During the previous generation, the only travel opportunities afforded to workers were typically reserved for vacations or the occasional business trip. Today, it’s not uncommon to see business owners, consultants, and freelancers take on the life of a digital nomad, traveling nationally and internationally while working online.
Digital nomads have cultivated an exciting and envious lifestyle, but it isn’t always as easy or straightforward as many would think. For those that want to start their own nomadic journey, even finding a starting point can be overwhelming.
Here are just a few of the best blogs for digital nomads to learn from, network with, and draw inspiration for their journey ahead.
Nomadic Matt, New York Times best-selling author of How to Travel the World on $50 a Day, has created one of the most read travel blogs online. Why is it so popular? Because Matt does a great job of inspiring others to travel with few possessions and without breaking the bank. Nomadic Matt covers a wide variety of topics, including useful travel tips, interviews with other travelers, and guides to packing, flying, finding a place to stay, and more. Check out Nomadic Matt’s blog here.
Traveling as a woman can seem daunting and even scary, but Adventurous Kate has proven that any woman can travel easily and safely. Kate started by quitting her job and traveling throughout Southeast Asia for six months. “Six months turned into 7 years across more than 75 countries and 7 continents,” she writes. Kate’s blog can be a very intimate read, as she shares her personal experiences from traveling and living abroad, but more importantly, it has helped women around the world feel safer and more inspired to travel on their own. Check out Adventurous Kate’s blog here.
Making It Anywhere
Maybe you’re looking for something different from the usual travel blogger website. Mish and Rob’s Making It Anywhere might be your cup of tea. Instead of focusing on travel destinations and flight arrangements, Making It Anywhere is about living a mobile, lightweight life while still being able to run a business. Mish runs a copywriting company, while Rob runs property management company, but the pair is still able to challenge norms and live life on the move. To find out exactly how you’ll have to read the Making It Anywhere blog every Sunday.
Tropical MBA highlights another pair of entrepreneurs that built their brand on starting a business while traveling and living in foreign countries. Dan Andrews and Ian Schoen started a design and e-commerce company that they worked on between 2007 and 2015. Dan and Ian continue to run a podcast that combines technology, entrepreneurship, and travel. While there isn’t a strict posting schedule, you can catch new episodes and blog posts from the pair at their website.
The Tim Ferriss Show
We’ve covered Tim Ferriss and the 4-Hour Workweek in the past, and so have others- from Fast Company to The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Tim does an excellent job of covering a wide range of topics, from staying productive to traveling on a budget. Each time, he manages to get some notable figures on the show to interview; the show has featured appearances from Jimmy Fallon, Arianna Huffington, Brandon Stanton, and David Lynch to name a few. We recommend reading his article, How to Travel to 20+ Countries…While Building a Massive Business in the Process, to understand just how passionate Ferriss is about travel. Check out the rest of his blog and show at Tim’s website.
Traveling while working can be a remarkably eye-opening experience. Not only can it be a truly liberating experience to not be tied down to a single office, but it can also help spark your creativity in approaching and solving different business problems. Something that seemed so difficult to do in the past has only gotten easier and safer as these travel bloggers have helped educate the public. That’s why it’s important to read and interact with digital nomad blogs and forums whenever you can, especially if you are passionate about incorporating travel into your life.
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