How to become a Digital Nomad, and travel the world while working

My office

The entire month of June, I have been traveling around Europe, sleeping in a tent and coding in the sun. The reason I was able to do so was because I had my laptop, a charger, roaming free mobile network and having attended Craft Academy a 12-week web-development bootcamp in Sweden.

Lake Garda, Italy. We spent an entire week here, swimming, windsurfing and enjoying beautiful sunsets

I think one of the most amazing things about this lifestyle is the freedom. I felt the excitement every day of not knowing where I would end up next, and the way that I could just disconnect at any moment and walk into nature and explore is something that is not possible to do if you work from an office.

This is me and my Macbook at a camping in Marseille

I believe that this lifestyle is something that could attract many people, of any age. Being able to work and make money as you would do at home, but instead being on an adventure, meeting awesome people seeing beautiful places is an experience out of the ordinary.

There is a few things that I learnt during this period that could help you adopt a lifestyle as a digital nomad.

  1. Have routines. I woke up every morning (before my travel-buddy woke up) and had a quick breakfast, then joined the company scrum meeting, did my daily check-ins and started coding. I tried following this the best I could but sometimes it just doesn’t work, for example when we were traveling in the car, or when I took windsurfing lessons in Lake Garda in the mornings.
  2. If you are allowed to be flexible, be flexible! As long as I spent eight hours everyday coding, I am allowed to work whenever I want. So I split my workday up in 2 parts, 4–5 hours in the morning and 3-4 hours in the evening. This allowed me to spend the day swimming, exploring cities and doing various fun activities!
  3. Make sure to have multiple ways of charging your computer. Our camping power cord broke once and I had literally no way to charge my computer. This meant that I lost a day of work trying to get a new one, which we were not able to find. The day after I opened the cord up out of desperation and with some luck I managed to fix the broken part.
  4. Make use of free wi-fi! You won’t have mobile connection everywhere. and in case you don’t have an unlimited data plan, there is always places where there is free wi-fi. Hotel Lobbies, campings, fast food restaurants, you name it!
  5. Don’t spend too much money! We always tried to shop at supermarkets and buy canned food, etc instead of eating at restaurants. We also made sure to not use any public transportations, since we had our longboards we could travel around a whole city without paying anything! But sometimes you just crave some freshly made pizza or want to rent a paddle board. That is fine, as long as you don’t do it every day.

The funny thing is that any digital worker could, in theory, do this! For example, if you work in marketing or sales, what is stopping you from going full remote? Do you really need to stay at the office every day? Also any developer, designer or anyone whose main tool is their computer can definitely adapt to this lifestyle.

If you are unsure about how this lifestyle can fit in your life, try to start small. Go on a smaller trip for a couple of days and see how it works out. Then plan for a longer trip!

If you are not a digital worker, we at Craft Academy are more than happy to help you learn web development. After 12 weeks (and some more) you will be able to travel the world and work from a laptop, just like I did.

If you have any questions or would like to learn to build apps. Email me at philip@craftacademy.se!