How To Become A Digital Nomad

Learn how to travel the world, live a quality lifestyle, and make money - all at the same time!
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Published 12/2015 English

Course Description

Imagine traveling the world while creating financial freedom for yourself. Is that possible for you? It is, if you're willing to learn and take action.

In this course we cover the fundamentals of becoming a digital nomad and how to overcome your fear of making the leap. We also discuss strategies that will allow you to build wealth from anywhere, different ways to live cheaply around the world, how to maintain a quality lifestyle abroad, “travel hacking” to get free flights, and much more. We also have interviews with experienced digital nomads that share all their secrets with you.

We’ve learned how to deal with the challenges of becoming a digital nomad, sometimes the hard way, and we’ve put everything we know into our course. Creating the lifestyle you want doesn’t need to be confusing or stressful, and we make it as easy for you as possible.

This course will help you transition smoothly from your current life to one of financial freedom and location independence. We know the speed bumps and the pitfalls, and we’ve laid them all out clearly so that you can avoid them and enjoy the freedom you will create in your life.

We have packed this course with vital information, key insights, tips, tricks, and strategies that will help you work on what you’re passionate about and live wherever you want, all while earning money and building wealth as you go. The opportunities that come with this lifestyle are endless!

Also:

  • You have unlimited lifetime access with no extra costs ever
  • Our help is always available to you if you have a question or get stuck
  • All future lectures, bonuses, etc are free and fully included
  • This course is 100% backed by Udemy's no questions asked 30-day money back guarantee so you literally have nothing to lose!

What are the requirements?

  • Desire to learn about what it takes to create a life of freedom

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Have a solid plan for financial independence
  • Have the confidence to make the leap
  • Have the mindsets and resources to thrive as a nomad

What is the target audience?

  • Aspiring digital nomads
  • People who want to live a life of freedom and flexibility
  • People who want to travel the world at low cost

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Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction To Location Independence
02:23

How will this course prepare you to become a digital nomad?

  • You'll have a plan for making money, maintaining a quality lifestyle, finding accommodations, and staying safe.
  • You'll have a long-term vision about your future.
  • You'll get access to interviews and tips from other successful digital nomads.
  • We'll show you the resources that will help you as you transition your lifestyle.

Tell us where you’re from and where you’d love to travel!

03:08

The norm is practically the opposite of living a life of freedom, fun, and flexibility. It's full of commutes, bills, debt, unhappy jobs, and two weeks of vacation per year if you're lucky!

  • Only 30 percent of American employees feel engaged at their jobs and the vast majority of U.S. workers -- 70 percent -- are not reaching their full potential, a Gallup study concluded
  • There's light at the end of the tunnel. More people are working remotely, and doing work they love.
00:48

What's possible for you if you choose to live as a digital nomad? In the next two videos we'll give you a snapshot of our lives and explain how we've gotten to where we are now.

01:34

In this video I'll explain:

  • My work experience and online businesses that fuel my nomadic lifestyle
  • The network that I've built around the world
01:20

In this video I'll explain...

  • How I initially experimented with living as a nomad.
  • Which businesses I'm using to fuel my location independence.
  • What my plans are for the future.
04:45

In this video, we talk about the nomadic lifestyle:

  • No alarms or commutes
  • Endless travel at any time
  • Nonexistent bills, debt-free
  • Spontaneous and adventurous lifestyle
  • Working on projects you care about

Feel free to reach out to us for personalized coaching on how to become a digital nomad! We can help you every step of the way. Lars' email: larz54321 [at] gmail.com; Nico's email: njannasch [at] mac.com

02:55

You don't need millions of dollars to retire comfortably! This video explains why even $30,000 can provide you enough income to pay for your living expenses, medical bills, and fun activities.

You'll be amazed how much money you can save and how much more comfortable your lifestyle can become once you are a digital nomad.

Section 2: Making The Leap
02:07

A big part of living a free life is being able to go where you want, when you want. In this video we talk about the benefits of being truly location independent. One main benefit of traveling is that you start feeling like anything is possible and that the world is your oyster!

01:52

Normal work schedules don't offer a lot of freedom!

  • You typically have just a few weeks of vacation per year.
  • You wake up extra early just to spend an hour commuting.
  • Sometimes you feel like your boss is breathing down your neck and watching everything you do.

Becoming a digital nomad gives you much of this freedom back! In this video I describe some of the massive lifestyle changes you can look forward to.

02:50

“What you own, owns you.”

In this video, we talk about how living a minimalist lifestyle actually makes you happier, and how you can still access everything you need without actually owning those things.

01:31

Do you feel like a cog in your organization? Are you passionate about what you're doing, or is the main reason you show up because you need money and want to eventually climb the 'corporate ladder' to the top?

Breaking out of the 9-5 corporate life gives you more time to explore your own interests and work on projects that you care about. It's hard to do this from an office cubicle but much easier once you get out of this environment and away from the overarching gaze of the boss who can fire you at any time.

01:57

In this video, we talk about how your self-knowledge and self-awareness increases very quickly as a nomad, as you learn far more about your strengths and weaknesses than you would if you were in the same place. The main reason for this is you’re placed in so many different contexts so rapidly, learning about yourself in every new situation.

01:58

Are you postponing your interests until your 'golden years' when you retire? You shouldn't! It's possible to go after them now.

When you use your unique talents to do what you feel is right for you, you're genuinely happier than others who subvert their interests. Waiting until the end of your life when you have less energy and less time isn't a good plan for a fulfilling life.

Once you become location independent it's much easier to follow your interests, no matter your age! This will greatly increase the quality of your life.

02:01

A main benefit of the nomadic lifestyle is being able to live a life of adventure, variety, flexibility, and spontaneity.

  • There are always new places to go to. New experiences are truly everywhere you look, all around the world.
  • Modern society has lost the feeling of adventure, it’s time to reclaim it.
  • The freedom to book a flight on a whim is one of the best feelings ever.
03:57

You'll have the opportunity to meet many, many amazing people while traveling as a digital nomad. You'd never get this opportunity in your hometown!

In this video we'll explain how this will help you...

  • mature as an individual.
  • become more knowledgeable about foreign cultures.
  • land amazing career opportunities you'd normally miss!
02:25

In this video, we talk about how to overcome fear, the one thing stopping so many potential nomads. One great way to do this is to read blogs of successful nomads! Check the video resources for lists of top nomad thought leaders to follow who will show you how possible this lifestyle is.

03:00

How do you plan a budget for long-term travel?

In this video I'll help you discover how low your cost of living can become once you're abroad.

I'll also discuss how much money you need to save before leaving home, how to keep a handle on your expenses, and how to make sure you stay safe and never run the risk of becoming stranded on the far side of the world!

01:15

Nico was in college, taking classes he didn’t care about. His inner voice kept telling him to just buy a ticket to the other side of the world and become a nomad, but many friends and family were pretty skeptical. He considered buying a ticket for months until he made the choice that determined if he was going to be a fear-driven person or not.

01:43

What will happen to you if you want to travel but you keep delaying because you're afraid to take the leap? The reality isn't pretty...

Most people don't like their jobs and many spend a massive portion of their lives commuting each week! They let inertia rule their lives and get more and more rooted in one location. After a few years, making travel an integral part of their lives seems nearly impossible. This is the time to take action, don't let indecision keep you from living how you want!

02:51

Most people have had jobs where they didn't like their boss. if you’re lucky enough to have escaped that, you don’t ever need to have a boss like that. In this video, you'll learn about how you don't need to help someone else create their dream- you have everything it takes to build your own!

01:18

You won't be able to see much of the world if you cram your travel into two-week vacations. If you try, you'll exhaust yourself and you won't enjoy your experience.

One of the biggest regrets of the elderly is that they didn't travel enough. Take advantage of the opportunity available to you!

01:42

In this video, we talk about how to monetize and sell everything you own that you don't need, and how to life a lifestyle where everything you need is in your backpack! Freecycle is a good resource where you can give your things away instead of throwing them out: https://www.freecycle.org

02:02

In this video we'll show you which countries are 'easy' countries to begin your new lifestyle in. We'll also lay out the benefits of these countries, and why you should consider visiting them first above other locations.

Picking the right location can help you stay out of danger, avoid difficulty with the legal system, and eliminate financial stress. Picking the wrong country can lead to many kinds of unexpected trouble!

03:25

One of the biggest myth about digital nomadism is that it is inevitably going to be lonely. In this video, we talk about how you can always meet people at events, hostels and through meetup(dot)com. You can join online nomad communities, travel with friends, Skype anyone from anywhere, and even take trips with other nomads in the area!

01:35

Are you terrified of traveling? If so, you're not alone! The media has made the world out to be a dangerous place, and if you haven't had much travel experience you might believe the hype. In most cases it's just not true...

03:34

In this video, we talk about how instead of giving up your career, you can negotiate working remotely. This is actually better for the employer as well, as you’re more productive when you work remotely and have more time to actually work (as there are no commutes, pointless meetings, etc).

A Harvard study (In the video resources) concluded “non-office workers were not only happier and less likely to quit but also more productive.”

We talk about how to ease your employer into letting you work remotely in multiple successive steps, so you're able to prove yourself as a productive remote worker.

02:41

Just because you're traveling and having fun in the present doesn't mean you need to give up on your dreams of financial freedom. In fact, you'll most likely be able to save more money and put yourself in a position to build even greater wealth! In this video we explain how this is possible.

01:13

One of the biggest things we hear from people is that it's too hard to have a nomadic family. This is actually a total myth, as many, many families have gone remote and fully thrive as a family. In this video, we talk about how a nomadic family can actually be great for a marriage, and even better for the kids than living in just one location.

Check out the video resources to see some examples of exceptional nomad families!


A nomadic couple who write at the ytravelblog (dot) com sent us their response to a few questions below:

What advice do you have for traveling as a nomadic couple?

Understand you are part of a team. You have a common goal you're working towards so support and encouragement will help you get through the challenging times. Be great at compromising - each person's dreams and interests should be incorporated into your itinerary. And don't forget to plan for individual time out!

What are the most nomad-friendly countries that you’ve been to?

Thailand seems to be a favourite for most nomads. It's cheap to live, has amazing travel experiences and great internet connection. Berlin also seems to be another favourite for nomads. We've not travelled through any other country, except Australia as a digital nomad. We don't recommend it as being nomad friendly. The internet is super expensive and connection issues are common.

What do you both wish that someone had told you as you were just starting on your nomadic journeys?

I wish I knew about travel blogging and the possibility of being a digital nomad before I started my journeys. Actually, I started when postcards were the norm so I could have been an ancient trailblazer!

01:31

Are you worried that becoming a digital nomad is a decision you can't take back?

Returning to a 'normal' life is always possible! You'll change much faster than those who have stayed at home, and typically you'll find that most things have stayed largely the same. It's very easy to get back into the flow, if you decide that's what you really want.

02:32

A big myth about living in another country is that you have to learn the local language. We talk about how we've lived around the world and have always been okay with just knowing English. Of course, if you live in another country for a long time, learning the local language can add depth to your experience and allow you to connect deeper with locals, but as a nomad, it’s pretty unnecessary.

01:17

This lifestyle IS possible for you!

More than any real barriers, your emotions are holding you back. Here's a few things I did that helped me gain the courage to jump into this lifestyle.

04:03

Your family may be worried that living this lifestyle will somehow hurt you emotionally, cause you to lose all your money, or add danger to your life. In this video, we talk about how to actually convince your family to support you in your decision to become a digital nomad.

01:26

Your friends may be the first ones to tell you that traveling full-time is crazy, dangerous, and not worth the struggle. It happened to both of us, and we know how this can put a damper on your excitement!

Here's what to expect and how to deal with friends who don't understand your decision to leave home.

02:06

Coworkers can be jealous of your new lifestyle. You can empower them to go on a similar path by inspiring them to become nomadic themselves. Make sure you show how you will maintain and even increase your productivity on the road to ensure you're not seen as the “traveling slacker.”

02:26

The hardest person to convince that this is a good idea may be yourself. As your start date approaches all of your fears and doubts may flood your mind and make you forget why you wanted to do this in the first place!

You're the only person who can make the final decision, so you need to keep your confidence up before you start traveling and for the first few months as you get used to the changes!

01:05

People you meet will ask you lots of questions, and it's good to have an answer prepared.

01:30

Once you hit the road, life will happen a lot faster than it did at home! In just a few months you'll have more unique memories than friends back home will in the next few years! We've found that it's a good idea to record your experiences so that you can look back on them and share them with others.

Check out the video resources for a link to Nico's blog.

01:26

Are you waiting for permission to live this lifestyle? You must choose yourself, give yourself permission, and make the leap,

Section 3: Making Money As A Nomad
00:56

After this lecture you'll be prepared to dive into our videos about the many different ways to make money as a nomad. Many of the skills you already have are probably applicable to making money while traveling, and it's equally easy to learn new skills in a foreign country!

02:22

There are so many ways that you can get work as a freelancer. Check out the video resources for some popular sites.

In addition, you can get clients in person, through networking, referrals, and LinkedIn.

We’ve added a written interview with a nomad named David Schwarz.

Also in the video resources, a great blog post about launching a freelance career.

02:31

Making money as a freelance writer is one of the quickest and easiest ways to earn location independent income. Nico earned over $600 during his first week as a freelance writer (His first location independent income!) and he had no experience and no reviews or testimonials.

01:01

There are many ways to do freelance marketing. You can do social media, blogging/vlogging, affiliate marketing, SEO, and growth hacking.

We have some quality resources on how to become a growth hacker in the video resources. This is a very in-demand skillset to use as a freelance marketer!

01:51

Do you have graphic design skills? After watching this video you'll know how to promote yourself online, find work, and build your portfolio.

Check out the support materials attached to this video!

01:13

One of the most lucrative freelance jobs is coding. You can learn to code for free, or even go to a coding school for 12 weeks and be a certified software developer at the end. Check out the video resources for some places where you can learn to code and become a freelance coder!

06:15

Getting freelance gigs isn't as simple as posting 'I'm open for work!' it on your Facebook wall. You need to plan how you'll find clients efficiently and convince them to hire you. (This can be tricky if you're new!)

Once you've got a few clients, you also need to know how to expand your career as a freelancer.

00:50

You’ll probably need to hustle initially to get your first clients, but it is very doable. In this video, we give some tips and tricks on how to quickly establish yourself as a freelancer and grow your freelancing business fast.

Check out the video resources for information on where to find remote work online!

01:08

Would you like to earn location independent income but have a little more stability than a freelancer? There are many places you can look to find remote work, and it's even possible to convince your boss to let you work remotely if you don't want to leave your current position!

Check out the video resources for tips to help you negotiate a remote work agreement with your current company or find a new location independent job.

02:35

Smart, forward thinking companies have a policy where they allow all employees to work remotely. In the coming years, the rest of the business world will have to adapt to this fast-growing trend, or be left in the dust. In this video, we talk about prominent location-independent businesses and Nico talks about his experience working for a US-based company while traveling around Asia.

01:52

When you have a boss looking over your shoulder it's easier to stay productive than when you're on your own. Here's how we manage our time so that we can find balance between work and fun. Don't forget to check out the video resources!

04:22

In this video, we talk about lifestyle entrepreneurship and how to create one of your own to fuel your nomadic lifestyle. A great resource to learn more about this is TropicalMBA. (Check the video resources!)

02:43

This video will give you the information you need to seriously consider starting an online business. Many people have created businesses that allow them to travel the world indefinitely and enjoy financial freedom. You can do this as well!

Look at the video documents for more resources.

03:26

Both of us have outsourced large projects, and in the video we talk about how mastering outsourcing is a critical skill as a nomadic business owner.

01:44

Want to become a coach or public speaker? How about a facilitator for online meet-ups in your industry or creating a monetized blog about a field you know well? Even if you're just getting started, you can build a strong brand over just a few short months if you know what you're doing!

Check out the video resources for more information.

03:21

You can offer services and consulting to companies around the world. In the video, we talk about how there are so many different things you can offer. Companies pay a lot for this, and many times they can pay for housing, travel, etc.

We've attached a great article from Entrepreneur Magazine.

02:17

You can even found a venture backed startup and travel at the same time! Working remote inside a rapidly growing startup is also possible. (Nico worked as a member of a remote team for a few months)

TopTal and Buffer are two examples of companies built by remote, traveling teams. Check out the video resources for more information on these two companies!

04:40

There are limitless opportunities, but these take time to set up. In this video, we talk about having another income source or some money saved up as a cushion for when you hit the road.

01:56

After watching this video you'll understand the basics of finding local work while traveling and why this option can be awesome!

01:45

One way to have a rich, immersive experience and learn about permaculture, farming practices, and nature is to go WWOOFing. You get free housing in exchange for some work on organic farms in 100+ countries. We've linked to their website in the video resources.

02:15

This video will help you...

  • Find work as an English teacher
  • Understand why most English teachers LOVE what they do
  • Build a career that can last as long as you want to travel

Check the video resources for more information.

01:55

This is a great option, and especially good if you want to stay in one location for more than just a few months. We've provided a link to a website where you can stay in places around the world for free in exchange for helping out!

03:30

If you're considering working locally to fund your travels, there's a few things you should be aware of.

These could be called 'precautions' and they involve concerns about your finances and long-term career planning. This video will make you aware so that you can plan accordingly.

Section 4: Optimizing Your Living Situation
02:59

Asia is a fantastic place to start your nomadic journey. It’s usually very cheap, people are generally friendly, English is common in the bigger cities, there are so many hostels and travelers, and many countries are small and easy to travel between.

01:28

How do Central and South America rank as travel locations? After watching this video you'll know how most travelers think of them in terms of safety, cost, and cultural barriers.

02:08

Europe and North America are more expensive for nomads, but are fantastic places to live. In this video, we talk about the pros and cons of living in these regions.

01:15

Africa is not for novice travelers, but it is a gorgeous and diverse continent that we definitely recommend for more experienced nomads. In this video, we talk about the pros and cons of living in Africa and some of the easier countries to start off in.

06:55

There are many different ways to find cheap and even free housing all around the world. In the video, we talk about all the different ways that’s possible. We've placed relevant links in the video resources.

01:27

Experienced nomads know where to look to find awesome local activities before they arrive at a new location. Unless you want to waste valuable time on the road, you should do the same!

01:43

Email is a surprisingly good way to communicate around the world. It’s free, easy, and basically everyone has one.

01:34

Messaging Apps like those provided by Facebook and WeChat are a great way to stay connected and make quick plans! Some messenger apps don't work in certain parts of the world, however, and there are better ways to stay connected if you're working with a remote team. This video goes over which messaging apps will work best for you!

03:02

VPN’s are a big deal in China, as they are easy ways to bypass the government censor on websites like Facebook/Twitter/Google etc.

01:11

Skype is our favorite thing, ever. When it comes to staying in contact with friends, family, freelancers, etc., it's simple and easy to use. This video will give you all the info you need regarding Skype!

03:30

In this video, we talk about the best ways to deal with the visa process. Messing this up can lead to big expenses, so it’s essential to understand the topic thoroughly before you hit the road. One great website that shows you what visas you need for every single country is VisaMapper. (In the video resources)

01:47

You need to make sure you have time to apply for a visa and then wait for it's approval! If you wait until the last few days of your current visa you may not have enough time and get a fine. In this video we discuss this problem and how to avoid it happening to you!

02:31

Traveling constantly is exhausting! A three month visa gives you time to get to know a place and complete a big project. Plus, you need a few days to ‘settle in’ to become really productive in a new place. In this video, we weigh the benefits of traveling fast vs. traveling slow.

02:25

Similar to co-working, co-living is a trend that's becoming popular among nomads. In this video we'll explain how co-living works and why so many nomads are choosing this option. We also provide links to coliving resources below.

06:37

In this video, we talk about all the essentials that are an absolute must for every nomad, and how to actually travel the world with just one bag!

Section 5: Travel Hacking
04:56

Can you fly around the world for almost nothing? Oh yes you can. Here's how to do it. (Links in the video resources)

04:14

What level of comfort are you okay with? Your answer to that question will determine how cheap your lifestyle ultimately is. In this video, we talk about all the different ways to travel the world in very cheap ways.

07:04

Most tourists get ripped off by locals! In this video we'll teach you...

  • What kinds of things have 'negotiable' pricing that are worth haggling over
  • Negotiation tricks that are used by street vendors as well as Fortune 500 executives
  • How to save money when negotiating an apartment rental

Check out our links to great books on negotiation in the file attached to this video!

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This document contains the best nomad Facebook groups, forums, conferences, paid masterminds, blogs, and even a documentary about digital nomads.

Section 6: Maintaining A Quality Lifestyle
04:09

Making quality friends all around the world is far easier than you might think. In this video, we go into depth about how to meet great people in any country you go to, whether it’s through meetups, coworking/coliving spaces, hostels, local events, Facebook groups, and more.

04:37

After watching this video you'll know...

  • Where you can work efficiently and where being productive will be nearly impossible
  • How to find networking opportunities before landing in a new city
  • Which more 'advanced' networking options are out there for networking (In the video resources)
01:15

Eating healthy can sometimes be a challenge when traveling, so in this video we break down how to do eat healthy on the cheap wherever you go.

05:33

If you don't plan fitness into your travel routine you'll regret it. In this video I'll show you how to...

  • Build a workout routine that I can do anywhere (even in tiny hotel rooms!)
  • 'Lock in' the workout habit so that you don't miss a day.
  • Include a healthy a mixture of cardio, strength training, and stretching into your routine

See the video resources for links to our favorite workout apps and tips.

04:03

Ah, work-life balance. As a digital nomad, it’s completely up to you how to balance the two. One big issue is that many nomads go to one extreme or the other. In this video, we share some hard-earned lessons about work-life balance as a nomad.

04:37

A large portion of why we travel is to meet locals and experience different cultures. In this video I'll explain...

  • Why I didn't need to learn local languages to connect with foreigners
  • Why being open to eating weird food gets me 'street cred'
  • How sports have helped me make friends quickly
01:52

Is this something you want to do for one year, five years, or the rest of your life? Do you want to go back to a more ‘normal’ career after this? These are questions that you’ll inevitably wrestle with on your nomadic journey, and we explore them in this video.

Section 7: Dealing With Emergencies
02:45

If you don't keep track of your visas you're in for some trouble at the border! Getting visas approved takes time, costs money, and not having enough of either can mean big fines when leaving a foreign country. This video will prepare you to avoid most visa problems that can become an unpleasant surprise on your journey.

02:50

In this video, we talk about bribery in different countries and the best way to deal with police when you run into them in different parts of the world.

02:06

Many would-be travelers are scared because they think that if they get hurt in a foreign country they won't be able to get adequate care. In this video we'll tell you...

  • How to find a doctor in your area who can help you with your emergency
  • Why you can actually save money on medical bills while traveling
02:27

What if your passport/wallet/debit card gets stolen? It’s not the end of the world. In this video, we cover what to do when these types of things happen.

Section 8: Logistics
01:47

Some people choose to travel without insurance but it may be a good idea to have, especially if you're planning on partaking in relatively risky activities.

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Instructor Biography

Lars King, Digital Nomad, International Speaker, Entrepreneur

Lars King has worked at some of the world's highest impact companies, traveled to 24+ countries, given talks internationally, and started online businesses all by the age of 21. He has a passion for learning about and teaching topics that are not usually taught in school in a relatable, fun, and accessible way.

Instructor Biography

Nico Jannasch, Location Independent Entrepreneur, Blogger At NicoJannasch.com

Nico is traveling the world fueled by his multiple location independent businesses. Just 21 years old, he is on a mission to empower others to gain the freedom to live wherever they want and work on projects they are passionate about.

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