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That slow depression building throughout Sunday morning, the dread growing and growing as the last day of your weekend threatens to expire. You know you should go to sleep because you’re up early tomorrow, but going to sleep means that you close your eyes, only to open them eight hours later and begin the monotonous weekly routine all over again.

So Monday comes all too soon once more. Same shitty iPhone alarm going off at an ungodly hour, same groggy rushed shower, same shitty commute using the same apps to keep your mind off the boring journey ahead. Same watercooler small talk, same Monday morning meetings, and same shitty pay cheque at the end of the month. Not quite what you had in mind for your adulthood. Time for a change? I think so.


There’s a new breed of people shaking up the status quo. People who worry less about the time of a meeting, and more about which time zone they’re in. Digital Nomadism is in it’s ascendancy, and it’s easy to see why. Our generation is fed up. Fed up with an awful job market, over priced housing and a life of middle management. Stupid people are becoming more famous, the Western media are fear mongering like never before and we all thought that life was supposed to be much cooler than this. And it can be. It is.


So What is a Digital Nomad?

A digital nomad is someone who isn’t confined by office space, office attire or office politics. They can work wherever they want as long as they have an internet connection. There are no set hours, often no boss, and you don’t have to call in sick to skip work because you want to go wakeboarding, knowing that you’ll happily pull an all-nighter tomorrow to make up for it.

Digital Nomads make their money online through blogging, affiliate marketing, social media, ebooks, coaching and a host of other ingenious methods. We’re location independent and we love it.

If the monotonous routine is getting you down, if you look back at your last five years and think ‘what have I actually done in that time’, then it’s time to shake it up. Here are five reasons why you should become a digital nomad:



1) Freedom

The best thing about being a digital nomad is undoubtedly the genuine freedom. I’m talking full-blown, naked star-jumping, Braveheart style freedom. Anyone who has spent any time in a ‘real job’ will know what it feels like to be confined. Not being able to take advantage of that sweet deal to Paris ‘cos you don’t have enough holiday left, that sucks. It shouldn’t be that way, and it doesn’t have to be.

Freedom isn’t qualified by the sexy car you have parked out front. Imagine living in Thailand for six months, working on a beach, drinking $1 fruitshakes for breakfast everyday. You have an epiphany, you wanna learn Spanish in Colombia. No talking, no social media bravado, no false dawns – you’re off next week. Flight booked and salsa lessons organized. That’s freedom.

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New Zealand


2) Money

I have had one ‘real’ job in my life, I moved to Sydney, Australia and worked in a sales job. Great money, I thought, first time I ever made five figures in a month. But my mindset was wrong. If I make $10, 000, what’s the guy upstairs making?! Now that’s more like it. Now we’re getting somewhere.

As a digital nomad, you pocket the profit. Sure, we have expenses like anyone else, but the rest, that’s yours. You expand your little empire as and when you want, as the numbers increase so does your bank balance. Making someone else rich is not the grand plan folks. Remember that.

One thing to remember about being a digital nomad is that the vast majority of your work is international. You will constantly need to exchange between currencies to pay for your expenses abroad. Using banks is a very complex and expensive solution. Paypal is easy but lots of clients pay this way, but for yourseld the best way is to often use currency transfer services.

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3) Opportunity

Once you make the leap to become a digital nomad, you’ll spend the first year having your mind blown. Cool young people doing amazing things all over the place. People starting NGOs, people making six figures in a month, people outsourcing to the extent they work an hour a week – madness.

In the confines of your ‘old life’, a successful person was someone who got promoted a year or two early, someone who saved the deposit for their flat a little quicker. Prepare to reset your success-radar. And for every one of these people you meet, network with, befriend, another door will open for you. The opportunities that come your way will never cease to amaze you now all you have to do is catch the right one and run with it.

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4) Minimalism

The old fight club adage of “the things you own end up owning you” often rings true. Minimalism doesn’t mean wearing the same dirty jeans, and not washing your hair for months on end. Minimalism represents getting your house in order. The world is a big, sexy place – full of stuff cooler than you can imagine. Focusing on keeping up with the Jones’ distorts all that, big TVs are cool but at what expense? Get your shit straight, keep it simple, and prioritise accordingly.

Now don’t get me wrong. When I first made the leap to digital nomadism I was broke as a joke, but I was free, and I loved it. For a few years, I literally owned only what was in my backpack, I rented an apartment in Thailand and I hustled until I could upgrade my life. The first time I had a chunk of cash I bought an apartment in Bangkok, Thailand, outright and went out and bought the biggest TV I could find. I’m not knocking nice things, just don’t let them own you. Don’t put them on a pedestal, your life comes first, everything else is secondary.

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Hong Kong

5) Life

Youth shouldn’t be wasted on the young, we should grab it, embrace it and use it. We’re mobile, healthy, ambitious and hungry. Living pay cheque to pay cheque, paying down credit card debt and over priced phone bills means you’re doing it wrong.

Never in history has a demographic like ours been so blessed with opportunity. We don’t need to come from a wealthy family, I sure as hell didn’t, we don’t need the right surname, right schooling or right skin colour. If you can speak English, and can access the internet then you literally have no excuses as to why your life isn’t meeting your expectations, no matter how lofty they are. In fact, the loftier the better. Take ownership over your where you are right now, and where you’d like to be.

Being a digital nomad means you can really live your life. You can volunteer in obscure places, you can watch the wildebeest migration, visit tribes, ride in hot air balloons and climb mountains. You can party till sunrise and you don’t have to feel guilty for it. Life is meant to be lived. Digital nomadism allows that in abundance.

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Papua New Guinea


So when people ask me about my lifestyle, here’s my honest, brutal answer. I hope I never get sucked back into the ‘real world’, I hope I never have a ‘real job’, you can keep it. You know why? Cos my ‘real world’ is f*cking awesome. Long live digital nomadism. Good luck peeps x


Before we start… blogging changed my life, I can’t believe just how much it’s changed, and how quickly! If you wanna know how I managed to make $1m+ blogging, buy properties in Thailand and London, visit to every country in the world, and never have to work in an office again then read this –   here’s how to start a travel blog of your own  in less than 30 minutes. Dont be one of the crowd, life’s too short for that.


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1) Change your life
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45 thoughts on “Digital Nomadism; 5 Reasons to Become a Digital Nomad  

  1. You’re speaking to me brother I’m actually going to Colombia for 5 weeks to learn Spanish this summer, while many of my childhood friends are still back home living year after year with less than 2 weeks of paid holiday. I just started my blog last year and I’m late to the game as far as learning about the digital nomad life…but now I’m all in!
    Thanks for being an inspiration!

  2. Completely agree. For me the freedom of time is the most important aspect. At times it is a little stressful getting to the point of self sustainability but it pays to enjoy the ride as the journey is it point.

  3. Absolutely! Every now and then still happens that someone asks me: “Don’t you want to find a job?” or they offer me a job. For a moment, I just stare back at them with great astonishment…

  4. Sounds awesome. It’s something I’d like to work my way up to, but I don’t know how I’d keep an eye on all those blogs and websites!

  5. Unbelievable post! Inspired again…five years in a banking job and I’m hating it(but haven’t quit yet). I have started travel writing for only 2 months total today. I have had an overwhelming response with 60,000 views on my blog, paid writing for Matador Network and some sponsored flights and stay/s coming up, as well as meeting so many amazing contacts (and some shockers). Really shows that if you do something that your passionate about, you want to work hard and it isn’t really work when you love it…The possibilities are endless, like you said! Cheers mate –

  6. Very Very inspiring!! Great blog and what a wonderful life you have. I hope I can travel even half as much as you have. All the best to you.

  7. These are very good and honest reasons to want to do what you do. That’s what I am working for right now. I am still working on building content and a following on my site. I’m a chef and my site is dedicated to travel and cooking in Latin America. I was in Tulum, Quintana Roo when I got inspired to write about regional cooking in order to share those delicious recipes!

  8. Love this. I it country 21 at the end of the month… After all this time why can I not get the minamilist right? 14kg is as low as I can get haha… #girlproblems

  9. “Take ownership over your where you are right now, and where you’d like to be.” I love this! Your posts are so motivational. I need to visit your site every time I feel defeated (or lazy).

  10. Hey Johnny, I’m jealous of your lifestyle, but in a constructive way:) I’m planning to backpack the world and become a digital nomad, but I have no idea how. My PC skills and English are not overwhelming, could you write some tips how to begin? Greetings from Poland:)

  11. Love this article 🙂 I’m 22 and just graduated in the uk and have just started my own blog I love it and love travel and would love to take the blog to new heights with some investment and guidance. However everyone at home thinks it’s just a “hobby” and should be done on the side. What’s your advice? And what’s the best way to start from hobby blog to a job blog like a digital nomad.

    1. hey soph 🙂 my advice would be to spend six months going places where the masses dont go, forget thailand, vietnam, burma and laos – go an do/be something different 🙂

  12. I’m struggling!When you start from a position where English is not your first language and your skills with a laptop are the same as your grandfather, everything is a struggle! There are milions of things to learn, social medias are a mystery and the progress that you make are so little and slow that you feel like giving up. But I want that freedom, I want to live that life, to see the world and have that money. So, thank you for the article, for reminding me why I choose this life and that it’s possible to succeed!

    1. If you’re not confident in your written English Carlotta, which is excellent btw, you could get into youtube videos and/or affiliate marketing 🙂

  13. hi johnny,
    been following your blog for a while and yes, you inspired me to get into my own blog too. but how does one make the money to pay for the travels?? this still escapes me!!
    it’s been great getting into writing my blog and I’m still excited to keep it getting better and better..
    any tips you have for a novice writer would be well appreciated..
    PS: loving your travels.

    1. Hey Margaret, you have to buy the domain and get it hosted – from there you need to build an audience then set up affiliate marketing and ebooks 🙂 After a while, you want more than one site too 🙂

      1. Hi Johnny – reading this comment I’m wondering why you think eventually it is good to have more than one site. I’m actually struggling with that decision right now. I have a site for over all tours and travel writing and one that is specialized to India. I have another blog I haven’t done much with that is for more personal writing and inspiration. I’m just curious why you think more than one site is a good idea. I was thinking it might be good to cross reference – but also wonder if it’s tough to upkeep.

          1. Hi Johnny,
            After reading your blog I’d like to start one too, but this hosting business seems complicated. What kind of host did you start off with? I’ve read choosing a basic plan with a host can get expensive if you want to add things later. Is it better to pay for a more advanced package with more space? Any tips?

  14. So how do you deal with Visa for long term? I know that Thailand recently allow people to live as a digital nomad on tourist visa but that’s not viable for long term… or do you do a lot of visa runs?

  15. This whole thing is really an additional motivation to people like who have started the life as nomad in my own country (clearly understanding each island of the Philippines by going beyond it) then heading to do digital nomad next year to other countries. It’s possible, always possible.

    Thanks for sharing this! you are awesome!

  16. This is an absolutely fantastic post. I will definitely share it with all my friends. I start my own journey in less than 2 months on January 28th and I really can’t wait to start blogging and everything else.

  17. Love love love it! My husband and I are older than you, but having previously taken 15mths off to backpack the world, we are now preparing to be off again…. this time to drive the PanAm to Patagonia and beyond. Your first couple of paragraphs describes my life EXACTLY at this time. Work to do, but so overwhelmingly bored with it all, already dreading NEXT Monday, I no longer want to be “living for the weekend”, A catchy song lyric but no way to live. Can’t wait until next year when we, too, will be digital nomads!

  18. Well said mate! 18 months and 7 writing clients into digital nomadism, I’m loving the fact that Monday is the best day of the week (not just because I don’t have to dread its arrival, but because my workload is lightest on this day … funny how that works out!) for me now, and my time freedom. It’s not without its responsibilities, and at the moment I’m tearing my hair out with the pre Xmas writing rush, but soon I’ll have time to plot out my first business activities that should yield me passive income going forward … exciting! 🙂

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