Originally from Finland, Zaina has made a career as a traveling belly dancer, working in numerous countries around the Arab world and beyond. She's now based in Thailand and still gets on a plane to belly dance in other countries on a regular basis.
In her corporate career, Grace was an expat in three different countries, most recently Ireland. She's now transitioned to running her own location-independent business so she could create more flexibility and better balance time with loved ones and exploring new places. She specialized in US expat tax during her corporate career, and she now works with US expats and digital nomads as an independent tax consultant.
In 2013, Katrina left a well-paying corporate job to take a yearlong career break that ended up lasting 20 months. She returned to the corporate world to be able to finish paying off her debt (and completed her coach training at the same time), and is on the cusp of quitting her job once again to live her Nomadtopia as a location-independent life coach.
When Monique decided to embrace all of who she is—businesswoman, mother, and traveler—everything clicked into place. A couple years ago, she and her husband moved to Mexico with their two young sons, determined to create life on their own terms. Now they're loving life in Albania, where they continue to balance work, family, and travel.
Since quitting her corporate job in 2013, Anna has created a portfolio career that allows her to make money, enjoy her skills and passions, and travel frequently from her base in London.
In 2013, Eden and her husband moved to Belize, fulfilling a dream to live abroad. After a year there and a year in Nicaragua, they fell into housesitting, which now allows them to travel the world full-time.
A passionate traveler who was eager to give back, Ann created a workation-style company that includes a social impact component. She now splits her time between the different locations where they run programs in South America and Asia.
Kalli and Jacob started traveling full time in 2008 and have been or lived on all seven continents. Their son was born in Mexico City several years ago, and in 2017 they moved to Cape Town, South Africa, with a plan to live there for the next two years.
The way we each live our Nomadtopia often changes over time, so I’ve asked Paul back on the show—three years after he first joined me in September 2014—to share where he is now. We talked about how things have gone and what’s changed in his Nomadtopia—and why—in the last few years.
Freelance writer Nancy took location independence to a whole new level when she joined Remote Year, a program that takes a group of remote workers to 12 cities in 12 months. She’s now gearing up to travel on her own, with a plan to spend half the year at home in Portland, Oregon, and half the year on the road.
Derek has been a nomad for several years, and is now traveling with his partner, Heidi, and their 10-month-old son, Axel. He’s parlayed his experience as a professional adventurer into various entrepreneurial ventures, and this past summer realized that just three years after quitting grad school, he was actually living the “perfect day” he’d envisioned for himself. Now, he’s exploring a whole world of possibilities for what’s next.
Boom has been living in Chiang Mai for almost a year and has fully embraced the "DN" (digital nomad) lifestyle. She joined me to talk about creating courses online, breaking through mental blocks, and life in Thailand.
Beck is a Kiwi nomad currently based in Bangkok, Thailand. She is the founder of NomadFly and runs several other online businesses as well. In this episode we talk about the "survival mode" that many nomads find themselves in, breaking through income thresholds, the changes and choices that helped her make money, and so much more.
After starting and running numerous businesses, KeeKee built her consulting business to cater to a location-independent lifestyle. She’s based in San Diego but travels frequently and chooses to live on vacation no matter where she finds herself on the map.
Gabriella and Vernon sold it all and moved their family to Mazatlán, Mexico, in October 2016. They have spent the last ten months growing closer as a family, raising three third-culture kids who are now 4, 5, and 6 years old, building their location-independent businesses, and simply living life on their own terms.
Kit and Nick have been working while traveling the world for nine years. They don't have a home base, and they move around a lot more than some other long-term nomads (like me!). They also co-founded the 7in7 conference for nomads, and joined me to talk about everything from how much we spend each month to travel hacking and other insights from nine years on the road.
With freedom as her core value, Emily has made intentional choices to create a location-independent life that works for her (and her partner who chooses not to be location independent). We talked about budgeting for the lifestyle, exploring a city via Airbnb, and lots more.
After several years abroad, Naomi and her family moved back to the States, where she wasn't at all prepared for the challenges of repatriation. Learning about the idea that her experience had shaped her into a "triangle" helped her make sense of it all, and it led to her creating a thriving community of people living global lives. Tune in as we talk about what it means to be a triangle, differing experiences of being an expat (and why she'd like to remove that word from our vocabulary completely), and so much more.
I never thought I’d end up doing 100 episodes of Nomadtopia Radio, but here we are! To celebrate this milestone, I asked a few nomad friends to join me, and we recorded this episode live on video on August 7, 2017. Tune in as we talk about our nomad lives, our favorite tools, and so much more.
After falling in love with overland travel on the Pan-American Highway, Dan went home to save money for his next adventure: two years overland through 30 countries in Africa. He’s about halfway through his trip and joined me from Cameroon to talk money, logistics, and more.
The way we each live our Nomadtopia often changes over time, so I’ve asked Valerie back on the show—two and a half years after she first joined me in February 2015—to share where she is now. We talked about how things have gone and what’s changed in her Nomadtopia (and why) in the last few years.
Elizabeth intentionally created a business that fits the lifestyle she wants to live. As a location-independent lawyer for small businesses, she manages a remote team and takes lots of road trips.
Since he decided he wanted the freedom to travel wherever, whenever, Luke has taken advantage of Working Holiday visas in a number of countries, learned how to talk to pretty much anyone, figured out what it takes to work from anywhere, and lots more.
Naomi describes herself as a “nomad who likes to nest”—and housesitting is the perfect way to get the best of both worlds. She joins me from her current sit in Sydney, Australia, to talk about her triple citizenship, her approach to (and great tips for) housesitting, and lots more.
While living in Colorado, Marianne and her husband came up with the idea to move to Costa Rica. About five years later, with their young son in tow, they finally made it happen. Tune in as we talk about making a change on a long timeline and lots more.
Jessica learned the hard way that taking your business on the road isn't always as easy as it sounds. After experiencing some challenges on her first adventure abroad, she made some changes and set everything up to run smoothly—and her business and lifestyle have thrived ever since.
Robert Taylor is a screenprinter from South Africa. He and his wife are educating their four-year-old on the road as they travel, perfect their craft, and teach others a skill that they can actually use anywhere in the world.
After saving money while working as a lawyer for five years, Jodi Ettenberg quit her job in 2008. The plan was to travel the world for a year, but nine years later, she has yet to return to the practice of law. What started as full-time travel, then a nomadic lifestyle while making her living on the road, has morphed into a home base in Oaxaca, Mexico, while she continues to work in food and storytelling.
As she prepares to take a break from the podcast, Amy shares her travel plans, tips on some of the logistics of traveling to the U.S. (or anywhere, really), what's next for Nomadtopia Radio, and more.