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Author: Anne Claessen

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In this podcast, I share stories of my life as a digital nomad, working online as a podcast strategist, and inspiring stories of the people I meet along the way.
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Stephen left his home country to teach in Moskow, Russia for 1 year. It's been years and he still lives in Russia! I had to ask him why he chose to relocate to Russia, what he likes about living in Moskow and what made him stay.In this interview we also talk about financial goals, side hustles, and finding out what you want to do in life.Resources we mentioned in this episode:Khan AcademySchool Of Greatness PodcastIf you enjoyed this episode, you will probably also enjoy episode 36: Sabbaticals, (Very) Early Retirement, And Financial Independence, With Eric RichardConnect with Stephen:@stephenkrisel on instagramgugopodcast.comConnect with Anne:On instagram @digitalnomadstoriespodcastLearn more about my business: The Podcast BabesPs. This is the course I took to start working online.
Eric Richard (31) retired last year to travel the world and start a podcast. After a year of travel, COVID ruined Erics plans and he went back to work. Now, he's continuing his FIRE (Finanial Independence Retire Early) journey by investing the majority of his income, while figuring out his next steps. In this interview, Eric explains exactly how he was able to retire at age 30, what he learned from traveling the world for a year, and why he went back to work. Resources we mentioned:Book: I Will Teach You To Be Rich - Ramit SethiPodcast episode: Settling Down After Nomad Life; Anchor Or Prison? With Danielle SunbergConnect with Eric:Find his podcast, blog and more info at nomadonfire.comFollow @nomadonfire on instagramConnect with Anne:On instagram @digitalnomadstoriespodcastLearn more about my business: The Podcast BabesPs. This is the course I took to start working online.
Steph has an amazingly successful digital nomad career, several side hustles and a home base in San Diego. But she only got here after taking her time to explore what she really wants in life.In this interview, Steph and I talk about the book Algorithms To Live By. She explained how you should explore for 37% of your time, and exploit your ideal situation for the other 63%. I loved learning about this concept, but don't worry: we also talk about Steph's digital nomad life, favorite locations and travel style.Links we mentioned:Podcast episode about traditionsPodcast episode about billionairesArticle about landing a non-tech remote jobConnect with Steph:On TwitterOn her websitelimitlesslearning.ioConnect with Anne:On instagram @digitalnomadstoriespodcastLearn more about my business: The Podcast BabesPs. This is the course I took to start working online.
Our guest today, Christina Voll, went from digital nomading through university to building her own remote work platform, Rise Remotely.I love how Christina eased in to digital nomad life, instead of making a drastic move (like me!). This interview is a great example of a different way to becoming a digital nomad, so don't miss it and tune in now!Connect with Christina:@riseremotely on instagram@christinavollxo on instagramriseremotely.com - use "DIGITALNOMADSTORIES" at checkout for 15% off!christinavoll.comConnect with Anne:On instagram @digitalnomadstoriespodcastLearn more about my business: The Podcast Babes
Nobody cares about the future of work, they care about the future of living - Chris Herd, Firstbase.If you want to travel the world while working remotely, you generally have 2 options: start your own business or work for someone else in a remote position.Jordan Carroll has done both in the 7 years he's been digital nomading, and he now helps his clients land their perfect remote job.In this interview we talk about Jordan's story going remotely, moving across the US, to traveling internationally with Remote Year. Jordan also tells us all the advantages of getting a remote job vs. starting your own business.We also mentioned this interview with Travis King - who also keeps himself accountable by telling people what he will do.Connect with Jordan:Join the Remote Job ClubOn his websiteOn LinkedinConnect with Anne:On instagram @digitalnomadstoriespodcastLearn more about my business: The Podcast Babes
Rachael Pilcher is a digital nomad and professional freelance copywriter for tech and SaaS companies. She's worked with some of the world's best software brands, but it wasn't always this way.In 2015, she made the life-altering decision to sell everything she owned and go travelling. She sold her fashion retail business, her car, her motorbike, and pretty much everything else. Her life now fits neatly into a 60 litre backpack.Rachael has been on the road since 2016 - starting and growing her copywriting business from zero to where it is now. In this episode, we talk about Rachael's first destination on her long term trip, how she runs her business on the road and her future plans. The amazing thing about Rachael is that she started all of this in her forties! So if you're thinking it's too late to switch your life around; it's not, look at Rachael!Connect with Rachael:On her nomad lifestyle blog tacoandbean.comFind out more about her copywriting business mightyfinecopy.comFollow her on Twitter @rachaelpilcherConnect with Anne:On instagram @digitalnomadstoriespodcastLearn more about my business: The Podcast Babes
Nora Dunn has been traveling long term for the past 15 years, of which 12 full time. I asked her to come on the podcast to ask her exactly how she does it and what she has learned along the way.We also talked about why Nora sold her busy financial planning office in Toronto, how she chooses her destinations, and the main financial tip she has for everyone who wants to travel long term.Connect with Nora:Get your free long term travel checklist!On her websiteOn her Youtube channelOn FacebookOn TwitterOn InstagramConnect with Anne:On instagram @digitalnomadstoriespodcastLearn more about my business: The Podcast Babes
Many digital nomads (including myself) start their career freelancing. Freelancing is awesome, but you're still trading time for money. Tega Diegbe can help you get out of that trap by hiring your own remote team.In this interview, Tega and I talk about building a remote team, working as a remote employee and Tega's own story of growing his business.Connect with Tega:On his websiteConnect with Anne:On instagram @digitalnomadstoriespodcastLearn more about my business: The Podcast Babes
Travis King has the craziest travel stories I've ever heard. Lucky for us, he wrote a book about it: Not That Anyone Asked, A Travel Memoir About Sex, Drugs, Love And Finding Purpose.In this episode, Travis tells us why he started traveling, his favorite story from the book and how he self-published his travel memoir.Connect with Travis:Check out his booktraviswking.com@ntaa_memoir on instagram@traviskingtravels on instagramConnect with Anne:On instagram @digitalnomadstoriespodcastLearn more about my business: The Podcast Babes
Danielle left the traditional definition of success as a "Big Law" litigator in Washington D.C. behind to travel the world with a backpack exploring what it means to be human in the modern world. She became an expert in Eastern energy practices and founded two wellness businesses to share her wisdom with the world.After nomading for 1.5 years, she went back to the US and bought a house in Austin, Texas. In this episode, we talk about what Danielle learned from her travels, why she decided to settle down and how to see your home as an anchor, not a prison.Connect with Danielle:On her websiteConnect with Anne:On instagram @digitalnomadstoriespodcastLearn more about my business: The Podcast Babes
Dr. Mary Travelbest has been traveling solo for almost 5 decades. Her first trip was to New York City when she was only 15 years old!In this episode, Dr. Mary will share some of her most important lessons that she learnt from traveling solo, and she'll share some valuable tips for aspiring solo travelers.Connect with Dr. Mary Travelbest:Listen to her podcastOn instagramJoin the Facebook groupOn her websiteConnect with Anne:On instagram @digitalnomadstoriespodcastLearn more about my business: The Podcast Babes
Ella Cook has built her business up to the point where she has all the time and financial freedom she has been looking for. So now what? What's next?We also talk about how Ella ended up in Bali, how she started her business and built it up to the point where it is now, and what her plans for the future are.This is part 2 of last week's episode, but you can also listen to this episode if you haven't listened to part 1. Enjoy & let Ella inspire you!Connect with Ella:On FacebookOn Instagram @misscook_magicVisit her website: schoolofmagic.coConnect with Anne:On instagram @digitalnomadstoriespodcastLearn more about my business: The Podcast Babes
Life hasn't been easy for Ella Cook. She's a digital nomad now, running her business location independent from Bali. But it hasn't been easy to get here.Ella grew up in Zambia, went to high school and university in the UK, and lived in Australia for 8 years. In this interview, we talk about the hardships and struggles she had to overcome to get where she is now. Don't worry, it's not a depressing story (at all!). Let Ella's story inspire you ✨Connect with Ella:On FacebookOn Instagram @misscook_magicVisit her website: schoolofmagic.coConnect with Anne:On instagram @digitalnomadstoriespodcastLearn more about my business: The Podcast Babes
Hebah speaks 6 (SIX!) languages fluently. she also has a YouTube channel called Hebah's Rollercoaster where she shares videos about languages, language learning, and differences between cultures.In this episode, Hebah and I talk about her multicultural upbringing in Austria, how she learnt to be fluent in so many languages, and the benefit of speaking the local language while traveling.Connect with Hebah: On YoutubeOn instagram @hebahsrollercoasterOn Facebook @hebahsrollercoasterConnect with Anne:On instagram @digitalnomadstoriespodcastLearn more about my business: The Podcast Babes
Dating as a digital noamd is tough! At least that's what I always told myself. Kimberly Koehler came on the podcast today to talk about why dating as a digital nomad is only as hard as you make it for yourself and how to successfully find your significant other while on the road.A very important episode!Connect with Kimberly:Nomad Soulmate FB Grouphttps://www.KimberlyKoehler.comClubhouseInstagram @DatingCoachKK & @Simply_Kimberly_KConnect with Anne:On instagram @digitalnomadstoriespodcastLearn more about my business: The Podcast Babes
Francis probably the most inspiring story I've shared on this podcast so far. He went from being addicted to opioids in college, to traveling the world and working remotely as a copywriter. If he can do it, you definitely can!Listen to this interview to hear what happened and how Francis turned his life around.Connect with Francis:Sign up for The Nomad Newsletter - Get Exclusive Updates On All Things Remote Work, Digital Nomadism, And Location-Independent Living (& it's free!)Visit his websiteOn instagram @francis.nayan Connect with Anne:On instagram @digitalnomadstoriespodcastLearn more about my business: The Podcast Babes
Sonia started her graphic design business from scratch, while living in a van in Australia. Well that's impressive!In today's interview, Sonia and I talk about what Sonia did prior to starting her own business, why she decided to start her biz, and how she's managing work and living full time in her van.Warning: after listening to this episode, chances are high that you will book a ticket to Australia and buy a van.Connect with Sonia:Visit her websiteOn instagram @wildlycreatingConnect with Anne:On instagram @digitalnomadstoriespodcastLearn more about my business: The Podcast Babes
Do you feel like digital nomad life is not for you, because you have kids? Kate Shifman makes it possible for you to travel with your family on her Family Workation.Kate went from working a hectic life in the New York agency world, to moving to Portugal as a freelancer. She saw a need for families to connect while traveling, instead of shipping the kids off to overpriced summer camps while mom and dad work all summer. She launched Family Workation, which runs its pilot in August 2021. You can still sign up, take a look at the website.Connect with Anne:On instagram @digitalnomadstoriespodcastLearn more about my business: The Podcast Babes
Kat Smith got the travel bug when her parents forced her to take a semester off after high school to visit Guatemala. She literally tried the get off the plane, because she really didn't want to go. But she did, and since then she lived in 4 continents in the past 8 years.Kat went from working temp jobs like being a tour guide and working on a yacht, to starting her own business A Way Abroad where she empowers women to take the plunge to moving abroad as an expat or digital nomad.Listen to this episode to hear how Kat makes the most of the challenges she encountered on the way.Follow Kat on instagram @a_wayabroadConnect with Anne:On instagram @digitalnomadstoriespodcastLearn more about my business: The Podcast Babes
Naza quit her corporate career in Denmark after getting a burnout. She started her digital nomad journey in India and Thailand, until the pandemic hit and she had to go home.Now, Naza settled down in Mallorca. She started her own business to help overwhelmed millennial women transform their lives through yoga and meditation. In this episode, I asked Naza how she made the transition from being burnt out in a corporate career to living her purpose in Mallorca. We also talked about the benefits of having a home base and being a parttime nomad.Links we mentioned:TedTalk by Mel RobbinsConnect with Naza on instagram @nazaste_yogaConnect with Anne:On instagram @digitalnomadstoriespodcastLearn more about my business: The Podcast Babes
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