5 Questions to Lodi Planting

“30 Digital Nomad Stories: How to Work Remotely and Travel the World” – part 16: Lodi Planting discovered, at the age of 20, that he wants to combine travelling and working, and, as such, has developed his interests and skills for this purpose. Now, he does consulting assignments for clients from all over the world, and is a partner for a data center which offers cheap hosting solutions.

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

Since I was 20 years old, I knew I would love to combine work and travel at the same time. At that time I had no idea how or what this exactly meant. The only thing I knew was that I would like to combine both by doing something I love. Being a digital nomad is exactly that. I do something everyday that I love (somewhere in the world) and I earn a living, too.

How do you earn an income now?

During my 20’s I came up with three secret interests or passions as it’s called these days. These were: social media and making websites, Human Resources and traveling. By the time I had discovered these interests I could develop my skill set, start my own company, build a network of prospects and professionals, etc. Nowadays I do consulting assignments for clients in Belgium and The Netherlands. On top of that I am partner of a datacenter where we offer cheap hosting solutions around the world.

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

I spend roughly 1.000 EUR a month depending where I am. These costs cover everything. I don’t own much. The most expensive things I own are my laptop and phone (also used as a camera). I don’t need much of my own and love the fact, I can buy access to most things like a car, an apartment, etc. Therefore I could lower my fixed costs to 150 EUR a month. Right now I am typing this at a friend’s apartment in Antwerp.

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

The best tool is definitely your mindset. On top of that it’s all about getting your priorities straight. All the other things are just items that can be replaced by another tool, person or company. This being said, I am a big fan of Todoist which allows me to be transparent on everything I do for/with my clients and partner.

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

If you think of becoming a digital nomad, you must get your WHY sorted. If you don’t truly believe it’s your thing/dream you are pursuing, the best things is to stop. As soon as you know WHY everything will fall in it’s place. Again it’s all about the mindset and priorities. When you are a Digital Nomad you must consider only working for employers in countries with a strong currency. You don’t want to work your ass off to withheld only a few bucks. I like getting paid in €s.

Bio

Lodi Planting helps entrepreneurs, freelancers and small and medium enterprises with their online branding. Doing this allows him to travel and work at the same time. This balance is highly important for him as he loves his job. Home is where his laptop is.