Nothing is as inspiring as meeting real people living the life that you’re dreaming of. Find out how they did it!
This week we interviewed an inspiring digital nomad couple who have been travelling full-time since March 2017. They´ve captured the hearts of thousands of loyal followers. Inspiring likeminded dreamers with
Hi! Please tell us a bit about yourself
Hi there! We are Roxanne and Maartje, two girls in love with each other, the world, writing and photographing. We met while studying in Amsterdam and fell in love after one year of friendship.
We were both bitten by the travel bug already, so a world trip was inevitable. In March 2017, we left the Netherlands and are still traveling.
What motivated you to pursue a life as a digital nomad?
Actually, I (Roxanne) never wanted to be a digital nomad. Maartje studied abroad in the States for half a year and started a blog. She likes to write and wanted to start a new blog to document our world trip.
When I was 18 years old, I traveled for 6 months without a laptop and smartphone, with only a Lonely Planet. That’s how I wanted to travel again!
Luckily after a couple of months of traveling together, I got excited about blogging and Instagram and a whole new world opened.
How did your friends and family react? Were they supportive?
They are still confused about how we are making money online while traveling. Most family members are supportive but some are more conservative.
They ask us questions like ‘when are you going to build your pension’ and ‘isn’t it time to settle down and buy a house?’ – but we have an entirely different mindset!
What is your location independent job?
We freelance for a Dutch newspaper called Metro. Every week we write an article for them and make a vlog. We are free to go anywhere we want and write about it!
What do you struggle with most when you work and travel?
The balance between work, traveling and the relationship is definitely challenging. There’s enough work to go on 24/7, so it’s easy to work non-stop and forget about the rest (meaning each other).
We don’t like to travel at a fast pace, we like to take it slow. Mostly because we simply can’t handle all the work and exploring at the same time!
If we explore by day, we do online work at night, but if we do online work during the day, we try to take the night off to spend time together (we LOVE playing card games).
How did you get into this line of work? How can others do the same?
It does NOT fall into your lap, you have to be out there, be determined, follow through and simply make it happen!
The only time you fail is when you give up, so you have to keep going – no one’s success was built overnight.
For the job at the newspaper, we simply applied for the job application we saw through a bloggers-platform. They didn’t find us, we found them!
What advice would you give to anyone who wanted to start out as a digital nomad?
- Research, research, research! Starting as a digital nomad can be overwhelming, but there are so many helpful websites and blogs to help you start.
- Find out what you want to do, and then start doing it! The first steps are the hardest, but there are so many great tools to get you going.
- Facebook groups definitely helped us out big time in the beginning. Connect with others, find your niche and make your business happen!
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When we feel lonely, we… we actually never feel lonely, we make sure to connect with others constantly! Either online or through meeting up while travelling.
Our favorite digital nomad location is Thailand, because it’s such a welcoming country.
The one item we always pack is our camera – we can’t go a day without it haha.
Our favorite digital nomad tool/app/blog/ resource is Facebook groups! Never underestimate the power of teamwork – especially if it’s online and you can find like-minded people with just a click!
In 5 years time, we want to be traveling around the world with a little baby! Gotta stay challenged in life, right?
Our all-time favorite quote is ‘no one is you, and that is your power’ – don’t copy others, be amazing in your own way!