How to Become a Digital Nomad – How I Got Started | Laptop Lifestyle

How to Become a Digital Nomad – How I Got Started | Laptop Lifestyle


– All right in today’s video And I’m going to be talking about how I got started living a location independent lifestyle. Now I’m going to break this video up into chapters. And so I’m going to
put the chapter markers in the comments below so you can just skip ahead to specific parts in the story that you want to go to. All right so the first story is how I got the travel bug. It all started back in 2015 when I first got my passport. Back then I was only 29. Yes, I know, I don’t look that old, do I? But yeah back in 2015 the reason why I got a
passport is because my buddy, he suggested that we should
go meet up in Amsterdam. And that’s so where
everything got started. I got my passport, I booked a flight out. And it started in London. And then from London
took a flight to Spain. Spent a few weeks there. When I went to Spain I went to Barcelona. During the last week there I got sick. So I had to go to the hospital, and get some medicine. And that was an experience, you know, going to hospital in another country. At the tail end of that, of the Spain trip, going into Paris, I was a little bit sick, so I didn’t do much sightseeing. However I took a tour bus and ended up in the Eiffel Tower. There was a guy selling these miniature Eiffel Tower figurines. I went up to him and I was like, ‘Hey man, you know, how
much is a figurine?’ He quoted some high price
and then I was like, ‘Oh that’s too high.’ And he said, ‘Oh where are you from?’ And I was like, ‘California’. Cause at the time I was
living in California. And he’s like, ‘Oh do you know Tupac?’ I … and (laughs) then I was like, ‘Do I know Tupac?’ And then I started singing
some California Love. And then for some reason we both started singing California Love. And so pretty much he
gave me a lot lower price. I wanted to buy the tall
Eiffel Tower ’cause he had the small ones and the tall ones. So I bought the tall one from him and he gave me like 20 small ones. And just ’cause like I
guess he was so excited about bonding with someone from California over Tupac. So after Paris, I took a
high speed train to Brussels. And met up with my friend. And then in Brussels, the interesting thing is we
were at the train station, and we’re trying to get
to the hotel that we had booked for one night before
we go up to Amsterdam. So we went to the information desk and then the guy at the information desk didn’t speak any English. So just to like mess around
I started speaking Spanish. And then the guy in the
booth immediately started speaking Spanish back. And I was like what? Oh wow, that’s crazy. And he gave me directions in Spanish. And then we got to our
hotel with no problems. So one thing I noticed about Europe, is that people there speak
more than two languages. And that’s like a normal thing. Like back in the US, that’s you know, you’ll be lucky if you
find someone who speaks just one language. (laughs) That’s a joke but you know. And so from Brussels we went to Amsterdam. Amsterdam was a really small town, really safe town. A lot of people just leave
their bikes on the street, don’t even lock it up. And it’s really small from the
south end to the north end. It will only take you 15 minutes to walk. And after Amsterdam, we
took the high speed train back to London and then flied back to US. But after that trip
everything was different. And I saw things from a
different perspective. All right so first trip to Asia. I’m following here after
the Europe trip in 2016. Pretty much what happened
was my buddy, Mike, he was like one of the first location independent people that I met. He invited me out to Taiwan
to celebrate Halloween. If you know me, you know Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. Yes, so Taiwan was completely
different than the US. Completely different but it still was Westernized at the same time. It had a Starbucks everywhere. It had convenient stores
on almost every corner. It’s super convenient to live in Taipei and the Western aspects are like, in terms of the food selection and what you can get in a lot of shops. And also I feel like Taipei is like the training wheels for Asia. Because everyone, almost everyone there speaks English. So that’s the nice part about it. You go there and you don’t have to learn the language. You don’t have to worry about speaking the local language. Like you would have to in mainland China. So after my first trip to Taipei I came back to US and then I just had a big urge to go back to that lifestyle, that culture. And so what I did is I
created a financial plan. And I wanted to run a test, how much it would cost to
live there for one month. So what I did is I got more time off work, and I put some money together. And then I went back to Taipei. And oh man, I learned
a lot that’s for sure. Yeah, everything paid off. And pretty much this
test proved that I could live in Asia. One month, three months
or six months at a time. And so that just proved my theory of like how to budget for it. How to do the finances around it. What a day to day is like living in Taipei. I want to talk about
the initial challenges of moving abroad and living on location independent lifestyle. Every time you move from
one place to another, especially if it’s a new location. There’s always going to
be the same challenges. Things such as finding
an apartment to live in. Finding food, finding
markets, finding a gym. All the initial costs when
you first move somewhere. Even if it’s for a short term. Oh and visa costs. There’s a lot of places
have short term visas. So you have to factor in flights or border runs. Or if you’re more advanced level, you got to do things like
open a local company. Or get some type of business visa. Or you go the educational visa route and then you can get long term visa in the country of your choice. So, yeah, every time you move you have to you’re faced with these challenges. Pretty much starting all over again. Or if you’ve done it a bunch of times, it gets progressively easier. But doesn’t stop being annoying. So this is just some of the things that you have to consider when you want to switch to a location
independent lifestyle. Well, I hope that you guys learned a lot from these few stories. And hopefully it encourages
you to move forward to a location independent lifestyle. So until next time. Peace.

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