Digital Nomad Guest Trainer of August: Belinda Boakye

10 Questions to Belinda Boakye

Belinda Boakye is a growth marketing consultant working with social and cultural enterprises. After a successful career in music industry marketing, Belinda swapped life of festivals and backstage passes in search of more purpose.

She now uses the digital growth hacking skills she used to sell out tour tickets and build artist fan bases to support social and cultural entrepreneurs positively impacting communities. So far, her work has taken her from projects in the UK to Spain and Brazil.

Belinda Boakye

  • Age: 33

  • Years as a DN: 3

  • Profession: Growth Marketer for startups and social & cultural enterprises looking to scale

  • Nationality: British

  • Stay in Touch: Linkedin

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

I have always loved the idea of traveling but find your average ‘2 weeks in the sun’ type holiday a bit boring. Especially the bit where you have to come back home! I had been lucky enough to work in Madrid and Sydney in my marketing career, so already knew a life abroad suited me.

By accident, 3 years ago I had the opportunity to work on a social enterprise project in Brazil.
In those few months, I had the chance to learn about a new culture, connect with incredible individuals and work in a dynamic and thriving environment.

I was hungry for more.

For me, the nomadic lifestyle means growth, both personal and professional. Every new experience is a chance to learn.

How do you earn an income now?

I have various consulting social enterprise & startup clients based in the UK and a startup project in Spain.

How many hours do you work at an average on a usual day?

It can vary. Usually between 5-12 hours 5 or 6 days a week. There’s a blurred line between working and learning for me.  To say that world of digital is constantly changing is an understatement. Much of what I do is playing with new experiments and trialing new hacks. I’ve been known to lose track of time and geek out often, on occasion.

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

I don’t have a set budget. Whichever project I’m exploring next usually determines my destination. Skills exchange and maintaining a great network of friends in far away places are key ways to save on accommodation the typical expat spending traps.

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

Listening.

Inevitably, you make some great connections on the road. Staying open and curious to hear other people stories can be inspiring and grow you in practical and intangible ways.

As a digital nomad, you have the luxury of bringing this wisdom or tips from others into your daily life and seeing how it well it works for you.

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

Worrying is like praying for bad things to happen. You will have a plan. It won’t work out. Trust that something way more wonderful is coming for you.

How long have you been traveling and where have you been? Do you have a favourite place in the world?

Technically I left my home base in London only a year ago but I had had intermittent stints abroad for around 2 years before that.

My favourite place in the universe is Rio de Janeiro. The people I met there have a warmth, energy and an inside-out kind of beauty that won my heart.

What is your travel frequency? How often do you change the place you stay and do you have a home base?

I prefer to stay a few months in one place. It’s important for me to connect with a community if possible. Although I’ve been lucky enough to work in beautifully hot and sunny places; gorgeously grey London is and will always be home.

How do you manage the distance to family and friends? Do you miss having an established home and a wardrobe without weight limit?

My friends surprisingly supportive of my lifestyle, especially if it means a new holiday destination for them! I do miss family and friends of course. But, the thing I miss most is my kitchen. I love to cook and you can’t always find the perfect setup when moving from place to place.

Could you imagine keeping up the digital nomad lifestyle for the rest of your life?

I would love to live between 2 destinations and have the best of both worlds in terms of work opportunities and quality of life. I’m discovering that being in or near nature is pretty important for me. Time will tell where I finally land!

Belinda will visit Coworking in the Sun in August to share her experience with you in a presentation and workshop. Learn more about the events on Facebook and Meetup.

2018-09-10T09:32:25+00:00By |CoWITS News & Events|

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