Back in college I did my fair share of psychedelic exploration. Without realizing it at the time, drug use was a trail I took in the search for happiness.
One thing I learned was that sustained happiness cannot be built on a foundation of short-term thrills, whether it be from drugs, sex, food or travel.
First of all, dream jobs don't exist. That's because in dreams we only see the good side of things. But even the greatest jobs in the world come with some obligations that none of us would envy.
With that said, I'm one of those people who regularly get told I have a dream job. Live anywhere, work anywhere, get paid a whole bunch of money for not doing that much work, all that shit. It's great, but realize that happiness does not come from material possessions or silly things like social status.
Sustainable happiness comes from much more mundane things like healthy relationships and thinking good thoughts.
The world becomes a lonely place when you're the only important person living in it. That's something I think a lot of digital nomads eventually learn.
Who wouldn't want the opportunity to pick up and start anew whenever they want? Who wouldn't want to soak up the sun, surrounded by beautiful people, on the world's best beaches? Who wouldn't want to encounter as many unique cultures as possible?
I can't fault somebody for seeking this lifestyle, especially because many seek location independence simply as a means to travel.
But travel gets boring. And a routine lifestyle becomes more appealing.
It's nice to sleep in the same bed every night.
Before I go, I'll leave you with this:
There's no recipe for true happiness, but here are some good ingredients: