Digital Nomads on… How to Be a Digital Nomad

What exactly is a digital nomad?

Back in November I went to Las Palmas in Gran Canaria to see the world’s first digital nomad cruise off, and ask some of my fellow ‘freedom fighters’ just that. While we were there, working away in the sun, they also told me what being a digital nomad meant to them and their top tips for anyone who’s interested on how they can live a life of location independence too.

Video with Transfer Wise
I was there thanks to TransferWise, an excellent money transfer start up where you can transfer cash internationally for less than any bank would charge you, up to 90% cheaper. It’s this ethos, about fighting the norm, that really resonates with the whole digital nomad scene. Banks have been charging what they please forever and now that more of us need such a service, I’m glad that there are people like TransferWise here to challenge the traditional way of doing things. Just like many of the location independent workers I’ve met on the road.

“Put your effort into finding out what you can add to the existing mass out there. And you should build a network”
– Joe

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I spoke to quite a few digital nomads and whether they made the TransferWise cut or not, they were all fascinating, and all so passionate about their lifestyle. A few digital nomads, who originally felt shy when I asked them to talk on camera were soon excitedly relaying their thoughts, and I got the feeling each chat could’ve gone on a lot longer than they did.

A fascinating insight into the mind of the digital nomad movement.

The nomad cruise set sail for Brazil, with 10 days of workshops, meet ups, chat and general inspiration. From all the feedback I’ve heard, it was a brilliant experience. In fact, there’s another one setting sail from Colombia to Portugal in May.

The questions

  • What is a digital nomad?
  • What do you do?
  • What do you need to be a digital nomad?
  • Any advice for future digital nomads?

The digital nomads

TransferWise Nomad Cruise

  • Chris Shallcross
    Senior Software Engineer at Nova Ltd
  • Anca Mararu
    Writer and Traveller in Chief at OFFice to Travel

Thanks to everyone else who took part in this.

“Just book a single ticket, and go” – Lodi

Helpful links

  • TransferWise
  • DNX – check out my post on the first DNX conference in Berlin.
  • Nomad Cruise

More on how to be a digital nomad

How to Save for Travel with Mindful Spending
7 Tips to Save Money Exploring London


  1. by Ersie Courea on January 11, 2016  10:09 am Reply

    From Wikipedia I learn thatTransferWise is an Estonian developed and UK-based peer-to-peer money transfer service launched in January 2011 by Kristo Käärmann and Taavet Hinrikus ...

    • by Vicky on January 14, 2016  10:37 am Reply

      Hi Ersie, correcto! Have you ever needed that kind of service?

  2. by Mário Silva on January 11, 2016  7:44 pm Reply

    Hello there, nice post!!
    Being a digital nomad is a awesome Lifestyle.
    I was an unhappy Front-end Developer chasing for glory at big freelancing marketplaces, faced a lot of challenges that digital nomads usually do everyday, and last year i decided to change the game of freelancing industry.
    I'm now founder of Task4it.me, a new freelancing website that splits big web projects into small web tasks.
    In Task4IT the deal is work on small tasks with quick turnaround, and try to have top quality remote freelancers for Front-end, Back-end, CMS Dev, UX/UI Design and Mobile Dev areas.
    Mário Silva

    • by Vicky on January 14, 2016  10:38 am Reply

      Brilliant Mario! I love those kind of stories. Being a digital nomad is so freeing, I love hearing how people managed to achieve this kind of life. Congratulations and keep it up!

  3. by Jenni on January 11, 2016  10:35 pm Reply

    This looks great I'm seriously thinking about going on the next one in may. How come u didn't go on it

    • by Vicky on January 14, 2016  10:40 am Reply

      Hi Jenni, I would've like to but I already had plans for the next few weeks and it just didn't quite fit in my schedule this time around. Unfortunately neither does the next one, but I really hope to do it one day! Let me know if you decide to do it, I'd love to hear about it!

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