Digital Nomad

Articles and personal stories on the digital nomad lifestyle.

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Tuesday, Jun 4, 2019

Why Being a Digital Nomad Didn’t Give Me Freedom And Where I Found It Instead

That’s when I realized something: Discovering the ultimate freedom has nothing to do with becoming financially — or locationally — independent. The ultimate freedom can only be achieved by liberating the mind. We can remove all our external dependencies, but if we don’t free our mind, it will continue to keep us trapped with thoughts.

What is your job that allows you to work remotely? And (if you're willing to answer this) how much do you make?

I am interested in knowing about any jobs and even career fields. Whether it’s a job anyone can get, or you need a specific degree, whatever the requirements. I’d like to hear it all!

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Van Life with Wee Man | Converted Mercedes Sprinter

Jason Acuna also known as Wee Man sold his Malibu house last year and decided to consolidate and move everything into a home on wheels.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Becoming a digital nomad as a couple

Anytime I hear digital nomad “success” stories it’s always a single person traveling and working without a care in the world. I’d like to hear from any married couples that have made the digital nomad life work, on anybody willing to give pointers in that regard.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Six months. Three small kids. One big island adventure.

Reflecting on our ‘radical sabbatical’ living on the Thai Island of Ko Lanta.

Wednesday, Apr 10, 2019

Don't get stuck in the idea that you have to work from a laptop to be nomadic

Seasonal jobs are your entry level ticket to the nomad life. Examples: wildland fire. Trail work. Ski resorts. Ranch handing. Commercial fishing and general maritime. Oil and gas. Trail/mountain guiding. A lot of these are jobs that appeal to the adventurous aspiring nomad type anyways, and most of them have included living expenses.

Tuesday, Apr 9, 2019

Getting Stabbed in Colombia

I blog about all my experiences – good or bad – and this story is a good lesson on travel safety, the importance of always following local advice, and what happens when you stop doing so.

Tuesday, Mar 26, 2019

Nomad in Canggu

If you’re intrigued by the hype around Canggu or if you plan to move to there, I wrote this blog post for you. I also wrote this blog post after more than 2 months in Bali. In the beginning, I planned to stay only a month there. I’m finally going to stay three!

Monday, Mar 25, 2019

The unexpected negative impact being a digital nomad can have on your mental health

“Depression and anxiety don’t need a visa, they can travel everywhere,” Müller said. “It’s harder to share with the people back home if you are struggling, that you are in a crisis, because they say ‘How come? You live in Singapore, you have a house, you have a driver, you have a housekeeper, you have a nice job, you make money, what’s the problem?‘”

Single, mid-thirties digital nomad

Around me I can see either a lot of young digital nomads or either married/engaged couples. But I can’t find many single people in the 30-35 age range. This is making me feel a bit a bit lonely and depressed, and re-thinking what I am doing with my life. It feels like most people have already settled down at this stage. Meanwhile I have not even figured out what to do with my life.

Monday, Mar 11, 2019

Slow traveling nomads, how do you assess a place to stay when you first arrive to a city?

I’m getting ready to embark on the nomad journey, and I’d like to spend my time in every country for as long as my tourist visa will allow me, without getting in trouble.

Tuesday, Mar 5, 2019

Has Anyone Had Success Negotiating With Airbnb

Looking at going to Europe from around June - Oct. Prague, Kosovo, Poland, Albania, Italy etc. Will probably be using Airbnb and always after a deal, has anyone tried to negotiate?

Friday, Feb 22, 2019

Build a Van

Building your dream van can be the most daring, difficult project you have ever taken on.. BUT you can’t let that stop you because it’s also SO much fun and a huge part of the journey to you being on the road. I’m here to help you plan every bit of your conversion, share my story and how I did it, and give you tips on where you can save money if you’re doing it on a budget!

Tuesday, Feb 19, 2019

How The Crypto Community Is Paving The Way For Digital Nomads And Remote Work

As it becomes simpler to use crypto worldwide, the number of people who will be able to travel and live a nomadic life while working will only increase.

Friday, Feb 8, 2019

I Ditched Digital Nomad Life, Bought a House, and Next Month, Will Have a Baby

What millennials think about giving up their freedom to “settle down”.

Wednesday, Jan 30, 2019

Do Digital Nomads Prefer Backpacks Over Rolling Luggage?

The impression i get is that DN seem to prefer large backpacks, why is that? For my needs, I prefer a combo: rolling luggage (carry on), laptop bag on top, and small-ish personal bag/backpack.

Monday, Jan 28, 2019

How to Pack Up Your Life in 8 Steps

On the last day of last month (May 31st, 2015), I boarded a one-way flight out of Toronto with two backpacks and zero intention of returning. Originally I wrote this piece to share with friends who were wondering how and why am I leaving, and where the hell I am going. However I’ve decided to make this public because it’s nice to be honest on the internet. So without further ado, here are the eight steps to packing up your life.

Wednesday, Jan 23, 2019

How do you find long-term accommodation as a DN?

Beyond Airbnb, I’m wondering how people find places to stay for longer period of time. Like 1-3 months in a new city. I find Airbnb isn’t always available for that long (and it’s probably more expensive than other options). Not interested in staying in hostels - so what are the other options out there?

Thursday, Jan 3, 2019

The Best Digital Nomad and Remote Work Reads 2018

Last year on NODESK, I featured 448 articles on digital nomads and remote work, as well as the occasional offbeat piece. These were the favourites as measured by a combination of what the NODESK audience most enjoyed reading and sharing, and which stories I found most interesting.

Monday, Dec 31, 2018

A tip for aspiring Digital Nomads

So here’s my tip… rather than trying to find low-skilled digital nomad jobs that have high supply and low demand, instead focus on utilizing your strengths to build skills that would allow you to create high demand for yourself.

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