On Tuesday 11th of september I was speaking about how I started my life as a digital nomad. Then Jitske Kramer from Human Dimensions talked about how organisations can improve their way of organizing as in a tribe. Which fundamentals are needed to work better together. How there are closed organisations and open organisations. And how both type of organisations would work together.
Original article click here. Written in Editie NL news.
Ronald (24) drives on unicycle from Almelo to Berlin
Driving a few meters on a unicycle is already a challenge for many people. Imagine hundreds of miles. Ronald van der Weijden does not mind too much about this.He is currently riding a unicycle from his hometown Almelo to Berlin.
Ronald earns his money as a digital nomad. While traveling he makes 360 ° tours of hotels. He spent the last four months in Barcelona, but then he wanted more.
40 km/h on an unicycle
He came up with the idea for the trip after a visit to a store with unicycles. Where he drove for years for fun on a unicycle that goes 15 kilometers per hour, he discovered electric models in the store that go as fast as 40 kilometers per hour. With his passion for filming, traveling and his unicycle, he got the idea to drive to Berlin on the unicycle.
800 euro budget
Almost without money. With 800 euros he hopes to be able to pay for his trip and accommodation.
“In the first week I spent 133 euros. I hope to be paid for my 360 content with hotel overnight stays, but then I still have to practice with my sales pitch.”
Sleep on a towel
Through his mobile he searches people and places where he can stay asleep. It has not happened yet that Ronald had to sleep in the ‘middle of nowhere’.
Even though he would like to try that. “It sounds like a real doom scenario, but I think it can be quite easy: I would just look for a covered spot, then I would take my towel to lie down and then I would be nice and dry.”
Within a few days in Berlin
Within a few days he expects to arrive in Berlin. He still doesn’t know yet if this will be his final destination. “I would also like to travel further to Poland or perhaps to the Czech Republic.”
Curious about what Ronald will do next? On his Facebook page he shares his stories and you see how he continues his journey.
Original article click here written by Jadrike Boels in Tubantia newspaper.
‘Du bist krank’; Ronald (24) travels on unicycle from Almelo to Berlin
ALMELO – ‘Du bist krank’, is a comment that Ronald van der Weijden throws at his head every day. The 24-year-old travels on an onewheel, an electronic unicycle, from Almelo to Berlin to pursue his ultimate dream: life as a digital nomad. “Freedom is not a fairy tale, it exists.”
A year ago, after completing his bachelor degree, Ronald was faced with a choice: whether to take over the house next to his parents that had belonged to his deceased grandfather or to move into the wider world. He chose the latter. “I do not want to have a job until I am 67 that I do not really like to be able to pay the mortgage. I want to get away from those fixed boxes. “He booked a single ticket to Barcelona and decided to pursue his dream: life as a digital nomad.” A digital nomad is someone who can work anywhere in the world as long as he has his laptop with him”, Ronald explains.
360 degree videos
The Almeloër (person from Almelo) makes 360-degree videos for hotels with special equipment. “That way you can virtually walk through a hotel before you book a room”, he explains. A niche market according to the 24-year-old, but he is not living for the money. “I do not have to make a profit, I just want to be able to live.” That’s why he exchanges most of the 360 content for hotel overnight stays. Only occasionally he asks for money. “I have to eat, right?”
Super fast unicycles
After four months of Barcelona, it started to itch again with the adventurer. The question ‘what is the next destination’ remained. A visit to a store full of electric unicycles offered a solution. “I was just a child in a candy store. A world opened up for me”, says Ronald enthusiastically. Where he has been riding recreational on a unicycle for 15 kilometers per hour for years, he discovered models in the shop with a speed of 40 kilometers per hour. That made him think of something new.
“What if I combine everything?” Ronald repeats his own question. “My love for traveling, filming and the unicycle.” And so the idea was born. He decided to fly back to the Netherlands and travel to Berlin from his home address in Almelo with his new faster unicycle. “There are many digital nomads there.”
His plan? On the way ‘couchsurfing’ (people sleeping on the couch) and in Berlin, like in Barcelona, taking 360 degrees photos and videos for hotels in exchange for overnight stays. His friends and parents declare him crazy. “You also have to be a bit crazy for this”, he says laughing.
The Almeloër has been on the road for seven days. The arranging of overnight stays has been successful every night. The couches to sleep on he searches through social media. “Sometimes it gets a bit scary” I fear that I will have to sleep somewhere in the middle of nowhere. “He laughs away from the exciting prospect. “It is all part of the adventure.”
And that adventure also includes an arrest by the police. “I actually knew that a unicycle was not allowed on public roads,” Ronald admits. “They have recorded my data and when I get caught again, I get fined.” He does not know exactly what ‘this fine’ exactly is. But the arrest makes his journey even more exciting: “I travel off the beaten track and avoid cities and provincial roads.”
On the way, he charges his electric unicycle in cafés, shops or people’s homes. Everywhere he gets to hear the same: “Nach Berlin? Mit das Einrad? Du bist krank! “Ronald laughs when he talks about the surprised looks he gets. “When I unfold the footrests next to the wheel and drive away, people really look at me with an open mouth.” The down-to-earth Almeloëer does not care about it.
He does not have stress. There are also no clear plans for the future. “I can see it all”, says the 24-year-old in a relaxed tone. “If I can not sell my services in Berlin with my half German knowledge, then I will just travel on.” Enjoyment is at the top of his list of priorities and that works every day. “Freedom is not a fairy tale, it exists.”
Wondering what the days of Ronald look like? You can follow it closely on his Facebook page 360NomadLife where he posts images of his trip every day.
Original article click here written in Saxion news.
On an electric unicycle to Berlin: ‘I wanted more adventure in my life’
Ronald van der Weijden, former student of Creative Media and Game Technologies, has a big dream: becoming a digital nomad. He is currently traveling on an electric unicycle to Berlin. Here he tries to arrange accommodation in exchange for 360 ° tours. “It may be that I sometimes have to sleep in the middle of nowhere.”
Ronald’s yearning for more tension in his life brought him to Barcelona a few months ago. “I was on a road trip through Andorra. At one point I stayed in a co-living for digital nomads. There we made a deal with the owners: if we were allowed to stay for a month for free, we made a 360 ° tour for them. When that worked out, I realized that this should also be possible elsewhere. ”
At the same time Ronald discovered that there were electric unicycles who could travel great distances. “There were a few others who did it, so I thought if they could do it, too.” His plans to make 360 ° videos in another city remained. Eventually the choice fell for his next trip to Berlin. With eight hundred euros for necessary expenses in his pocket and a backpack for only the much needed, he got on his unicycle. “With this trip I could combine all my ideas. It is a big city and can be traveled with the unicycle. Of course normal people go by car or maybe the bike, that makes traveling with an unusual means of transport just so fun. ”
Crazy Dutch guy on a unicycle
Currently, the adventurer travels from Hannover to Wolfsburg. “I did submit my deal to a hostel yesterday, but they were not that enthusiastic yet. That is mainly because I do not sell it that well myself. I can think of good concepts and have a smooth chat, but I find that business side more difficult. People do not yet see the value of such a 360 ° tour. I must name that. That is why I find it exciting to go to Wolfsburg. It is difficult to arrange an overnight stay here, so it may just be that I have to sleep in the middle of nowhere. “In Berlin Ronald is actively approaching hostels and hotels, but on the way he sleeps with strangers on the couch. “You can arrange this via an app. The people I sleep with love it. They leave references as ‘Crazy Dutch guy on a unicycle’. But also when I go and get coffee somewhere, everyone looks at me like ‘who is that guy’. Passers-by find my trip interesting. ”
Ronald has to drive another three hundred kilometers before he is in Berlin. How his journey will look further, he does not know yet. “I want to see how long I can keep exchanging 360 ° tours for overnight stays. That is actually my only goal. Hopefully, this way I can travel around Europe for a year. I deliberately did not make a plan. The fun things and possibilities come naturally on your path. Once I am in Berlin, I think of something new. ”
Do you want to follow Ronald during his special trip? Which you can! He posts a video every day on his Facebook page 360nomadlife.