Learn How to Travel Forever From These 7 Digital Nomads


Chances are you've heard the term "digital nomad," as this lifestyle has become more popular — and more visible — in recent years. Digital nomads are people who have taken their work online, using the Internet as a means to continue working while they travel. Their work is truly location independent, allowing them to earn money no matter where they are.

But here's an intriguing statistic: In the United States, freelancers make up around a third of the workforce, according to a study commissioned by Freelancers Union. And while most have not become digital nomads, many of them certainly could. At the least, telecommuters and freelancers can borrow some of the tricks and strategies digital nomads use for more flexibility, or even to get away for brief working holidays.

If you've been wanting to travel more often or for a longer period of time, take a moment to explore the world as seen through the eyes of these six digital nomads. Who knows, maybe one day you'll join them.

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1. Matt Kepnes

Founder of NomadicMatt.com, Matt Kepnes started traveling in 2006 after finishing his MBA in the United States. He liked it so much, he decided to continue traveling as a lifestyle. He started a travel blog, and since then has continued running his website from anywhere (and everywhere) in the world.

On Matt's blog you'll find plenty of advice for staying on the road for extended periods with his handy tips on saving money and sustaining travel. His motto is "Travel Better. Cheaper. Longer," after all. He's also authored several guides for different locations around the globe. His site contains a plethora of resources for those looking to become digital nomads or just wanting to travel for extended periods.

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2. Derek "Earl" Baron

Wandering Earl started his journey to becoming a digital nomad way back in 1999, right about the time when this type of work was becoming a real possibility. Now one of the main aims of his website is to "use [his] own experiences to prove that long-term travel does not have to be a crazy fantasy. It can, and should be, a realistic lifestyle option instead."

He does so quite convincingly and thoroughly. He's not one to sugar coat the digital nomad lifestyle, and his posts are all the more valuable for their honesty about both the good and the bad that come along with living on the road.

3. James Clark

Nomadic Notes is a website started by James Clark, who has been location independent since 2003. His well-written website provides guides, honest reviews, and tips about managing extended travel. In fact, his site features an entire section devoted to long-term travel as well as an information packed resource page for digital nomads. He also shares information on starting your own travel blog, and a directory that links to blogs from around the world, so you can easily find location-specific information.

4. Jodi Ettenberg

After five years of working as a corporate lawyer in New York City, Jodi Ettenberg decided to ditch the routine for a yearlong sabbatical on the road. That was in 2008 and she's still traveling today.

When Jodi started Legal Nomads, it was to share stories and photos with friends and family. The website grew to be a big success and she started getting offers to do freelance work. Now she dedicates an entire section of her site to providing resources for other digital nomads.

5. Pat Flynn

Although, his website, The Smart Passive Income Blog is not directly related to travel, Pat Flynn provides valuable information about how to set up passive income streams, which can be important if you're looking to use a website to help you sustain your travels.

Check out his website if you have questions about the finances of running a business online, podcasts, or blogging.

6. Tom Allen

Tom Allen has a website with just about every resource you need if you're looking to travel by bike. But he also has some great posts for non-biking digital nomads. He writes thought-provoking essays that are good food for thought for prospective or experienced digital nomads. He also posts useful video editing tips, if your brand of digital nomadism involves anything to do with videography.

7. Nick Wharton and Dariece Swift

I don't mean to toot my own horn, but Goats on the Road has become a valuable resource for people interested in the digital nomad lifestyle. The blog is built on more than just our personal experience, which makes it unique. We interview and feature amazing digital nomads who tell their stories, share their income, explain their achievements and failures, and break down their business models so that others can follow in their footsteps.

We've covered almost every job one can get overseas with in-depth guides about how you can get started, find work, and make money abroad. Check out our Sustaining Travel Section for dozens of jobs that allow you to earn a living while traveling.

Ready to Hit the Road?

As you've certainly noticed, many of the digital nomads that made this list are involved with travel blogging, and it's true that travel blogging can be a great way to sustain travel. However, there are many other ways that you can travel forever.

While it is true that digital nomadism is a relatively recent development in the global workforce, it has become a viable lifestyle for successful entrepreneurs, freelancers, writers, and others who conduct their business mainly online.

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