5 Questions to Robert Pearce

Understanding that we only have one life to enjoy the beauty of the world, Robert Pearce decided to make use of advanced technology and travel options to live life as digital nomad. He writes software and works for Articulate, a 100 % remote company. Read more here at our “30 Digital Nomad Stories: How to Work remotely and Travel the World”.

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

Understanding, that we each only have one life to live can be either depressing or inspiring—for me it was the latter. The go to school, get married, have a family and retire in comfort lifestyle is very much a product of “The American Dream,” though many of the influences in my life who attained said dream often remarked to me, that they wish they had traveled more, been more adventurous and generally “lived” more.

The latter-day nomadic lifestyle is partially a response to (or even defiance of) the culture of rooting oneself in a single location and living out one’s life. There is absolutely nothing wrong with being rooted, for this allows folks to build upon and improve their communities, while giving their offspring a grounded sense of “home.” However, for those of us without such rooting, the globalized world of today allows us a freedom of travel, that may not have been available to previous generations.

In my opinion, it would be a shame to squander such opportunity. When I am old and gray, or if I pass tomorrow, I want to be able to look back at my life and say, “I have experienced and learned as much as I reasonably could and improved the lives of those around me, without regret”.

How do you earn an income now?

I write software and work for Articulate (www.articulate.com), a 100% remote company. As of recent months, we are the second largest totally virtual company in the world! It is exciting to work for a company that encourages its employees to grow to their fullest potential in their professional and personal lives.

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

This is a curious question. For being a digital nomad means, that your travel budget is the same as your living budget. Thus, all expenses are budgeted as any person would budget their own regular finances at home. However, in regards to the actual act of traveling, I highly recommend real ridesharing services, like Carpooling.com (now BlaBlaCar) or RidePost.com*, where people are already going to a destination and you can ride along with them at a much cheaper price than trains, planes or renting a car.

AirBNB, CouchSurfing, VRBO and other such services make finding cheap places to live much easier. Additionally, stop going out to dinner so often! Go to a local market, buy the inexpensive (and usually healthy) good’s and cook for yourself in bulk. Leftovers are a traveler’s cheapest friend.

* Disclaimer: I co-founded RidePost.com

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

Common sense is by far the best tool you can have in your tool belt. Confidence is the second. By this I mean being sure, that you can solve any problem you have and get out of any bad situation.

On the technical side, the most useful tool is definitely Dropbox. While you’re on the move, sh*t happens. Lost/stolen/broken devices can be devastating when you’re trying to work. Being able to replace a device and get back up and running instantly is paramount, and Dropbox and similar services make that possible.

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

If you treat people with respect and exude goodwill, you will have more doors open for you than you can imagine.

Bio

Robert is a software developer, athlete and digital nomad. He has worked remotely for three years throughout Europe and the USA and is always looking for the next adventure. His employer, Articulate (link to www.articulate.com), is an e-learning software company that has been a totally remote organization for over 10 years.