A conversation with Adeline about when it’s the right time to start your digital nomad journey

Meet location independent entrepreneur Adeline Er, from Sydney, Australia with Malaysian-Chinese roots. She has been running her digital marketing agency Your Digital Ninja since she quit her job in accounting. She is also running two websites, Not So Basic.Life and TravelGig where she is on a mission to inspire millennials to live life on their own terms.

Adeline started her digital nomad journey in January 2018 and has been working and traveling in Singapore, Shiang Hai, and Hong Kong. In 2018 she arrived in digital nomad hub Canggu, Bali. Her experience started in Ubud to first explore a spiritual journey. She noticed that the entrepreneurial scene is more active in Canggu decided to stay in Canggu instead.

Tips about from digital nomad Adeline

Digital Nomad Tip #01 – Guard your mindset

One of the first things Adeline mentioned in the conversation is to believe in yourself and whatever you want is within you. Mindset is really important, not just for digital nomads but for basically everyone. Many people are thinking about taking the leap and dreaming about traveling and working at the same time. Adeline’s advice is to ask yourself carefully if this lifestyle is really for you before taking action.

Digital Nomad Tip #02 – Dealing with guilt

One of the first things Adeline mentioned in the conversation is to believe in yourself and whatever you want is within you. Mindset is really important, not just for digital nomads but for basically everyone. Many people are thinking about taking the leap and dreaming about traveling and working at the same time. Adeline’s advice is to ask yourself carefully if this lifestyle is really for you before taking action.

“Don’t compare your day number one with someone’s day 562”

Digital Nomad Tip #03 – The comparison trap

There are a lot of ‘successful’ digital nomads, especially in nomad locations like Canggu, Bali. So of course, it’s tempting to look at other people’s success. The truth is that by looking at what other people do and how successful they are, it won’t help you to become successful. You might get inspired and there is nothing wrong with that, in fact, it’s amazing if you feel motivated and inspired by others. On the other hand, looking at others and comparing your day one with someone else’s day number 500 is a totally different thing. Keep in mind that everyone has their journey and all this success didn’t happen overnight.

The right time to take the leap for digital nomads

Taking the leap, runoff and just hop on a flight and start your journey sounds like a dream. It is a commonly asked question when the right time is to become a digital nomad. Adeline’s digital nomad advice is to first ask yourself if this lifestyle might be for you. Another tip from Adeline is to first start with traveling to a digital nomad location such as Bali and get a taste. Other nomad advice is to take care of your finances because you don’t want to run out of money and always think about your safety, especially for solo traveling women.

Key take aways for when you are a starting digital nomad

✅ Don’t feel guilty about living a different lifestyle and wanting other things in life than your family or friends desire

✅ NEVER compare yourself with nomads who have been on the road for a while. 

✅ Have a plan to manage your finances

Watch the full interview with Adeline for more digital nomad tips