Lewis Smith: The Itinerant Developer

February 3, 2016 |

A honeymoon in Thailand led Lewis and his wife, Jenny, to quit their jobs to start traveling, which turned into more than three years on the road. They have recently returned to the UK, where Lewis has taken on a six-month contract job, and they’re finding that just as travel gives you a better perspective on your home country, being home gives you a better perspective on your travel!

Most Memorable Location-Independent Experiences
House sitting in New Zealand for a couple while they went on a reality TV show. It was memorable for so many reasons: We got to stay in a beautiful old house in New Zealand’s most beautiful town. We got to watch our hosts on TV every night, on their own TV. We made some wonderful friends there and loved looking after their animals.

Also memorable, but for the wrong reasons, was when one of their cats was diagnosed with and died of cancer in our care, which was one of the most emotional things I’ve ever dealt with. After that house-sit ended, we took a six-week trip around New Zealand by campervan, which is probably the best travel experience we’ve had.

Biggest Surprise along the Way
Having been back home for a few weeks and effectively working a normal job, I’m a little surprised at how much I miss the digital nomad lifestyle. It’s always a fear that you will just fall back into the old way of life, but I really can’t see that happening in the foreseeable future!

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In this episode

  • Why Lewis took a contract job back home and what it’s been like so far
  • How Lewis and Jenny turned their professional skills into remote work
  • Tips and info on getting into app development and programming
  • Top apps and tools Lewis recommends
  • Creating an ergonomic work setup on the road
  • Dealing with a sick pet while house sitting
  • And so much more
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Resources we talked about

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