Digital Nomad

Articles and personal stories on the digital nomad lifestyle.

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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.

Thursday, Dec 20, 2018

The problem with long-term nomadism

Why? Constant movement wears you out and makes it hard to maintain good connections with other people. The solution seems simple then - just go back “home”, right? Well, if you’ve been gone for the best part of 5 years home can feel like not home anymore.

Tuesday, Dec 18, 2018

One month working remotely from Thailand

Two years ago I was able to break the chains with the office. I became a fully remote worker and, instead of becoming a trendy digital nomad, I used my brand new flexibility to work from home. For almost two years I had been wondering if it really made sense to travel while doing a good engineering job. This is the story of my first experience working remotely from Thailand. Why and how I planned my trip and some learnings for the next time.

Friday, Dec 14, 2018

This Startup Stranded Customers Overseas With No Refunds

We Roam’s broken promises about a new life of remote work are an object lesson in the darker side of startup turnover.

Monday, Dec 3, 2018

For someone who wants to become a “digital nomad”

Hi, I’m a long time lurker on this page and I just have a few questions that I need some help answering: What does it mean to be a digital nomad? What does a normal work week usually look like? What are some Pros/Cons of being a digital nomad? What interested you/ made you want to take on this occupation? What are some tips you would tell someone wanting to be a digital nomad in the future?

Friday, Nov 30, 2018

A digital nomad is not respected at my job - is it good to keep your nomad status a secret?

Do you all pretend to be living a boring life to avoid this perception, or the envy of office-bound coworkers?

Wednesday, Nov 28, 2018

How does employee onboarding in your remote teams look like?

What are the processes, the tools? How much time does it take? What are the pain points?

Tuesday, Nov 27, 2018

Has anyone made a successful career by working remote jobs found on Upwork/Freelancer?

Can you describe your experience?

Friday, Nov 23, 2018

Dating as a Digital Nomad

In the last year, I’ve never spent more than a few weeks in the same city as someone I’ve dated. What it’s like to date as a digital nomad.

Thursday, Nov 15, 2018

How to not pay to maintain an empty home but not live out of 1 suitcase

For me the biggest inhibition to spending more time on the road is the money spent on monthly rent at home to have a place to store my crap.

Tuesday, Nov 13, 2018

One year nomad - a review

Today one year ago I decided to get rid of my belongings and live out of a suitcase. It started as an experiment I didn’t expect to be doing for long. However after 365 days without a permanent home, I have no intentions on changing my current setup.

Monday, Nov 12, 2018

2 Years In. My Digital Nomad Experience & Stopping

I’m getting DEEP eyerolls when I tell folks from home I’m burnt out on travel, especially those with kids. But everything being new and different is exhausting after 2 years. Money, costs, cabs, trains, language, eating times, friends, tipping, drinking, buying transit tickets, just getting lunch can be a real endeavor. Spending a lot of intellectual capacity on basic daily things.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018

Is adopting the DN life the modern day equivalent of skipping town and joining the circus?

I feel like that’s how some people react to it.