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. Not only have these girls inspired thousands of people through their YouTube channel, they even influenced and helped us with our own digital nomad journey.
We´ve been following Micha and Justina´s adventures for quite some time. We have seen their YouTube channel grow from 1,000 to over 40,000 subscribers. We have witnessed the hard work they have put in to making their digital nomad journey a success. They don´t sugarcoat anything – these are no-nonsense girls who work hard and play hard.
Let´s find out how they do it.
Please tell us a bit about yourselves…
Our names are Micha and Justina* and we are a couple from the UK and Lithuania. Justina moved to the UK at the age of 17 and we have been together since 2014.
We had both been working standard office jobs in the UK but in 2016, we quit it all to travel the world. In February 2018, we decided to become digital nomads and document our lives on our YouTube channel called Beer For Breakfast.
* Micha is from the UK, the girl with curls and Justina is from Lithuania – the girl with blonde hair.
What motivated you to pursue lives as digital nomads?
The biggest motivation for us was the freedom to travel to any corner of the world. We knew that if we could work online, we could be anywhere anytime. We love this kind of flexibility.
How did your family and friends react? Were they supportive?
They were very supportive of us leaving the UK and starting our digital nomad journey. Some of them still don’t understand what we do or how we do it, they just know that it’s something that we are passionate about and that’s all they care about – us being happy with what we do.
What is your location independent job?
Justina teaches English online through two different platforms. She teaches English on ITALKI during the day and then she teaches some Chinese children on SuperKid in the evenings.
Micha works as a freelance video editor, she finds her clients on Upwork and Freelancer. She also edits all of our YouTube videos.
How did you get into this line of work? What advice would you give to others who wish to do this kind of work?
I ( Justina ) got into this job by simply searching for any freelance work online. I soon realised that I could be teaching English online since it was one of the most popular jobs out there. I have registered with hioffer.com and soon enough I was contacted by one of the Chinese companies asking me to work for them.
I ( Micha ) have always been interested in design and video editing. I used to work in a digital marketing department back in the UK. We would say that if you have a skill already, see if you can transfer
For example, if you are currently working as a secretary, I am sure that there are tons of jobs online available who would hire you as an online assistant. If you don’t think that you have a skill, see what you are interested in, what are your strengths and learn that skill!
What do you struggle with most when you work and travel?
We would say that we mostly struggle with stable internet connection. We currently don’t have any portable internet device that would provide us good internet throughout out travels so we can only rely on hotels’ wifi.
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What tips would you give to anyone who wanted to start out as a digital nomad?
Many people may say that you shouldn’t quit your job until you found a new one, but we encourage this kind of
It’s like a challenge that will kick you in the ass and force you to step out of your comfort zone. That’s exactly what we did! We left Canada (we had been on a working holiday VISA) and came to South East Asia without having any online job but we started looking for something right away.
When I feel lonely, I … we actually never feel lonely because we have each other and we are each other’s best friends.
Our favorite digital nomad location is .. Malaysia
The one item our always pack is … our laptops
Our favorite digital nomad tool/app/blog/ resource is … YouTube
In 5 years time, we want to be … full time YouTubers
Our all-time favorite quote is … “People spend money they don’t have, to buy things they don’t need, to impress people they don’t even like.”
This quote is important to us because it focuses on being a minimalist and only doing the things that you actually care about and that’s who we are.
Thank you, Micha and Justina, for sharing your great story with us, as you see being a Digital Nomad is not as reckless as many people think. You can achieve freedom and a great lifestyle, but you also need to work hard!
As they say: “Cheers to Freedom!”
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