It’s been 2 months in Sri Lanka, and now currently in California and I believed more than ever that it’s possible to travel while working at the same time. During my journey in the Southern Province, I’ve came across Malin and Sofia; two girls from Sweden how has been traveling around the globe for the past few years. I wanted to know more about the journey and life and ask them some questions.
When did you first leave Sweden of an adventure?
We both left Sweden together when we were 19 and 20, for a year full of adventure traveling through South East Asia, Indonesia, Australia, Fiji and new Zealand. And after that we just never stopped really!
How did the idea of Salty boho came from?
As we travelled we came across so many beautiful things, jewelry, paintings etc that we wished we could buy and share with the world. So this idea came up, why don’t we buy small things that we can bring along, and share it with the world online? So www.saltyboho.com came alive and we saw the opportunity on how to inspire other young girls on how to travel, work and live the life of your dreams!
How do you manage to travel for so long?
We have been working. And travelling. And working again. Seriously, we have worked in so many cafés and restaurants all over the world we can’t even count them anymore.
Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty and your head down for a couple of months to be able to travel some more, we have met friends for life during these times and it’s always worth it! Look for jobs from home, go work in a Surf camp, look for internships within your field of expertise or search for new experience this way. Education is great, but real life experience is also super important. The last few years we have been finding jobs before heading out on our travels, this way we make sure to really get jobs that gives us experience within our preferred field and to get to see a new country!
What made you choose this digital nomad type of life?
Really, the Digital Nomad kind of life choose us! Seriously, it was with no intentions that we ended up on this road. All we did was travelling with an open mind and realizing we simply were not interested in a 9-5 working day in an office. We tried that, ended up having daily rage attacks listening to Biggie Smalls, doing Yoga on the floor and violating the dress code with hoodies and yoga pants.
You’ll get surprised on how many opportunities pops up when you say yes to things. But sometimes you also have to say no when your gut feeling says so. You get really good at listening to your gut feeling while living like this.
What’s the most beautiful treasure that you’ve found?
Well obviously, all of our treasures has touched our heart in some way, but if we have to pick, we LOVE our handmade Tie dye blankets that we found in Sri Lanka last year! And we do feel some extra love for our new collection that we have designed ourselves and are producing with our local silversmith and his family in Sri Lanka. It is so nice to get to give back to the local community in Sri Lanka that we adore!
What’s the funniest things that happened in your travels?
1. Three people in one big rubber ball rolling down a hill in the countryside of New Zealand. Google “Zorbing New Zealand” and you’ll see for yourself!
2. Diving in underwater caves in the Jungle in Tulum, Mexico. We literally drove out in the middle of nowhere, put our diving equipment on and jumped into a big hole in the ground in the jungle. Thereafter we got to explore a 7km long underwater cave system, one of the biggest ones in the world! It was life changing, living the high life and all that in one heavenly experience.
What does a typical day look like for you?
When in Sri Lanka, we wake up at about 6am and go for a surf at our local break in Midigama in the sunrise. Then we go for breakfast, and work, answer emails, have meetings etc for a few hours until the heat strikes in mid day – this is the perfect time for a nap. After that we usually take a snack, work some more, and then take an afternoon surf or yoga class before sunset and dinner! We round up our day with dinner at our local with friends and sometimes an episode (or five) of New Girl and wake up to do it all again!
Things you could live without?
Malin: A good swimsuit. Seriously, its life saving always.
Sofia: Speaker. Good tunes sets the mood you guys!
What’s your favorite song in the moment?
Juicy with Biggie Smalls any day, anytime!
If you had one piece of advice to someone just starting out, what would it be?
Just go for it! If you have a passion project, start working on it. Lower your expectations, everything does not have to be perfect and you don’t have to have everything figured out when you start, we promise it will grow as you go!
Any tips for the girls who would like to go out there and explore the world?
Don’t be scared to go alone. You’ll find so many like minded friends on the way you’ll literally struggle to find alone time! If you travel as a group or with a friend, don’t forget to stay open to other people, it’s easy to get comfortable. And learn to surf! Just do it. It will be a struggle, but don’t give up, you’ll soon catch that one wave that will change your life (and travel destinations, no more city vacations) forever. And it’s definitely worth the bruises and shark bites (just kidding).
What’s your motto in life?
Remember as an entrepreneur - but also as a human - you’re going to fail. All you can do is learn and laugh about it. And most important of all, don’t take life to serious and don’t forget to have fun!