Hello, April! Welcome to another series of Digital Nomad Interviews by Travelwifi. In this month’s series, we sat down with Charlie of Charlie on Travel, a full-time traveler and digital nomad galloping around the world for work and play!
What was your life like before being a digital nomad?Before I was a digital nomad, I was an English teacher living and working in Taiwan. I lived a small town called LuoDong, about 2 hours by bus from Taipei. It was a beautiful place, sandwiches between mountains and the sea. My school was a 5-minute walk from my apartment, and I worked long days starting at 8AM and often finishing at 6PM or 9PM, with a 2.5 hour gap for lunch in the middle of the day. I spent weekends exploring the countryside and other cities in Taiwan.
When did you start being a Digital Nomad?After a year teaching in Taiwan, I changed careers and began looking for online work in 2013. I started working freelance managing social media content and writing blog posts. I’d been writing my travel blog, charlieontravel.com, for some time before this – which I used as my writing portfolio for other jobs. As I picked up a more stable amount of work online, I moved to Costa Rica where I became a house sitter, looking after houses for expats there whilst they went on their holidays or returned home to visit family.
Describe your typical ‘work day’ as a Digital Nomad.I work full-time for a UK-based digital marketing agency, and also run my travel blog independently of this work. I wake up early, at 6AM every day, to start work. My work start time varies depending where I’m travelling, but I always prefer to work earlier in the day. I’ll break for coffee and breakfast around 7AM for 20 minutes. I work solidly until lunchtime and take a break to eat some local food, then continue working until 3PM. After that I’ll go off exploring, usually for a long walk, to visit a museum, take a Spanish class or stop by a local cafe. In the evenings, I work on my blog. On weekends, that’s when I really get to adventure! I spend most of my weekends hiking mountains or in national parks and eating out at local restaurants.
Tell us the top 5 things you can’t live without as a digital nomad?
2. My laptop
3. Fresh coffee
4. My Kindle
5. A good night’s sleep