But when you're a digital nomad, a gaping cavern can open up that you once filled with these niceties. You don't have the same time with friends, the same family obligations. You can't keep on buying new clothes or throw cushions because you've only got one suitcase. You're more careful with how you spend your money, so you won't be found splashing out on expensive cocktails or fancy dinners all the time.
You suddenly have time to ask yourself, well, what's it all for?
Ultimately, you need to be doing things that you really, really care about - something that you feel will make the world better for having had you in it. Reaching people beyond your immediate circle of acquaintance to raise everyone's standards of living.
If you're not doing that, then all you'll be able to do is refill your life with other substitutes for real happiness: cheaper cocktails (because you're in Thailand). More beach getaways, fancy tech gadgets, endless changes of location. A sense of superiority because you've figured it all out.
I'm not yet doing what I love - I'm still a full-time freelancer and I don't yet have a business that makes me passive income - so I'm in a kind of limbo where I'm continually asking myself how to fill that gap. If I did have passive income, I'd use it to connect more people to ways of empowering themselves to live better, freer and more self-determined lives. I want to spread the message of collaborative consumption and free more people from the cycle of work-buy-discard that rules so much of the world. I want to talk to more people about feminism, so more people realise that a patriarchal society traps all of us in its gender prisons. I want to support the arts and artists. I want to make art myself. I want to learn another language. I want to spend time with old people.
I can't do these things until I have mechanisms in place to support that lifestyle, but I think that when I do, it won't only be me that benefits from it.