A lot of these were taken from my post on MeWantTravel, but I wanted to add some more recommendations for those who are interested in passive income.
Digital Nomad Resources
Start Your Own Blog
Hosting (with HostGator)
Want to become a blogger? You’ll need to start a website which basically requires two components: a domain and a hosting plan to make the domain come alive. I use Hostgator (if you would like, use my link here) for my hosting needs. I recommend it because you can get a super sweet deal if you go with the Baby Plan, which lets you create unlimited domains! I recommend buying it for 3 years because the discount only applies on your first purchase.
Purchasing Your Domain (with Namecheap)
Create Your First Etsy Store
You can make great passive income through Etsy (check out my guides here). If you’d like to open your own Etsy shop, you can use my link here which gives you a free 40 listings (and provides me with 40 free listings as well).
Book AirBnB Accommodations or Start Your AirBnB Business
Out of all booking sites, I use AirBnB the most for booking accommodations (if you would like, use my link here to receive $25 off your first booking). The reason is that the accommodations are generally cheaper, and you can get monthly discounts when booking through the platform. Generally when you’re nomading, you’re going to travel slower (at least month-to-month) because you don’t want to wear yourself out, which is why those monthly discounts come in handy. Also, you can create an AirBnB business for passive income – check out this interview I did of someone who created his own guesthouse in Korea through AirBnB.
Making Money Through Books
If you have a book idea but want help with writing parts of it, ghostwriting is always a solution. When I hire ghostwriters I use ewritersolutions.com. If you want to try it out, use my code “Sharon7” for 7% off your first book.
Making Money Through Shirts – Print On Demand Platforms
Merch by Amazon, Redbubble, and Teepublic are platforms I currently sell on. If you want to sell on Teepublic, sign up through my link here (disclaimer: I would make $1 per shirt you are able to sell).
Books for Inspiration
- Rich Dad Poor Dad – This book provides financial fundamentals and demonstrates a bigger picture view of how you should look at your income, assets, liabilities, expenses, and ultimately…your life! It really pushed me off my ass to work towards a lifestyle change of location independence and ultimately financial independence. This type of lifestyle will help me travel more long term.
- 4-Hour Workweek – This book gave me a better understanding of how smart thinking and extreme hustle can pave the way for a “4-hour workweek”. It gave me more of an understanding of what it means to be a digital nomad and to be location independent. Both this book and Rich Dad Poor Dad changed my way of thinking, and in my opinion, helped me see my life more clearly and showed me that travel can be a way of life.
Websites for Inspiration
It’s kind of weird that I’m advertising other sites, but they’ve helped a lot on my journey so I might as well share ;).
- DigitalNomadWannabe – Sharon Gourlay from Digital Nomad Wannabe has helped me a lot from starting out and learning the ropes of being a digital nomad. She’s an inspiration and a lot of the material on her site is very helpful!
- SmartPassiveIncome – This site basically outlines all the different passive income channels you can pursue. If you listen to all his podcasts, you’ll be good to go. I met Pat Flynn at a conference one time and he was very great. A genuinely good guy!
- JohnnyFD – A fellow Chiang Mai entrepreneur/digital nomad that’s killing it. I’ve met him, and he’s a nice guy. Johnny has great courses on drop shipping and Amazon FBA.
- Steve Scott – This guy made me realize the possibilities with Kindle books. He was making over $40k/month through them. Check out his site!
For a more extensive play-by-play of what to pack, check out this blog post on how the ultimate digital nomad packing list.
I currently have the Patriot Plan Travel Medical Insurance with IMG plan and for 1 year with $250 deductibles and a $500k max limit I pay $396.
Bags / Organizers
- Carry-on suitcase – Leisure Bayside Luggage 21″
I have the magenta Leisure Bayside Luggage at 21″. The site I linked might not have my particular model but just make sure that if you get the same one, get the 21″ version as you want it to meet requirements when traveling through Europe.
- Personal Bag – High Sierra Loop Backpack
Jansport Big Student Backpack – EXTREMELY light weight and can carry more than the High Sierra backpack due to its free form nature.
- Packing Cubes – TravelWise
The 3-pack TravelWise packing cubes is good for organizing your wardrobe and fitting a lot of clothes in a small container.
- Toiletry Organizer – LYCEEM
This LYCEEM toiletry organizer comes with a tiny hanger inside, allowing you to hang all your stuff wherever you go. It also has slots for makeup brushes to keep you organized.
- Laptop – Macbook Pro 13.3″
13.3″ Macbook Pro with a 256 GB SSD and i5 processor. Always get a laptop with a solid state drive (SSD)! I think the 13.3″ size is good for travel, and of course Macbook Pros are so powerful & sturdy that you just can’t go wrong with them.
- GoPro Hero 4 Silver
The GoPro Hero 4 Silver is great for documenting all of your travels as it is portable and high quality.
I use a Canon T3i and it works great.
Great for the blurry background look!
- Portable Mic – Samson Go Mic Portable USB Condenser Microphone
The Samson Go Mic Portable USB Condenser Microphone is small but packs a mean punch. It’s good for recording podcasts or videos on the go.
- Tablet – ASUS Nexus 7
I use the ASUS Nexus 7 to browse and listen to music.
- Phone & Phone Plan – Nexus 6 / Project Fi
I’ve been loving my Nexus 6 and Project Fi plan (be warned the Nexus 6 is quite large).
Project Fi charges a minimum of $30/month – $20/month for unlimited texts & cheap calls (usually $0.20/minute) and another $10/month for data. Data is calculated by $10/GB, and it’s pay as you go. For example, if you used 1.5 GB of data, it would cost you $35 for the month ($20 for texts/calls and $15 for data). If you used less than 1 GB, the remaining amount would roll over as credit for the following month. Their data/texts/calls work are covered in 120 countries around the world.
- Travel Adapter
You’re going to need a travel adapter as outlets will be different in each country. This allows you to plug in your devices and keep them charged.
- Water Filter – LifeStraw Go Water Bottle
The LifeStraw Go water bottle is amazing. It is especially great if you’re traveling to underdeveloped countries where they might not have fresh water.
- LENA Cup
- THINX Underwear – Basically period-proof underwear (I know, crazy). You can get $10 off with my link.
Hope this helps! Please e-mail me at email@example.com if you have questions 🙂
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