Alexandra started traveling the world at the age of 6 and visited over 20 countries before she turned 18. Thanks to these experiences, she developed a level of curiosity and passion for growth that made it clear: she needs to continue exploring.
Ever since, she has worked in many different areas, from teaching English to selling journals, but they all had one thing in common: helping people grow and explore, whether it's the world or themselves.
New to the nomad world, Rachel left her cozy life in Minneapolis, Minnesota to indulge in a life of slow travel, beginning her journey Chiang Mai just last year. A musician and graphic designer with a background in event planning and community outreach, Rachel is an enthusiastic addition to our Summit team!
Heather has been living abroad for the past 10 years, but only as a digital nomad for the past 1.5 years.
She was thrown into this lifestyle unexpectedly after being made redundant from her new job with a start-up in Dubai. She sold everything she owned and left her life Dubai with no plan and a one-way ticket to Bangkok!
What was supposed to be 'a few months' of travel and re-evaluating, turned into a year. After ending up in Chiang Mai early on, she quickly got the location independent bug.
She spent the next year learning, networking, trialling different business ideas to figure out how to make this lifestyle a reality for herself.
After trying 'all the things' she discovered she has a love of design and content curation. She now is focusing on this as her business.
Originally from San Francisco, Johnny moved to Thailand in 2008 to pursue Muay Thai Kickboxing and to travel while working as a Scuba Divemaster.
He's now traveling the world 11 months of the year while living out of carry on luggage.
Johnny FD is the founder of the Nomad Summit Conference.
A couple of years ago, it would have been chaotic, if not insanity trying, to work with a remote team.
However, with the emergence of innovative technologies like AI technology, automation, telecommuting, and virtual collaboration have become easier and effective more than ever.
This is especially the case in the sector which has been ranked as one of the biggest contributors to remote job opportunities.
In 2013, in the small mountain town of Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand, the digital nomad community had started to thrive.
Even though it was almost six years earlier when Tim Ferriss first published his book, The 4-Hour Workweek that Chiang Mai was first mentioned as an ideal place to live, it took a few years for expats and travelers to start full time businesses online.
During that time, the first coworking space opened and with just 10 members along with a few other entrepreneur friends, small meetups would happen once a month.
It wasn't until mid 2015 after a digital nomad meetup in a night club, called the Blar Blar Bar did the idea of the first Nomad Summit come about.
As you probably know, making any kind of money online is very difficult. When most people look for ways to make money online, they turn to advertising.
Unfortunately, online advertising requires an extreme amount scale for you to be able to make anything. The average CPC of a display ad on Google Adsense is less than $1.
Fortunately, there are promising alternatives out there. In this article, I’ll share with you three ways I have personally made passive income. Some of these ideas made more than others, but in each of them, I’ve had some level of success.
Along with each idea, I’ll talk about the good and bad about it, and give you step-by-step instructions on how to get started if it interests you.
Let’s dive in.
So you’re all packed and excited to come to Chiang Mai. You even booked your flights and a few days at a hotel.
The next step is to find long(er)-term accommodation.
No idea where to start? Worried about finding a place to stay during high season?
Even though it wasn’t as easy as some Facebook posts might suggest, I was able to lock down an apartment in three days.
This was my timeline:
As digital nomads, we are an extremely diverse bunch: full stack web devs VPN’ing into servers from café’s in Ubud, Bali; social media managers checking in on clients using mobile hotspots in the Colorado Rockies; affiliate marketers researching new products at a co-working space in Bansko, Bulgaria.
What we all have in common, however, is remoteness.
In a real sense, we are not physically where we work. There is a space between wherever we are typing on our laptops and those we need to be in touch with.
We can’t walk down the hall to have a quick face-to-face conversation with a client or co-worker or employee.
This makes effective communication across distance, especially written communication, critical for any successful digital nomad.