5 Questions to Marina Janeiko

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Interview 8 of our series “30 Digital Nomad Stories: How to Work Remotely and Travel the World” starts now. Continuing with our series “30 Digital Nomad Stories: How to work remotely and travel the world”: Digital Nomad, Marina Janeiko, resolved to make her own decision about where she wants to work. Therefore she started her online platform “What’s it like” and works as a remote UX designer.

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

Life is for living, not compromises. Often, if you are passionate about travel, others will tell you, that you can only either travel the world or fulfill yourself professionally.

I didn’t want to make that kind of compromises, I wanted to live my live according to my own standards and vision. Having a nomadic life and workstyle, means freedom to me. It means I and only I am truly responsible for carving my own life.

How do you earn an income now?

I work on my own travel startup What’s It Like, which helps travelers figure out WHEN to go. We’re bootstrapping and I support my startup work with part time client work as a remote UX designer.

Client work is mostly, me helping other startups and product companies with UX strategy and product design.

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

I prefer slow travel vs. short visits, so I usually stay in one place for longer time to get the work done, and then have about two weeks of active traveling, which comes back to having some more stationary time for work. So if you slow travel, there’s not really a travel budget and non-travel budget, since you’re on the road all the time, just moving slowly.

In general, when I actively travel, I spend about $1,000 – 1,500 a month on average. That includes travel, accommodation, food, special events and adventures. Slow travel and actually living somewhere for longer time is much more affordable than having 4-5 vacations/getaways per year.

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

Definitely getting in touch with the digital nomad community. I’ve been writing on digital nomadism for a while (on Mediumguest posts, and exposing remarkable nomads for HashtagNomads community), reading through this kind of resources in addition to being part of the community helps, to broaden your perspective on what it means, to be a digital nomad and how others do it.


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

Being on the road for the last 5 years makes me think, that we often overestimate the obstacles and underestimate the benefits of nomadic lifestyle. Think about it: The world is finally ready for us to lead this movement towards creating happier and more fulfilled lives. You can be part of that and whatever obstacles you have – they are no different from any other things you need to overcome daily.

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Marina Janeiko is a digital nomad, UX designer and founder of What’s It Likenomadic startup helping travelers figure out, WHEN to go where. Connect with Marina for advice on Twitter.