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How to Be a Digital Nomad
181: How to Be a Digital Nomad

181: How to Be a Digital Nomad



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Amy Scott explains how to live as a Digital Nomad.

Amy Scott wanted to travel the world. But she was living in San Francisco making $40k a year, which made that really hard. On this Episode of the How to Quit Working Show, Amy explains how she went from barely scraping by to living an amazing life of complete location freedom.

About Amy

In 2002, I took my cousins’ advice to “travel more while you still can” to the extreme and decided I should quit my job to travel around the world.

I wasn’t the type to take off right away, though! I spent more than two years reading, saving, and planning, and in 2004, it was finally time.

I quit my job as an editor at a travel publishing company in the San Francisco Bay Area and boarded a plane to Peru.

As my trip came to an end nearly nine months later, I spent a week on the beach in Thailand, trying to make sense of it all, and one thing was clear:

This was not the end, but only the beginning, the first of many steps I would take toward creating my ideal life—my Nomadtopia.

Agra, IndiaWhen I returned to the States, I founded Nomad Editorial, so I could continue the adventure without running out of money. I started the business in Los Angeles in August 2005, spent the spring and summer of 2006 on a cross-country road trip, and ended up on the East Coast, where I hunkered down until I was ready for my next move: to Buenos Aires, Argentina, in May 2007.

Buenos Aires was one of my favorite stops on my round-the-world trip, and I decided to go back to get a deeper cultural experience, work on my Spanish, and take advantage of the lower cost of living as I continued to build my business.

I loved it right away, and what I originally thought might be a six-month or one-year stay turned into two years, and then three years…

It was the first time since I started plotting my escape back in 2002 that I didn’t have a plan for what was next.

I loved having the freedom to go anywhere, but I also realized I didn’t need to go somewhere else as long as I was enjoying where I was.

Despite my nomadic nature, I usually find it pretty easy to get comfortable and start doing homey things like cooking, gardening, and knitting (I am a Cancer, after all)… And I have to admit, this nomad started to nest a bit!

Amy and RobertoBut just when the pull of the road started to distract me with dreams of heading to Thailand to rent a beach bungalow or to Mexico to eat tacos every day, I met a super-hot Argentine named Roberto. Lucky for me, it turned out that he, too, had long been dreaming of a different kind of life.

I stayed put for another couple years (with frequent jaunts abroad), and after our fabulous wedding weekend extravaganza in 2012, Roberto quit his job and started working for himself as a graphic designer and technical VA.

Together, we’re now living our Nomadtopia. The details are fluid, but the general principles are pretty solid.

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About Jeff Steinmann

Jeff wants to help you Live More. He is the author of How to Quit Working, A Simple Plan to Quit Your Job for a Life of Freedom. He hosts a weekly show called The How to Quit Working Show that features lessons from Freedom Fanatics who quit their soul-sucking 9-5 job and created a business that lets them live a passionate life of freedom. Jeff also writes for several media outlets, including The Huffington Post, Lifehack and Elite Daily. Most of all, Jeff is a Freedom Fanatic, fiercely devoted to finding a better way to “do life”.

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