Marketing expert, business strategist, educator, boss lady, author, digital nomad – these are only a few of the many words to describe Dannie Fountain. With a busy schedule as a Rising Tide Society Creative Council Chair, and working with brands from H&R Block to Whirlpool Corp. helping with their marketing and business strategy, it is hard to believe that Dannie works from the road – but she does – and she does it well!
In order to fulfill her wanderlusting dreams, Dannie decided to go nomad. To accommodate her globetrotting, Dannie had to adopt a more minimalistic lifestyle. She moved out of her Chicago apartment, got rid of over 75% of her belongings, and donated 350 lbs of stuff. No longer having a permanent address, the road is now her home.
While traveling is one of the most wonderful experiences you can have, getting rid of most of your belongings, living out of a suitcase and constantly being on the go, can provide a challenge to having a sense of home – and is also why it is so important to create sanctuary for yourself. Dannie has managed to do just that. Whether you have a business trip coming up, are planning a short summer trip or perhaps a longer backpacking trip across Europe, Dannie has some excellent tips on how to create home on the road.
“If you know anything about me, you know that I’m a bit of a wanderer”, says Dannie. “I’ve been to nearly 40 countries in my lifetime, fly on average 10,000 miles a month, and I literally live out of a suitcase. If there’s one thing I’ve learned from all these adventures, it’s that life isn’t about the destinations. It’s about the journey. The places I never thought I’d want to go to ended up being some of the best experiences of my life.
“But all that traveling can get a little lonely, so I’ve started working on making the road a bit more like home. I thought about all the things I loved about having an apartment when I had a permanent address and found ways to translate that through travel.
“I’m obsessed with a good candle. If I could have an endless supply of Diptyque candles, that would be absolutely ideal. However, since Diptyque candles are expensive (and I don’t want to be carrying a glass candle on the road), I scooped up a set of Simply Curated travel candles that are perfect for being on the road. They have gorgeous masculine scents (my fave! They have more feminine scents too) and come in tins with screw-on lids, so you don’t have to worry about anything breaking in your suitcase.
I also work best with a bit of background noise, but my iPhone speaker just wasn’t cutting it as far as playing music or podcasts went. I snagged an Amazon Echo Dot (about the same size as one of those candles, actually) so that I can have a speaker to play music, podcasts, and everything else while I’m on the road. Echo Dots aren’t meant for whole-home use, but since I’m usually in hotel rooms or small spaces, the speaker is the perfect amplification. (If you’re wondering what my favorite music + podcast is lately, I’m loving LP’s new album “Lost on You” and the Pardon My French podcast.)
“Finding consistency on the road is key. I may be in 4 different timezones during the course of a week, so waking up at 9am every day (or whatever your preferred time might be) isn’t always possible. What I do try and keep consistent is my morning routine. I spend the first hour of my day sans-tech, catching up on some analog reading (my current favorite is The New Yorker), drinking a cup of coffee (always black), and doing a bit of tidying around whatever space I’m living in.”
“Being on the road means giving up the predictability of common activities, like going to the grocery store, washing the dishes, or even cleaning your clothes the same way. Until last week, I hadn’t been in a grocery store in about four months, which truly boggles my mind.”
Creating a sense of home while on the road is the greatest gift you can give yourself if you’re trying to maintain a healthy and well rested lifestyle amongst the chaos of travel. Dannie Fountain
If you are interested in learning more about leading a nomadic life, working remotely, or want to get some fantastic business and marketing tips, head on over to Dannie’s blog.