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Be a Digital Nomad in Australia

Perhaps the most important consideration for a nomad is a choice of destination.

So, what about Australia, a country well known for its tourist attractions? From lush rain forests to the barren outback, the timeless, seemingly endless landscape stretches beyond imagination. Well, for us, it is relevant that Australia has become a magnet for those who mean not only to enjoy but also work there. Yes, many nomads have already visited this vast country and some of them have decided to stay there indefinitely.

The Great Migration

The way we perceive work has changed dramatically. The digital revolutions engulf the world and fast internet speeds spread to its distant corners. These developments have facilitated the rise of digital nomads, remote workers, and freelancers. It is expected that by 2035, there will be 1 billion nomads in the world. Their example has captured the imagination of numerous working people who seek to escape the tedious 9-5 routine.

Namely, with the tech infrastructure in place, the world can be your oyster. The whole ocean of online possibilities unfolds before your eyes

The Cost Of Dreams

Let us now take a look at Australia. Namely, the Land Down Under offers nice weather, vibrant culture, great quality of life, flourishing economy and plenty of business opportunities. There is a wide range of activities to keep you busy, but more importantly, the necessary infrastructure (Wi-Fi) and other resources are present and certainly not in short supply. Also, for most nomads, the language barrier is non-existent.

It seems that there is something really tempting about leaving everything behind and going to the other side of the globe. It is a chance to turn a new leaf, and write a new exciting chapter of your life. So, it does not come as a surprise that people are flocking to this vast country in pursuit of their dreams. Not every nomad can afford to live there, though, as living costs can be as high as a kite.

Major Hubs & Work Spaces

Sydney is on the travel radar of numerous nomads and not just because of the things like legendary Bondi Beach. This burgeoning city is on top of the list due to appealing lifestyle, world-renowned attractions, friendly culture and thriving startup scene. Also, finding a co-working space in Sydney is a breeze. Numerous shared workspaces are popping up across the urban area and they accommodate a growing army of nomads.

These bustling hubs are places where they can meet like-minded people, share ideas and work their fingers to the bone if need be. Entrepreneurs, remote workers, creative individuals and nomads come together and disrupt traditional notions about doing business. What is more, finding a new gig is not hard.

Plan A Trip For Your Team At Work

Also, travelling together is one of the best ways to develop team bonding and understanding. So, if you are in charge of booking a trip for your team, here are some of the things you can do to make it one of the best tours ever.

Book the Trip in Advance

One of the biggest advantages of booking a trip in advance is that you will able to save money that can spend on other things during the tour. If you start early, you can get the¬†lowest airfares¬†out there. Some companies offer package deals for large groups travelling together. Once you have sort the tickets, start booking your accommodation. It’s very important that this is done in advance because getting rooms for a lot of people at the same place might be difficult at the last moment.

Pick a Place With Options for Outdoor Activities

Go to a place that allows your team to take part in group activities like adventure sports or a cricket match on the beach. These are great team bonding exercises and they will help your team coordinate with each other outside the compulsion of an office. You can even arrange a team lunch so that everyone eats and chills out together. However, ensure that you make these arrangements in advance so that there’s no last minute cancellations or trouble.

Go Sightseeing Together

There’s nothing like exploring a place with your colleagues and creating memories that will stay with you for a lifetime. If you are going to place that is best explored on your own, they all of you can rent bikes and go around the town. This way, you will be on your own but you will also be a part of the team.

Arrange a Bonfire Night

A team outing without a bonfire and some singing and dancing is incomplete. You can tell your hotel authorities to arrange one such bonfire night for your team so that all of you can sit around it and chit chat. If you know someone who can play a guitar or sing, ask them to show their talent. This way, your whole team will be able to connect with and know each other better.

A team outing will not only help everyone relax and enjoy some time away from work but it will also help them become friends with their teammates. So, if you have been planning a team outing, do it now

Visit to Konya (Turkey)

The ancient city of Konya is the second most visited city of Turkey after Istanbul. Apart from its historic significance, Konya has become a pilgrimage city not only for Muslims but also for people of other religions who seek spiritual guidance from Rumi’s poetry and treat Rumi as their spiritual leader. Rumi spent most of his life in Konya and was buried there. In 1927, his monastery was converted into a museum named as Mevlana Meuseze or the Maulana Museum. Maulana is a religious title for respect. In the west Maulana is known as Rumi and the museum named after him as Rumi Museum.

Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi was born in Balkh (now Afghanistan) in 1207 and came to Konya alongwith his parents when he was only 12 years old. Rumi became a great religious scholar of his time and started teaching Koran and Islamic Sharia to his students. After meeting with Shams Tabriz at the age of 37 his whole life changed. He became a whirling dervish and followed the footsteps of his Murshed Shams.

Shams Tabriz filled Rumi’s heart with Divine spiritual enlightenment and taught him the knowledge what he could not learn from the books. After that Rumi started writing poetry. He wrote 70,000 verses in a period of 25 years. Rumi’s poetry, written in the Persian language, has been translated in all the prominent languages of the world, and thus Rumi has become the best known, most respected and the most read poet of the world.

Rumi Museum is opened daily from 10.00 am to 4.30 pm and the admission is free. Before entering the Rumi’s shrine, everyone is required to wear thin plastic covers on shoes as respect for the holy place. In the main room there are many tombs of Rumi’s family and followers. Rumi’s tomb is covered with a large thick cloth embroidered in gold with a big green turban placed on it. Besides his tomb there is the tomb of Rumi’s father, Maulana Bahauddin Valed.

In the next room, placed in the glass cases are the hand written books of Rumi’s poetry written in Persian language, hand written Holy Quran in various periods, clothing belonging to Rumi and his son Sultan Veled, caps belonging to Rumi and his Murshed Shams Tebriz, etc. The next is the prayer room for men and women. The main shrine was built by Seljuk emperors while the rooms in front of the main shrine were added in the times of Ottoman Sultans and became a part of the Rumi Museum.

Rumi left this world on 17 December 1273. This day is remembered every year as his leaving this world and “wedding with God”. Every year, on 17 December, pilgrims from all over the world come to Konya to pay their respects to the 13th century great poet and Sufi saint. They participate in religious ceremonies and witness the whirling dervishes performing live in front of the pilgrims.

Be A Traveller And Not A Tourist

If you have ever travelled to a new place, you might already know how liberating it can be. However, if you really want to enjoy the true benefits of travelling, be a traveller and not a tourist. Confused? Don’t worry! Here are some tips that will help you with this.

Explore the Hidden Places

A tourist is most likely to see the famous landmarks or monuments of a place. But, as a traveller, you should be exploring hidden gems in a city or country. It could be anything from quaint little cafes to forests on the countryside. To be able to do this, get in touch with like-minded people to know more about your destination. You can even run a Google search to do a little bit of research, while you are booking cheap flights, for instance. Additionally, you can contact travel agents or guides who have expertise in this area. They will be able to take you to places that aren’t visited by too many tourists.

Immerse Yourself in the Local Culture

When you are travelling to a new place, the best way to experience it is to become a part of the local population. You can start by dressing like them and enjoying their local delicacies instead of eating at food chains. Also, you can visit the place when they have a carnival or festival going on. That will truly enlighten you about the place. Which is why, it’s important to conduct a little research before starting your trip. Check out blogs and various travel sites to determine the best time to travel to a place.

Make New Friends

Don’t let the opportunity of making new friends pass when you are travelling. You never know how that person might completely bring in a fresh perspective to your life. Mingle more with fellow travellers and locals alike to form bond with people who are from completely different background than yours. One way to make new friends would be to be bond over food and music. Ask them about it and share a meal with them. This way, when you return home, you will have a lot of good memories. Who knows your next trip might even be with someone you met on your previous journey?

Now that you know how to be a traveller and not a tourist, start planning your next vacation. Keep these points in mind while you are travelling and you will come with a priceless experience.