Fargo, North Dakota–Brad and Jenn Lindemann, a US-based couple who abandoned their ‘normal’ routine and job for a nomadic lifestyle, recently gave an interview with the Grand Forks Herald magazine.
During the interview, they discussed their journey, divulged personal details, and offered advice to individuals aspiring to embark on a similar nomadic path.
Brad and Jennifer left their home in North Dakota last November and have been funding their adventure through Brad’s remote job, their savings, occasional odd jobs (like pet-sitting), and their blog “Far From Home,” where Jenn shares their experiences with their followers and loved ones back home.
In the interview, they revealed that Brad worked as a logistics worker for a grain trading and processing company (now remotely) and Jenn as an executive assistant before they left. They said that they were tired of their routine and of looking forward to occasional vacations and yearned for more in life.
“If anyone ever wants to do this, my advice is just to do it. Get your passport. Go! Don’t be afraid of the world. Whatever your dream is, do it! You get one life, right?” said Jenn in the interview.
The couple said they had stayed between one and three months in each location since they set off and have visited 14 countries. They stated having experienced many different cultures and have already set an itinerary for the coming year.
They also revealed that they are always looking for authentic culinary experiences and that food was central to their travel adventures.
“We came to England and fell in love with Indian food. Huge Indian population and Bangladeshi populations here. Oh, my goodness. It is so delicious!” said Jenn in the interview.
When asked about their daily routine and whether they do a lot of sightseeing on their travels, Jenn answered, “The majority of our days are spent at home, you know, behind computer screens, cooking meals, taking care of pets, planning our next destination and watching Netflix, like really just normal, everyday things.”
Fun Fact: Pet sitting is a profession getting increasingly popular worldwide. According to statistics, the global pet-sitting market size was estimated at $1.94 billion in 2021 and is anticipated to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 11.52% from 2022 to 2030.
“With pet-sitting, you just meet the nicest people. And then they’re also great for giving you recommendations,” said Jenn, adding that it is one of the things they enjoy most from their travels.
When discussing money and the costs incurred for such a lifestyle, they stated, “We don’t have a mortgage, we don’t have car payments. We don’t have a lot of insurance anymore. Normally, our expenses are a lot less than when we lived in the U.S.”
The couple says their journey has been a life-changing experience, and they do not plan to stop traveling anytime soon. They have learned to appreciate life’s simple things and gained a new perspective on the world and its people.
“Every day is a new adventure, and the scenery is always changing. Don’t like the food? We’re only here for two weeks. Too cold? We’ll be somewhere warmer next month,” as Brad put it.
Brad and Jenn Lindemann inspire many who dream of living a nomadic lifestyle while exploring the world. Their story shows that an adventurous spirit and willingness to take risks can lead to a life full of exciting experiences and unforgettable memories.
Right up my alley Victor. I love seeing folks take to the digital nomad life seamlessly. My wife and I have been doing this for 12 years just about. We love the life a little bit more every single day. Fabulous, freeing way to live as long as you hug the discomfort that arises from time to time.