There’s a very good chance a person like you is already a digital nomad.
Don’t believe me, though — read their stories for yourself.
The freedom finder
This is Jane. Jane left school at 16 and got married at 20. Work, a family and ‘normal’ life followed but after 25 years she ran away from her marriage. Needing time away after a long drawn out divorce process, she resigned from her job and set off for Peru. Initially planning to be away for 7 months she quickly realised that she never wanted to lose the sense of freedom that she was finally experiencing. Jane discovered that she was also inspiring others to believe in themselves again via her blog and so she began to support people as a personal freedom mentor. Five years on Jane is still travelling. See what Jane is up to now to at www.scarletjonestravels.com.
The passionate environmentalist
This is Joseph. Joseph studied journalism in the UK, but felt that he couldn’t make positive global change working in the press. Having eco-volunteered in Portugal, Albania and Italy whilst studying, he graduated and began working in the environmental industry. In 2015, his digital nomad adventure began, with his eco-friendly employer granting permission to work abroad in Spain and Portugal. He returned to the UK a few months later to create a plan to generate his own income, set his own hours, and work wherever he wanted. He launched his Environmental Copywriting Agency in February 2016, and Joseph has been living and working in Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Thailand, and the Czech Republic. Joseph says that his home is where his Macbook is, and that moving back to the UK is an unthinkable task. See where Joseph is now at www.instagram.com/JosephKennedyUK
The Singaporean copywriter
This is Crunch. Born in Singapore, Crunch graduated with a double degree in Business and Political Science in 2012. Everyone expected her to land a cushy job, but Crunch had always dreamed of traveling the world, exploring new places, and meeting new people. In 2014, she quit her job, bought a one-way ticket to South America, and taught English for a year before starting her digital nomad career as a freelance copywriter. Crunch is making her way around Asia while working anywhere between 30 minutes and 3 hours a day to support her travel habit. See what Crunch is up to now at lovechildoftheworld.wordpress.com.
The multilingual couple
This is Ivana and Gianni. They lived in Frankfurt, Germany, had stable jobs, a great community of friends, and a regular salary. Ivana and Gianni felt they were sacrificing our dreams for the feeling of social security, economic stability and a comfortable but limited way of living. They decided they were going to quit smoking in 2012, and if they could quit for a year, they’d hit the road. The motivation was strong, and they did it! Ivana and Gianni took a year or so to save some money, then bought a one way ticket to Bangkok and never looked back. Currently they’re running the travel website Nomad is Beautiful and blog in their own languages, Italian and Slovak, while venturing around the globe with two carry-on backpacks. See where Ivana and Gianni are now at nomadisbeautiful.com.
The marketing professional
This is James. After several years of working as an online marketing professional, James decided to take the plunge and freelance. James decided staying in the UK made little sense from a quality of life and financial standpoint, so James and his girlfriend became digital nomads. Over five years later, they’re still on the road, and have lived in France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, and South Africa. Today, James continues to work as a marketing consultant. See where James is today at his travel lifestyle blog worldwideshoppingguide.com.
The family that travels together...
The Mulder Family lived the normal suburban life, but they wanted more time with their kids and less time sitting at an office desk. They decided to take the leap. Sold their house, quit their jobs, bought an RV and started traveling through Europe. It took hard work and full dedication, but now, 2.5 years after they left, they have a successful business. Because they keep their costs down, they’re able to work part-time and live comfortably. See what they’re up to now at digitalnomadwithkids.com.
The traveling bookkeeper
This is Susan. Susan worked for others for years, but wanted more freedom and better wages. In 2008, Susan started her own bookkeeping business in Austin, Texas. She developed a steady clientele, working onsite at her clients’ offices, but still took frequent vacations to feel free. In 2014, she developed a plan, worked out all the technical requirements to work remotely, and become a digital nomad. She approached her clients with the proposal to work remotely rather than onsite. Happily, most of them said yes. Since late September 2015, Susan has logged over 30,000 miles exploring the USA and Canada as a digital nomad. See where Susan is now at SoloTripsAndTips.com.
The traveling bookkeeper
The writing movie-maker
This is Jason. In college, he caught the movie-making bug. After graduating, he moved to New York and worked on movies for a year, only to have the project fall apart. He bounced back by working for a bank, making friends with ‘decision makers’, and made a ‘silly zombie movie’ with his earnings that got released as a stream on Amazon. With no warning, Lehman Brothers declared bankruptcy in 2008, leaving him out of a job. Jason started a blog on filmmaking and the new ways of movie distribution. Eventually, he created his first product, started doing speaking gigs, wrote a ‘traditional’ book, and parlayed that experience into an executive position with a Hollywood distribution company. See where Jason is today at jasonbrubaker.com.
The traveling freelancer
This is Aleah. She had a full-time job as a counselor when she started working as a part-time editor and proofreader online. She took on one or two projects at a time, editing books or ebooks, advertising materials, and even blog posts. The pay wasn’t great at first, but after 2 years, she was already earning as much as her full-time job. She needed a break from her work, and also had a travel blog that was getting some attention, so she decided to quit her job and travel. Follow Aleah’s adventures at solitarywanderer.com.
These are beautiful, wonderful people, and I’m thankful they’ve shared their stories.
Becoming a Digital Nomad isn’t about them, though. It’s about you.
Becoming a Digital Nomad
Your Step-By-Step Guide To The Digital Nomad Lifestyle
- Imagine living the lifestyle you want while making money and working anywhere in the world.
- Imagine enjoying the beaches in Thailand one day, then trying the best pizza in Italy the next.
- It sounds like a dream — travel anywhere you want, make money doing something you enjoy, and live life to the fullest. It’s not a dream, though — a growing number of digital nomads are leaving the 9-to-5 life and choosing to take control of their life.