Nomads share their stories from the road!

Nomadtopia Radio is a monthly (formerly weekly) podcast that features interviews with people all over the world who are living their version of Nomadtopia. They might be living abroad, settling down (for now), traveling overland with kids, homeschooling, or backpacking solo around the world… You name it.

Their stories highlight all the different ways to explore the world, live and work on your own terms, and have the freedom and flexibility to create the lifestyle that matters to you.

Listen in as Amy and her guests talk about the ins and outs of daily life as a traveler/expat/nomad/entrepreneur; nitty-gritty details of living and working anywhere in the world, like banking, technology, what to do with your stuff, and having a home base (or not); getting started and making it happen; and much, much more.

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No Plan B with Heather Thorkelson

Since 2010, Heather has lived and traveled all over the world while running two businesses (one of them a polar expedition company!). She joined me from her home base in rural Sweden to talk about getting over what other people think, building resilience, what it means to have “no Plan B” and why it matters, and more.

Grounded Nomads: Eden Rudin

Not every grounded nomad has been willing or able to stay put, sign a longer-term lease somewhere, or otherwise take a break from their nomadic lifestyle to wait out the pandemic. Eager to get back to their low-cost lifestyle as housesitters, Eden and her husband were able to take on a last-minute sit in Hawaii after their extended sit in Egypt this summer was canceled. In this episode we talk about how six months of travel plans unraveled due to the pandemic, why and how they got back to housesitting, their experience with the mandatory 14-day quarantine on arrival in Hawaii, and lots more.

Laura Dangerfield: Finding a Place to Be Herself

After retiring early, Laura and her husband decided to leave the US and find a country where they would feel welcome to be themselves as a mixed-race couple (which hadn’t always been their experience back home). They’re now enjoying life in Mexico and Laura joined me to share her experience at home and abroad, how and why she’s speaking up about racial injustice, and lots more.

Grounded Nomads: Naomi Peters

Naomi is a full-time housesitter who has made some big shifts in her lifestyle as a result of the pandemic. (Spoiler alert: she's decided to settle down in Sydney, Australia, for the next year!) We talked about how she made that decision and weighed its financial impact, mourning the loss of her identity as a nomad and feeling excited about new possibilities, her goals and plans during this time, and lots more.

Grounded Nomads: Amy Scott

Catch up with the founder of Nomadtopia! How has becoming a mom of twins and living through the pandemic shifted my perspective on my own Nomadtopia—and lots more? Find out in this episode with the fabulous Jill Sessa returning to interview me once again.

Grounded Nomads: Sam Anthony

Sam and her partner are full-time housesitters who had to scramble to find a place to stay when their next sit was canceled due to the pandemic. We cover a lot of ground in this episode including where they ended up, the importance of backup plans, the future of housesitting (in general and for them personally), and how new/aspiring housesitters can take advantage of the current situation to get housesitting experience. There’s a lot that’s relevant to all of us, so give it a listen even if you’re not interested in housesitting!

Grounded Nomads: Sam Kern

Sam and I started out talking about how his Nomadtopia was affected by the pandemic… and quickly found ourselves fumbling through a conversation about black lives matter, freedom, white privilege, the privilege of the nomadic lifestyle, and so much more.

Grounded Nomads: Sarah Cronin

Sarah has been living in a rural lakeside town in Guatemala, writing for the local paper and teaching yoga. When all her in-person work dried up overnight, she had to think quickly and learn how to bring her business online. In this episode we talk about what she's discovered in the process, the unexpected benefits of doing something she'd been resisting and of the pandemic in general, and lots more.

Grounded Nomads: Norm Bour

Norm and his girlfriend were back in the U.S. for a visit and as the pandemic escalated they made the quick decision to leave the country again. Norm shares how he's keeping himself busy and, for the first time on Grounded Nomads, we spend much of the episode talking about the future of travel—practically and emotionally, for ourselves and in general.

Grounded Nomads: Shannon Martin

Seven years in Shanghai came to an abrupt end when Shannon and her husband left for a few weeks of travel in February—and couldn't return. Tune in to find out where they ended up, what it was like to pack up their apartment via video chat, the pros and cons of their current situation, and lots more.

Grounded Nomads: Gustav Andersson

Gustav was in Bali in March when a news report caused him to quickly decide to leave the country that same day. Now home in Sweden, he joined me to talk about having to choose one place to be, mindfulness in daily life and during lockdown, the unexpected upsides, and lots more.

Grounded Nomads: Erica Schmidt

A born-again nomad after a fire forced her out of her apartment in December, Erica cut her time in Mexico short to head back to Canada in mid-March. In this episode we talk about finding places to stay during a pandemic, why she feels like she may not be cut out to be a nomad, and lots more.

Grounded Nomads: Brittany Caumette

Their travels on hold and their bus parked in the driveway, Brittany and her family are staying in a rental house in Canada. Listen in as we talk about why she’s loving sedentary house-life, the transition to motherhood, exploring what’s next, and lots more.

Grounded Nomads: Beck Power

A short trip to Mexico has turned into an indefinite one for Beck, who’s originally from New Zealand and based in Toronto. In this episode we talked about why the current uncertainty feels different than the normal uncertainty nomads experience, the need to make life feel more exciting/interesting, and exploring other aspects of our identity now that that central piece—travel—isn’t available to us.

Grounded Nomads: Julie Whelan Capell

Julie usually lives in Chile but went home to the United States to take care of her mother temporarily in early February. She's still there. Tune in as we talk about the challenges of a short-term visit that's unexpectedly turned into an indefinite one, dealing with lost income, deciding when/if to return to Chile, and lots more.

Grounded Nomads: A Special Series from Nomadtopia Radio

The Nomadtopia community is grappling with a whole new set of challenges in the midst of the COVID-19 global pandemic. Like planes all over the world, we nomads have found ourselves grounded. Just like the regular monthly podcast, this weekly series will share the stories of nomads, expats, and other location-independent professionals and travelers as we explore what our Nomadtopia looks like right now and in the future.

Pascale Côté: Building a Nomadic Mind-Set & Business

Pascale didn't set out to be a nomad; she started freelancing simply because she couldn't survive in a corporate environment. But she also loved to travel and once she realized she could do her work from anywhere, she moved to Spain, and she has been nomadic on and off in the years since. Now a business coach, she joined me from her hometown, Montreal, where she was packing up and getting ready to head to Bali for the first time.

Norm Bour: Travel Younger

Norm had never been very interested in international travel, but in 2016 a short trip to Europe changed his life completely, inspiring him to leave the U.S. permanently and travel continuously. He joined me from Bangkok, Thailand, to share his story and what life has been like since early 2019 when he hit the road with his girlfriend at age 64.

Lena Papadopoulos: Intercultural Educator & Nomad

After realizing that she wasn't really cut out for a regular job and feeling eager to spend more time abroad, Lena went independent with her work as an intercultural educator and hit the road with her partner. They tend to move slowly, spending months at a time in each place, which allows them to experience daily life in the local culture and also feel grounded enough to work effectively.

Ciara Kamara: Nomad Mom Life

Ciara and her husband have moved five times in the last eight years, following his job postings around the world—and adding two kids to their family along the way. In that time she's experimented with different ways to make money remotely, learned how to quickly get set up in each new location, and navigated the shifts in identity that come with becoming a nomad and a mother.

Marianne Cantwell: Free Range Human

Over many years of working for herself and traveling the world, Marianne Cantwell, founder of Free Range Humans, has created a balance that works for her. She's recently significantly streamlined her business and is now setting up a new home base in New York City. She joined me to talk about her business evolution, balancing home and travel, creating a life and career that works for you, and more. 

Jessica and Will: Full-Time Travel as a Family

Jessica and Will left the U.S. with their school-age children in 2014 and spent time living in Costa Rica, Ecuador, and the South of France before switching to living in an RV and exploring Europe. They join me to talk about how they've made this lifestyle work, including handling medical care, making decisions as a family, and lots more.

Lisa Princic: Short-Term Adventures

After her marriage ended, Lisa wasn't prepared to give up on her dream of living abroad as a family and taking her work with her. She started exploring other ways to make it happen, and eventually she and her five-year-old son headed to Maui for a three-month adventure. Tune in as we talk about the logistics she needed to sort out, what she learned from the experience, and lots more.

Julie Whelan Capell: Life in Chile

Location-independent work and rental property back home eased the way for Julie and her husband to move to Chile in 2017, where they've enjoyed settling into the local community in a seaside resort town. The adventure hasn't been without its challenges, though! Tune in as Julie and I talk about preparing to make this move, sorting out logistics, finding long-term accommodations during high season, and lots more. 

Brandon Pearce: Finding Meaning in Life and Work

Brandon and his family have been traveling the world for 10 years now, and have recently set up home bases in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and Bali, Indonesia. In this episode we talk about how they've created the life they wanted, how finding meaning guides his decisions, their interest-led approach to educating their daughters, and lots more.

Tommo and Megsy: Food Fun Travel

Having spent much of the past six years being fully nomadic, Tommo and Megsy are now more focused on the freedom of location independence to have a home base, travel when they want, and avoid winter. In this episode we talk about their challenges finding income streams that worked for them, food as inspiration to travel, and lots more.

Marek Bron: Balancing Home and Travel

After a few years of full-time travel, Marek found a home base in Lisbon, Portugal. He enjoys connecting with the local community when he's settling into a bit of a routine at home, and also spends a lot of time on the road in support of his travel blog.

Jayme and John: Rural Van Life in the U.S.

Since 2017, Jayme and John (and their two dogs) have been living in a 1996 Chevy Express van, which they built out themselves for full-time living. They enjoy spending time in rural areas of the U.S. where the dogs can roam free and they can spend time on work or personal projects.

Carrie Spaulding: Saying Yes to a Nomadic Adventure

An intuitive hit that she was supposed to spend a year on the road led Carrie—a coach who was already location independent—to head off on a nomadic adventure full of powerful and memorable experiences, insights, and challenges. She joined me just after the year had officially ended, as she was reflecting on her trip and exploring what's next.

Elizabeth Mercer: Remote Work & Physical Products

Elizabeth and her husband spent about three years on the road, building a software company as they traveled. They've now moved to Austin, Texas, to give the company a U.S. headquarters, and Elizabeth has also started a new business selling ergonomic furniture. In this episode, we talk about hiring remote workers and tips for finding remote work, how a business that sells physical products can be location independent, the benefits and challenges of settling down, and lots more.

David Jacoby: Financial Planning for Nomads

David is a financial planner and an on-again, off-again expat. In this episode, he joins me to share lots of financial tips and considerations for nomads, expats, and location-independent people of all stripes (plus his experience traveling with his pet ferret!).

Cate Brubaker: Navigating Re-Entry

Re-entry (returning home after extended travel, especially abroad) can be one of the hardest parts of a location-independent lifestyle. Dr. Cate Brubaker—re-entry coach, consultant, and part-time nomad—joins me to talk all about why re-entry is so tough and what we can do to make it easier, no matter how long we’ve been gone or how long we’re staying put.

Kelly Christian: Location-Independent Bookkeeper

Kelly took her local, in-person bookkeeping business online, expanding her reach and giving her the ability to work from anywhere. Thanks to her work and some research and planning, Kelly and her husband were able to spend three months in Mexico last winter. She joined me to talk about what it took to make it happen, what she learned along the way, and what's changed as a result of their winter abroad.

From the Archives: Legal Matters for Nomads with Elizabeth Potts Weinstein

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—and she actually understands this nomad stuff! In this information-packed conversation we cover topics like where to set up your business in the U.S. if you’re traveling domestically or abroad, state taxes when you’re moving all over the country, and how nomads can deal with old-school things like taxes, insurance, and contracts.

Hannah Dixon: The Nomad VA

After spending several years doing virtual assistant work online while traveling, Hannah Dixon began her own business training and placing virtual assistants. In this episode, Hannah gives us the inside scoop on working successfully as a nomad along with her tips for taking care of mental health and happiness while on the road.

Anna Rova: Relationships and Female Success

Anna and her husband met at a nomad meetup in Medellín, Colombia, and they're now expecting a nomad baby! In this episode, we talk about Anna's perspective on relationships, the reality of nomad life, embracing one's wild feminine nature, and so much more.

Michelle Chang: Unconventional Budget Accommodations

After getting married and working for a few years, Michelle and her husband, Jedd, joined the Peace Corps and served together for two years in rural Jamaica. They then tested out location independence while slowly building a freelance web services business, keeping expenses low through housesitting, work exchanges, and other unconventional accommodations. This budget-friendly approach continues to sustain and enrich their long-term travel lifestyle.

Doug Cunnington: Amazon Affiliate Sites

After working remotely for years in his corporate job as a project manager, Doug got laid off. He was lucky to already be building a side hustle with Amazon affiliate sites, which he was able to make his full-time gig. In this episode, we talk about the transition to working for himself, all about affiliate sites, some of his favorite productivity hacks, and lots more.

Coleman and Kennedy: Health and Productivity on the Road

Identical twins Coleman and Kennedy use their expertise in fitness, productivity, and behavior change to help business travelers stay healthy on the road. In this episode, we talk about the unique challenges of full-time travel, establishing location-independent exercise routines, and lots more.

What’s Next for the Podcast?

After an unintentional two-week break, I'm back to share what's been going on and what's next for Nomadtopia Radio. Tune in for all the latest.

Marilyn and Matthew: Teaching English Online

Marilyn and Matthew travel the world by teaching English online with VIPKID. They prefer to spend more time in one place rather than traveling constantly, and they love the flexibility that their location-independent work gives them to do just that.

Cara Miles: Yoga and Coaching

Cara went from clinical psychologist in a country town in Australia to yoga teacher living at a surf camp in Morocco and working as a coach supporting others to follow their dreams. Tune in as we talk about the ideal mindset for nomads, how to handle people who don’t support your dreams and lifestyle, getting a good night’s sleep, life in Morocco, and more.

Dan Pierson: Finding His Sweet Spot

It can take a while to find our rhythm with this lifestyle and figure out what really works for us, but Dan feels like he's finally found his sweet spot. In this episode, he shares why he likes having a home base, his take on community and friendships, and lots more.

Andrea Jordan: Travels Abroad and at Home

Andrea's work as a business coach and strategist allowed her to spend the last 20 months traveling around Latin America. Eventually, she felt it was time for a change, and she's recently headed back to her home country, New Zealand, to continue the adventure. Tune in to hear all about how this decision came about, her tips for volunteering in animal shelters on the road, budgeting for your business, and tons more.

Fara and Bob: Can Do Latitude

In 2017, 40-somethings Fara and Bob quit their jobs to travel the world. After seven months on the road, they've learned a lot about housesitting, budgeting, their interests, and even their relationship. Tune in to hear all about their experience so far.

Jennifer Karchmer: Ups and Downs of Housesitting

Jennifer fell into housesitting more than 10 years ago and has been doing it ever since. She works as a freelance writer and editor, which allows her to travel and take on housesitting gigs around the U.S. and internationally.

Susan Shain: Travel with Seasonal Jobs

After college, Susan started working seasonal jobs—at a ski shop in Colorado, as office manager for a sea kayaking company in Alaska—and she was hooked. Several years later, after teaching English abroad, she started her freelance writing career. In this episode, we talk about the pros and cons of seasonal jobs, tips for making a living as a writer, and lots more.

Viv Egan: Location-Independent Expat

Originally from Australia, freelance writer Viv is now based in London with her English partner. We talked about choosing to have a home base, managing Airbnb rentals, how we get clients, and lots more.

Tui Shortland: Helping People Go Native

Tui has been location independent for a year now, mostly working in indigenous issues related to the United Nations. She's also the co-founder of Native XP, the global indigenous tourism platform. Her Nomadtopia allows her to balance home and travel while focusing on her passions. 

Aline Dahmen: Finding a Nomad Soulmate

When Aline first heard about "digital nomads" a few years ago, in her early 20s, it felt like a great fit for her. She started freelancing and has been working while she travels ever since. But there were certainly challenges along the way, including trying to find a partner to share the adventure (she even built an app to help solve this problem!). Tune in as we share our experiences finding love on the road and lots more.

Anna Long: Where Is She Now?

The way we each live our Nomadtopia often changes over time, so I’ve asked Anna back on the show—almost three and a half years after she first joined me in September 2014—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.

Hayden Lee: Europe by Motorcycle

Hayden is currently on an open-ended journey around Europe on his motorcycle, Gloria. He has no plans, and never makes any. He works 1–2 days a week, lives on 500 euros a month, and saves three times that. We talked about planning vs winging it, the most helpful mindset for this type of travel, embracing the low points, and so much more.

Tal Gur: The Art of Fully Living

Tal has been location independent for almost 10 years. He recently completed a 10-year, 100 life-goals journey around the world, tackling financial, physical, and spiritual dreams. We talked about passive income (is it real?), habit hacks, and lots more.

Zaina Brown: Traveling Belly Dancer

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.

Grace Taylor: Going Independent

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.

Katrina McGhee: Celebrating the Now

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.

Monique Alvarez: Life in Albania

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.

Anna Lundberg: Reimagining Success

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.

Eden Rudin: Really Truly Living

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.

Ann Davis: Venture with Impact

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: Portable Professionals

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.

Paul Strobl: Where Is He Now?

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.

Nancy Levenson: Figuring Out Her Nomadtopia

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 Loudermilk: A World of Possibilities

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 Shikha: DN Course Creator

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 Power: Six-Figure Digital Nomad

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.

KeeKee Cornelious: All Kinds of Freedom

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.