Digital nomad at a lake

21. Sávio Meireles

Remote Worker Sávio at Mount Cook New ZealandWhy did you decide to begin a nomadic life and what it means to you?

I’ve been considering myself a traveller for a few years now. I’ve backpacked in New Zealand for 3 months back in 2008. Couch-surfed in Spain in 2014 and have been living as an Expat in Australia since 2011. Until late last year I had never thought about travelling and working at the same time. It was during a trip in Spain that I realised how meaningful and exciting my life would be if I could combine my passion for travelling with my dream job. Since then I started researching and studying this new way of living – Location Independent.

 

Remote worker in AustraliaHow do you earn an income now?

I’m still working part time in a traditional work system and investing 20 hours per week on my ‘Location Independent business’. At the moment I’m launching 2 blogs, 1 in Portuguese (my native language) and another in English. I do Social Media management projects and teach English to Portuguese Speakers.

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

This is a hard question to answer but I can give you an estimate number…Well, really hard question, indeed. I’m not a kind of person who works 11 months per year and takes 1 month to travel, therefore it’s hard to predict how much I’ll spend a year.

Working remotly from around the worldWhat I can say is, I try to travel unconventionally, which means, I do not stay in expensive hotels. I don’t eat out in fancy restaurants and I don’t buy most of the services a normal tourist would buy. I also rarely pay for accommodation. I use ‘collaborative consumption practices’ to exchange my knowledge for accommodation or food and therefore decrease my expenses. I also do volunteer work in order to contribute to a local community, but also save money with accommodation. There are tons of tricks and practices that anyone can do in order to not spend much money while travelling.

 

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

Your ability to sell yourself through online branding strategies. Once you become known for a specific skill and build a respectable reputation you will progressively create passive income through a number of different methods. This is vital to your success as a Digital Nomad.

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

Learn. Learn. Learn. Set up goals for learning and get your head around the right mindset for DN. Tim Ferriss, Colin Wright, Chris Guillebeau, Natalie Sisson and Rolf Potts are the best people to learn from. I’ve been reading books and watching videos about these people I mentioned above tirelessly over the past year. I’ve set up a page on my blog which it’s called ‘Travel resources’. There you can find all the resources I’ve been using over the past year.


SÁVIO:
“I truly appreciate the invitation for this interview. I hope my answers can be helpful for those who aspire one day to becoming Location Independent. All the best and please, don’t forget – Just Keep Travelling.”

BIO: Independent traveller and dynamic communicator, with a passion for unconventional travel and Lifestyle Experiments. He is currently making the transition to the Digital Marketing field and working on becoming Location Independent.

Savio is originally from Brazil and has been living as an expat in Australia since 2011.

For more info: www.justkeeptravelling.com, [email protected], @saviomeireles.

 

22. Victor H Salazar

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

I think I didn’t take a decision when I realized I fitted the definition of DN. It started with a short travel where I met many backpackers and I was impressed about their travels; so I decided to give a shot. I noticed that it’s possible and we are in the right time to do it.

Nomadic Life means freedom, means that time can work differently living this way, you live so many experiences in a short time (well it depends how often you move).

How do you earn an income now?

I’m a software engineer, I work creating web and mobile applications. I started working as an online freelancer when I was in university and when I finished I just kept going.

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

$15k-20k. My budget might look already low for many, it really depends on where you’re traveling, just by choosing destinations with a lower cost of living, you’ll have a lot of fun, awesome experiences and your budget won’t suffer; on the contrary. Also go to hostels, you’ll save a lot of money and meet cool people.

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

Build a portfolio before starting, it will help you to be available for jobs while you’re traveling.

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

Do it! Even If you found that it’s not for you, you’ll never regret to give a try.

23. Beth Williams

Beth Williams - a remote workerWhy did you decide to begin a nomadic life and what it means to you?

You know, it kind of happened by accident. After years of corporate marketing jobs I decided to take some time out to write and reflect on my work situation. I have an international background and I met a wonderful man with a similar background who loves to travel. We started travelling together and, when my bank account started looking a little sad, I put the word out to my network that I was open to freelance work. The work started coming in and I’ve been building my network of clients for the past 3 years. My boyfriend (also a freelance) and I love being digital nomads so we’ve haven’t settled down anywhere. I can’t imagine a different life now.

What does being a DN means to me? Freedom, independence, learning and experiencing new things. I’m someone who needs freshness and change in my life – being a DN suits me perfectly. It means that I’m doing things my way, in the best possible way for me.

How do you earn an income now?

I’m a Content & Marketing Consultant, ie. I freelance. I write a lot of content for the web, do social media strategy and community management, brand development… etc. There’s more detailed information on my website: www.enlwilliams.com

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

I honestly have no idea what the budget is…. it varies from year to year. Here are my tips for lowering the budget:

  • Couch-surf as much as possible
  • If you have an apartment/house:
    • Rent it/AirBnB it when you’re out of town
    • House swap
  • Collect Air Miles and use them wisely
  • Sometimes it’s cheaper to road trip (plus it’s a great experience!)
  • Look out for cheap airfare/rail deals
  • Use online tools like Skype to work while abroad (roaming charges can be brutal)

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

A reliable, lightweight laptop with good battery life is ESSENTIAL. I personally love my MacBook Air. The second most important tool in my opinion is Skype.

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

Here are some thoughts:

  • Save up and make sure you have a financial cushion in case of hard times
  • Embrace flexibility!
  • Be reliable with your clients – don’t miss deadlines. Being a DN means putting work first (after all, it’s what enables you to live the lifestyle)
  • Network, network, network
  • Know that there are trade-offs – everything comes at a price. For example, you may have less stability, less income visibility…
  • Buy clothes that are versatile and need minimal care – that won’t wrinkle in a suitcase and that aren’t dry-clean only. Buy quality – you won’t be able to fit quantity in your suitcase anyways!
  • If you think being a digital nomad is for you, then just do it! You can always change your mind later.
  • Some people will be jealous or simply won’t understand your lifestyle – don’t listen to them and surround yourself with positive individuals instead
  • DN can mean anything – there isn’t one set of rules. Build the lifestyle and travel that works for you.
  • Have fun!!!!!

Bio: After seven years with international corporations in London, Dublin and Paris, Beth left her Marketing Manager position to start working for herself. Three years later, she has fully embraced a Digital Nomad lifestyle and runs her Content & Marketing Consultancy from the road. Beth is passionate about communication, learning, eating and living by her own rules. She is fully bilingual French/English; the closest thing she has to a home is Paris. Follow her on Twitter: @enlwilliams / view her website: www.enlwilliams.com.