5 Questions to Jenny Jusuf

  • Age: XX

  • Years as a DN: 5

  • Profession: freelance writer, translator and social media manager
  • Nationality: Indonesian

Let´s go on with “30 Digital Nomad Stories: How to Work Remotely and Travel the World”. Jenny Jusuf quit her regular job in 2011 to start a career as freelance writer before starting her nomadic life in 2013. She enjoys her life on the road, traveling and working at the same time from spots all over the world.

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

I began a nomadic life in 2013. I quitted my job in 2011 to become a freelance writer, so I did not start empty-handed. To me nomadic life means non-attachment and freedom, it also opens doors of opportunity for me to experience things and break my limitations. I had never imagined I would be able to compose a treatment for feature-length movie from a bedroom in Florence, write a book in Bali, talk with my clients while enjoying morning coffee in Paris, or editing translations in an apartment in Taipei …the list goes on.

How do you earn an income now?

I am a freelance writer, translator and social media enthusiast. I turn my social media handles into money-making tools, meaning I work with digital agencies to do promotional and marketing campaigns for various brands through my social media accounts and get paid for it. For more details:

https://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/22/net-us-indonesia-twitter-idUSBRE97L14T20130822

Jenny Jusuf sitting on a couch

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

To be real honest, I don’t have specific travel budget. I make sure I have more than enough to live for a year and that’s pretty much it. I really don’t mind staying in one place for rather long period of time. I moved to Bali with 2 suitcases and 1 bag, and I made a pact with myself that I won’t leave with more. That’s how I keep things ‘low’.

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

I’d love to say laptop and good internet connection, but really, the best tools for becoming a DN are flexibility, courage and persistence.

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

Be flexible with your time and energy. Be really, really flexible.