5 Questions to Richard Van Den Vieren

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Take 27 of “30 Digital Nomad Stories: How to Work Remotely and Travel the World” with a filmmaker. Richard Van Den Vieren also didn´t start his digital nomadic life on purpose, but just begun by making films. Now, he owns a small but practical travel kit, moving slowly from one city to another. His advice for starters: Just do it! It’s never too late for a 9 to 5.

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

I didn’t really decide on it, it just happened, i kinda rolled in to it. It means everything to me… wouldn’t wanna live life any other way. I get bored pretty easily and living like this keeps things interesting. I don’t like to be a tourist either though, I need more time to soak up a city or a place, find locals that know where the magic happens (or that know where the best coffee / pizza / … in town is).

How do you earn an income now?

I’m a filmmaker, and thanks to the digital revolution it’s pretty manageable to work from anywhere really. I have a pretty compact travelkit, with cameras, lenses, laptop etc. … Once you start exploring a new place, I usually just bump into interesting people who can help you on your way.

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

Depends from year to year and what kind of jobs I get (sometimes the clients pays for travel too). Tip to lower it down: Find clients that pay for travel haha 🙂

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

A laptop I guess.

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

Just do it… it’s never too late for a 9 to 5.


Over the past decade, AOOA.TV has become a leading producer of promotional movies for events, brands, artists and athletes worldwide. Due to founder Richard Van der Vieren’s idiosyncratic and dynamic filming style, AOOA.TV has attracted major names in the industries of music, extreme sports, apparel, energy drinks and so on.