5 Questions to Rodolphe Dutel

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  • Profession: Operations at Buffer, founder at Remotive
  • Nationality: – French

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Let´s get started with number 9 of our “30 Digital Nomad Stories: How to Work Remotely and Travel the World”. As a digital nomad who owns a flat in Paris, but travels for six months each year, Rodolphe Dutel knows about the value of having a job that allows him to work and travel at the same time. As such, he is a full time remote worker at Buffer.

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

I had various office jobs for 4 years, I was enjoying it all and still felt like travelling some more! I decided to quit and travel, becoming a sailor/backpacker/digital nomad for 1.5 years in Europe, South-Africa and Colombia, making a small living through teaching Business classes and workshops.

It was nice, and I felt like learning more about startups, SaaS and all-things Digital. In April 2014, I joined Buffer and started renting a flat in Paris, while still travelling 6 months per year. I guess that makes me a “half nomad”! 🙂

For me, a (digital) nomadic life means, to have a job or occupation allowing you, to be a remote worker and making the decision to travel/explore for most of your time 🙂 I’m writing all this, while sitting on a plane taking me to Mumbai, where I can attend a wedding and work in the same week!

How do you earn an income now?

Today, I make a living by working full time remotely for a friendly startup named Buffer, we’re a team of 29 remote workers gathering in a single location every 5 months. I also teach at my former University for a few days every year.

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

Great one! I started travelling through CouchSurfing, I love hitchhiking and taking cheap buses! It feels to me, that we all have two currencies, time and money. I’m trying to adapt my travels depending on how I valued my time on a given day. When I had more time on my hands, I went with cheaper options, living some great experiences along the way.

Today, I work full time at Buffer – making an income and feeling responsible to do a good job with my team and Buffer users, I often consider paying a bit more for convenience (shorter trips, WiFi access, quiet workplaces).

A cool tip to manage your budget is to connect with those who already do what you wish to do, NomadList and #nomads are great sources. A digital nomad advised me on where to stay and the WiFi quality for my trip to Goa!

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

I’m always on the hunt for great tools! I’ve curated my favorite tools in this list (link no longer existing), so many of them are critical to what we do everyday – staying connected and productive are two of the biggest opportunity as a Digital Nomad!

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

To me, digital nomads are remote workers, deciding to live and work in different places for lifestyle reasons. As a remote worker, I started Remotive.io in 2014, to create a community of productive peple from over 700 cities worldwide today.

Understanding how to work remotely and if you might enjoy it, feels like a great first step, e.g. trying to work from home for a week, or in a different city is a good way to try it, to see how that feels 🙂

For all-things nomad, one of the best way to get inspiration and feedback is to chat with those who already are DN, so that you can see how you like it!


Rodolphe works at Buffer, and considers himself a “half-nomad”, spending half of his time on the road. In 2014, he started Remotive.io, a community for productive remote workers with members in 700+ cities globally.