however, love that stuff. Seeing how locals live, walking around new neighborhoods, discovering hidden gems. All while not having to pay rent at home. Of course, there are challenges but nothing great comes easy.

Not everybody can do what we did or has the means to do it. Desk jobs are called that for a reason. Although our time is ending, I am so grateful for the opportunity to travel for these last two years. 

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    @hum curious to know: on hindsight, do you wish you had spent more time (more than your current 1 month) in one city? Or spent less? Why? :)

    Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Jun 03, 2019 20:37:42
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      @jasonleow Good question! Maybe I'll create a separate post :)

      Sarah Hum avatar Sarah Hum | Jun 04, 2019 14:48:26
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    @hum amazing! inspirational! sounds so easy... haha :-)))

    Lucjah avatar Lucjah | Jun 03, 2019 08:28:13
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      Thanks @lucjah! Haha a lot of planning involved but worth it in my opinion :)

      Sarah Hum avatar Sarah Hum | Jun 04, 2019 14:48:59
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    @hum I love your product and find your story inspiring. As a soon-to-be digital nomad myself, how do you determine when to move to the next place? How long to you stay in one city, and do you explore it fully before leaving?

    Demi Yang avatar Demi Yang | Jun 02, 2019 23:43:13
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      Thanks so much @demi! I can answer these in a separate post :)

      Sarah Hum avatar Sarah Hum | Jun 04, 2019 14:49:22
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