Hi, I’m Nadine, a true Cologne girl, and yet always on the move. In my early 20s, I began working as a freelance graphic designer and during this time, I discovered my passion for traveling around the world – with my laptop and camera always in my luggage.
I was born in 1983 and after school, it became clear that I should embark upon a creative career. After a few internships, fate was kind to me. I was able to complete my qualifications as a media designer in a small advertising agency in Cologne’s Agnesviertel district in just two years. By the time I was 20 years old, I had my degree in my pocket, and after a year of permanent employment in a larger agency, I was sure that I was not meant to be a permanent employee, but instead needed more freedom in my life.
So I decided to study media design in Cologne and became a freelancer at the same time. This turned out to be the best decision – although, at the beginning of 2000, the Internet was nowhere near what it is today, and WhatsApp, eSIM and New Work were foreign words.
My Way to a Digital Nomad
Thanks to two work-and-travel breaks with my two cousins, I quickly discovered that I could work from anywhere. With a hippie camper and laptop, I discovered the beauty of Australia and New Zealand twice and for over a month. At that time, there was the classic SMS with 140 characters, and it cost about 4 EUR to send a short message from Australia to Europe. It was here that I discovered McDonald’s as my first coworking space. For each coffee, I got a half-hour of WLAN for free, and I managed to earn money online while traveling.
Digitization makes it possible
Today, it’s, of course, much easier! There’s now free Internet everywhere, whether in a cafe, hotel, public place or coworking space. And even the iPhone now has the ability to switch between various cellular service providers, so I’ve always stored my German card virtually in my phone and I buy a cheap prepaid card in whatever country I’m in.
But, of course, these are only small excerpts from my everyday life, travels and work. With this blog, I’d like to take you to different countries and cultures and tell you how I’ve been able to explore all the continents of the world, despite being the owner of a design studio (Veedelswerk GmbH) and hosting monthly breakfast events with over 100 people (CreativeMornings Cologne).
Adventure may hurt you but monotony will kill you.
During the past ten years, I’ve lived in Hong Kong for three years, traveled to almost all the Asian countries, spent more than 100,000 kilometers behind the wheel discovering places like Alaska, Canada, Scotland and Morocco by car. And my adventure is still far from over…