Living a Nomadic Life. Bali Indonesia 26

Being a nomad in Bali.

What is it like to not have a home? Let me clarify… It’s been nearly four years since I left Canada. It was to be a year of living and working abroad. Life, being life that was extended a little, and then COVID happened.  

With COVID and the lockdowns, I remained in Jakarta. In the process, like many other companies, we restructured. Work from home became a thing and travel became nonexistent. We all know the story all too well.  

With that said, I do have a home in Canada. It is a condo that overlooks Lake Ontario and a bit of the downtown skyline. However, life is life, we all do what we need to.  

Heading to Bali. 

My life goal and the dream was to eventually retire in Bali. That was accelerated a little by taking on a position in Bali with a skincare company.  

Here is where the nomad life comes in. While I do own a home in Canada, and I am not stuck in Bali, it has become home. In the meantime, I have changed jobs and do freelance that allows me to travel on the Island and that is what I am doing.  

I planned to rent something as a yearly rental. I was close to signing a yearly deal when the idea came to me. Rather than being locked to one place, I decided to move around. 

Living out of a backpack. 

I have a large suitcase that holds all my belongings in Bali. However, I move about the island with two backpacks. The other day my laptop died, and I realized, my whole life is in that thing. This is true. I have backups online and on an external hard drive, but my life is in and on my laptop.  

What is it like to live out of two backpacks? Since my divorce and the closure of my family business, I have downsized and downsized. From a house to a condo in Toronto and trust me that is a big move. Then I moved to Jakarta and gave away a pile of things. I lived out of a suitcase and my backpack in Jakarta. Now I am down to two backpacks. Oh, and the space under the seat of my scooter also counts since I usually stuff a pile of things there. It is quite amazing how little we can get by with. Also, how little we actually need when we think about it.  

Nomad is amazing. 

As seen, if you follow the blog, I get to meet some amazing people and be able to write about my experiences. I have moved from central Bali to Jimbaran and then north to Ubud. The next stop is very northwest and near to the beach in the Balian area of Bali. Now for one, Bali is set up for this 100%. The surfers and the backpackers do this all the time. For as little as $12 a night one can get a bed to sleep on and spend little to no money on food if you are happy to grab bananas off the trees by the side of the road. I am not quite there yet.  

Nomad it is for now. I will be moving this weekend to the other side of the island, out to the country and near the beach. While it is interesting to live out of two backpacks, Bali offers laundry service on nearly every street corner. There are little shacks of local food everywhere. In preparation, I have reused coffee jars and filled them with oatmeal as well as sugar. I have a small jar of salt and pepper as well. I have my own mug and I take whatever food I may have in the fridge. The rest is in the backpacks. One sweater, it gets cold on the scooter at times, and to prevent sunburn. The rest are clothes, phones, and chargers.  

Consumables are easy to replace. As long as I have my laptop, my phone, and friends I visit on weekends, I am a happy nomad, homeless in Bali. 

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Published by Zsolt Zsemba

Zsolt Zsemba has worn many different hats. He has been an entrepreneur, businessman for over 30 years. Living abroad has given him many amazing experiences in life and also sparked his imagination for writing. After moving to Canada from Hungary at the age of 10 and working in a family business for a large part of his life. The switch from manufacturing to writing came surprisingly easily for him. His passion for writing began at age 12, mostly writing poetry and short stories. In 1999, the chance came to write scripts. Zsolt took some time off from his family business to write in Jakarta Indonesia for MD Entertainment. Having written dozens of soap operas and made for TV movies, in 2003 Zsolt returned to the family business once more. In 2018, he had the chance to head back to Asia once again. He took on the challenge to be the COO for MD Pictures and get back into the entertainment business. The entertainment business opened up the desire to write once more and the words began to flow onto the pages again. He decided to rewrite a book he began years ago. Organ House was reborn and is a fiction suspense novel while Scars is a young adult drama focused on life’s challenges. After the first two books, his desire to write not only became more challenging but enjoyable as well. After having several books completed he was convinced to publish them for your enjoyment. Zsolt does not tend to stay in one specific genre but tends to lean towards strong female leads and horror. Though he also has a few human interest books, he tends to write about whatever brews in his brain for a while.

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