I’ve been running my growth hacking agency while working and travelling. I’ve been in South America for the first 4 months of 2016. From September to December I’ve spent time in Asia working remotely. In 2016 I’ve visited 18 countries. In 2017 I have had dinner at Noma in Copenhagen, partied in Berlin and visited the Amazon Rainforest in Surinam. I’m back in Amsterdam from April 1st to work on building one of our partnership ventures, Hotel Gift.
1. How and why did you choose to go nomadic?
I’ve decided to go Nomadic after working as a high-level consultant for about a year and a half and I didn’t like it anymore. When I had a trip planned with friends to South America I knew that was my time to go abroad for a longer time. I did 4.5 months of South America from the beginning of 2016 and then another 4 months at the end in Asia at the end of the year. I really enjoyed the freedom and visited 5 countries in the first quarter of 2017.
2. What was it like leaving your home country?
Not bad at all. Had a great time and met great people along the way. However I feel travelling will enlarge your emotions. When you’re feeling good, you will feel great when you’re driving along a sunny coast on a motorcycle. However if you’re feeling lonely you will be even more alone. I did struggle with loneliness a lot in Asia (when my business was not doing well).
3. What are your biggest struggles? Fears?
Losing the things I’ve built up back home (business wise). Struggle is finding a good place to work. Managing work/life balance. There are no ‘real’ friends abroad that make you leave your laptop 🙂
4. How are you funding your lifestyle and what projects are you working on?
5. What is the estimated monthly cost of living for one of your favorite locations? What lifestyle does that afford?
Renting an apartment in Medellin, Colombia will cost you about 400 dollars for a really nice Airbnb apartment. I’ve also spent time in very luxurious hotels in India and Thailand. They are much cheaper than you would expect. The best hotels are about $150 a night and you are treated like a prince.
Lunch in the best (Tripadvisor) restaurant in Bogota, Colombia was $18 for a 3 meal course, a glass of wine and a coffee with chocolates.
Working out or renting a co-working space can be overpriced if you go for Western options. Alternatively find a place for 3+ weeks and you’ll get it much cheaper.
6. What is your top tip for someone who aspires to earn money online and travel?
Find your passion and keep working on it. Also focus is very important. Saying no to 99% of things will get you the best results. I’ve learned this the hard way 🙂
Any final thoughts?
Tim Ferriss stated this in The Four Hour Work Week: What is the worst that can happen? I’ve seen my company crumble before my eyes when I was in Indonesia. Eventually everything turned out to be OK. Don’t worry too much and focus on the most important things.