In 1997 Hitachi executive Tsugio Makimoto and his co-author, David Manners published the book „Digital Nomad” via educational publisher Wiley. Unfortunately, Makimoto’s book was virtually ignored by the public. It’s a crying shame, because in „Digital Nomad” Makimoto and Manners were the first to predict a revolution of digital nomadism. New digital technologies including super-fast and reliable wireless networks provide an opportunity for digital nomads to work anywhere they wish. Basically, you can travel around the globe, work online from foreign countries, co-working spaces, shared offices, coffee shops, hostels, shopping centers or public libraries and more generally shape your unique lifestyle in a nomadic manner.
Solo traveling and doing remote work gives you an ultimate freedom and endless possibilities. It builds your confidence and teaches you how to survive – how to find reliable friends, who to trust and how to cope with loneliness. There are many reasons why some people decide to work remotely – for example, remote work can be less stressful, has a positive effect on the environment and gives younger generations of employees freedom of choice and often needed the flexibility that makes digital nomads happier and more satisfied than regular workers.
So who are digital nomads? Digital nomads are skilled individuals that use modern digital technologies in order to work remotely and live an independent and nomadic lifestyle. Among them are web or app developers, online marketers, copywriters/content writers, independent coaches or consultants, travel bloggers, infopreneurs, photographers, web or graphic designers, etc. Basically, they are professionals, who love traveling and working from various places around the world – for example from Bali, Berlin, Tallin, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur or Warsaw.
One of the most inspiring and successful digital nomads is obviously Timothy Ferris, an author of highly acclaimed self-help books like „The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join New-Rich” (2007), entrepreneur and public speaker. Before writing „The 4-Hour Workweek” Ferris worked at his own sports nutrition supplement company called BrainQUICKEN and was frustrated and overwhelmed by the overwork and the lack of free time. He decided to escape from a workaholic lifestyle and succeeded in spades. All of his books („The 4-Hour Workweek”, „The 4-Hour Chef” and „The 4-Hour Body”) have been published in more than thirty languages. „The 4-Hour Workweek” has spent seven years on „The New York Time” bestseller list. Is it even possible to work 4 hours a day? Not really, but the truth is banal: you have to take a risk and do work that you actually love; work that matters for you. 4 or 8 hours of work per day – a number of hours is not important when you do work that you actually care about. Finding such job is not easy, but remote working is a viable option that might be worth considering.
Another famous and highly inspiring digital nomad is Chris Guillebeau, American blogger, and entrepreneur, the author of highly successful „The Art of Non-Conformity” blog and book. Guillebeau wanted to travel to every country in the world (193 countries) before his 35th birthday and he completed his mission (‘crusade against convention’) in Norway in 2013. He released four books so far and is an epitome of the digital nomad.
To put it in a nutshell, digital nomads are people, who think big and they actually put their ideas into action.