In this blogpost I’m focusing on some very interesting digital nomad bloggers and vloggers – who discuss all sorts of subjects related to digital nomad life. From how to get started and find remote work – to how to adjust to remote, digital nomadic life. I’ll also focus on remote work advocates, remote businesses and others who together are a superb resource for anyone interested in becoming a remote worker or a digital nomad.
Wherever I turn today for news and information about the future of work – remote work is being discussed more and more. And when it’s discussed it’s being increasingly defined as the future of work. Taking part in those discussions are both the management of companies that hire remote workers – and the remote workers themselves. Some of these workers work remotely from home – and others travel full or part time – and are often referred to as digital nomads. And more journalists are also covering remote work.
Heavily regulated professional services are turning to remote work
Already in the heavily regulated professions of law and accounting – changes are being seen in the acceptance of remote work. Already the legal profession has some firms that utilize remote lawyers and legal professionals to help them drive efficiency, curtail costs and provide more value to clients. And in the accounting profession, according to a podcast by Daniel Hood on accountingtoday — more workers want flexibility, and more employers are willing to accommodate those desires (which also allows employers to lower overhead costs). The signifance of heavily regulated professional services turning to remote work tells me that remote work is indeed the future of work.
The just concluded Remote Work Summit defined remote work as “the future of work”
In the just completed Remote Work Summit – a wide range of leaders in remote work and those interested in the subject from around the world gathered online for a series of virtual interviews and conversations. The Summit’s discussions demonstrated how seriously remote work is now being taken by many organizations. Among those interviewed during the summit was Hailley Griffis (@hailleymari), Head of Public Relations for Buffer, which recently conducted a study called the State of Remote Work, which reflects that remote work is growing and, as Griffis described it, “is the future of work”.
Google sees remote work as a win-win for companies and workers alike
And recently, Google conducted a 2-year-long study of 5,000 of its’ own remote workers. The Google study found that remote work can be a success for both workers and the companies that employ them by increasing worker happiness and reducing employer overhead, as Justin Bariso reported in Inc.
Recent documentaries chronicle the lives of digital nomads
There have been some recent documentaries and reports which provide some fascinating insights into what digital nomad life is like and how some businesses are adapting to help digital nomads succeed. For example, DW has produced a documentary entitled: Working online and travelling the world – digital nomads. And 2geeks1city has produced: Digital Nomads: The Documentary. And an emerging trend among some digital nomads is co-living, which is being helped by some very entrepreneurial businesses — as CNBC’s Xin En Lee (@entinomy) reports.
Learn from these inspiring remote workers & digital nomads
With that background, here are some fascinating and inspiring digital nomads and remote workers, bloggers, vloggers, podcasters and commentators (as well as some companies), who can help you realize the dream of becoming a digital nomad or remote worker.
- Louise Croft (@diginomadgirl), whose YouTube channel is called Digital Nomad Girl, regularly produces very interesting and useful videos about how to get started as a digital nomad, what businesses to select that will support the lifestyle, and numerous how-to videos about digital nomad life. Her own personal success with creating courses on Udemy are very inspiring.
- Conni Biesalski (@connibie) maintains a blog and podcast and a YouTube channel – where she provides fascinating and incredibly practical insights into not just how she has succeeded in building a remote business – but also invaluable advice on how to sustain long-term remote life.
- Chris Dodd (@ChrisRDodd) maintains a blog and YouTube channel – both called Chris the Freelancer – where he has frequently conducted very interesting interviews with other digital nomads about how they maintain virtual/remote businesses. He also provides very interesting insights into life as a digital nomad and compares different locales in Europe and Asia as potential destinations for those living the digital nomad life.
- Kristin Wilson details her experience on her blog Travelling with Kristin, where she explains that: “I’ve been a full-time digital nomad and expat for the past 15 years, traveling throughout more than 50 countries. My mission to discover an alternative to the typical “American Dream” 9-to-5 way of life started from a very early age.” She also maintains a YouTube channel where she provides practical advice about how to thrive as a digital nomad and interviews other digital nomads about their views and experience with digital nomad life.
- Andrew Henderson (@nomadcapitalist) is the Nomad Capitalist. He advises digital nomads on “offshore and expat tax issues, second passports, and global citizenship”. His website is called Nomad Capitalist and he maintains a YouTube channel with the same name. His commentary is superb for anyone interested in everything related to personal and business finance for a remote life.
- Jennifer Lachs is the founder of Digital Nomad Girls, a freelance writer, and a web designer. As she explains: “Launched in August 2015 as a Facebook Group for female digital nomads, aspiring entrepreneurs and freedom lovers, we are a quickly growing movement of nearly 50,000 girls around the world…Digital Nomad Girls is the largest community of location independent girls online – your online home away from home.” In an interview with 9th House Studios she explains how she empowers a female community of travelers.
- Sienna Brown (@siempregirando) – As Digital Nomad Girls details, Sienna Brown is “the founder of Las Morenas de España which is a platform and community that provides resources for women of color looking to move abroad and build a life they love. [Sienna] also work for Sun and Co. (@sunandco_javea), one of the leading co-living spaces in Europe.” She was interviewed by Beck Power on YouTube about life in Spain for expats and digital nomads.
- Vivienne Egan (@VivEgan41), a freelance writer and editor, along with Kit Whelan (@kitwhelan), the Founder of 7 in 7 Co (@7in7co), a conference on 7 continents for 7 years for experienced digital nomads – co-host Nomad and Spice, a podcast for location independent women.
- Lisette Sutherland (@lightling ) – Author of Work Together Anywhere, Director at CollaborationSuperpowers.com, is a TEDx speaker, remote team manager and podcaster.
- Sara Sutton Fell (@sarawsutton ) is the Founder & CEO of FlexJobs. Sutton Fell is a frequent commentator and speaker on the subject of remote work.
- Natalie Sisson (@suitcasepreneur) helps entrepreneurs build a profitable online business from anywhere – and the lifestyle they love. She’s the author of suitcaseentrepreneur.com
- Marcus Meurer & Felicia Hargarten – Founders of DNX, which is “a global movement that connects and supports Digital Nomads with events and online services all over the world”.
- Pilar Orti (@PilarOrti) Virtual not Distant® founder and remote consultant writing at virtualnotdistant.com
- Amy Scott (@nomadamyscott ) Location independent since 2004. Founder of the Nomadtopia Collective. Nonfiction book editor.
- Youjin Do, creator of DigitalNomadDocumentary.com
- Kavi Guppta (@kaviguppta) Writer & Speaker on the future of work and remote work. He “drives culture and development at Strategyzer, a fully remote company spread across 9 countries.”
- Nick and Dariece (@GoatsOnTheRoad) Together they author Goats on the Road blog – which provides information and courses about how to establish and maintain a digital nomad life.
- Lydia Lee (@screwthecubicle ) Lee “helps purpose-driven people discover the right business idea, bring it to life & own it, so they can quit the 9-5 and start living a life of freedom”. She conducts one-on-one coaching and training seminars for those who may want to become digital nomads, leaving the 9-5 behind. She blogs at: screwthecubicle.com
- Pieter Levels (@levelsio) is Founder of nomadlist.com , “a database of 2,327+ cities in the world analyzing 1,889,930+ data points every second to help you choose where to go next — and when you arrive, it connects you to [over 100,000] nomads there” – and remoteok.io – a job board of remote jobs.
- Greg Caplan (@gdcaplan) and Sam Pessin, Founders of Remote Year (@remoteyear ), which facilitates travel and accommodations for people working or interested in working remotely.
- Katelyn Smith is the Remote Nomad (@TheRemoteNomad). She helps people learn how to work remotely.
- Aleyda Solis and Elisa Martinez, Founders of Remoters.net (@remotersnet) a guide to jobs, co-living spaces, resources and events to help people work remotely and to help companies to adapt to remote work.
- Nishchal Dua (@NishchalDua) Founder of The Remote Life – “A remote work program that brings together professionals, freelancers and entrepreneurs to work, live and travel.”
- Nomad Cruise (@nomadcruise ) is a team that created the world’s first floating Digital Nomad Conference. As they detail on their website: “We put 200 people on a boat and introduce them to each other. We create an environment of learning, sharing, creating, and connecting.”
- Alain Dehaze (@AlainDehaze ) is the CEO of the Adecco Group and a leading commentator on the future of work and the role the corporate sector plays in it.
Many more influential thinkers, bloggers and thought leaders in the world of remote work are detailed by writers including Thomas Busson (@ThomasBusson2), who authored an article entitled The Top Digital Nomad Travel Blogs to Follow in 2019 – and Charlie Birch, who authored an article on Remote Work Retreat Company Rebel Connect blog entitled: Remote Work Pulse – 22 Thought Leaders and Influencers to Keep Your Eye On In 2018
As is the case with any compendium like this – I’m certain I have missed many people. Where I have — please consider adding them to the comments section below. But overall, I think those I’ve listed above should be very helpful for anyone interested in beginning to research life as a remote worker or digital nomad. I know many of them have inspired me, as I’ve worked primarily remotely or as a digital nomad for many years now.
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