5 Questions to Selvaggia Santin

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  • Profession: – Writer

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Our third family for the “30 Digital Nomad Stories: How to Work Remotely and Travel the World”: Selvaggia Santin is a part-time digital nomad, living with her husband and two kids in Italy, and traveling in accordance to the scholastic calendar. She is working as a freelance writer for different institutions, and her flexibility and curiosity has allowed her to stick to a permanent family-travel-plan.

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

My husband was offered a new job in the south part of Italy and we decided to move with our family. I decided to leave my position and to start a new freelancer’s life. I’m now mum of two and for this reason we move in accordance to the scholastic calendar, more or less. We have three months free on summertime for a long trip (june-sept) and a month on wintertime (dec-jan). We add 3/4 weeks during the Easter holidays (march/apr).

How do you earn an income now?

I have a strong collaboration with a publisher in the North of Italy and a continuous collaboration with the Intergovernmental Commission in Paris, and with other small independent publishing industries in the South of Italy. I recently joined the Odesk group, trying to expand my collaborations with worldwide clients.

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

I travel for work once per month to the North of Italy and Europe, it costs me about 200 euros. To cut down the cost I organize my trips two months in advance. But It doesn’t work properly every time. We move three times per year (more or less) and the costs depend alot on a good organizing phase but on mean we spend (we are 4!) 40000 euros per year.

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

Flexibility and curiosity. Some jobs don’t fit perfectly at the beginning but by being curious and with a never-ending desire of knowledge, helped me break down my pre-concepts on what I can or I can’t do pushing me further in new directions with unexpected results and satisfactions!

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

Save money in advance for black periods. It happens: be strong and keep going.