Meet Our Digital Nomad Guest Trainer of November: Silvia Puchovska

10 Questions to Silvia Puchovska

It`s about to happen again! In the second half of November, we will welcome our fourth digital nomad trainer: Silvia Puchovska.

A job that’s fun and allows you to travel the world! Countless people dream of it, but Silvia, our globetrotter from Slovakia, lives it. She successfully provides online services to small and medium businesses and likes to spend her afternoons at beautiful beaches with a surfboard.

Jealous?

I will not tell you more about Silvia though. Read our interview with the surfer of Bratislava who has already visited more than 40 countries!

Silvia Puchovska

  • Age: 32
  • Years as a DN: 1 and half of freelance online work (I’ve been living abroad for 8 years and traveling for more than 3 years)

  • Profession: Online service provider, Founder of Studio Inbound – inbound marketing studio

  • Nationality: Slovakia
  • Stay in touch:

    Visit my Blog
    Contact me on LinkedIn
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    Watch my videos on Youtube
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Why did you decide to lead a nomadic lifestyle and what does it mean to you?

I wanted to explore this planet, to travel to new destinations, and to see the world through my own eyes. Traveling was always my favourite hobby and the concept of a four-week long vacation per year was not appealing to me. I went on a career break three years ago and have since spent three months in Berlin and seven months in South America. My life has changed since then and I decided to try the concept of freelancing and working online only. Nomadic life means a lot to me because it provides me with a source of new experience, inspiration and allows me to meet interesting people from all around the world. Thanks to my pursuit of the digital nomad lifestyle, I started my own company and it’s a totally new chapter of my life that’s both exciting and challenging. Most importantly, I am able pursue another passion of my life and that’s surfing.

How do you earn an income now?

I have an inbound marketing studio for small and medium entrepreneurs who need help either when starting their companies, re-launching their brand, or launching their products or services. The services offered by Studio Inbound are marketing analysis, content marketing, blogging, social media marketing and email marketing. The company also offers solutions from consultancy, through project management to virtual assistance.

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

It really depends on my location and on my inclination to make more money. I spent the first 6 months of this year on a beach in Mexico and El Salvador. It was a surf trip and the goal was to learn to surf. During that period, I worked approximately 20 hours per week – 15 hours of that was dedicated to my clients, while 5 hours were dedicated to the development of my travel/lifestyle blog.

Currently, I am in the phase of a new business development so I am working much more than usual. Right now, I would say that I work 40-50 hours a week and I write a lot. I would like to launch an ebook soon, but I also realized that it’s better to focus at one thing at the time and finish it, rather than jump from one idea to another.

What is your approximate travel budget for a year? Any tips on how to lower it?

My budget varies from place to place. It can be approximately 650 EUR monthly for a beach in El Salvador, or 850 EUR monthly for a standard life in Bratislava. I would like to say though that I don’t see it as a travel budget anymore. It’s my life. I don’t waste money on unnecessary things, but I also don’t want to save on my cappuccinos, dinners with friends or sport club fee. Add plane tickets and travel insurance to that. Sometimes I am in a location where I spend almost no money, because it’s just waves, food and accommodation. Other times, I am in a big city where I live an active city life and that is more expensive. My tips on lowering your “digital nomad” budget is to be certain about your expenses, by observing them for a while. Perhaps utilize some software or app where you can track your expenses and try to cut down on doing unnecessary things. Personally, I don’t understand all the hype about fashion, so I think that it’s unnecessary to buy expensive clothes or bags. But that’s just my own view 🙂

I have some recommendations for your travel budget too: You can travel with no money, with a medium budget or with a lot of money. It’s all about your mindset. I think that traveling shouldn’t be only about cutting expenses, but also about thinking: How or where can I make money to save for my travels? Some tips on how to lower your budget are: Look for cheap plane tickets, use couchsurfing, cook your own food, and don’t party too much.

What would you consider to be one of the best tools for becoming a digital nomad?

The best tool is your mindset. If you want it, you can do it. Ask questions and study the tips and experience of others who have done the same. Learn from their mistakes, but don’t be afraid to make your own as well. One of the biggest downsides of the digital nomad lifestyle is productivity. I saw much improvement in how I progress with my work since I started tracking the time of every task I do via Toggl. Other great tools to use are Google Drive, for storing your documents, or a project management tool called Trello. The last tip is to rent a co-working space, and to meet and work with like-minded people.

Do you have any advice for those starting a digital nomad life?

Be clear about your motivation and the goals you want to achieve. If you want to work online, to learn surfing and travel a lot, you won’t be able to work many hours and that can affect your income. If you want to start a new business and grow it, it won’t be easy in the beginning and it will mean that you will have to work many hours – even in a beautiful location like Bali.  

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

I have been traveling since my days at university where I spent two summers in New York City. That was 10 years ago. Since then, I have lived one year in Tenerife, 4 years in Denmark, and 3 months in Berlin. I’ve been traveling throughout the past 3 years and came back to Bratislava to “recharge” and spend time with my family 🙂 I’ve visited 43 countries during my entire life, and in the past three years, I have spent most of my time in South and Central America. My favorite place in the whole world is a beach where I can surf, where it’s hot and I have a great wifi connection. I’m searching for this place and because there is many of them I like to discover them all 🙂

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

My home base is in Bratislava. I spend approximately 3 months per year there and I travel the rest. I used to travel very fast because I was hungry to see it all, but now I travel more slowly. I like to spend at least 3 months in one location.

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

I don’t miss the wardrobe and I don’t think I miss having an established home, although this is a very hypothetical question. I feel at home in Bratislava and I try to keep in touch with my family and friends as much as I can via Skype or Facebook. When I’m homesick, I come home and reconnect with the place and my friends. My parents are ok with my chosen lifestyle; they are supportive and I am very grateful for that.

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

Maybe 🙂 I think that I am a person who is used to changes in life and changes of a place of work. I can’t imagine staying in one place for the rest of my life. What I know though is that I won’t be backpacking the world for the rest of my life. I would like to have 2 or 3 places where I feel at home and live alternately among them.

Are you a digital nomad with experience? Then you might want to read our blog post “Hey you, digital nomad! I want to offer you something
2018-03-26T08:02:27+00:00By |Digital Nomads, DN Interviews|

About the Author:

I'm still not a digital nomad but I absolutely love the spirit of the movement. Until I'll become a nomad by myself I write about the topic and welcome nomads and wannabes to our Coworking Space in Tenerife, the island I'm calling home since 1998.