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The Digital Nomad Experiment

Our Mission: Can we work and travel simultaneously to create our ideal lifestyle? For a long time, Lee and I have been talking about the possibility of becoming Digital Nomads. Inspired by so many of the creative lifestyle designers out there, we dream about living a life where our work doesn’t tie us down to any location and our technology allows us to travel around the world while doing what we love.


We hope to spend the next few years of our lives writing, creating websites, making videos, and interacting online with cool people from all over the world, and we hope to do this from beach huts in Thailand, hostels in Australia, log cabins in the Rocky Mountains, or pretty much anywhere we feel like visiting. We know from the many people already out there living this lifestyle that this can be done. (We will provide a list at the end of this post of some examples)
However, we also know that creating this dream lifestyle for ourselves will not be easy, and it will require a lot of creativity, calculated risk-taking, and hard work. We expect to make mistakes along the way, but hope that they will bring us closer to the life we want.

I have already built my freelance writing work up to the point where I have quit my “day job” and I currently work full time from home. Lee is working on establishing some freelance writing clients as well. Within a month from now, neither of us will be conventionally employed. We will be relocating to Canada this summer, where we will continue to work towards our goal of sustainable long term travel.
However, this spring, we have decided to take the opportunity to give the digital nomad lifestyle a test run.

Yes, we are going to spend three weeks working remotely in an absolutely gorgeous European holiday destination.

We found a cheap holiday apartment rental with high speed internet in a village in the Algarve, the most Southern region of Portugal. It is a 100m walk from the beach, the picturesque marina, the daily markets, and tons of sun-tastic fun!

What Will Our Typical Day Look Like?

Our vision for a typical day in Portugal does not include lying in bed until noon and then sunbathing for the rest of the day. Remember, we are working and not on holiday. Instead we will get up at a reasonable time and get a few solid hours of freelance writing work in. When work is done, we will take a stroll along the beach, sample some delicious Portuguese cuisine, and sunbathe on the sand. Of course, we will take the odd day off from working entirely, enabling us to travel a bit further afield and experience the nearby attractions. We will also be taking photos and video to share the beauty of the Algarve with our readers.

Our big challenge will be, can we still put in quality work and make enough money to get by when the summer sun is calling through the window and the scent of the ocean fills the air?

Will we have the discipline to create a balance between enjoying the location, and doing the work we need to do to make it possible to be there?

This three week working holiday will be an experiment in the digital nomad lifestyle. We will be posting about what we do here on Global Goose, so that our readers can learn from our experiences.

The Digital Nomad Experiment Lesson #1 โ€“ Accommodation is Important
The Digital Nomad Experiment Lesson #2 โ€“ Stay Disciplined
The Digital Nomad Experiment Lesson #3 โ€“ Make Hay While the Sun Shines
The Digital Nomad Experiment Lesson #4 โ€“ Stay for a While

If you have any ideas, comments, helpful tips, or stories for us please share them in the comments below.

Digital Nomads we are inspired by:
Cody McKibben
Tropical MBA
LocationLess
Jason from LocationlessLiving

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About Kelly Dunning

A Canadian freelance writer with a love of art, culture, literature and adventure, Kelly loves exploring foreign lands and expressing her experiences through the power of the written word.

15 comments

  1. Hi Emelina!

    Thanks for your comment! I am very glad that you are finding our posts helpful. We will continue to update on what we have learned, so stay tuned!
    What are your personal goals for your lifestyle? Are you also working towards location independence?

    -Kelly

  2. Emelina Minero

    This is so cool! Since I’ve started to get my feet wet in this lifestyle, I’m finding more and more people who are achieving it. ๐Ÿ™‚ I like that you both are chronicling your travel from the beginning, so we can see and replicate a similar process to make it work for ourselves. Thanks!

  3. What a good article. I’m very happy for you that you were able to quit your day job. That is my goal as well with the e-commerce site that I’m building. Do you mind sharing how long it took you before you were able to commit to travel writing full time? It must be nice to have a life where you’re literally doing what you love. It looks like a permanent vacation, and it’s still as professional as ever.

  4. Apparently it worked out well for you guys.. We plan to leave by the end of this year and want to give ourselves 1.5-2 years to start making money. I would have liked to earn some money before we leave, but it turns out to be too difficult to put in the amount of hours needed to do so next to our full time jobs + prepare the journey at the same time. We’ll report on our site how things turn out..

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