10 Questions to Dayana Aleksandrova

“If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another.”  

There are likely to be few people that embody this as well as our next digital nomad trainer: Dayana Aleksandrova.

Dayana or “Dee” always travelled down a road full of twists and turns, only to find her passion in living as a digital nomad.

Born in Bulgaria, she studied in the US and had a short taste of the, let’s say ‘traditional life’ after graduation. She settled for an apartment and a 9-5 corporate job – end of story.

Well, not so fast! Dayana quickly realised that this world isn’t for her.

Giving in to her wanderlust, she left on a one-way ticket to Bali. From that point onwards, she toured the world as travel writer and photographer. Her adventures led her to Southeast Asia, Spain and the Dominican Republic, only to name a few.

Currently, she’s right here in Tenerife where she joined our small team for a month.

Lucky us and lucky you!

Why? Because she’s our next digital nomad guest trainer! And that means she’ll share her inspiring story right here at Coworking in the Sun.

  • When: Tuesday, 27.06.2017 at 18:00 h

  • Where: Aula 2 in FU International Academy Tenerife, C.C. La Cúpula, Local n° 69, 38400 Puerto de la Cruz

In her presentation, she will look back on how she started out as a digital nomad – and how she failed at the first try.

You’ll hear all about her experiences on the road – including the advantages and disadvantages of this lifestyle. And on top, she’ll introduce you to platforms and communities that can help you to get started as digital nomad all for yourself.

One of Dayana’s biggest realisations:

I began attracting opportunities the minute I started pursuing what I felt most passionately about.

So don’t miss out and join our event on Facebook and Meetup!

Dayana Aleksandrova

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

It wasn’t so much that I chose to begin a nomadic life; it chose me instead. I graduated college in 2015 and took the familiar route. I began working at a prestigious bank in Boston, got an apartment in the city and was trying my best to live like a “responsible adult.”

Something, however, was missing.

I wasn’t happy working in a strict corporate environment. As someone young and thirsty for adventure, I wanted to travel so bad, that I quit my job and went to Bali on a one-way ticket. I loved exploring foreign cultures so much, that I began working on remote projects in order to be able to keep travelling and learning. Remote life to me means freedom.

How do you earn an income now?

My income comes mostly from writing. I do photography and social media work as well.

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

It can be anywhere from 2 to 12 hours a day, depending on the project and how invested I am in it. I try to average a healthy six-hour day and I typically work seven days a week.

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

Honestly, I don’t pay much for travel at all.

I’ve managed to create a few systems that allow me to travel for free. For example, I have done Instagram campaigns for luxury hotels in different countries. I let them know what dates I will be in town on and offer to promote them on social media in exchange for free accommodation. The only part of the trip I pay is my plane ticket and food.

Working as a volunteer with Worldpackers has worked quite well, too. I rent out my room in Barcelona in order to cover my rent, pay for my plane ticket and then live free of charge while working with different organizations.

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

I got started using Upwork. You can find projects and apply.

On Upwork, you can also see what skills are in demand. You have to stay organized, so I recommend putting everything in Google Calendar. Slack is another great tool to use for communicating with coworkers.

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

Make sure that you budget right. The first time I attempted the digital nomad life in Bali, I failed because my projects were sporadic and I blew through my savings very quickly.

You have to build up to the moment of you actually going remote. Make sure to have a steady base of clients, so that you don’t end up going on a perpetual vacation until you find yourself broke.

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

I’ve been traveling for 8 years. Currently, I’ve been to 17 countries: Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey, Italy, Germany, Spain, Russia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, England, USA, the Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Malta, Finland, Thailand.

I love Samana in the Dominican Republic for the incredibly warm and genuine culture of the local people. I do have a soft spot for the US which is where I lived for 7 years. My top favorite place in the world is Barcelona where I am currently based.

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

Barcelona is my home base. I usually travel at least once a month. Some trips are only a week long, while others can last up to a month and over.

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

I talk to my friends and my mom via WhatsApp all the time. I don’t care for material belongings (even if it sounds corny), so I’m happy to lean on my backpack and sleep on the floor.

I don’t care for fashion much, so I travel light, carrying mostly dresses and shorts. I do miss having a room to myself sometimes because every now and then, I crave my personal bubble.

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

For the upcoming years, yes. For the rest of my life, I can’t tell yet because I am still very young. The reality is though, that millennials are changing the economy as we know it, so I do believe that the traditional office will disappear.

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