The Digital Nomad Survival Guide

In February 2016, I met Peter in Montevideo, Uruguay, as we were both members of Remote Year's second ever group, Battuta. I've been a digital nomad since June 2014, traveling full-time while working remotely as a freelance writer, consultant, and producer. He worked as a product manager and consultant for gaming companies in San Francisco.

With Remote Year, we traveled together to Uruguay, Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, the Czech Republic, Serbia, and Croatia. Peter then left the program and traveled on his own around SE Asia, visiting Bali, Thailand, and Vietnam. I remained on Remote Year, going to Kuala Lumpur, Koh Phangan, Phnom Penh, and Ho Chi Minh City. 

In October 2016, when I was in Kuala Lumpur and Peter was in Bali, he reached out to ask me to collaborate on a new project: a book about how to become a digital nomad — a kind of survival guide for beginners.

He’d joined several digital nomad Facebook groups, a nomad Slack group, and worked in various coworking spaces. He kept seeing similar questions arise again and again, and while there are already countless blogs and even some books that address them, he felt that there was still an unmet need for a resource with real, practical advice.

Four months after our first call, just after the end of Remote Year, we published The Digital Nomad Survival Guide (available on Amazon Kindle and in print). 

The book features practical advice from personal experience, conversations with successful digital nomads, packing lists, sample budgets, app recommendations, website suggestions, and more.

“This is the book we wish we had read a few years ago. While there is a lot of information available for people about how to travel or work remotely, it’s hard to know where to start and what will work best for you.”

Whether you dream of freedom from your desk, are hoping to become a suitcase entrepreneur, or are simply excited to explore the world, you’ll find practical advice and helpful resources in our book.

The Digital Nomad Survival Guide will teach you:

  • How to determine your budget and what financial resources are most useful abroad
  • The best and worst places to visit as a digital nomad while you travel the world
  • How to find the best travel and housing options for your lifestyle
  • What pieces of technology you absolutely need and how to work from wherever
  • Where to find friends and how to avoid being lonely on the road
  • What should you pack for months on the road
  • … and more.

Chapters

  • Finances
  • Location Scouting
  • Housing
  • Travel & Transportation
  • Jobs & Working
  • Technology
  • Packing & Possessions
  • Lifestyle
  • Local Culture
  • Social & Relationships

How to Write a Good Book Fast: From Brainstorming to Publishing

As project managers, both Peter and I are very organized, strategic people. Instead of aimlessly writing thousands of words, we defined the book parameters upfront, assigned each other tasks, gathered our content upfront, and created a style guide to ensure that the book was a cohesive whole.

After publishing, I wrote an in-depth case study about our process and have given several presentations about our approach to the book & how it enabled us to write and publish book in 3.5 months.

I developed my presentation slides into a free guide that walks people through the process – available for download for anyone who signs up to my writing & content direction email list.