5 Questions to Double-Barrelled Travel

Yep, 31 instead of 30 interviews at “30 Digital Nomad Stories: How to work remotely and travel the world”- but yes, we can count 😉 Starting a digital nomad life was the next logical step for Carmen and Dave after travelling for a year together. Enjoy the freedom of choice is the major benefit to them, as well as being able to work for their own business, Red Platypus – which does copywriting, branding and social media. Save some money before starting to live as digital nomad is their biggest advice for everyone.

Why did you decide to begin a nomadic life and what does it mean to you?

This lifestyle came to us by surprise. First we just planned to travel for a year and then we got the bug and decided not to stop. It’s been nearly two years now and we haven’t looked back. The freedom that comes with being able to choose where you go and what you see on a daily basis is indescribable. And the diversity in your life is like nothing else.

How do you earn an income now?

We run a business called Red Platypus (https://double-barrelledtravel.com/hire-us-for-copywriting/) which does everything from copywriting to branding and social media. We have great clients who really understand our way of life and are supportive. We love what we do and being our own bosses certainly has its advantages! We also make a little bit of money from our travel blog (around one fifth of our income).

What is your approximate travel budget for a year? Any tip to lower it down?

We spend about $3,000 a month. We manage to save a lot too, which is great. Our biggest tip is to track all you spend. This has helped us no end, because as soon as we realise we’re going over budget we rein in our spending. Trail Wallet is a great app to use for this.

What would you consider to be one of the best tools for becoming a Digital Nomad?

I think what’s more important than having the right tools is having the right attitudes. You need to be adaptable to change and have an eagerness to embrace the new. You can’t be a homebody type. Digital Nomadism certainly isn’t for everyone.

Do you have any advice for those starting a DN life?

Save as much money as possible! You want to give yourself the best head start that you can. Also make sure you are qualified or trained in a job that you can do on the road. If you have contacts in the field before you go, that is even better. You can never be too prepared. But at the same time, don’t let anything put you off from setting off. You’ll never have ‘enough money’ or be ‘qualified enough’ if you think about it too deeply.