A Day in the Life of a Nomad

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A Day in the Life of a Nomad


My office (usually my husband, Roberto, is sitting across from me)

My current office here in Malaysia (usually my husband, Roberto, is sitting across from me)

I’ve been thinking about writing a post like this for a while, but I kept putting it off because there’s just no such thing as a “typical” day in the life of this nomad (and, I’ll admit, I was probably waiting for a more exciting and impressive day to record for posterity!). But, today was a day in my life, and I’d like to share it with you. Some times and activities are approximate, because I just decided now that today was the day to share.


7:15 am Get up, drink water, check email and Facebook, and think about what I want to get done today. Don’t quite get around to doing the writing I’d been planning on.

8:00 am Coaching call with a new client

9:10 am Quick breakfast

9:30 am Coaching call with a new client

10:30 am A little casual research on places to stay in Indonesia

11:00 am Follow up on emails, check in with my groups on Facebook

12:00 pm Think about doing some client work, but I’m hungry…

12:30 pm Lunch with my hubby, talk about plans, review website we’re creating for our apartment in Buenos Aires

1:30 pm Prepare materials for new coaching clients, set up billing, etc.

3:00 pm Work on sales page and logistics for new offer I’m creating

4:00 pm More email, clean up some files and other admin stuff

5:00 pm Head out to the river for a break with our friend/Airbnb host

7:00 pm Stop at grocery store on the way home

8:00 pm Dinner with hubby

9:00 pm Check email, Facebook, start thinking about today’s blog post

9:30 pm Write this blog post!

The day’s not over; it’ll be a long night for me…


As soon as I publish and promote this post, I’ll spend some time on client work, then take a break until my calls at midnight and 1 am (both for online programs I’m participating in). I don’t always stay up late for calls, but I don’t have to get up early tomorrow, and this is the last call for both programs, so I’ll make it happen.

As I said, there’s no such thing as a “typical” day (which I like!), but a lot of them are pretty boring and normal, like this one (perhaps not that different from your day!).

Some days are more focused on travel or exploring, or on client work, and some days I don’t work at all (Sundays right now are for going out for breakfast, wandering on the beach, reading, and playing cards).

Want to know even more about  my day? Click here.

What does a typical day look like for you?

This post was part of a blog challenge I did in October where I published a post every single day for a month.

2017-04-09T08:07:30+00:00 October 24, 2013|blogging challenge, Inside Nomadtopia, Nomad Life|10 Comments


  1. Cate October 24, 2013 at 10:54 pm - Reply

    I enjoyed reading this because I was just thinking this morning about my daily schedule…and how I don’t have one. I keep feeling like I need to have a set schedule everyday, but I don’t! Sometimes I work in the middle of the night, like on Sunday when I did a virtual training for a school in Australia, sometimes I work early in the morning, and sometimes I work throughout the day so I can spend the evening with my husband after he gets home from work or do some grocery shopping. I’m letting go of the “I need a schedule” and just going with the flow of my changes-by-the-week schedule. Setting my own schedule is the whole reason I became location-independent!

    • Amy Scott October 24, 2013 at 10:57 pm - Reply

      Yes, exactly, Cate! Even when I’m staying in one place, my schedule varies dramatically from day to day.

      I do try to have a rough flow of things, like working on certain things at certain times of the day depending on my energy levels, but it’s ever-changing. Plus, I find that when I get too strict with a certain routine, one little thing (a problem, a flight, a trip to the beach) throws everything off, and that’s worse. Being able to shift and adapt is essential for us nomads!

  2. Lisa Mallis October 24, 2013 at 11:22 pm - Reply

    Love looking at your day – thanks for sharing! I find I don’t have a “typical” day – but I do have a “typical” week. Monday and Wednesday are for clients, Tuesday and Thursday are for presentations and group programs, Friday is for reschedules, friends, and networking. Saturday and Sunday for family. I find I like the difference each day, but the structure to the week allows me to be efficient!


    • Amy Scott October 24, 2013 at 11:25 pm - Reply

      Oh, thanks for pointing that out, Lisa! I actually do have some of that pattern as well, because I only work with clients on certain days of the week, and here in Asia I’m getting in a rhythm of having only one late night and one early morning that I work with clients around the world. You’re right, it’s a good way to have both variety and structure!

  3. Missy Bell October 24, 2013 at 11:31 pm - Reply

    It’s so great to see, that in your busy day, you make time for your husband a friend and yourself. It’s important to stay refreshed during busy times.

    Good idea for a post. I think so many people around us have no idea what we do in a given day. It helps those close to us appreciate the efforts.

    Thank you,
    Missy Bell

    • Amy Scott October 26, 2013 at 12:27 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Missy! My husband works at home too, so we spend a lot of time together, but we do still have to make an effort to spend quality time together where we’re talking and relaxing and not just working!

  4. Pernille Norregaard October 24, 2013 at 11:36 pm - Reply

    Love this post, Amy. I have a crazy and varied schedule as well. I try to write in the mornings when my head is clear, and the chatter from social media and email is yet to grab my attention. Some days I work 12-14 hours, some days none at all. I try to follow the flow of my energy, but when I’m on a deadline that is usually not possible.

    • Amy Scott October 24, 2013 at 11:41 pm - Reply

      Yes, I can see how writing in the mornings is ideal, and yet, I just have trouble getting going! In some ways launching straight into client calls seems to work better than trying to get my own stuff started. 🙂

      I would really rather not check email or social media until later in the day, but right now, with the time difference (most of my clients/friends/family are in the US or nearby), I find it’s a good idea to check in to see what I missed while I was sleeping and everyone else was awake/working! This way I can get back to people on anything urgent before they sign off, and then unplug for most of the day while they’re all asleep.

  5. Julie Jordan Scott October 24, 2013 at 11:40 pm - Reply

    I remember when I first started coaching, I had lots of European clients so I would take calls in the middle of the night or early in the morning while my little ones were sleeping.

    Now I have a much more set schedule because it feeds my creativity and now that kids are in school I smoosh it all into about six hours a day!!

    Glad to find you via Ultimate Blog Challenge. I’m doing #31days, too, but I had surgery a week ago, so I am still catching up. Part of the whole balance thing for me is letting go of rigidity as far as duty and going with the self-care/productivity flow.

    I see you use AirBnB. I’m a couch surfer. Would love to hear more…. and hope to read more from you!

    • Amy Scott October 24, 2013 at 11:48 pm - Reply

      Thanks for your comment, Julie! You’re not the first person I’ve heard say that structure feeds creativity. This is such a fascinating (and contradictory) concept for me… Still exploring that balance for myself.

      It sounds like people with kids get a lot more done, because like you said, it has to fit into a specific period of time! Having all day (and night) to get stuff done means it takes more effort to be productive sometimes.

      I’m fairly new to Airbnb, but I’ve been a Couchsurfer since 2004 or 2005! They’re both great networks and resources in their own way.

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