I just started my digital nomad lifestyle a couple of months ago after quitting my full time job. Now, I get to go places and work in between and this is something I loving and enjoying. I am glad I stumbled upon a Facebook group for Female Digital Nomads and I am every inch in awe of my fellow girls who are shifting to this lifestyle to travel and be the best that they can be.

Caroline Gregory

Artist / Paintress

When did you decide to venture in a digital nomad lifestyle?

My name is Caroline or the Tattooed Traveler. I’ve been living as a nomad paintress for the past 20 months, creating and selling art as a way to keep my journey thriving. I’ve never had much of a plan, even in the beginning, I had no idea I’d be out for this long, but the more I travel, the more opportunities find me.

How was the transition?

Although I have no physical home anymore, I do my best to create the feeling of home within myself and my art is a blessing to help find this balance as well.

How do maintain your digital nomad lifestyle and fund your travels?

I fund my travels by making custom paintings for my Instagram following and also trade wall murals for accommodation and food when the location feels right.

What are the challenges and the rewards you experienced so far?

The greatest reward of this experience for me has been proving to myself that I can do it. I love only having a backpack full of possessions, creating a worldwide network of friends, spreading my art around the world and finding peace in all the right places.

What is your message to the whole digital nomad community and to girls who are eyeing to ditch the 9-5 job for a digital nomad life?

My advice to the community of women considering a lifestyle like this is to understand that traveling doesn’t solve all of your problems. Time and effort do. The adventure doesn’t always transform your sad waves into happy ones when you need it to most. More love does. I’m thankful to have found, persevered through and learned from my nomad lows and rough patches. The whole experience becomes richer, the more real and accepting I am of everything it includes. 

Travel creatively and your journey will be infinite. There are always ways to make money and keep going!

Instagram: @tattooedtraveler

Travel Blog: www.TattooedTravelerTribe.com


 

Ieva Laicāne

Freelance graphic designer & Author of The Random Passion project

When did you decide to venture in a digital nomad lifestyle?

After high school, I started my studies that didn’t last for more than a semester. At that point, I felt so restless! And I knew that I want to travel. I started as an Au-Pair in Italy. After living there, I realized that there’s no way back and I have to find a way to stay on the road. Fast forward, without any money at all, I started learning design, all on my own, within a month I got my first freelance gigs and learned to fund myself and work as a freelancer.

How was the transition?

The transition was pretty smooth since I didn’t really have anything to transition from… I just started from zero and went from there.

How do maintain your digital nomad lifestyle and fund your travels?

Currently, I’m still working as a freelance graphic designer but now I’m also teaching aspiring freelancers to start their careers. I have several other passions that bring in a bit of additional cash, for example, blogging over at The Random Passion project.

What are the challenges and the rewards you experienced so far?

The biggest challenge currently is to keep my focus straight. I have so many passions and so many dreams that it’s hard to focus my time and effort to what’s the most important thing for me. The biggest reward definitely is all the freedom I’m experiencing. I adore the option to be anywhere, anytime and, basically, do anything! 

It’s SOOOO worth it! Get out of your comfort zone and just go for it. Somehow, it always works out. It takes a lot of dedication, patience, and willpower but it always-works-out!

 

www.therandomp.com

www.rssfcourse.com

www.twitter.com/ievalaicane

www.instagram.com/ievalaicane

www.facebook.com/therandomp


 

Jesi Lee

Artist/ Designer/ Photographer

I was working as the Creative Producer for a large non-profit organization in Cambodia called CCF. It was so easy to travel to numerous countries from Phnom Penh and I did a fair share of traveling -but work always took priority. While I was working full time, I still did quite a bit of side projects -I created murals, did photoshoots, volunteered and so on.

How was the transition?

A little over one year with CCF, I decided to take full advantage of the opportunities I had while still living here as an expat. I left CCF and pursued full time freelancing in June. 

It was definitely difficult to go from having a set schedule, office and one main objective to all of a sudden juggling numerous projects. I was already freelancing on the side of my full time job, so that part wasn’t difficult. For now, I’m having a hard time giving myself breaks and days off -unlike a regular job that does. I find myself working odd hours. I’m currently on the hunt for a personal assistant to help me focus more on the creative aspects of my work.

How do maintain your digital nomad lifestyle and fund your travels?

First, I saved quite a bit of money the last few months when I decided I was pursuing freelancing. The other is through passive income. I have a few “stores” through websites like Society6 and Rubble, that ensures I have some money coming in every month -even if it’s just a little. I also take a lot of “artist in residence” work -where places will pay me with food and lodging in trade for creative work. Lastly, I’m lucky to have an incredibly supportive husband who has always been my biggest advocate and motivator -to pursue freelance work. 

What are the challenges and the rewards you experienced so far?

 I have a tendency to work till I can’t work anymore -instead of spreading things out. Specially now that I am working for myself, I am simultaneously working on current projects while hunting for the next job. The rewards are in the work that is now coming to me on their own. Before, I would always have to pursue places for photo sessions, murals, designs or give discount deals… but with all those previous work, I’m starting to get noticed and people are now coming to me with job offers. 

What is your message to the whole digital nomad community and to girls who are eyeing to ditch the 9-5 job for a digital nomad life?

There is never a “perfect time” -just like having kids. I remember thinking about becoming a freelance/remote worker but was so afraid of taking the leap. I made excuses about why I couldn’t do it or why it wasn’t time. Sure, there are less convenient times to pursue a risk like this but with enough planning and hard work, it is possible.

www.jesileephotography.com
www.jesileecreative.com

instagram:
@jesi.lee
@jesileecreative
@jesileephotography

FB pages:

https://www.facebook.com/jesileephoto

https://www.facebook.com/jesileedesign

 

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