Today's young generation is braver to take big decisions in their lives.

  15 Maret 2024 23:00 - A unique story that has attracted global attention recently is the unusual decision of a teenager from Germany named Lasse Stolley. The teenager chose to live, live and work in an operating train carriage. Only 17 years old, he decided to live the life of a modern nomad, leaving his parents' house and traveling all over his country.

While most 17-year-olds are just beginning to consider the idea of leaving their parents' home, Lasse Stolley has been living an independent life for more than a year and a half. Convinced that his formal education was complete, he managed to convince his parents to let him leave their home in Fockbek, Schleswig-Holstein, and begin his unique adventure by taking a train at the age of 16.

It wasn't easy for Stolley to convince his parents at first, there was a lot of convincing. So they finally agreed, and for the past year and a half, the German teenager has been living on trains, traveling all over his home country, working as a coder during the day, and sleeping on night trains at night.

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Stolley, who identifies as a digital nomad, explains that although privacy is very limited in his unconventional abode, he really enjoys the freedom and flexibility it provides. However, he has to spend a large amount of money to live on a moving train, Stolley spends approximately 10,000 euros or Rp. 170 million a year.

I've been living on the train as a digital nomad for a year and a half, Stolley told Business Insider.

At night I sleep on a moving Intercity Express (ICE) train and during the day I sit in a chair, at a table and work as a programmer, surrounded by many passengers and other commuters. I travel from one end of the country to the other. "I explored all of Germany," he added.

What is a digital nomad?

As Stolley has said, he claims to be a digital nomad . But what is a digital nomad? What is different from people who keep moving to survive? To answer your curiosity about digital nomadism experienced by Lasse Stolley, this time has summarized it from various sources to make you understand better what digital nomadism is, Friday (15/3).

In the era of globalization and rapidly developing digital technology, more and more people are choosing unconventional lifestyles. They are called "digital nomads", workers who use technology to work from anywhere in the world. From bustling cafes to quiet beaches, digital nomads are turning locations into their offices. This phenomenon has not only changed the way people work, but has also opened the door to previously unimaginable adventure and freedom.

So it can be concluded that a digital nomad is someone who uses digital technology to work flexibly and independently, often doing remote work from different locations around the world. This digital nomad lifestyle allows them to work from anywhere with an internet connection, usually using a laptop or other mobile device, as Lasse Stolley does.

Lasse Stolley said living on a train also has its advantages, as it allows young nomads to visit almost all of Germany, from the sea in the north to the Alps for hiking, as well as bustling cities such as Berlin and Munich. It was all just a train ride away, and he was used to traveling about 600 miles per day. He estimates he has traveled more than 300,000 miles by train since leaving his parents' home.

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However, of course being a digital nomad is not just a fun thing to do even though you can travel to any area. There are several things you need to pay attention to in order to live a decent life, starting from cleanliness, good financial management so you don't get wasted, and careful schedule planning while being a digital nomad.

The initial months were very difficult and I had to learn a lot about how it works. "Everything was different than I imagined," Stolley said.

Every night I have to make sure I catch the night train and sometimes I have to reschedule very quickly because it suddenly doesn't arrive. he added.

Stolley often hangs out in the first class carriage when he's not working on his laptop and mostly eats in Deutsche Bahn lounges at train stations across the country. Personal hygiene is a little more complicated, as he has to shower at public swimming pools and recreation centers. Because living on a train isn't ideal, and 17-year-old Lasse Stolley doesn't think he'll be doing that for the rest of his life.