Why did you decide to begin a nomadic life and what does it mean to you?
At the time when I still was climbing the corporate ladder as financial restructurer at a bank. I read Tim Ferris’ book “The 4-Hour Workweek” and I was inspired by the idea of working time and location independent. I have managed to actually set-up an online company according to this methodology. The freedom it gives me to spend my time to do things that I find important is priceless.
So what’s currently priceless for me? Living on Tenerife, receiving lots of friends and family and spending time with them. My son Tom was born only 5 months ago. I also like spending time on a healthy lifestyle (nutrition, sports and mindfulness) and to study and practice my coaching and training skills.
How do you earn an income now?
I have fully automated websites that offer free horoscopes, tarot readings, etc. to several thousands of visitors daily. The revenue model is Google Adsense.
How many hours do you work at an average on a usual day?
As everything is fully automated I actually have a four hour workweek (or less 🙂 ) to earn my income. Next to that I am currently spending considerable time in setting up my coaching and training practice. I am coaching some people already and this training will be part of setting up my practice further.
What is your approximate travel budget for a year? Any tips on how to lower it?
End of this year we will be traveling to New Zealand to explore the country for about 3 months in a campervan. Traveling outside peak seasons and scanning your network to find locals that can offer you tips and tricks will definitely lower your budget!
What would you consider to be one of the best tools for becoming a digital nomad?
Knowing WHY you want to be a digital nomad and an ACTIONABLE PLAN to achieve your dream. Many people don’t know what they want (or only what they don’t want). Getting this picture clear is in my opinion one of the most important things to do. My workshop will focus on that as well. Because without a clear purpose you can’t be effective either.
Do you have any advice for those starting a digital nomad life?
Yes, talk to people already doing it. Decide whether it’s for you and it fits your purpose. If yes, construct a sensible plan and then ACT in order to achieve it.
How long have you been traveling and where have you been? Do you have a favourite place in the world?
I have traveled the whole world since I was quite young. I lived in Asia between my 8th and 12th year and traveled very frequently seeing the whole world. I guess that ignited the “being abroad” spark within.
I also studied in Spain and worked internationally in the first years of my professional career. Since my “nomadic career” I have enjoyed many smaller trips like city trips Europe, winter holidays or kite trips and a 3-month travel through Asia. I don’t have any favorites, I just love to experience different places.
What is your travel frequency? How often do you change the place you stay and do you have a home base?
Tenerife is my home base and I am loving it. We love to travel but with moderation as we discovered that our relations with friends and relatives are even more important. Since my son was born 5 months ago travel has been a city trip to Madrid, two winter holidays and a visit to the Netherlands to show my son to friends and family.
We plan to visit some other Canary Islands this year and as said earlier make a big trip to New Zealand.
How do you manage the distance to family and friends? Do you miss having an established home and a wardrobe without weight limit?
When we moved to Tenerife we were afraid of missing family and friends as you can see in our blogpost.
However, it turned out that many of our friends have visited us already as Tenerife is also a perfect holiday destination. Having people around for a week is priceless. These relationships actually deepen because of this long period of quality time together.
Could you imagine keeping up the digital nomad lifestyle for the rest of your life?
As I said earlier, I am not a true digital nomad as I am not constantly traveling. However, I definitely imagine keeping a very flexible life where at least the options are open to have the lifestyle we wish for. This might include traveling or living again in a different location.
Rob Sparreboom will visit Coworking in the Sun in April to share his experience with you in a presentation and workshop. Learn more about the events on Facebook and Meetup.