30 Digital Nomad Stories: How to work remotely and travel the world [Part 1]

What is a Digital Nomad? How to work remotely and travel the world? Are you capable of becoming a DN (Digital Nomad)? Discover the first one of our “digital nomads”-series!

These are just a few questions that might pop-up when trying to understand what a DN is and if you could fit in the lifestyle most strive for; the heavenly image: a laptop, the beach and the sun…but as everything not all that shines is gold.

Although, one has to ask her/himself if what you are looking for is gold…or is it something else, more meaningful, to which one can aspire from anywhere…freedom.

Following you’ll get to know and who knows, get involved, with these professional DNs or as some of them, humbly describe themselves, aspiring DNs.

Through this exercise that has been in progress for quite some time, we’d like to open real doors for those restless minds that aren’t sure, if DN Life is their thing or not.

Here you’ll be able to read REAL experiences and connect with REAL DNs (Check out here for digital nomad survival tips).

The foundations of this article are FIVE questions that have been answered by professionals on the matter; Digital Nomading:

  1. Why did you decide to begin a nomadic life and what it means to you?
  2. How do you earn an income now?
  3. What is your approximate travel budget for a year? Any tip to lower it down?
  4. What would you consider to be one of the best tools for becoming a Digital Nomad?
  5. Do you have any advice for those starting a Digital Nomad life?

1. Simona Kusalova

Digital nomadWhy did you decide to begin a nomadic life and what it means to you?

For starters, I’m more a traveller who works on travels and aspiring nomad :). As a freelancer I always opt for flexibility and freedom in where and when I work, if I have a chance.

Working strictly from 9 to 5 (or, from 9 to 7, as it has become a standard nowadays) sitting on a swivel chair and chatting to colleagues near the water cooler never suited me.

For me, being a digital nomad means being able to cope with work and maintain nice work-life balance with more freedom, without losing responsibility and work on meaningful projects.

How do you earn an income now?

I work as a freelance copywriter and social media manager and I always try to have at least one big, regular client for whom I can work from anywhere or work part-time.

Then I have occasional or not-so-regular jobs – these may come from clients who found me on internet or someone recommended my work to them, or through translating agencies (I do also some translations from time to time) or I stumble upon them on oDesk.

Maybe I’ll return to some kind of stable work someday – you can learn a lot there too if you find right people – but I’ll always strive for some level of independency.

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

I don’t have a specific budget. I just try to save money continuously (I admire minimalistic lifestyle, which also helps) and choose destinations that aren’t expensive. Budget tips are abundant and as my travel blog is called Travel Hacks, it’s obviously my favourite topic 🙂

It starts with finding the cheapest flights (my weapon of choice is Skyscanner) or using cheap means of transport (buses, low cost carriers, train deals).

Accommodation can be done on budget too without sacrificing comfort – you can use Couchsurfing, volunteer for accommodation or go through my most favourite, Airbnb.

Eating healthy on a budget is another chapter – obviously, don’t eat at expensive restaurants and rather cook at home, this will save you a lot. Not drinking alcohol and not smoking also helps.

Choose wisely attractions you want to see or things you want to do – there are plenty of things to see and do for free or for very little. All it requires is to do some research beforehand.

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

It depends on what area of interest are we talking about. For administration, time management, communication with others, cloud solutions and orientation; I stick with Google products.

For designing, Canva is the best thing I’ve discovered so far. For blogging and running sites, WordPress is great (although nothing new on the market).

The list goes on and on, depending on what you’re working on.

If we are talking offline, an external hard disk, extra battery, reliable smartphone and a super-handy suitcase/backpack are a must.

coffice-Bratislava-Simona-Kusalova

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

Keep your procrastination at minimum 🙂 Otherwise it might be pretty hard for you to adapt to a new lifestyle if you’re not used to work this way. Work hard and be nice to others and yourself. Always learn and enjoy what you do.

Bio: Sim Kusalova is a travel blogger and part-time digital nomad. She fell in love with travelling and always longed for flexibility so she’s trying to make the most out of it. She likes to talk about budget travelling and digital nomadic lifestyle so if these interest you, get in touch on Twitter, Instagram, Google+ or Facebook.

2. Tomas Tilver

Remote worker with elephant

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

Freedom is a strong theme in my life, and I also like to see new places and explore the world.

As I have a long history from work with SW Systems for Mobile Telecom the possibilities offered by Internet and Telecom for someone who wishes to live and earn enough money to support himself in a nomadic fashion were obvious to me.

How do you earn an income now?

I work mainly as a remote translator from English to Swedish, with clients from all over the world. No big money, but it is relatively easy to find jobs, I learn a lot translating texts about all possible subjects, and I keep up my mother tongue Swedish.

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

Oh… I am sorry to say I don’t really know! The big spendings are on international flights of course… I’d guess I burn roughly $4500/year on internatonal flights.

I usually book a hotel room for the first night in advance, I’d guess there goes another $2000-2500$/year. Most travels are local buses, tuc-tuc, cyclo or whatever and they do not cost very much, and I do not keep records of such cost!

My best tip to lower travelling cost is to be flexible about the timing. There are heaps of websites that will offer cheap flights. Knowing the peak seasons and the low seasons, and with a little persistence and patience (and luck!) you can make very good deals if you have the possibility to adapt travelling dates.

Another tip is to look at the total cost (including the “cost” of time spent flying/waiting!) e.g a very low priced flight may arrive at a bad hour or at a remote airfield forcing you to an extra hotel night or an expensive train ticket that will eat up the gain from the cheap flight. OR you may lose two days of invoiceable work time as a penalty for taking the cheapest flight… Be business minded!

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

A light-weight laptop with good battery life and good WiFi, and a detachable backup disk. A smartphone with a set of local prepaid cards for different locations and good WiFi (and google translate of course!)

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

Be realistic! The Digital Nomad life is not about idle laid-back web-surfing on the beach. Making money online/remotely is not easy!

You will probably have to settle for a far smaller economy than you are used to. You will occasionally miss your friends and colleagues.

You will be frustrated, bewildered, confused, angry – but you will be totally and mercilessly ALIVE and FREE to fine-tune your survival instinct, finding ways out of trouble that will make you amazed 🙂

Bio: Reliable, experienced, and professional native Swedish translator/transcreator Millions of words translated for 80 clients in 20 countries Honesty, Integrity and Quality are my key concepts Optimistic, Enthusiastic, Innovative, Inspirational, Intuitive and Service-minded.

More info:  t2limited.com

3. Ade Chong

A Digital Nomad

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

I was simply bored of living in Singapore. My siblings had both left for boarding school when I was quite young.

I would hear their stories and see their photos of their travels and feel jealous. So I worked towards a deadline. I spent three years building my portfolio at a great little agency in Singapore called Manic, saved some money and got on a plane.

How do you earn an income now?

At the moment I’m working full-time at a digital agency in London, I’ve been with them for almost a year now, and using London as a base for my travels for now. £55k per year.

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

£3-6k

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

Friends and industry contacts.

Having people you know around work can mean saving on accommodation, someone to give you tips on moving gives you a higher chance of finding work wherever you go.

And always keep your portfolio up to date.

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

Set a deadline and make a plan. People are often hindered by themselves, they think their dreams are unachievable.

I never thought I’d be able to move across the world at 23, be successful and travel as much as I do today. If you asked me how I did it, I guess I’d say I just winged it.

A goal is just a dream with a deadline.

You have to try and you have to accept that you might fail. One day you might wake up in a bed somewhere across the globe and look back and wonder how you did it too.

For more info: https://www.behance.net/adechong

4. Alexey Komissarouk

alexey is a remote workerWhy did you decide to begin a nomadic life and what it means to you?

Left San Francisco in Summer 2014, wanted to travel after running out of Visa in the US.
When visas turn into pumpkins

What it means to me – it means I get to see the world and work from anywhere. I’m writing this from a coworking space in Buenos Aires.  It means I’ve seen the world.

How do you earn an income now?

I work about 10 hours a week for binti.com as a software consultant. I worked with them in the US as well, and they kept me on to help grow their company. I have had other clients as well, but this is the current one.

I am also (trying) to earn an income from hackerparadise.org, the traveling community I started with my partner Casey.

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

I have been trying to keep to roughly $2,000 a month.  The biggest expense has actually been flights. Staying in places with friends makes travel cheaper. I’ve really appreciated hostels for short-term stays (meet a lot of fun people, very affordable).

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

Heh, my MacBook Air.

I’m also quite happy with TMobile’s international availability (https://www.t-mobile.com/simple-choice-international-plans.html) – for $50/month I have 3G data almost everywhere without a SIM card and I can call the US for business (included).

Also, all the usual tools – Asana and Slack have been great for working with the team, etc.

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

Heh, it’s a shameless plug but you want to go through a program like hackerparadise.org or similar when getting started. Go to a place where you know where you’re going to stay & work for the first month, then as you get comfortable and make friends, venture further afield.

The 4 hour work week has been pretty helpful as well, in terms of tactical advice.  I am currently traveling with a big bag, but next trip I am definitely limiting myself to a carry-on.  It’s very doable.

Check out the photos on hackerparadise.org from our most recent Costa Rica trip.

5. CarouLLou

A remote workers portraitWhy did you decide to begin a nomadic life and what it means to you?

My ‘jump into the unknown’…

I always loved traveling and being somewhere else… Any money I ever made always went into Travel, Food and Fashion (still to this day!)

At 17 years old, I left with a high-school girlfriend to work for the whole summer in a sunny country by the beach. And to completely feel that I was living there, I had taken with me ALL my belongings (including my bicycle and all my shoes)…

Then between the age of 18 and 27, I was really looking for my true self and what I should do with my life. As an Entrepreneur and Artist at heart, I tried many things, started a few businesses, but nothing really took off.

During those years, I seriously planned 3 times to leave for good and go live somewhere else. But I changed my plans following a series of events, so it didn’t happen back then.

In 1993, when my husband and I fell in love, we were already both well traveled, and had each already been abroad for long periods of time.

But I still hadn’t found my path, and my husband who had been a successful businessman, had suddenly lost everything. So being both at rock bottom, right from the beginning, we were sharing the same dream of starting a business that would make us travel the world.

Then, In 1994, together we made the Life changing choice of leaving Canada… Initially, we did sublet our apartment in Montreal.

And in 1996, we suddenly thought: why not ‘Just do it’ completely…like ‘what are we waiting for’? So we briefly came back to sell everything and left with the only stuff we had kept… our clothes and a Fax machine!

That official day, we sent a photo of us to all our family and friends, simply with the phrase ‘Jumping into the Unknown’ (It had such an effect that many of them also took risk to change something in their own life!)

So we live ever since out of our ‘suitcases‘ (which over the years became less & less. Now 65 kilos for the both of us)…

As soon as we started to live abroad, I became location independent. I had set up a little telemarketing organisation with 2 people taking phone appointments, and I had arranged to manage everything by fax, providing with prepaid phone cards so that it wouldn’t cost anything to communicate with me.

I also started my ‘Life Potentials’ & ‘Business Strategies’ Consultation Businesses (later called Coaching). So this was the beginning of my Digital Nomad lifestyle (or shall we say Analogic Nomad!).

Following that vision and experience that I could have sessions with my clients, over the phone, wherever they were, from wherever I was…

I really felt the unlimited potential! From that time, I decided that whatever I would do, whichever business I would start, projects I would get involved in, or investment I would make… It would have to be completely mobile and manageable from distance, no matter where I was in the world.

How do you earn an income now?

It always has been many different things. So never just one thing.

Consultations:

I still do consultations, mostly focused on brainstorming on business ideas, helping those wanting to start their first internet business, and those wanting to start international projects.

Internet businesses:

In 1998, when we were living in Bangkok, I had my first email & started my first websites… (I was working in little cafés & hotel lobbies, calling those my offices)…

Today,

I have a few websites with affiliate partnerships (mostly in the Travel industry… like hotel bookings,  apartments rentals, flight search, travel insurance etc…). I also have informational websites offering memberships.

I share my fashion inspiration, and sell clothes (CarouLLou’s fashion) and I just opened a jewelry shop  (CarouLLou’s jewelry)

Business start ups

I have passive royalties from international organisations I have set up from A to Z (so not only on the internet, but including the whole process… from concept, to Marketing strategy… setting up everything with lawyers, notaries, trademarks, copyrights, banks…etc…)

Trading & Investments

I do currency trading and I am also an investor.

What is your approximate travel budget for a year?

I choose not to disclose financial information. My public sharing through my blog is mostly artistic and inspirations through photos.

However I believe that the range of different lifestyle can be almost as varied as in normal sedentary life. There are Digital Nomads living full time on lowest budget possible, and there are Digitals Nomads living full time in 5 stars hotels. And perhaps there’s lots in between…

Also, anybody with either some or all of the same businesses as I have, can either have a very abundant lifestyle, or can barely make ends meet. Here too, lots in between… It is that it depends on so many factors…

Any tip to lower it down?

Don’t try to spend less, try to find ideas to make more! (the more you spend, the more people benefit…. And remember the word currency comes from “current’, so be in the current!)

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

Always have the latest top best technology.

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

(in no particular order):

Try that whatever you do, whatever you get involved in, is totally mobile and/or manageable from distance. Or if it is not, find a way to transform it to be.

‘Jump into the unknown’ and let the adventure take you wherever it will be.  Have the flexibility to change plans and live wherever you feel good. (Here is a Post I published about that philosophy  > Freedom & Flexibility )

  • Focus more on giving than on receiving.
  • Try to do less and accomplish more.
  • Be creative, think out of the box.
  • Be almost completely digital, almost completely paperless.
  • Be constant with the people you do business with.
  • They should not really feel the difference when you travel.
  • Talk to them in their time zones.

Be willing to do anything to get that internet connection and be willing to pay the price when it is worth it for your business (I remember in India early 2000’s, cruising for a few days on a wooden houseboat in the backwaters of Kerala, and stopping at phone boots in the middle of nowhere using my prepaid phone card to call my dial up prepaid internet connection in Italy.

That is only one example of the so many times I had the most crazy adventures to connect to the internet).

Carou-LLou-in-Bangkok

Work a little everyday, and do something special every day… and you will feel on vacation all your life (Bonus: since I monitor my businesses every day, I do not have the Sunday blues and the Monday stress anymore).

Be Social, don’t wait – I rented my first co-working office in the early 90’s in Montreal, joined another one in Central America late 90’s, then I started one in Barcelona in 2005 …

So I believe a co-working place like the one set up in Tenerife, Canary Islands is awesome! (Here is a post I wrote about breaking the isolation of the Solo digital nomad entrepreneur, and how I used to speed up getting my social life going through my > ‘Brainstorm lunches‘).

Be as independent as you can – My husband & I  always choose to take care of our own accommodation, and we never accept invitations to sleep over… for privacy purposes, and because we do not want to be obliged in social interactions…

However, this being said, I have nothing against those who sleep at people’s place, specially if they are having less finances at the beginning. Perhaps they can provide something in exchange, or if someday they have more, they will become most likely the most generous ones, giving back to people in their own special way.

Set your personal and business situations properly – Consult Experts Lawyers and accountants who are Specialised for ‘citizens of your country living abroad’.

Respect Visas length of stay. It’s not worth taking the risk. Not only there could be a high penalty fee, but you could also be banned for years. And this could weigh on you all your life (even beyond the ban).

Set your own set of ethics, and respect countries customs, do not abuse any systems.

BIO: CarouLLou is an ‘Artist at heart’ and a ‘Digital Nomad Entrepreneur’, living in great Metropolises of the world since 1994. At time of publishing, she had already traveled to 68 countries and lived extensively in 12 of them. She shares her journey and inspirations through her blog > CarouLLou.com. You’re welcome to follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or Instagram.

6. José Sáez López

A digital nomads life

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

After some time working in our own projects from Madrid we started thinking that maybe we could do this from anywhere.

We did a small test run working from China for a couple of months and then decided to take the big step.

How do you earn an income now?

We are part of different projects at a technical level. Most of them are aimed at emerging countries, examples https://www.kumbuja.com or https://www.jobartis.com. We are also starting to build a platform for digital nomads called https://www.moverflow.com.

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

We don’t normally spend more than $1000 per month when living in SEA….and we also do one or two trips back home per year.

Office in Bali

His Office in BaliWhat would you consider to be one of the best tools for becoming a Digital Nomad?

We think that communication is key when working remotely. To keep track of what everyone is doing we use BitBucket, HipChat, Trello and e-mail.

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

Digital Nomad working

I think it’s important to do the test run as soon as possible. It’s in that first test run (leaving for 1 or 2 months) when you realize that all those bad things that can happen won’t normally happen.

BIO: CEO and founder of ElevenYellow, a boutique software company that builds products for the emerging world and the app store ecosystem.

For more info: elevenyellow.com

 

7. Brian Barczyk

Brian-Barczyk with a snakeWhy did you decide to begin a nomadic life and what it means to you?

About 5 years ago I decided to do as much travelling as I could afford to do, to as many places around the World as I could imagine. I took this decision, knowing that the adventures I had by travelling and sharing my experiences; would be priceless.

After my first journey to several remote parts of Australia I knew that returning to America meant I would spend my life travelling.

How do you earn an income now?

I earn income from my travels by writing about my adventure and filming for my Youtube channel that receives 3 million views each month.

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

My budgets change depending on where I am traveling to, but I always do my best to stay with friends that I have either met through other travels or over social media. When travelling, staying with the “natives” not only cuts my expenses down drastically, but also allows me to experience the places from their viewpoint.

Barczyk: “I want to know what it’s like to live; wherever I travel”.

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

The best tool is no doubt a sense of adventure. No matter how much you plan there is always going to be a problem and the best advice would be to just go with it. Sure we all want some regiment to our travels, but for me the best experiences have been the ones I could never have planned for.

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

My only advice is to travel with passion. Live in the moment and enjoy every part of the adventure. Don’t make the mistake of travelling to a place in search of a specific experience, rather soak in every bit of every day.

More info: youtube.com/user/SnakeBytesTV , twitter.com/SnakeBytesTV

 

8. Marina Janeiko
Marina Janeiko at workWhy did you decide to begin a nomadic life and what it means to you?

Life is for living, not compromises. Often, if you are passionate about travel – others will tell you that you can only either travel the world or fulfill yourself professionally.

I didn’t want to make that kind of compromises, I wanted to live my live according to my own standards and vision. Having a nomadic life and work style, means freedom to me. It means I and only I am truly responsible for carving my own life.

Atacama-desert-chile-Marina-JaneikoHow do you earn an income now?

I work on my own travel startup What’s It Like which helps travelers figure out WHEN to go. We’re bootstrapping and I support my startup work with part time client work as a remote UX designer.

Client work is mostly, me helping other startups and product companies with UX strategy and product design.

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

I prefer slow travel vs. short visits, so I usually stay in one place for longer time to get the work done and then have about two weeks of active traveling which comes back to having some more stationary time for work.

So if you slow travel – there’s not really a travel budget and non-travel budget since you’re on the road all the time, just moving slowly.

In general, when I actively travel – I spend about $1,000 – 1,500 a month on average. That includes travel, accommodation, food, special events and adventures.

Slow travel and actually living somewhere for longer time is much more affordable than having 4-5 vacations/getaways per year.

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

Definitely getting in touch with the digital nomad community. I’ve been writing on digital nomadism for a while (on Medium,guest posts, and exposing remarkable nomads for HashtagNomads community), reading through this kind of resources in addition to being part of the community helps to broaden your perspective on what it means to be a digital nomad and how others do it.

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

Being on the road for the last 5 years makes me think that we often overestimate the obstacles and underestimate the benefits of nomadic lifestyle.

Think about it – the world is finally ready for us to lead this movement towards creating happier and more fulfilled lives. You can be part of that and whatever obstacles you have – they are no different from any other things you need to overcome daily.

Banner of Marina Janeiko

Bio: Marina Janeiko is a digital nomad, UX designer and founder of What’s It Like – nomadic startup helping travelers figure out WHEN to go. Connect with Marina for advice on Twitter.

 

9. Rodolphe Dutel
Rodolphe at MallorcaWhy did you decide to begin a nomadic life and what it means to you?

I had various office jobs for 4 years, I was enjoying it all and still felt like travelling some more!

I decided to quit and travel, becoming a sailor/backpacker/digital nomad for 1.5 years in Europe, South-Africa and Colombia, making a small living through teaching Business classes and workshops.

It was nice, and I felt like learning more about startups, SaaS and all-things Digital: In April 2014, I joined Buffer and started renting a flat in Paris, while still travelling 6 months per year: I guess that makes me a “half nomad”! 🙂

For me, a (Digital) Nomadic life means to have a job or occupation allowing you to be a Remote Worker and making the decision to travel/explore for most of your time 🙂

I’m writing all this while sitting on a plane taking me to Mumbai, where I can attend a wedding & work in the same week!

How do you earn an income now?

Today, I make a living by working full time remotely for a friendly startup named Buffer, we’re a team of 29 remote workers gathering in a single location every 5 months – I also teach at my former University for a few days every year.

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

Great one! I started travelling through CouchSurfing, I love hitchhiking and taking cheap buses! It feels to me that we all have two currencies, Time and Money – I’m trying to adapt my travels depending on how I valued my Time on a given day: When I had more time on my hands, I went with cheaper options – living some great experiences along the way.

Today, I work full time at Buffer – making an income and feeling responsible to do a good job with my team and Buffer users, I often consider paying a bit more for convenience (shorter trips, WiFi access, quiet workplaces).

A cool tip to manage your budget is to connect with those who already do what you wish to do, NomadList and #nomads are great sources – A DN advised me on where to stay and the WiFi quality for my trip to Goa!

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

I’m always on the hunt for great tools! I’ve curated my favorite tools on this list, so many of them are critical to what we do everyday – staying connected and productive are two of the biggest opportunity as a Digital Nomad!

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

To me, DNs are Remote Workers deciding to live and work in different places for lifestyle reasons: As a Remote Worker, I started Remotive.io in 2014 to create a community of Productive Remote Workers, connecting people from over 700 cities worldwide today.

Understanding how to work remotely, and if you might enjoy it feels like a great first step, e.g. trying to work from home for a week, or in a different city is a good way to try it, to see how that feels 🙂

For all-things Nomad, one of the best way to get inspiration and feedback is to chat with those who already are DN, so that you can see how you like it!

BIO: Rodolphe works at Buffer, and considers himself a “half-nomad”, spending half of his time on the road. In 2014, he started Remotive.io – a community for Productive Remote Workers with members in 700+ cities globally.

 

10. Arky

remote worker arkyWhy did you decide to begin a nomadic life and what it means to you?

After spending a few years with the Braille Without Borders kanthari.org project. I started traveling to various countries to help volunteer on social projects.

My idea is to find out if the FLOSS (Free/Libre Open Source Software) makes real social impact. Today I continue to advise various non-profits on the use of FLOSS and ICT technology for social causes.

How do you earn an income now?

I have a full time job with Mozilla as community manager for localization teams.

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

Currently my travel is funding by full-time job. In the past, I used my savings from previous jobs in IT companies and freelance work.

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

I think being comfortable with uncertainties and risks is the best tool. Whether its doing visa runs and/or getting robbed on your first month in a new country. You can not avoid unfortunate situations, but you can certainly manage how you react to them.

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

My blind friend once told me this “Don’t be afraid of taking the next step”. Just take the plunge and see where it takes you. For more info (Arky’s personal blog): https://playingwithsid.blogspot.com

 

11. Eli David

Eli-David is a digital nomadWhy did you decide to begin a nomadic life and what it means to you?

I would say the advantages of a nomadic lifestyle are amazing, the reasons are here: Advantages of a Nomad Lifestyle

How do you earn an income now? 

A combination of freelancing (In sites like Elance for example), and also founding startup companies.

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

This one really depends on the country, picking the right country and staying longer will decrease your costs. Here are some additional tips Long term travel on the cheap

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

I would say Elance since it allows you to make money while travelling. Hostelworld and Airbnb also come to mind when looking for accommodation.

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

Just start, and see if it feels good.

BIO: Co-founder of Lingolearn.com, an online language school providing live classes to hundreds of students around the world and the co-founder of StartupBlink.com, a global map for startups sharing news.

Before taking the startup path, Eli was working as an accountant and business consultant for firms such as BDO and KPMG.

Eli is now a digital nomad who has been living in more than 20 countries in the last 4 years, constantly changing locations (more about it on BecomeNomad.com).

 

12. Megan Claire & Mike Jerrard

Megan Claire digital nomadWhy did you decide to begin a nomadic life and what it means to you?

A nomadic lifestyle to me is all about freedom. Freedom to live life as we choose and not be constrained by the “rules” of society i.e to be successful you must have a 9-5 job, have a house and children.

A nomadic lifestyle is the ultimate proof that there are no rules to life. It also means freedom of movement.

We are not tied down to a specific location, so we have the freedom and mobility to travel and move around as we wish.

Having established an independent career is amazing, because we can work from anywhere in the world so as long as we find an internet connection, the location isn’t important.

We can pick up and take off on a whim’s notice if we choose to, and we really love the freedom of being able to accept opportunities and not worry about having to sell a house, quit a job, or what to do with our stuff, because we have very minimal material possessions.

How do you earn an income now?

My income is now mainly from my blog and my freelance writing. Money via the blog comes largely in the form of content based advertising and sponsorships (sponsored posts), and I have managed to use the blog as a portfolio of my work to land paid freelance jobs in everything from writing, social media and website consultancy and public speaking.

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

We travel for approximately $30,000 a year, though this is traveling fairly comfortably and staying in apartments and mid range hotels, often hitting fairly pricey destinations along the way.

Over the last 6 months for instance we traveled throughout Central and South America before flying up to Europe, and did Easter island, the Galapagos and Iceland all within 4 months of each other.

These are fairly expensive locations, so you could definitely travel on a lower budget if you decided to hit cheaper destinations and you’re willing to stay in hostels, campsites or even consider options for free accommodation like couchsurfing, house-sitting or home exchange.

Also, slow travel is often less expensive – instead of jetting off on long international flights every 3 days, consider spending a few weeks in each location, and planning your next destination as somewhere close-by, accessible by train, bus or car.

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


Megan Claire working remotely Fantastic devices and an international adapter!
One of the biggest parts of being a digital nomad is being able to earn an income online, so you will need a really reliable range of devices – normally a high quality laptop, smartphone, camera (for instance photography is a big part of our travel blog) and hard drive for storage.

Make sure you have a smartphone with a worldclock, as this will come in incredibly handy for scheduling meetings in different time zones, and make sure your phone is unlocked so you can purchase local SIM cards along the way.

And of course if you travel a fair bit, an international adaptor will be your best friend so you’ll never be without power or a connection.

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

Familiarize yourself with technology and applications before you leave. Learn how to use Skype, test run Google Hangouts, and learn how to schedule meetings across different timezones with Google calendar.

Make sure you know the ins and outs of every application before you hit the road. It’s much easier to learn it all beforehand than trying to figure something out at that moment.

BIO: Megan is an Australian Journalist, and the founder and Senior Editor of Mapping Megan – an award-winning adventure travel blog bringing you the latest in adventure travel from all over the globe.

With the main aim of inspiring others to embark on their own worldwide adventure, Megan and husband Mike believe travel has the potential to inspire change in people, and in turn inspire change in the world.

They embraced travel as a lifestyle in 2007, and are dedicated to documenting their journey and observations through entertaining, candid articles and brilliant photography.

Adrenalin junkies and incredibly active travellers, from mountain biking the most dangerous road in the world (Bolivia), to skydiving over the Swiss Alps and summiting Mt Kilimanjaro, there is no mountain too high, and no fete too extreme!

They haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on their list. You can follow their journey on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube, Pinterest and Instagram also.

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.