Feel miserable working in a cubicle or living in a boring town? The Internet has revolutionized the term ‘work’ today, bringing new opportunities and employment that didn’t exist until recently.
For many, the Internet is an opportunity to combine work and traveling the world. The term ‘digital nomad’ is frequently overused and often simply means hacking around in cheap accommodation with a small level of income to keep you going. But, there are some folks out there who have shown that you can combine a career with the freedom to travel on your own schedule.
To cut through the garbage, we caught up with seven bona fide location independent workers and business owners about what they do, how they do it, and what steps others aspiring to follow them can take.
1. Matthew Kepnes, Nomadic Matt
Can you briefly explain what you do for a living, how it all began and where you are based?
I’m a travel writer who runs a blog calledNomadic Matt that teaches people how to travel on a budget. I started the blog in 2008 after 18 months overseas. I had originally intended to make the blog an online resume for freelance work but it developed a life of its own and here I am today. I am based in NYC.
Can you describe a typical day in your life?
When I am home, I try to wake up early, go to the gym, answer emails, work all day, then out with friends at night. When I am on the road, I work in the morning, head out sightseeing for the day, then work again in the early evening before going out for dinner and drinks.
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