Pretty much a year ago to the date a decided that I was going to change my life, I have had in me for a long time, but it was time now. I have always loved traveling and after living in Dublin for two years I know how it live away from home. Originally the plan was to go to Australia and continue to work there doing the same thing as I did back home, get a job as a web designer/backend developer/database geek. I am still going to Australia (in December), but I intend to take no job.
Something happened in April, what happened is that I was googling about how it is to live as a “coding traveler”/expat/digital nomad. When you do this you end up at a ton of different online courses that promise to that you will make an online income of $10000 a month in 30 days. That sounds awesome, don’t you think? I don’t understand who is stupid enough to fall for this.
The most important Google-search I have ever done
I was just about to give up this when I found Cody McKibben who is the founder of the Thrilling Heroics, which is a great blog and also a place where you find a ton of resources about living as an expat. Cody is also the founder of the course and community Digital Nomad Academy (non-affiliate). What got me interested is that this didn’t promise you riches and heaven. The only thing that is promised here is guidance to make an online income eventually if you work hard for a long time.
What is Digital Nomad Academy?
Online course to get you prepared
When you join DNA you will get gradually get access to educational course modules. With this material, which you go through at your own pace, you learn to look at yourself and your talents. It will help your mindset in the right place, get you prepared to live a life as self employed. It will also guide you to find a business of your interest and passion. You will get all the building stones and guidance to succeed as an entrepreneur.
Active forum with people with the same mind
Another great thing that you will get access to is a forum. This forum is full of not only fellow students looking to live a location independent lifestyle, but also people who is now living their dream and is happy to give their advice and share their experience. There are constantly a lot of interesting topics in everything from building businesses to where you should live to get most of your money.
Through this forum I met one of my best friends here on Bali. His name is Tom and he is doing similar stuff as I do. He has been here longer than me and through him I have met a lot of other awesome cool people. It is always nice to know someone when you are moving/going to a new place, someone that knows where to go and how everything works.
Another great thing you get access to is a library with video calls where Cody discusses different subjects with other digital nomads. This is well known people talking about everything that are interesting for us doing the entrepreneurial thing. Topics discussed are Travel Hacking, Networking, Social Media Marketing, Affiliate stuff, Online Marketing, SEO, Outsourcing and much more.
What am I doing now?
I am now living in Asia (Bali learning to surf at the moment) working part time as a freelancer in my little niche of Digital Writing. I also have a lot of time to work on my own projects. All this living in a cheaper country, which means I spend less money with a lifestyle way superior to one I could ever afford back home.
Do you also want to change your life? Then you should seriously consider taking a look at Digital Nomad Academy.