Digital Nomad

Articles and personal stories on the digital nomad lifestyle.

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Monday, Aug 21, 2017

Remote working trends in 2017

With proper internet and attention to timezones, you literally can work from anywhere. I did it last year on an around the world trip where I worked from Prague, Vienna, Budapest, the Moscow airport, and Japan. With all this going on, what are some of the recent trends that have popped up to help remote workers and nomads stay sane and productive?

Friday, Aug 18, 2017

Is Having a "Home Base" a Good Idea as a Digital Nomad?

The reason would be so that there’s always something stable to fall back upon. For example, right now my habits are out of whack, my health needs fixing, etc. The travel lifestyle is a crazy, free one- which is great, but sometimes I just want consistency.

Tuesday, Aug 15, 2017

Is Anyone Living The 4-Hour Work Week?

A book popular in our industry is now a decade old. Has anyone put the advice from the author Tim Ferriss into practice? If so, how did you manage to do it and what have you learned from the experience?

Friday, Aug 11, 2017

Digital Nomads of Reddit: What do you do, how much do you work, and how much do you make?

Digital Nomads of Reddit: What do you do, how much do you work, and how much do you make?

Tuesday, Aug 8, 2017

Officially completed one year as a DN, here are my thoughts

On the surface, it was incredible… There were many times I came across something truly remarkable, be it an abandoned church, or a virgin beach, and I’d look to my left as if to say “hey check this out!” only to be reminded, I’m alone here.

How I've Lived the 4-Hour Work Week for a Decade

Tim Ferris’ classic book about an elusive 4-hour work week has sold over a million copies since its publication. While not all aspects of his book apply to me, I’ve supported myself for the past decade with my side project, which peaked at $100,000/month in revenue and has only ever required limited maintenance.

Friday, Aug 4, 2017

The Unsettled

It’s easier than ever to live with no fixed address, but that doesn’t come without a cost.

Wednesday, Aug 2, 2017

How do you find clients when you have no network and can only do remote?

I have no network, no ability to relocate, can’t get a full time job right now, and urgently need to make some bucks real quick. But several articles and comments here suggested that upwork.com and similar freelance websites do some really shady things and that it’s not good to use them for any kind of work, even temporary… I can’t for the life of me figure out how to get a job using these skills but without a network.

Tuesday, Aug 1, 2017

Favorite place to be a digital nomad?

I’d love to know your favorite places to be a digital nomad.

Monday, Jul 31, 2017

I want to be a digital nomad

I don’t think the office life is for me and I feel like I’m missing out on just living and experiencing new things. I’m here to ask for any advice from people that have made this type of transition. How do I get started? How do you come across work?

Friday, Jul 28, 2017

Former DNs, how long did you lead this lifestyle and what made you stop? What are you doing nowadays? Any plans to hit the road again?

No intentions to stop anytime soon myself, just wondering.

Friday, Jul 21, 2017

How do you explain your DN life to your family?

My family thinks I’m a new kind of hippie, lazy and enjoying life earning money in a suspicious way… (most of them have never traveled).

Thursday, Jul 20, 2017

Digital nomad with kids?

Are there any parents who’ve successfully become nomads while simultaneously raising kids / giving kids reasonable opportunities (friends, school etc)? What are your stories? What was hardest?

Friday, Jul 14, 2017

How do you date as a Digital Nomad?

Curious how we single people can do it! Also, it occurred to me that it might be a good business idea to create a “dating for digital nomads” or something.. just an idea. So, single people, how do YOU date as a world traveling rock star?

Tuesday, Jul 11, 2017

What's the weirdest non-one-time gig/job you've heard a digital nomad doing while traveling?

We all know there are plenty of DN’s that are web developers and graphic designers, after all. Any goat milkers out there, or anything even crazier?

Monday, Jul 10, 2017

Feeling lost between home & the road

I just thought I’d write a bit about how I feel after 2 years of nomading full-time, mainly in SEA and Europe. Things that I am tired of and see no real way to “fix” it: 1. Meeting new people ALL THE TIME; 2. Lack of sustainability; and 3. Lack of connection.

Friday, Jul 7, 2017

Digital Nomad Alone

A lot of people seem to do the digital nomad thing with their partners. Is anyone here going at it on their own? Can you speak a bit about your experience, challenges, pros, cons?

Tuesday, Jul 4, 2017

Remote Year Review (application process)

I applied for remote year (remoteyear.com) a few months ago and the whole experience has been a mess.

Wednesday, Jun 28, 2017

Becoming a Digital Nomad: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

If you’re interested in launching a career as an entrepreneur on the road or want to find that remote job of your dreams, here are some tips to get you started.

Monday, Jun 26, 2017

Seems like most digital nomads here are freelancers... does anyone work a salaried from home job whereby they need to be at their computer from the hours of X to X?

I want to give the digital nomad lifestyle a go, but it seems like most people who pull it off successfully are freelancers, whereas I’m merely working a salaried job from home, and therefore still bound by the 9-5 routine.

Friday, Jun 23, 2017

Why the Modern Nomad is Breaking all the Rules

So if the world is evolving towards rootless living, what does this nomadic movement mean for the future? As the number of highly mobile nomads is on the rise, one potential result is a global network which can be leveraged for collaboration.

Wednesday, Jun 21, 2017

How to transition into this lifestyle?

I’m increasingly finding that I’m actually more productive when I can choose my own work environment, and coupled with a passion for travel that doesn’t mesh well with the 9-5 grind, I’m having trouble figuring out how to launch myself into a remote/nomad career.

Tuesday, Jun 20, 2017

What are your sources of income and how much money are you earning?

A roundup from digital nomads on their sources of income and how much money they earn.

Monday, Jun 19, 2017

How does U.S. tax work for American digital nomads?

Americans are unique in the digital nomad community in that they still have to file US taxes. Today, Bright!Tax tells us more about tax issues.

Friday, Jun 9, 2017

Jobs For Digital Nomads – 10 sites for finding the best entry level remote jobs

Scour these sites to find something suited to your future job as a digital nomad! These resources are remote-specific. Some being entry-level, and some are more advanced. There’re all different so go through each one and find a remote gig that will unlock your freedom.

Thursday, Jun 8, 2017

Digital nomad lifestyle questions and concerns

The “digital nomad lifestyle” is a myth. The only things digital nomads have in common is that they work AND they travel. There are no set speeds. No packing lists. No “magical weight limit” qualifiers. No earnings requirements. No mandatory route list. There is nothing at all that you need to learn from another nomad about living a lifestyle.

Wednesday, Jun 7, 2017

The Middle Class Mind

And although being a broke-ass entrepreneur certainly doesn’t guarantee that you’ll become a wealthy one, I believe those who are willing to be broke – on purpose – are more likely to become rich.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

What are your family friendly DN location recommendations?

My wife and I have a 5 month old daughter and want to spend a few months in a different country (we are currently in the USA). The less expensive the better, but we are also prioritizing safety and child friendly atmosphere. What are your recommendations and experiences in different locations around the world?

Monday, May 22, 2017

Waking up in Thailand

It seems less and less like these people are “digital nomads” every day. The only thing “digital” about them is the junk they hock on the internet. And they are only nomads in the loosest sense of the term. They’re closer to early settlers than to wandering Bedouin — they seem to have come to point and laugh at everything here, to suck this country dry of its culture.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Digital nomad's ultra-minimalist van conversion includes hidden bike rack

American builder, entrepreneur and recovering architect Ross Lukeman of Alternative Homes Today is one of these new digital nomads, who lives, works and travels in a minimalist cargo van he converted himself.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

What has been your worst border crossing experience?

Obviously living this way involves an element of dishonesty at the border when travelling on a tourist visa, and I’m sure most have heard horror stories of being grilled at the UK, US or similar borders, but I’m curious what your worst border experience has been so far?

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Where is it legal to be a digital nomad?

In which countries is it legal, to any extent, to work on a tourist visa?

In Praise of a Nomadic Life

We’ve given up a lot for a life of working and living on the road—but we wouldn’t want it any other way.

Monday, May 1, 2017

How I work as a digital nomad

I was asked today on Twitter about how to find work as a digital nomad. I replied Be flexible. Line up work in advance. Get banking set up. Don’t plan to work 40 hrs/week. Travel light (28L backpack). Go. My comments are too long for a Twitter reply and may be interesting to people who don’t follow me on Twitter, so here goes.

Friday, Apr 28, 2017

IamA entrepreneur who sold more than $22M worth of online businesses and built a 100% remote company while traveling the world - all from my laptop. AMA!

My name is Justin Cooke, I am the co-founder of Empire Flippers where we help others buy, sell, and invest in online businesses.

Tuesday, Apr 25, 2017

#Vanlife, the Bohemian Social-Media Movement

Like the best marketing terms, “vanlife” is both highly specific and expansive. It’s a one-word life-style signifier that has come to evoke a number of contemporary trends: a renewed interest in the American road trip, a culture of hippie-inflected outdoorsiness, and a life free from the tyranny of a nine-to-five office job.

Monday, Apr 24, 2017

Do you feel Digital Nomad has become much more a marketing term than just working remotely?

Digital Nomad (back in the day we were Tech Gypsies) seems to have become synonymous with MLM/Amway type operations with everyone trying to build their “network” and such things. Do you feel the term has more of a negative association than the simple idea of working remotely from various places in the world with a focus more on life enjoyment than working in an office?

Friday, Apr 21, 2017

Digital nomads, language barrier?

How do you deal with learning the language – or, if you spend a significant amount of time somewhere and then leave, how do you deal with LOSING the language?

Monday, Apr 17, 2017

Digital nomad long form interview – Eli David

We recently had the pleasure of talking to long-time digital nomad and entrepreneur Eli David. There’s a lot to get through but it’s worth persevering because Eli is both extremely insightful and very funny.

Friday, Apr 14, 2017

How do you reconcile the desire to nomad with the desire to 'settle down' and form more meaningful connections?

It’s a weird feeling. On the one hand, I miss the comforts of being home - the old friends, being close to family, etc. On the other hand, when I’m at home, I feel that I’ve somehow outgrown it, and the thought of “settling down and living a normal life” scares the crap out of me.

Thursday, Apr 13, 2017

What I Wish I Had Considered Before Becoming A Digital Nomad

From the difficulty of building relationships to giving up the comforts of home, these are the questions to ask before you pack your bags.

Tuesday, Apr 11, 2017

The Digital Nomad Life: Combining Work and Travel

“Remote work has gone mainstream,” said Stephane Kasriel, Upwork’s chief executive.” On-site work between the hours of 9 and 5 “is a remnant of the industrial era.”

Monday, Apr 10, 2017

Digital nomads, Where would you go with $1,800 per month?

Where in the world would you go if you: Were earning $1,800 a month after taxes paid in your country which is Spain and wanted to save about $300 monthly from that income but still live in a comfortable way and enjoy your hard earned bucks.

Wednesday, Apr 5, 2017

Do you find digital nomad lifestyle business blogs depressing?

I’m no longer living abroad but still read the nomad and lifestyle business blogs and listen to the podcasts. I’m finding them decreasingly depressing as they remind me of what I’m missing, instead of being aspirational/motivational like they once were.

Monday, Apr 3, 2017

Go with the flow: tips for succeeding as a digital nomad

There are different ways to think ahead and prepare to make nomadism a reality in your life, but in my humble opinion the best start is simply to ask the mirror: “what is my talent, and how can I make this talent mobile within the digital world?”

Wednesday, Mar 29, 2017

Lessons from One Year of Nomadic Passive Income

It’s now been almost exactly a year since my last real job ended and I started working for myself while traveling.

Tuesday, Mar 28, 2017

Why Most Digital Nomads Fail (And How To Avoid It)

Do you know why most digital nomads fail? Most people pick something like, ‘they can’t get their careers off the ground’ or that ‘they chose the wrong enterprise’. Others will say it’s because they run out of money, or that they didn’t budget well. And yes, these can all be the straws that break the aspiring nomad’s back. The thing is, often these are only symptoms of a much bigger underlying problem.

Friday, Mar 24, 2017

Good places for female nomads

I was wondering if anyone could recommend some places they have lived in as nomads, as lone women and felt comfortable and relatively safe?

Wednesday, Mar 22, 2017

Something for Nothing: The changing face of Chiang Mai's digital nomad scene

“Nomad workshops, nomad conferences, nomad gear, nomad retreat, people giving talks to gullible people to build a following they can sell shit to.” This is how the online communities are reacting to the digital nomads in Chiang Mai.

Thursday, Mar 16, 2017

Lauren Hom: From 9 to 5 to Digital Nomad

Hom is a digital nomad, someone who works abroad, moving around frequently. As part of the Remote Year program Hom packed up her Brooklyn apartment and is now spending four months at a time in Europe, Southeast Asia, and South America as she continues to field a full client load and maintain her collection of side projects. We asked the 25-year-old illustrator and letterer how side projects are the gateway to creative freedom and whether working while traveling is totally overrated.

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