Do you dream of spending your days on a beautiful Thai beach, your evenings in a Greek villa or eating tasty Italian food? Meet the digital nomads who made it their reality.
“I’m going to quit my job when we get back,” I said, turning to my friend Tom.
“Really? I doubt that.”
“No really, I am. I’m going to quit and travel the world,” I said, turning my face back into the warm Thailand sun.
Two years ago, I embarked on the trip that would change my life. It was 2014, and we were in Thailand. While on Ko Samui, I bought the Lonely Planet guide to Southeast Asia. I read every page of the book on the flight home. I highlighted destinations, planned routes, and worked out my trip in my head. I knew everything about Southeast Asia by the time I touched down in Los Angeles.
However, once back home, I came to the realization that I had no idea how to make this happen. But the real challenge would be telling people I was leaving and letting them know I meant it.
I had already made my decision, I joined the growing community of ‘digital nomads’, and quit my job to travel the world.
Phi Phi Island – Thailand – 2014
What sort of jobs can you do?
Digital nomad work online, and set up shop anywhere with good coffee and WiFi. In the past 12 months I’ve known people from USA, UK, Italy, Australia, Holland and China.
I use social media every day. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter. I have several accounts with which I’m running my own business!
Lots of nomads are coders or graphic designers, but the choices are pretty endless – I’ve met professional bloggers, language teachers, social media specialists, and professional writers, to name just a few. If you’re looking for a remote job instead of going freelance check out Working Nomads, Jobbatical, and many more.
But if you’re looking for a quick way to develop your own business, you have to check out INSTAEXPERIENCE.
Honestly, It has been my best way to make money with which I was able to bank up to 260$/day by simply using Instagram. Yes, of course, only posting my photos. It’s definitely the best!
What’s a typical day like?
I work a full eight-hour day in a co-working space, but many people work just a couple of hours. I spend the rest of my time doing yoga, shopping, or meeting up with other nomads. I eat out twice a day and my apartment comes with a cleaner so domestic chores are a distant memory.
The downside is that you’re a slave to the WiFi, and uncertainty about the future is a fact of life. It takes a particular mindset, but it’s becoming an increasingly common lifestyle, and can actually be a very financially sound investment.
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of someone else’s thinking.” (Steve Jobs)