How to Combine Entrepreneurship and Travel with Kristina

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04: How to Combine Entrepreneurship and Travel With Kristina

The truth about entrepreneurship while being a Digital Nomad isn’t always as sexy. Our guest Kristina slowly became a digital nomad while living abroad. It all started with an internship in China 6 years ago. She shares what it takes to build a successful business while traveling the world. Learn how to prioritize and find a balance between work and travel – and stay true to your personal values.

“It took 2 years of overworking. It took 2 years to get out there traveling again. So, it’s not like I’m sitting at the beach, drinking coconuts and money is raining over me..”

How she started her digital nomad journey

Not all Digital Nomads start this lifestyle straight from an Instagram ad. Kristina and her boyfriend left Austria in 2015 to do an internship in China. She studied Business and her boyfriend studies German Literature. After just a couple of years working abroad, they discovered that there was a huge market for German writers. In 2017 they started a ghostwriting agency, 100% remote. Creating a business while traveling works for some people. However, their travel speed changed while they were in nomad capital Bali. Being surrounded by nomadic entrepreneurs, joining talks and events they decided to stop traveling for some time and work on their business. Like Kristina calls it on our podcast, it was time to professionalize their company. This included 60+ hours of long weeks and hard work! Since then they have managed to grow their company 10 times and continued traveling the world.

 

Slow Travel vs Fast Travel

As a Digital Nomad, there are periods where you travel non-stop hopping from one country to another. This is also known as ‘fast travel’ while others prefer to stay a couple of weeks or months before switching destination which we call ‘slow travel’. Kristina finds herself now in what she interprets as ‘medium travel’, changing place every 1-3 months.

Interesting is that this is very different from other periods of her life. As her Digital Nomad life began so did her fast traveling. This was a lot of fun but she also mentions that it can cost money, time to organize the trip and significantly less focus on her business. So when she started her business, in order to make it work, the fast traveling wasn’t gonna grow her company. Listen to the the podcast episode to find out more about the stages that she found herself during the years of becoming an entrepreneur.

Finding the right balance by prioritizing

Every location and travel situation has it’s own special experience. Kristina’s advice to nomadic entrepreneurs who’re just starting out is the importance of accepting the moment that you are in. In other words, you can’t have everything all the time and this is where that state of accepting is so important.

She shares that you have to learn how to prioritize and find the balance between your travels and your professional goals. Another great tip is to keep looking at the bigger picture when making decisions or changes. Ask yourself, is this way sustainable?

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Stay close to your own values

Kristina is a successful entrepreneur and Digital Nomad and her best advice is stay true to your personal values. As she mentioned, she studied Business and she loves traveling. That doesn’t mean though that she is wants to open a hostel in Thailand. That is simply not something close to her values. Exploring new areas of business is important for her as well. Kristina shares how she tried the path of coaching others into becoming a digital nomad. It wasn’t for her and accepted that situation. Finally, she emphasises to work on on finding your strengths, keep working on them and staying true to your values.

Quick take aways of this episode

  • You don’t have to change who you are to find your path, do something you like, and try to make it into a business.
  • Traveling is great but if you want to do this for the long run you have to make it work and sustainable.
  • Find out what your strengths are and keep developing them.
  • Find the balance between your travels and professional goals.

About Kristina

In this episode, digital nomad Kristina from Austria is talking about what she learned building a business while traveling the world. She is a successful entrepreneur that runs multiple companies. She has been traveling for over 6 years with her fiancé and they founded their business together. Her journey abroad all started with an internship in China. Since then they have been traveling non-stop.

Quick links:

Follow her journey via Instagram

Read more about her book here

Meet your host Nienke Nina on  Instagram @nienkeninatravels

More Digital Nomad Stories via  Instagram @digitalnomadsdaily

 

03: How to Date as a Digital Nomad with Jordan

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03: How to Date as a Digital Nomad with Jordan Caroll

Dating while being a Digital Nomad includes breaking hearts, confused emotions, a lot of communication, honesty, and obviously Google Translator; at least for our guest Jordan. He has been nomadding since 2018 and has joined us on our podcast to share some of his most challenging dating stories since becoming a Digital Nomad. From tough breakups to slicing his hand on the first date and to not being able to speak the same language.

“When you are going to be dating and traveling around, just be as clear as you possibly can about your intentions. Sometimes, those things change over time, and that’s OK as long as you communicate it.”

What is this podcast about

Jordan started working remotely in 2013, but it wasn’t until 2018 that he decided to start traveling. In the last couple of years, he has dated internationally, and he is sharing some of his experiences on this week’s podcast episode. Going through ups and downs has taught him as he mentions to accept it, laugh at it, take the lessons and move on. This episode really covers unfiltered and funny stories that many digital nomads can relate to, including our host Nienke Nina.
  • Dating in different languages  
  • Taking the decision to start a serious relationship 
  • Trying local cuisine gone wrong! 

Dating in different languages

Jordan has found a better way to learn a new language rather than using Duolingo. While traveling in Columbia, he went on Tinder to find women to date while learning Spanish. For Jordan, this was a great way to improve his Spanish skills but getting to know someone like this can be challenging too. This is how Google Translate became essential in all his dates.

Starting a serious relationship

Jordan had many dates and his Spanish definitely improved. During one of his travels, he met someone and ended up spending 9 out of 10 days with her. His next trip was to Europe followed by a cruise ship with Nomad Cruise from Europe to Brazil. Jordan shares that they stayed in touch but it came with some real challenges like being in different time zones and bad internet connections during his cruise. He really liked her and decided to fly her to his home so they could spend some time together. This included meeting the parents right away.
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Traveling to rural Mexico can be fun as we all know, but you got to be careful with the local cuisine! Jordan shares his experience where he tried some local foods. He got sick but the real consequences only came up one year later! From what he thought was just stomach pain, into thinking he had an “STD”, to finally realizing he ended up with a bacteria from that food he tried a year before.

 

Quick take aways of this episode

Quick take aways of this episode

Shitty situations can always happen – you just have to be able to accept it, learn from it and move on.

Know that dating while you travel is very challenging. Conflicting emotions can always happen

You should always be transparent and honest with the people you meet along the way. Be clear about the length of your stay and your intentions.

Emotions are tough and you cannot control feeling emotion. You can control what you do after you feel the emotion.

 

About Jordan

Jordan has been working remotely for 9 years, but in 2018 decided that he wanted to travel and become a full Digital Nomad. Since then he has lived in over 15 countries and 5 continents. During this time he has been a member of the Forbes Coaches Council and he is now best known for The Remote Job Coach. He creates content, courses and coaching programs to help people land remote jobs. Currently, he is working on his book “Remote for life”, a guide on how to find a flexible job. It will be released around mid 2022.

Quick links:

Follow his journey via Instagram

Read more about his book Remote for Life here

Meet your host Nienke Nina Instagram @nienkeninatravels

More Dgital Nomad Stories Instagram @digitalnomadsdaily

 

Episode 02: From a Stolen Passport to Almost Being Deported. Horror Nomad Stories with Saurav

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02: From a Stolen Passport to Almost Being Deported. Horror Nomad Stories with Saurav

Being a Digital Nomad has many perks and we can see a lot of them on the internet. The truth is that there is a lot of not so sexy stuff about nomading. Saurav joined us on the podcast to share some of his nightmare nomad stories from 11 years of traveling the world. From being almost deported, to having his passport & belongings stolen, to going off the radar for more than 24 hrs in Singapore!

“No matter how much you plan, traveling is so unpredictable. 6 out of the 7 days, it will go as planned, but the 7th day will be a nightmare. Things just go off the tracks.”

An episode about Digital Nomads Nightmares

Saurav “ The Indian Digital Nomad” started his Digital Nomad lifestyle 11 years ago. During his trips he has mostly travelled alone but sometimes his wife, father or brother tag along. As we go in life, we live and learn, and that’s exactly what Saurav shares with us in this episode. He has experienced many travelers’ nightmares and he says that it’s just the reality of being a Digital Nomad. There are incredible advantages of being a nomad, but there are also some truths that are not commonly shared under the hashtag “Digital Nomad lifestyle”. In this episode we cover some of Saurav nightmare stories:
  • Passport & belongings stolen on his first destination of his Digital Nomad life
  • Being almost deported & spending 24 hrs off the radar
  • Visa problems while traveling
  • Booking flights with the wrong dates

Passport & belongings stolen on his first destination

Being robbed by itself it’s a torment, but being robbed on your first destination of your Digital Nomad lifestyle (or any trip) is a whole other ball game. Saurav tells us his experience with his belongings and passport being stolen, some useful ideas on what you can do when this happens to you, and how to get a new passport the next day.

Being deported and spending 24 hours of the radar

Each country has their laws laid out for foreigners and travelers. If you don’t follow these rules, you can end up being deported. Asian countries can be very strict, especially a place like Singapore. Saurav’s brother lives in Singapore and while he was staying with him, he would go on trips to the Philippines or Bali. One day he found himself in a triangle of travel where he was not playing by the rules, and he wasn’t even aware of it!! When he tried to re-enter Singapore he got flagged and was detained for 24 hours at the airport.

Visa problems for digital nomads

Everyone knows, getting the right visa can be a true nightmare, especially when you want to stay longer than the tourist visas allow. This can vary a lot depending on your nationality, the country that you are travelling from and heading to. Saurav learned the hard way that you always need to double check how you need to apply and what the rules are before you plan your entire itinerary. Saurav had to learn the hard way.

Booking wrong flights

Nienke Nina asked for one more quick last digital nomad nightmare and tips for digital nomads between the laughs he said “never book a flight sleepy”. Going to the airport at 5 am and for the flight and having someone tell you that your flight is not for another year… must be surreal. Something similar happened to Nienke Nina too, she booked the flight the other way around and as digital nomads you learn the hard way. Now it’s just a funny story!
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Quick take aways of this episode

Even if you have everything planned out, sometimes things WILL go wrong. There is nothing you can do about it… so just get ready for the ride!

Try to always have some ground support. This could be a family member, a friend or a friend of a friend. This person can help you sorting things out for you in stressful times.

If your passport is ever stolen 2 tips:
Look in the nervy garbage bins (they tend to throw it away as soon as possible)
Contact your Embassy. They can issue you a new passport in 24 hrs

Wherever you travel to, always be aware and conscious of the local laws. This might sound boring but it really sucks if you are getting into trouble without even knowing it! And keep in mind – local punishments are different from those in your home country.

Don’t book your flights when you’re sleepy!

About Saurav

In our second episode, we interviewed Saurav Arya aka “The Indian Digital Nomad”. He has been nomading for more than 11 years and plans to continue for many more years. He started his nomad journey by working remotely while doing trips. Now Saurav is a digital nomad entrepreneur and he has several internet businesses. He also runs a digital nomad community called “workstays”, he and his team help people to shift from their 9 to 5 life to a Digital Nomad Lifestyle. His mission is to visit every country in the world, so far 91 and 106 more to go!

Quick links:

Follow his journey via Instagram @indiandigitalnomad

View WorkStays.in

Meet your host Nienke Nina Instagram @nienkenninatravels

More Dgital Nomad Stories Instagram @digitalnomadsdaily

 

Episode 01: How to Thrive in your Digital Nomad Relationship with Anat & Orr

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01: How to Thrive in your Digital Nomad Relationship with Anat & Orr

Travelling and working online with your spouse –It sounds like a dream for many couples! The reality is that being together 24/7 isn’t that easy. We interviewed Anat & Orr, a Digital Nomad Couple from Israel who started their digital nomad journey journal in Thailand. In this episode we talk about how to create me-time, build community and find the next nomad destination together as a happy digital nomad couple.

“You need to put yourself in social situations that will allow you to find connections.”

An episode about Digital Nomads Couples

Anat and Orr are highschool sweethearts and started their digital nomad journey in April 2021. Before they took the leap together, they had put a lot of thought into how they wanted to live their digital nomad lifestyle. Even though they have been together for a long time, knowing each other really well and understanding all their personal and professional needs, it wasn’t always a smooth ride. They both experienced some challenges as a digital nomad couple and in this episode we cover
  • 24/7 together, me-time and quality time
  • Relationship changes after the nomadic change
  • Creating community and making meaningful connections
  • Understanding needs and expectations
  • Helpful tips for fellow digital nomad couples

24/7 together, me-time and quality time

It’s common for digital nomad couples to spend many hours in the same space. You can easily avoid this by working from a coworking space or cafe but since the restrictions, this isn’t always an option. Of course, it depends where you are in the world. When you’re 24/7 together it’s important to get a moment for yourself, also known as me-time. For Anat, me-time could be as simple as hopping on her yoga mat. Orr on the other hand likes to play the guitar. They also share that if they really need a moment for themselves, a walk in nature or running errands works.

Relationship changes after the nomadic change

Before Anat & Orr left Israel they have put a lot of effort into what a good nomadic lifestyle entails for them. One of these efforts was listing down their personal desires, dreams, and what they both need to feel happy and satisfied. This created a strong foundation for their new lifestyle. Of course, Anat & Orr experienced struggles but by communicating and being transparent it hasn’t impacted their relationship in a negative way.

Creating community and making meaningful connections

As a single traveler it’s probably easier to find community. Not only Anat & Orr agree with this but also Podcast host Nienke Nina experienced this. A piece of advice Anat & Orr give is to take initiative and put yourself out there. You can find Facebook Groups for expats, digital nomads or find community in a co-working space. Another great place to find fellow nomads is hostels. Anat shares that even though they can afford a hotel room, they sometimes choose to stay at a hostel because it’s easier to find community.
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Quick take aways of this episode

Ask yourself what makes you happy as an individual and as a couple. Collect this in a list and use this as a checklist to see if you’re still living up to your expectations.

Be conscious of how you spend time together. There are different ways of being togehter, you can have individual time but still be in the same space. You can be mentally and physically together, or just be in the same space but focus on your own thing.

Take initiative! As a couple, you are a unit and this makes meeting other people harder than if you are a single digital nomad. Use Facebook groups, co-working spaces, or stay at hostels even when you’re a couple. You can take turns so the burden isn’t always on you.

Find common hobbies and skills you want to learn. That’s a great way of quality time instead of just watching Netflix.

About Anat & Orr

In this podcast episode we interviewed Digital Nomad Couple Anat & Orr. They have been together for 10+ years and started their Digital Nomad Journey in April, 2021. Orr is working as a remote software developer and Anat is a online yoga teacher. They also help other couples thrive in their digital nomad relationship via their instagram @spice.and.toast

 

Quick links:

Follow their journey via Instagram @spice.and.toast

More of Anat & Orr’s life on YouTube

Meet your host Nienke Nina Instagram @nienkenninatravels

More Dgital Nomad Stories Instagram @digitalnomadsdaily