1 Hello, April! Welcome to another series of Digital Nomad Interviews by Travelwifi. In this month’s series, we sat down with Charlie of Charlie on Travel, a full-time traveler and digital nomad galloping around the world for work and play!
Hello, April! Welcome to another series of Digital Nomad Interviews by Travelwifi. In this month’s series, we sat down with Charlie of Charlie on Travel, a full-time traveler and digital nomad galloping around the world for work and play!
What was your life like before being a digital nomad?Before I was a digital nomad, I was an English teacher living and working in Taiwan. I lived a small town called LuoDong, about 2 hours by bus from Taipei. It was a beautiful place, sandwiches between mountains and the sea. My school was a 5-minute walk from my apartment, and I worked long days starting at 8AM and often finishing at 6PM or 9PM, with a 2.5 hour gap for lunch in the middle of the day. I spent weekends exploring the countryside and other cities in Taiwan.
When did you start being a Digital Nomad?After a year teaching in Taiwan, I changed careers and began looking for online work in 2013. I started working freelance managing social media content and writing blog posts. I’d been writing my travel blog, charlieontravel.com, for some time before this – which I used as my writing portfolio for other jobs. As I picked up a more stable amount of work online, I moved to Costa Rica where I became a house sitter, looking after houses for expats there whilst they went on their holidays or returned home to visit family.
Describe your typical ‘work day’ as a Digital Nomad.I work full-time for a UK-based digital marketing agency, and also run my travel blog independently of this work. I wake up early, at 6AM every day, to start work. My work start time varies depending where I’m travelling, but I always prefer to work earlier in the day. I’ll break for coffee and breakfast around 7AM for 20 minutes. I work solidly until lunchtime and take a break to eat some local food, then continue working until 3PM. After that I’ll go off exploring, usually for a long walk, to visit a museum, take a Spanish class or stop by a local cafe. In the evenings, I work on my blog. On weekends, that’s when I really get to adventure! I spend most of my weekends hiking mountains or in national parks and eating out at local restaurants.
Tell us the top 5 things you can’t live without as a digital nomad?
2. My laptop
3. Fresh coffee
4. My Kindle
5. A good night’s sleep