Hitchhiking As A Digital Nomad

Patrick Daley, 24, has been an Orlando resident for the past 6 years. Yet after 1.5 years working full-time as a graphic designer in an office, he is packing up and moving on. “I’m definitely not the office type of person just to be in 9 to 5. I really feel like in the next few years that idea is slowly changing. I’d be in the office and I’d get my work done…but then I’d just be sitting there,” Patrick says.

As a full-time graphic designer for a coveted local restaurant, it would seem that Patrick was living a comfortable and stable lifestyle. However, as a creative Patrick felt the desire to escape complacency and seek out a new challenge. It’s a nerve wracking endeavor to trust strangers in cars across the country. So Patrick set-up “checkpoints” to make sure he didn’t make “excuses” for himself and back out on his plans. “I bought my plane ticket early and pinned it on my wall, I did these things that would make it a lot more inconvenient for me to go back on my plans,” Patrick said.

On July 10th Patrick set out to check-off a box on his bucket list. He began his hitchhiking trip across the country from Orlando, FL to San Francisco, CA. He’ll be camping on the side of the road and riding in cars with strangers. In 43 days he must be in San Francisco to catch a flight to Oahu, HI to work on an organic farm for 3 months.

I bought my plane ticket early and pinned it on my wall, I did these things that would make it a lot more inconvenient for me to go back on my plans

One can only imagine how his friends and family received the news of his cross-country hitchhiking trip. “That’s one of the biggest points of contention for the trip, has just been like, my family dealing with it. All I can really do is let them know I can be as safe as I can be, and call them as often as I can.” Nonetheless, he received overwhelming support. Patrick’s friends and family helped him far exceed his fundraising goal for the trip in just six days via GoFundMe.

While on the road hitching to San Francisco, Patrick will support himself with his income as a freelancer. It’s a way of life that Patrick calls a “digital nomad.” While on the road hitching to San Francisco, Patrick will support himself with his income as a freelancer. It’s a way of life that Patrick calls a “digital nomad.” It might seem off-the-wall, yet Patrick will have the ability to work and experience the world through travel. Isn’t that what many of us aim to achieve for ourselves?