5 Questions to Sávio Meireles

Also, part-time digital nomads are role models for “30 Digital Nomad Stories: How to Work Remotely and Travel the World”. After travelling a lot during the years 2008, 2011 and 2014, Sávio Meireles realised how happy he would be if he was able to work and travel at the same time. As a part-time digital nomad, he still works in the regular system but also invests 20 hours in his own projects to develop his ability to sell himself and his projects through online branding strategies.

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

I’ve been considering myself a traveller for a few years now. I’ve backpacked in New Zealand for 3 months back in 2008. Couch-surfed in Spain in 2014 and have been living as an Expat in Australia since 2011. Until late last year I had never thought about travelling and working at the same time. It was during a trip in Spain that I realised how meaningful and exciting my life would be if I could combine my passion for travelling with my dream job. Since then I started researching and studying this new way of living – location independent.

How do you earn an income now?

I’m still working part time in a traditional work system and investing 20 hours per week on my ‘Location Independent business’. At the moment I’m launching 2 blogs, 1 in Portuguese (my native language) and another in English. I do Social Media management projects and teach English to Portuguese Speakers.

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

This is a hard question to answer but I can give you an estimate number. Well, really hard question, indeed. I’m not a kind of person who works 11 months per year and takes 1 month to travel, therefore it’s hard to predict how much I’ll spend a year.

What I can say is, I try to travel unconventionally, which means, I do not stay in expensive hotels. I don’t eat out in fancy restaurants and I don’t buy most of the services a normal tourist would buy. I also rarely pay for accommodation. I use ‘collaborative consumption practices’ to exchange my knowledge for accommodation or food and therefore decrease my expenses. I also do volunteer work in order to contribute to a local community, but also save money with accommodation. There are tons of tricks and practices that anyone can do in order to not spend much money while travelling.

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

Your ability to sell yourself through online branding strategies. Once you become known for a specific skill and build a respectable reputation you will progressively create passive income through a number of different methods. This is vital to your success as a digital nomad.

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

Learn. Learn. Learn. Set up goals for learning and get your head around the right mindset for DN. Tim Ferriss, Colin Wright, Chris Guillebeau, Natalie Sisson and Rolf Potts are the best people to learn from. I’ve been reading books and watching videos about these people I mentioned above tirelessly over the past year. I’ve set up a page on my blog which it’s called ‘Travel resources’. There you can find all the resources I’ve been using over the past year.

I truly appreciate the invitation for this interview. I hope my answers can be helpful for those who aspire one day to becoming Location Independent. All the best and please, don’t forget – Just Keep Travelling.


Independent traveller and dynamic communicator, with a passion for unconventional travel and Lifestyle Experiments. He is currently making the transition to the Digital Marketing field and working on becoming Location Independent.

Savio is originally from Brazil and has been living as an expat in Australia since 2011.