15 Tips for Living the Digital Nomad Lifestyle

October 6, 2014 54 thoughts
The only rat race Hazey is running, is for dinner, in the jungles of Savusavu. Another hectic day in paradise.
The only rat race Hazey is running, is for dinner, in the jungles of Savusavu. Another hectic day in paradise.

 

I wasn’t always an island hopping fool.

5 short years ago, at this time, I’d be reading numbers off of a container in Port Newark, NJ.

I was a security guard. Not a bad gig, but it wasn’t for me. The Universe said so, as it forced my hand when I was fired.

Fast forward 5 years. I’m looking out on gorgeous Savusavu Bay on Vanua Levu island in Fiji. I’ve traveled the world for 41 months straight.

I’m a digital nomad.

How did I go from fired security guard to island-hopping, full-time, pro blogger? How did I fund my travels and boost my savings through my blog?

I knew why I wanted to live this life.

Being free (and taking you with me) is my WHY, and being free was more important to me than doing uncomfortable stuff, so I did the freeing but uncomfortable stuff to do, to arrive here.

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I believe in you. I know you can go from part time travel blogger to full time, pro blogging, continual traveling digital nomad.

You can go from 9-5 office worker to professional island hopper because I did it, and if I can do it, anybody can do it.

You will be required to do freeing but uncomfortable stuff. Building up your mental tools, automating, engaging, surrendering, trusting and learning how to make the greatest impact wherever you are, those are but a few steps to take, to go from Port Newark, NJ, to Savusavu Bay, in Fiji.

 

Blogging from Paradise: 5 Years Ago

 

5 year ago, I was dreaming what I’d do with the 5 vacation days I received each day. (European readers, stop convulsing)

Today, I’m planning for our trip to Ubud, Bali next month. Heading from Fiji to Bali. Much different than a few years back, when a visit from the docks to the lunch truck qualified as a trip to me.

I made this radical shift by doing a few key things. I’ll chat about ’em below. I’ve followed each tip to mold my freeing, digital nomad, way cool lifestyle.

I admit; although I was blessed to be working 5 years ago, earning a steady paycheck, chilling at an easy as hell job, I kinda like living in Fiji, and typing words into a laptop, and making friends, and watching lizards sprint all crazy-like around the walls, here in “Melanesia”, now, verses wondering if the last truck was gonna be shoehorned out of the terminal at 10 PM, in good old Port Newark, 5 years ago.

Hey, if I can go from da docks to da cliffs of Savusavu, Fiji, and if I can go from straight-laced, average Joe (or RB) employee, to tiger-taming, monkey feeding, Fiji living digital nomad, anybody can do this, Anybody can live this gig, if you really want to genuinely and authentically be free, because I’m living proof that someone with no knowledge of running a business or doing much of anything online can become a wickedly happy, inspired digital nomad.

 

Why Be a Digital Nomad?

 

Well…you’d be free to:

  • travel all over the world
  • be free
  • travel all over the world with mobiles sources of income
  • grow like a weed; traveling does that to you
  • live on some tropical island for as long as you want to
  • inspire others to become digital nomads
  • no set schedule
  • no set salary

You’ve seen how I live. Not only do I live a ridiculously cool, blessed life, I must say that my biggest thrill now is inspiring other folks to follow in my cyber footsteps. I get a kick out of folks who are leaving the 9-5 behind to chase their dreams, just like I did not 5 years ago.

I love hearing how more travel bloggers are becoming full-time, freed, professional bloggers, who need only return home to visit family. These ideas inspire me because I am becoming more free each day, and I intend to take you with me.

Retiring to a life of island hopping through smart blogging is possible, then, when you think about it, up there in that noodle of yours, it’s quite probable, then, when you dwell on the idea, it becomes a certainty, then, you’re flat out living your dreams.

Remember, if you want it – and I just KNOW many of you do dream about living the digital nomad life – I’m taking you along for the ride, so we can sit for some kava, in Savuavu, or so we can go for a bure together, in Bali.

Let’s dive into the tips, shall we?

 

Know Why and Tie it to Being Free

 

I want to be free. OK, I’m becoming freer each day, living in paradise, doing the digital nomad thing. I’m releasing eBooks, offering services, and loving the ride.

Why?

I do the freeing things that lead to a freeing lifestyle. I am not immune from fear, but my love and passion and zest for being free is stronger than my fear of doing uncomfortable stuff.

A fired security guard had to do many freeing but uncomfortable things to become a digital nomad. I knew why. I wanted to be free.

Do the same. Know why you want to do the internet lifestyle bit and tie the reason to being free, and you’ll do the stuff necessary to free yourself, and to live this lifestyle.

 

Meditate

 

Meditating is truth serum. Expanding your awareness exposes to you the limiting beliefs which need to go if you’re to go from employee to entrepreneur.

Kelli Cooper is a meditation warrior. She sits for 60 minutes some days. I do 20 minutes, with 1-2 hour’s worth of exercise, myself.

Years ago, I carried these limiting beliefs:

  • I’m an office worker
  • I’ll just work jobs my whole life to get a steady paycheck
  • I’m not really talented in any area of my life
  • Traveling is boring

Yeah that was me, saying that stuff to myself. Meditating helped me unearth and listen to that head trash, so I could free myself to do the opposite things. I chose to be:

  • A world traveler
  • A professional blogger and prospering author
  • A damn creative dynamo
  • An inspired traveler who is gaga over globe-trotting

Meditating helped me observe and change my beliefs, so I could free me.

 

Automate

 

I automate via Hootsuite Pro. I’ve saved myself 2-3 hours daily using this goodie.

Check out my helpful review to learn more about the tool, and of course, pick it up if you vibe with it.

My Hootsuite Pro Review

When you begin to travel, boy does time become valuable. Surrendering some activities to let folks or apps handle them is beyond necessary. This saves you time, and you need time when you’re traveling from Fiji, to Sydney, to Bali, and then, from Bangkok to NYC a month later.

My friend Brittany Bullen wrote a smart post about automating. Click to read.

Super Secret Ninja Blogging Lessons all the Pros Are Using

Automating frees your time to do what’s important, while you globe trot. Leverage. Pay for tools which promote your success.

 

Make the Greatest Impact Wherever You Are

 

The old me tried to get by doing the minimal bit. I had all the time on earth. Or, I had 40 hours to 50 hours each week, to work with, plus plenty of free time away from the office.

The new me knows, to be a successful digital nomad, I must make the greatest impact through:

  • Each eBook I publish
  • Each post I publish
  • Each comment I publish on authority blogs
  • Everything that I do

People who run prospering online businesses from their time zone of choice MUST make the greatest impact in the minimum amount of time.

Stop playing a numbers game. Play an energy game. Play a people game, by making a serious impact on each human you interact with, and by going over the top each time you create a blog post, eBook, product, or service.

 

Learn from Digital Nomad Jedi Knights

 

I consider Yaro Starak a digital nomad Jedi Knight. He’s mastering the skill of earning a fortune from any spot on earth and he teaches folks how to do it.

When I went live with Blogging from Paradise I patiently reviewed his recent posts. 1 idea jumped out at me; inflated traffic numbers don’t count, but a few hyper interested readers who’ll hire you, do.

A handful of targeted, rabid fans/brand advocates can build your digital nomad empire quickly.

Check out Yaro’s post explaining how quality traffic is THE traffic you should target:

You Don’t Need as Much Traffic as You Think

I ran across another digital nomad Jedi Knight too recently.

Natalie Sisson is a pro’s pro. She’s smart and her training courses are thorough, top notch offerings. Follow her.

 

Enjoy the Ride

 

I love my offline journeys as much as I love my online journeys. You know that. I spend hours daily doing fun stuff in Fiji, or getting buff in Bali, or trotting through Thailand.

Digital Nomad. Digital = works online. Nomad = travels. What’s the point? Helping folks to travel and prosper online, AND to enjoy the freeing, traveling, internet lifestyle.

Enjoy your travels by setting aside 3, 4 or 5 hours daily to soak up the local environment. Detaching from your blogging business is fun, and it also accelerates your online growth. Try it.

 

Understand Relative Wealth Verses Absolute Wealth

 

Many folks who think they don’t have enough money to travel fail to realize that their 1 USD, which seems like a pittance in my home state of New Jersey, would buy them a wholesome, nutritious lunch in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Digital nomads embrace this idea: building your blog into an income generating tool allows you to travel to lands where your net worth doubles, triples or grows even greater based on favorable exchange rates.

Kelli and I have been blessed. We can afford to stay in higher end places, in many tropical hot spots, but since we value staying in really nice, clean places, with some trimmings, we choose to spend and save our money through different channels.

But, when we rented an apartment for $650 a month, in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and we knew that it would have run from $1,500 to $2,000 a month in Hoboken, NJ, we WERE staying in a high end, fancy, gorgeous, spacious spot.

That’s relative wealth. Making money from anywhere. Absolute wealth is making a ton of dough – the absolute part – but while you’re making it, you’re stuck in one spot, or bound. Digital nomads know that they’ll make and save even more money by having their “job”, or online business, being able to travel with them to anywhere on earth.

 

Take Plenty of Selfies

 

I had to say it. Just look at my sidebar.

 

Planes Are Your Best Friend

 

I may just complete my next eBook on the plane ride from Bangkok to NYC, in late November. We will see. At a minimum I’ll churn out 2-3 posts, most likely, because plane rides – long ones especially – offer you the opportunity to create posts, eBooks, products, or anything you wish to create, to make your digital lifestyle brand take off. (get it, the plane reference?)

Hey, watch the Green Hornet. That’s what’s playing now, right, on planes? Do your hourly walks. Enjoy the food. Chat with a fellow traveler….but please, my digital nomad buddies, or nomads in training, use the 1, 2 or 15 hours wisely.

You’re blessed with time. Use it intelligently to grow your blogging business from your tropical paradise of choice.

 

Sell the Dream

 

People don’t buy my Blogging from Paradise eBooks.

 ASIDE: Hmmm….did I tell ya I released ANOTHER eBook just 2 days ago? This one is all about How to Create and Publish a Successful eBook. I give practical tips to help you build your brand by publishing successful eBooks.

People buy the dream I’m selling, of traveling the world non-stop, as a pro blogger.

The invisible why in the visible what goads you to make the buy.

Look at my sidebar. It’s all Selfies, Sales and Subscribing. Subscribe to my blog, (please do it, up top) to receive my latest updates, buy my eBooks, or Hootsuite Pro, to prosper, you digital nomad junkies, and well, as for the selfies, you want a dream.

You see me, and may envision yourself doing this too. Or you just want to see my kisser from some place with a bunch of coconut trees.

Whatever. You like eye candy, and to run a successful blog based on living the internet lifestyle folks will have to buy into the dream you’re selling, to be on board.

 

Exercise….or Else…..

 

A cruise ship docked in Savusavu Bay, last week. 3,000 people flooded into town. 80% or more – and I’m being kind with that estimate – were fat. I mean, I felt compassion for them, because the majority of folks were really overweight.

As a digital nomad your creative energies will relate largely to how well you take care of your body.

Kelli and I exercise daily. I do 1 hour, or sometimes, 2 hours, each day, which is why I’m able to write 6,000 words a day (thanks Jane Sheeba, check out her blog and my guest post, please), or more.

Exercise on the road. Walk, run or jog daily. Do pushups. Creativity flows easily through a circulating body. Take care of your home.

 

Check Email Once Daily

 

I’m in and out of email in 5 to 10 minutes daily.

I’ve went mad in the past, trying to correlate time zones, trying to pop back in, minutes after checking my email, to reach that guy or gal who’s going to bed soon in NJ, or who’s waking up now, in London.

Forget about that.

When good matches are good matches, and when you check email once daily, you’ll connect. The Universe will see to it. Respect your time. Respect their time. Check your email once daily, digital nomad kiddies.

 

Don’t Forget to Network

 

Some travel bloggers forget that other travel bloggers and other digital nomads can expand their presence a thousand times more quickly than trying to do things on their own.

“Rich people build networks. Everybody else looks for work.” ~ Robert Kiyosaki

Gotta love RK, right? The dude knows helping others and detaching is the quickest way to help yourself.

I’ve yet to meet a digital nomad lone wolf who’s been successful.

Based on bonds that I’ve built, in this past week alone, Marc Andre and Josh Coffy mentioned me/interviewed me on their blogs.

Thanks guys!

Check ‘em out.

26 Bloggers Share their Monetizing Strategies

Ryan Biddulph Interview on Flight Media

Network, my nomad buddies. Promote others to promote yourself, and your presence will expand at a blinding pace.

Goats on the Road (Nick and Dariece) are superb examples of digital nomad networking machines. They are everywhere. Follow them pronto.

 

Embrace the Local Culture

 

From Tieland to Thailand does such a wonderful job explaining how to embrace the local culture in Thailand. Follow their blog.

While crotchety expats b*tch and moan, and angry, law-breaking farang start walking their Dirtbag Trail of Tears, from Thailand, to Cambodia, after the recent crackdown on tourist visa chicanery, Chris and Angela teach you how to embrace and enjoy local customs, and how to go with the flow.

This is a must for digital nomads, for wherever they’re traveling. Appreciate differences with a smile and be grateful for similarities, between cultures, and you’ll get how to do this travel thing right.

 

Publish Double Figure Themed, Tips/Steps/Reasons Posts

 

They flat out draw in other digital nomads, like bees to honey, or like Fijian Flying Foxes to papaya.

 

Your Turn

 

Folks, book #4 has been released but don’t forget to pick up eBook #3. Digital nomads, you’ll love reading about my travel experiences – you’ve likely been there – and my successful blogging lessons.

Buy the paperback version. Click this link.

How My Wildest Travel Experiences Can Help You Become a Successful Blogger

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Ryan Biddulph is a blogger, author and world traveler who's been featured on Richard Branson's Virgin Blog, Forbes, Fox News, Entrepreneur Dot Com and Neil Patel Dot Com. He has written and self-published 126 bite-sized eBooks on Amazon to help you with your most painful blogging mistakes. If you're struggling with your blog and feel overwhelmed with blogging information overload, Ryan can help you increase your blog traffic, comments and online income with the 11 Fundamentals of Successful Blogging Audio Course.
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54 Comments

  1. Tom Says:

    Inspirational post Ryan!

    I would add:

    Time Management & Focus

    You HAVE to focus your time to value creating activities or you will find that you lose 8 hours to email, social networks and solving other peoples problems.

    I like to block out the first two hours of the day with no distractions to focus on creating the maximum amount of value for my customers and clients, them am a little ore relaxed for the rest of the day 🙂

    Thanks again and keep inspiring!
    Tom

    • Well said Tom! Time management makes or breaks your business, whether a homebody or more of a digital nomad. Those first 2 hours are critical, so critical, because each sets the tone for the day. Right now I arrived in San Jose, Costa Rica for the night after an 8 hour bus ride. Time spent away from the laptop was needed big-time but now that I’m back online it’s time for effective action again. Responding to comments and blog comments it is, adding value and making an impact. This way I get the most out of each moment which is the way to leverage your presence online. You too my friend!

  2. First of all, I need to start exercising again. I have been so busy with work that I don’t really have time for anything else.
    And the other thing is, I also hate photos of myself. I know how important it is to be in the photos and have them all over my blog, so now I am trying to fight it and take some selfies…

  3. Andy Willis Says:

    Hey Ryan
    Great post and one that I’ll keep saved to come back to and follow up on some of the links and resources.
    I’m at a different end of my working life to you but I set myself up to run my business from anywhere a couple of years ago and I’ve never looked back. I’m pretty sure I won’t actually ever “retire”, son’t need to with this lifestyle.
    I strongly believe in your sharing and network theory, so much so that I have now set up a “Working from Anywhere” website for people to do just that, share and connect.
    This part is all new to me, I’m not your most creative blogger but I’m giving it a go, would be great if you could check it out http://www.workngfromanywhere.com.au
    Keep up the good work 🙂

    • Andy, already did and it looks awesome! That’s a fab domain and hell, it caught my eye. THat’s what drew me to your blog and when I stopped by and left a comment, I was hooked. Really great domain, and great message you have there and in truth, you don’t really need to retire when you’re living that type of life, right? Appreciate it Andy, and we’ll see you soon!

  4. John Says:

    I think this is a typo in your post “5 year ago, I was dreaming what I’d do with the 5 vacation days I received each day” Otherwise, I question your decision to leave 🙂

    If it is 5 vacation days each YEAR then leaving was a great decision.

    • John, unfortunately, that is not a typo 😉 Working at the docks moves you into a workaholic mindset but hey, it formed me, and here I am from paradise 🙂 Thanks so much.

  5. Hi Ryan,

    One of the most important things to do while running a business is to meditate and exercise…this is taking time out for the body and soul. David and I do it each day. We meditate on the beach near our house and if it gets too cold out there, well, our home office is set up like a temple lol.

    With all the work we have to do, if we do not take the time to enjoy the fruits of our labor, that what is it worth? Every time you mention you come from New Jersey, a smile comes to my face, because I came from Brooklyn eons ago.

    When working wisely, we have moved three times already. Each place served its purpose. We do live our “retired” lifestyle and now we chose to buy a home in Kennebunk Maine. Who knew we would end up here…and who knows where we will end up next.

    The point is, when you achieve this lifestyle, it is have laptop will travel. It is all about having the freedom to do what we want to do.

    Cheers!

    -Donna

    • Aha, Brooklyn huh Donna? I didn’t know that. You live in paradise, in Kennebunk. I traveled to there once, so beautiful, right on the ocean. Have laptop will travel is the way to go. Love it. Thanks Donna!

  6. Lash Says:

    Hey Ryan,

    Great post here. I love how you include the travel & enjoy part of the digital nomad lifestyle – meditating, exercising and taking time to enjoy the places you’re in.

    I was expecting this post to be only about the digital entrepreneurial part of digital nomad. You’re so right that this lifestyle is about both.

    I totally agree with you that exercise and mental time out are important for a healthy, happy focused life. And of course it’s pointless to travel the world if you’re just glued to a computer and/or working the whole time. As you mentioned, digital nomad = traveler and digital entrepreneur. You need to keep doing both.

    Great point about Selling the Dream vs selling a product.

    I do have one question: What do you mean by your last tip “Publish Double Figure Themed, Tips/Steps/Reasons Posts” ?

    Thanks for another great post in your series!

    tweeting now…

    cheers, Lash

    • Hi Lash, Oh OK, by that, I mean the titles of post should be, “10 Tips, 14 Reasons”, etc…..not each one, but many should be, because these posts are proven to draw in readers and boost sales. It’s like clockwork; high number titles, backed up by a solid post, reel in readers. Oh you’re an exercise nut Lash, you know what I’m talking about 😉 Thanks so much!

      • Lash Says:

        Hey Ryan,

        Thanks for the clarification! I definitely did not get what you were talking about in the post. :)) Good to know.

        Thanks again for all your great in-sights and tips.

        cheers, Lash

  7. Andrew Says:

    Hey Ryan,

    Great post and tips. I like the part about the meditation. Although I’ve never meditated before, I’m very inspired to try it out because it is a calming thing and it helps to just be alone with your thoughts from time to time. I’m not sure I can do 60 minutes though but I’m just going to start at my own pace and slowly build up from there. Maybe 10 minutes to start.

    Seems like I’ve been missing out on something because alot of successful people have implemented meditation to their daily routine. I need to jump on that bandwagon.

    Great post overall, Ryan. Sharing shortly. Have a great rest of the week.

    – Andrew

    • Andrew, I’d say 10 minutes is a great starting point. Even 5. The secret lies in meditating most of the time from the get go. Some aim for 30 minute sessions and they just wind up thinking, day-dreaming, and doing everything, but sitting and observing their thoughts. Thanks so much and you too!

  8. Awesome tips, Ryan.

    I have said it before on this very blog; a good exercise regime frees your mind, releases all those lovely endorphins and makes you feel happy.

    And when you feel happy, naturally your creative juices are at full flow and everything you approach is in a positive manner. i encourage anyone to do this. I did it this morning, 5 miles along the coast, and everything about my life seems mega awesome – including all strands of my business.

    I’m just pumped up today!

    Automation. Gee. Yeah. Automate, automate, automate. My first eBook back in 2011 was originally offered like this: customer clicks Paypal link, customer pays. Customer waits til I see Paypal payment, I see Paypal payment, I send eBook manually through email.

    I shudder. You’ll be glad to know I’ve come a long way since then 🙂

    Nice to see mention for Rob Kiyosaki. …the guy changed my world with Rich Dad, Poor Dad.

    Sharing now Ryan.

    • Haha Richard! I’ve seen the Paypal approach over the years, that you note, and hey, we all start somewhere, right? Your serious sales numbers prove that your persistence, and value-added eBooks sold like hotcakes. Exercise is amazing. 5 miles is awesome, and I bet you have some awesome views along the coast. We walk 5 miles daily along the bay in Fiji, and other than a few houses, it’s all bay, mountains and jungle. The height of peace here, so blessed, and I know you’re blessed to have such a stunning view. Thanks so much for sharing!

  9. maxwell ivey Says:

    Hi ryan; the one thing i took out of this is that people don’t buy the books they buy the dream they can also achieve if they follow what you did in the books. I’m trying to do the same thing with my first ebook. I’m hoping people will say hey if the blind guy can do this, then why can’t i and then they will want to read to see some of my secrets. would appreciate it if you would forward me any of the resources you would recommend on marketing an ebook. i used to be a bit of a internet nomad but on a different scale. for the first few years of my online business life I ran my website and later my blog from a data card in our travel trailer as I followed my family’s carnival around the country. have gotten used to being home with a c, hot water, 3g internet, etc. but am itching to get back out there and do it again on a much better level. Your current life is my goal. thanks for sharing, max

    • Hi Maxwell, Actually, my new eBook going live tomorrow – How to Create and Publish a Successful eBook – talks all about how to market your new eBook effectively. Here, this will help: http://www.bloggingfromparadise.com/12-lessons-ebook/ I feel grateful to have met you because you’re about the most inspiring guy out there in the blogging niche. You’ve broken many paradigms, and you’re proving that anything is possible in the blog-o-sphere. Thanks Max!

  10. Anna Says:

    Hi Ryan! Another set of great tips!

    We are nomads with no real home anymore. My boyfriend earns income from an online business, while I’m just going off of my savings with no incoming cash (yet). So , I’m just a “backpacker” right now, but a wannabe “digital nomad”. 😀

    I think it’s funny how without my old full-time job anymore, you’d think I’d have a ton of extra time now, and yet, between traveling and blogging, it actually seems like that there’s never enough time! So I like your point about making the greatest impact with whatever you do. It’s definitely what I have the most trouble with, and my bf always chides me for wasting time, lol.

    I also like what you said about the distinction between absolute wealth and relative wealth. We definitely don’t have as much money as we used to make combined, but we’re free to do whatever we want. And I would choose this any day over making a ton, but being bound to a desk. And we’re headed to Southeast Asia next where our dollars will go far!

    Getting to live in exotic places on wayyy less money than what we were spending to live in Southern California? Yes!

    Again, thanks for the tips, and have a good weekend!

    • Hi Anna, love your guy’s lifestyle! The thing about relative wealth is, as you become more free, and expand your mindset, you’ll make more money than you ever did in your life. The freedom thing carries over to all areas of your life. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Dennis Says:

    So that’s how you look buff man. Daily exercise! I think Ill need that tip to continue to write. I could barely get to 3 times a week.

    I loved Ubud. I spent my honeymoon there. I stayed in Maya Ubud. Their’s spas there are awesome as well and you have a view of the mountainside with lots of trees – wonderful view + infinity pool was not bad!

    Oh, and I’m taking your advice Ryan “Take Plenty of Selfies” 😉

    • Dennis Ubud rocks, right? What a honeymoon! I asked Kelli to marry me on the cliffs of Hidden Beach by Jimbaran. Magic, magic island. Thanks so much buddy!

  12. Markos J.K. Says:

    Ryan,

    It’s hyper-helpful posts like these that keep me coming back to your blog day after day!

    For someone who’s had a taste of living a life of travel from working as a cruise ship singer for the better part of a year, I’ve been itching to build myself a lifestyle that supports my desire to see this world and all of its wonders.

    This post is very reassuring for me to read as a new blogger, as there are many beneficial topics covered in here that I have been incorporating in my life for quite some time.

    Meditation has provided me the solace I need in this crazy world to truly delve deep within and let my inner warrior reach the surface. Not only do I practice silent seated meditation once a day around noon, but I also am a big proponent of meditation through movement.

    This is where activities such as tai chi, yoga, and general exercise come into play. When engaged in a physical activity that commands your complete and undivided attention, you clear your mind of all thought and as a result of being mentally through your immersion in physical movement.

    This is something I had been enjoying for years now, but it never fully became clear to me until I participated in an actor’s movement workshop where I never felt so at peace and content with myself by simply moving in any and every way my body took me.

    Looking back on it now, I find it amusing how intimidated I was to not think and just live in the moment and move!

    As the saying goes,”Use it or lose it,” and no one can afford to lose the wonderful body that they were blessed with, so I got to moving and enjoying training my body and I’ve never been better!

    When it comes to the online time savers, I’m getting there. I’m looking into Hootsuite Pro as I’m typing this due to all the raving reviews you’ve given it as well as others for being the on-stop shop to social media. I don’t have a personal fb or twitter account, so I was a bit bummed out that I’d have to get into social media again for the sake of my blog. Thanks to you, I’ve found the perfect resource to keeping social media as simple as possible!

    As for email once a day, I’m down to 3 times a day, and I’ll be going down to 2 next week until I make it all the way to 1. It’s a little daunting to do when you’re faced with the fear of missing the timing on an important email (making sure you confirm your audition callback appointment, someone has an urgent question to ask a bout a product, etc.) but, as you detail, the freedom you receive as a result is priceless.

    Again, great post, and thanks again for the great review of my health ebooks, I really hope they help you simplify and optimize the way you approach health and wellness! 🙂

    Infinite gratitude,
    Markos J.K.

    • Markos, what a comment! Thanks so much and you’re wise to do both moving and sitting meditation. I’ve incorporated moving meditation into my routine because I’m such an active guy. Onward and upward, and thank you!!

  13. Sarah Arrow Says:

    5 vacation days… 5…. 5? I guess that’s the price you guys pay for your freedom (that 180+ other countries have) and your free speech (which a good number of other countries have). I’m sorry Ryan, I just can’t get over 5 days of vacation! No wonder you become a digital nomad!

    It must be hard preparing to move again, but hey, it’s Bali, you’re just swapping one paradise for another 🙂

    • Crazy, right Sarah? I love the US but they are woefully behind on living a rich, balanced life. Too many workaholics, especially for one of the most powerful – if not the – nations on earth. They should know better 😉 Thanks for sharing, and thanks for reviewing my eBook too. Appreciate it!

  14. bbrian017 Says:

    I must admit I’m sort of envious. Don’t get me wrong I love my family, wife and son but a little part of me wishes I had the same lifestyle as you do Ryan. Loving the videos bud! If you ever come to Canada, I would love to meet ya! You can’t travel the world without eventually coming here.

    • Hi Brian, Oh yes that’s the truth! Canada really does have everything and it’s so darn close to home too. What a fab spot, and hey, we can do a weekend meetup in some tropical hot spot, right? 😉

  15. Sheer awesomeness.

    So, I’m betting that the day you were fired from your job seemed like a big setback. You know, life has a way of giving us what we are meant to receive. And, for you it was to rock the digital nomad lifestyle and inspire good folk all around the world.

    You’ll know already that I am a big fan of meditation. I recommend it to all. Its a time where you can gain clarity of who you are and what you are meant to become. Listen to your inner self and it will reveal everything you need to know. In the same way that all the resources you need are around you, everything you need to succeed in life is within you. It’s a real pleasure to be connected to you Ryan and you getting fired was part of the master plan.

    Have a great day, tweeting this 🙂

    • Andrew, brilliantly put. Meditation puts you on the most fulfilling path for you, and gaining clarity of thought in finding that path was a wonderful thing. Being fired was the best thing that happened to me, professionally. Thanks so much Andrew 🙂

  16. Phillip Dews Says:

    Love that saying dude! Blessed with Time, use it inteligently
    That ties into the saying that i love to use all the time.
    Work Smart, NOT Hard.

    This reminds me of a recent post that
    Sir Richard Branson
    recenty wrote about Waking Up Early. In the post he say’s life is not a dress rehearsal, so we should live each day to its full capacity
    which really hits home hey!

    This digital Nomad in Training loved this post and I cannot wait to our trip to NYC soon dude!
    Have a great one buddy!
    – PD

    • Ahh PD, that was a lovely Richard Branson post, as I read it too. The man knows how to breed success in your life, and in the lives of folks he connects with. Love the comment formats too, smart touch! Thanks my man, and likewise 🙂

  17. Maire Says:

    Hey Ryan! When you turn up in Ubud, can you come to Hubud (www.hubud.org) and give me a shout? I’d love to talk to you about Fiji… my husband is Fijian and I have a dream of opening a coworking space there. Cheers!

    • Hi Maire, most certainly! That’d be awesome and I’d be happy to share anything I know about my 4 months here. Cheers 🙂

  18. You will love Ubud Ryan….in fact you will love Bali full stop!

    One thing I really need to focus more on is meditating each day. Whilst I have my vision board and I think about my goals, I don’t actually spend enough time in the quiet, just concentrating on them. I always say that I dont have enough time. Funnily enough tho, unless I make time, I may never have the time! Certainly something I need to work on!

    • Haha Catherine oh I’ve been there on the time thing. Yep we absolutely LOVE Ubud! We have lived in Kerourtan and Lodtunduh for a month at a time in each spots, small villages in the rice fields outside of Ubud, and we just dig it so much. Beautiful spot, warm folks and so much nature to soak up. Thanks so much 🙂

  19. Martina Says:

    Evening Ryan 🙂

    I have to say, I really like your point about embracing the local culture. Ok, I admit, sometimes I am the bitching, moaning expat who just wishes things were the same as they are at home, but we’re all allowed to have off days and be a little homesick sometimes, right? But there’s once in a while, and there’s the whole damn time.

    I’ll never forget this irritating German girl I was on a group tour with in Thailand (in fact, people like her are one of the reasons I’m now anti-group tour…) who would go around loudly proclaiming about everything in sight, “this is NOT how NORMAL people do this!” in the most disgusted tone of voice you can imagine. From the curry being too hot for “normal” people (I found it delicious btw, but then I guess I’m never claimed to be normal), to the smell of the dried fish in the shop (which ok, was strong, but she was just so rude in front of the shop keepers!), she loudly and repeatedly expressed her distaste for everything Thai. And I just kept thinking, why are you even here??

    Whether your travel is short or long term, engaging with the local culture, accepting it’s quirks, and going with the mantra “not better, not worse, just different” is essential to a good experience. It goes doubly so for long term travel – though I think it may be a little harder, since on the bad days (and there are always bad days once in a while), there’s no light at the end of the tunnel, so to speak. But it’s even more important then.

    Btw, Savusavu is all but locked in for the end of the month. 🙂 I’ve even been offered a homestay, which might be cool, or possibly just awkward, based on who has made the offer – I’m still deciding whether or not to accept. I’m excited to see what things are like up north!

    Vinaka, ka sota tale. 🙂
    Martina

    • Hi Martina, Oh yes, we all have those moments 😉 I myself have ’em too, then get back to appreciating the differences. As for that tourist lady, some folks are so unhappy with their lives in their home country that they project it freely on other countries, and cultures. Silliness. Homestay? Way cool! You’ll love it here Martina. So pretty, chill and fun. Vanaka Vaka Levu 🙂 Ryan

      • Martina Says:

        Hey Ryan

        Yeah I think you’re right about people projecting their dislike for their own lives onto any new environment they come across. That’s a really interesting way to think about it, but it has the ring of truth to it.

        Sota tale 🙂
        Martina

        • Martina it’s fascinating, right? Kinda neat indeed…..thanks so much 🙂

  20. Ryan,

    Thanks so much for the shout out today! I really appreciate it. I’m only juse getting started with HSP so I’ll have to read your review to learn more.

    I love hearing about people who inspire you because I often find they inspire me too!

    I’m with you on the exercise, I recently upped my workout schedule to an hour a day and it’s making a huge difference in my energy level and overall happiness!

    Keep living that dream!
    Brittany

    • Alright Brittany! 1 hour a day of exercising really rocks and I can feel your positive energy from the South Pacific 😉 That’s great, and I’m do for a session in about 20 minutes myself. I lift a big old lava rock from the beach, like a Strongman Competition. So far so good, I just need a spotter lol….thanks BB!

  21. Marc Says:

    Hi Ryan,
    Thanks for linking to my recent post, I appreciate it. All of your tips here are very relevant. The one thing that stood out to me is to make the greatest impact wherever you are. I think it’s easy to get complacent and just go through the motions. In my own work I try to always look at the things on my to-do list and make sure that I am working on things that will actually make a difference for my business, not just going through the motions of writing a blog post, using social media, commenting on some random posts, etc.

    • You got it Marc 😉 That assessing periodically is just plain the best way to attack your business and blog. Sometimes we’re keep busy when we should just be doing effective, business-growing stuff to expand our empires 🙂 My pleasure again, and thanks for sharing!

  22. kelli Says:

    Hey Ryan
    Amazing post as always. All of your tips are great, but if I had to zero in on one that was the most important, it would be zeroing in on the why and tie it to some form of freedom. External motivators like making money are okay, but they are not enough to get over the ‘bumps’ many experience when trying to craft their ideal life. That intrinsic motivation is crucial, and nothing is a more powerful driver than a sense of feeling free to live life on your own terms.

    • KC, Finding the why reason drives you to do more than you ever dreamed you do. I hold it near and dear to my heart, and yes, we need that pure driver to leapfrog the bumps along the way. Thanks so much.

  23. JP Says:

    Some really great advise about the digital nomad lifestyle, thanks! I’m really happy to have come across your fantastic website! I’ll be spending some time perusing around and gobbling up all these juicy tidbits you offer 🙂 Cheers

    • JP sounds awesome. Are you a digital nomad yourself? Looks like it by the ComLuv link I see 😉

  24. Elizabeth Says:

    YES to all of these tips! And to your latest ebook ( which I am sure I will be getting in the not so distant future!)
    I am impressed with how many words you are writing a day Ryan. As you know I do social media consulting apart from freelance writing, and because I am balancing both I have trouble with where my attention should be, and find myself wanting to ‘research’ on say youtube ( hehe) and of course never write enough, or I get lost in helping a client and don’t write on my own sites. Heading on over to read that article you mentioned on your writing process!

    I was wondering ( on a different note) if you could add paypal as an option on your Selz checkout. I use it more than my actual debit card, funny enough!

    • Hi Elizabeth, Cool add thanks for the feedback on Selz. I was thinking about it as is…..and yep that balance one can be a biggie. If we simply find what we most value, we do find our guide, too. Thanks so much.

  25. Hey Ryan,

    I definitely agree with you about the meditation & exercise thing. I always get my best ideas when I’m running, which is good because I hate running and it distracts me. Haha

    I’m a lot more time-efficient since I’ve started meditating in the mornings. It helps me zero in on what I really want to accomplish for the day.

    I’m not yet disciplined enough to check my email only once a day, but I do limit myself to 3 times a day.

    I don’t know how you write on planes. I love airports, and I do a lot of writing before I get on the plane, but I get motion-sick if I try to write in the air.

    I’m trying to be better about taking pictures of myself, but I really HATE pictures of myself. I got a lot of grief for taking 8,000 photos on my trip and only being in about 6 of them. Lol

    Networking = success. Truth. Reaching out and connecting is the #1 strategy that will lead to achieving your dreams.

    Thanks for more fabulous tips, and happy Monday!!

    – Mandie

    • Hi Mandie, I do hear you on the plane thing. I get a bit motion weary if it’s bouncing to and fro, writing in turbulent conditions. Ditto on running, and of course, meditating rocks in so many ways. Thanks so much for sharing and you too 🙂

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