Freelance software engineer and product manager, fully location independent and nomadic since 2010.
1. How and why did you choose to go nomadic?
My last office job was in Athens, Greece. I’ve always loved the sea, but never actually lived on the coast before that. It became more and more obvious that it really makes me happy.
I started learning windsurfing during the weekends. Pretty soon it was not enough, especially that the wind doesn’t show up on the weekend necessarily 🙂 And in the same time I realized that my work is anyway most of the time done using online tools and the clients were always in another country etc. Back then the remote work was just a remote idea for most of the people. But it was just making a lot of sense to me.
Long story short, I quit my office job, gone freelancing, working remotely from all around the world while windsurfing and kitesurfing and living happily ever after 🙂
2. What was it like leaving your home country?
I was already living abroad when I started with the nomadic life. But actually my connection with my friends and family improved when I’ve gone nomadic. Even though my office job was in Greece, not that far away from my home country Serbia, I was only able to visit for Christmas and Easter. Now I go whenever I want and stay as long as I want. That’s what freedom is I guess 🙂
3. What are your biggest struggles? Fears?
Missing out on the life back home. I do have an amazing family and friends. But as I said, I am free to go and stay with them without asking anybody for permission to leave the office.
4. How are you funding your lifestyle and what projects are you working on?
I am a freelance software engineer and product manager. I work with various startups. With two actually at the moment. We are fully distributed teams. At the moment I work with professionals and clients across 10h difference in time zones (I happen to be in between all of them right now in Brazil:)). It’s been working out 🙂
5. What is the estimated monthly cost of living for one of your favorite locations? What lifestyle does that afford?
I wouldn’t go with the numbers, as it really depends on your whole setup (long term vs short term etc), but anybody able to make a few K$ per month can live very comfortably in SE Asia, Latin America or southern Europe (Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Spain, Portugal), in that order by costs actually. The thing is even something simple, like a studio with a balcony, is super comfortable if that balcony is by the beach in a tropical surf town for instance. You need less to feel good than in “normal” city life.
6. What is your top tip for someone who aspires to earn money online and travel?
There are so many option to learn and earn online. Be creative.
Any final thoughts?
I think location independence is the future. No matter if you want to travel or just organize your life at home in a better way. Even if you like sitting together with your team, the fact that you are not obliged makes a big difference. We have the technology nowadays to make many professions location independent. Hope the mindset will follow.