Firstly, I have to admit I’m jealous of you.
When I was 23, back in 1992, I stopped studying for one year and travelled the world in order to find the best place in the world to live later (actually, I had chosen Vancouver and ended up in Tenerife, but that’s another story).
I started in Miami, went to Los Angeles, up the west coast to Seattle then Vancouver. The next flight took me to Hawaii. Then I travelled to New Zealand and Australia, went to Indonesia, Thailand and back to Germany. Most of the time I stayed next to the coast to learn how to surf and to enjoy my boogie board which I carried with me everywhere.
I managed to live for one year from my savings and some contributions. Back then there were already many backpackers discovering the world, some of them had been for years on the road. I admired them and wanted to do the same. But I was not willing to accept just any job to survive and to keep on travelling like most of them did. I just couldn’t see myself working in hostels or giving out publicity on the streets. I always wanted to finish my studies, earn decent money and – most importantly – be my own boss.
Ultimately I couldn’t find a way to combine both – travelling and earning money doing something I love. So I “ended up” in Tenerife, which was not bad at all. And most importantly, I haven’t worked a single day doing something that I don’t like.
Today everything is different. There is a movement out there. A couple of thousand people are living the life I dreamt about when I was twenty-something. They call themselves digital nomads and they have a motto: “Living the good life”.
Nowadays it is possible to nurse your wanderlust and earn a decent income at the same time. A notebook, an internet connection and – of course – the right skill set is all you need, namely any type of digital work you can manage on a mobile computer. There are translators, online marketers, copywriters, graphic designers, video editors, bloggers. Some nomads are freelancers, some have binding jobs and work remotely for a company and a good percentage even live on passive incomes as affiliate marketers. A few of them manage to run a whole company from coworking places around the world.
Hey you, digital nomad…
I love what you are doing. I’m totally jealous. And I’m desperate to join you. But I can’t. I have two sons now and I prefer to bring them up in a more “stable” situation. But soon, in a couple of years, they will be young adults and they won’t need their father anymore. I will join you then and hope to see you in Chiang Mai, Prague, Sydney, Bali or wherever you are.
Until then I’d like to welcome you to Tenerife. It’s a great place to live. One of the best in the world – especially for digital nomads. We actually wrote another blog post about it:
Even if I’m still not a digital nomad I try to be a supporter of the movement. I’ve been a passionate online marketer since 1998. In 2010 I built a team of highly skilled marketers and we started to teach digital marketing (www.seointhesun.com). We soon specialized our teaching in building niche websites with affiliate income. For me this is the fastest and easiest solution for somebody who wants to start living “the good life”. Read more about our vision under www.seointhesun.com/about
Of course there are many more opportunities. And there’s a lot more to teach those who want to become digital nomads like you.
Are you a digital nomad? Do you like teaching? Do you have some experiences to share?
In that case, this offer might be made for you. This year we’ve opened our coworking space and we also rent out rooms in shared flats (www.coworkinginthesun.com). You can use both, our apartment and our coworking space for free for at least two weeks. The only thing I’m asking you as a trade-off is to share your experiences with our students. Most of them want to be digital nomads as well. Show them your skills, give a talk to them about your life on the road. Give them tips and answer their questions. Maybe you have a lot more interesting stuff to teach which doesn’t fit in just a couple of hours. Let’s talk then.
Our aim is to – officially – welcome one digital nomad per month to teach our students some useful skills and talk to them about what’s like to travel the world. Will you be one of them? That would be awesome.
Send me a mail then: frank at seointhesun.com
By the way, if you don’t want to teach, you are welcome anyway ;-). I’m sure that you will love the atmosphere at our place.
Best regards from sunny Tenerife,