Digital Nomad

Articles and personal stories on the digital nomad lifestyle.

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Monday, Sep 17, 2018

How to build a van to work on the road

Back in November, my girlfriend and me decided to build our own van and travel through Europe for a couple of month… Back then I had a great full-time job as a Business Developer at imgly, a B2B SaaS company. When I told them about my plans, they allowed me to work remotely during my travel. So here are my main insights from months of research, planning, converting and living the #vanlife.

Thursday, Sep 13, 2018

Any older (>40) Digital Nomads here?

I’m mid forties and thinking of hitting the road again (last time was my late thirties, and only for six months). Wondering who else is in that position and what your recent experiences have been.

Wednesday, Sep 12, 2018

Digital Nomadism Goes Mainstream

Once an under-the-radar trend, living the digital nomad lifestyle has become so well-accepted it’s now an aspirational spectator sport, like watching HGTV is for some, new research indicates.

Tuesday, Sep 11, 2018

Digital Nomadism: A Rising Trend

Despite their aspirations, most of these people will not become digital nomads. Instead, they will continue to be what we call armchair digital nomads, those who follow the exploits of others instead of becoming digital nomads themselves.

Wednesday, Sep 5, 2018

The ‘digital nomad’ is the modern hobo

Recently, we’ve seen the rise of what is euphemistically known as the ‘digital nomad’. I propose we call them by what they really are: digital hobos. Or, really, let’s just call them hobos, since the only significant difference between the hobos of the early 20th century and today’s ‘digital nomads’ is the tech. Instead of a bindle they have laptops, but the driving motivation is the same: coping with an economy that no longer makes sense.

Monday, Sep 3, 2018

How do you relax/socialize/decompress while traveling?

About five months into my new life as a digital nomad, and I’m feeling really good. My boyfriend, dog, and I are having the time of our lives. I was talking to a really old friend a few days ago, and she asked how I decompress, relax, and socialize while traveling full time. I didn’t have a good answer.

Thursday, Aug 30, 2018

Digital Nomads Are Not the Future

Location independence is only possible because of communication infrastructures built with public funds. Low-cost destinations exist because rich countries looted and plundered the rest of the world for centuries through colonialism and unequal trade relationships. The privilege of even considering digital nomadism is a result of legal structures and high-quality public services funded through the wealth generated by centuries of global dominance.

Tuesday, Aug 28, 2018

What sort of work do you guys do that enables you to travel and work?

I currently live in the USA but wish to live in other countries for experience. I did not know it was possible to be a digital nomad and I am now curious as to how you got into it and what you do.

Thursday, Aug 23, 2018

I made it! but i found success is a lonely place

This post is a warning to anybody that is starting to be a freelancer or digital nomad.

Tuesday, Aug 21, 2018

What's The Opposite Of A Digital Nomad?

I’m digital without the nomad. What does that make me? A settler? Whether saying no to travel is mad or wise, I don’t know. But I can wholeheartedly say: Most of the happiness you gain from working for yourself comes from having a choice, much more so than from whatever choice in particular you make.

Friday, Aug 10, 2018

My story & learnings from being a digital nomad for three years

It’s been three years to the day today that I left my job and went self-employed and location-independent. And while three years of being a digital nomad isn’t even special in my circle of friends, I’d like to share some of my learnings and thoughts around being a digital nomad.

Monday, Aug 6, 2018

What travel insurance REALLY means. Warning: graphic content

My most recent experience with insurance, is the travel kind. Before leaving London to begin life as a ‘digital nomad’, I initially dismissed the idea of even bothering to buy insurance, having never had a successful claim in my life. But I eventually took the plunge and wasted countless hours comparing insurers, trying to find one that would actually pay out in the event of an accident…

Monday, Jul 30, 2018

What is your 'end game'? What kind of life are you striving to live?

What is your ‘end game’? What kind of life are you striving to live?

Friday, Jul 27, 2018

Digital nomad? Nope. I chose the freelance life so I can stay at home.

Sure, I dream to travel. I wish a did a bit more of it in my younger days before I had kids and a mortgage. But when I travel I like to enjoy that holiday. I’m not a fan of mixing travel with work — they both distract so much from each other that you end up doing neither of them well. Instead, here are my personal most valuable reasons to continue being freelance.

Tuesday, Jul 24, 2018

Becoming a digital nomad making indie games

This story is about quitting the corporate world, making indie games, and becoming a digital nomad in Mexico.

Tuesday, Jul 17, 2018

Does anyone else feel like they've lost their passion?

Awesome, I’m living my dream. Except I’m not really enjoying myself. This is going to sound strange, but for those ~8.5 years, I was motivated by this goal of ‘becoming nomadic’. When I wasn’t sleeping, I was thinking about this goal. Working at some shitty social media marketing company in London was fine because I had this ‘dream’ to keep me going. By achieving my goal, I’ve taken this fire away from myself.

Monday, Jul 9, 2018

Testing Out #VanLife While Holding Down a 9-to-5

Given all that, I’d deem the experiment a success. But would I live out of a van full-time? Absolutely not. Having a home on wheels was simultaneously invigorating and exhausting. I can handle it in short doses, but I’m not cut from the same cloth as people who can count a vehicle as their only abode. Though a dash of #vanlife could do us office-job types some good every now and then.

Friday, Jul 6, 2018

Here’s To The The Digital Nomads. And The True Cost Of Their Freedom.

There are parts of the world that are described in multitudes of Instagram posts as “untouched” – the wild places, we are to suppose, where a lens and a filter are all that stands between the photographer and the deadly, beautiful unknown. But these untouched plots of paradise are full of wifi signals, mapped out by connections and shared experiences and masterclasses.

Friday, Jun 29, 2018

You can't get away from yourself by moving from one place to another.

I feel like this should be in the book of every person who wants to start this digital nomad lifestyle expecting all their problems to go away with a snap of a finger.

Tuesday, Jun 26, 2018

In a world of digital nomads, we will all be made homeless

Whose utopia is this, when people have to sever emotional links and leave where they grew up to find dependable work?

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