Looking to cut through the noise when it comes to the best digital nomad blogs, forums, gear websites and other cool resources? I’ve compiled a list of all the most useful websites for learning, finding what you need and connecting with other nomads below.
In this list you’ll find:
- 24 of the best digital nomad blogs, covering personal travel stories, tips for working on the road detailed location guides and more
- 4 of the best job websites and boards specifically for remote workers/digital nomads
- 4 great hubs for hiring freelancers (or looking for work, if you are one)
- 3 active digital nomad forums where you can ask and answer questions and meet like-minded people
- 2 places to buy digital nomad gadgets and backpacks
- 6 other cool resources, including nomad meetups, location directories, accommodation, and even an international cruise ship just for nomads
The one that started it all, Tim Ferriss’s blog is still an awesome resource for ideas on entrepreneurship, life optimization and practical philosophy.
The blog of Pamela Slim, one of the world’s most popular writers on the topic of quitting your job to pursue a passion business.
Cody McKibben has been one of the big names in the digital nomad world for years now – on his blog he writes not only about his own experiences as a nomad but also on broader topics related to personal development and social change.
Christine Gilbert is an inspiration to many current and future digital nomads – as a young mother travelling the world and blogging, she and her husband don’t quite fit the typical stereotype of the lone ranger, wandering from place to place. She has also put out a documentary that clears up some of the myths and reality around the mobile lifestyle.
Cited in Tim Ferriss’ Four Hour Work Week, Potts is a travel writer and one of the inspirations for the idea of a stripped-down, ultra-simplified way of living built more around freedom of place than around owning things.
The blog of James Clark – mostly focused on his personal experience and guides to various locations. Particularly insightful if you’re interested in digital nomad-ing in Southeast Asia. He also provides some great tips on long term travel, working on the road and the kind of gear you need to make working and travelling feasible in the long run.
The blog of Simon Fairbairn and Erin McNeaney, who have been on the road as a digital nomad couple since 2008. They have great location guides on their blog, and they also have an iPhone app called Trail Wallet which helps you track travel expenses.
Similar to the above – Thomas and Tony of Contemporary Nomad have been travelling continuously since 2007, blogging about their adventures as they go. Their blog is quite insightful when it comes to cultural experiences and it’s a good read if you’re a food lover.
Johannes’s digital nomad location guide ebook (also called Web Work Travel) is one of my favourite travel guides and was largely responsible for inspiring me to take the plunge and do my first extended overseas trip after working from home for two years without moving.
One of the big names in the world of travel hacking and microbusiness creation, Chris is the author of The Art of Non-Conformity, The $100 Startup and a host of online course products aimed at helping digital nomads and other travel junkies.
A blog by twenty-something nomad couple Andres and Steph, focusing mostly on location guides – they also have some great photography.
A business/marketing focused blog aimed at helping people launch their first online business. The blog is mostly based around interviews with other successful marketers.
Sean Ogle from Location180 runs a blog and Youtube channel with regular content built around the principles in Tim Ferriss’s Four Hour Work Week book. Lots of good advice on here about the actual business side of things, as opposed to location guides.
An insightful blog that gives readers a clearer picture of the reality of digital nomad life. Good mix of business tips, travel tips, and some great photography.
A good blog for getting a bird’s eye view of everything involved in digital nomad living – ways to make money, social life, philosophy, and the downsides of the lifestyle (yes, they do exist).
Natalie Sisson runs a blog and podcast with regular interviews of other marketers aimed at helping readers/listeners start and grow a passion-based online business. Natalie’s stuff is particularly good if you want to learn the social media marketing side of things, and her book has some handy info on international banks accounts, taxes, company structures and so on.
One of the biggest blogs and podcasts in the digital nomad arena, Dan and Ian offer some really high-level, insightful business advice. If you love the ideas in Four Hour Work Week and you’re looking for more details, this is a good place to start digging.
Though Graham no longer updates the blog, there are still plenty of evergreen pieces here that can be useful to current and aspiring nomads. Graham travelled with his family so if you’re looking to do the same, this is worth checking out.
Lots of good content here, and like some of the others mentioned it gives a much more realistic view of what long term travel and working on the road is like, offering solutions to some of the common challenges (like staying in shape when you’re on the move).
Blog and podcast including interviews, questions from readers, and some cool tips on things you won’t find on other nomad blogs, like how to score housesitting gigs in countries you visit.
A blog covering a wide range of nomad-related topics, including goal-setting, socializing while you travel and personal life philosophy.
Rob Lloyd is a travel blogger who is on the road for an indefinite time period. He has a video blog on his site and presents a lot of fun, personal content that provides a window into what perpetual travel is really like.
A blog focused primarily on the quit your job/start a business side of nomadism, as opposed to the travel side. Lots of good tips here for better financial management (something many wannabe nomads tend to overlook, much to their own peril) as well as increasing your income.
Hate planes? Me too. The Man in Seat 61 is a blog dedicated completely to overland and ferry travel, which I much prefer to flying and airports.
Digital Nomad Job Site
Doesn’t have job listings, but plenty of useful advice for finding different types of nomad jobs and where to look.
One of the biggest listing sites for remote jobs in a wide array of categories – design, development, IT, startup gigs and more.
Job listing board with customer support, marketing, sales, programming, business executive jobs and more.
Similar to the above site – by far the largest category on WorkingNomads.co is development roles.
The merger between Odesk and Elance created Upwork, which is now my go-to resource for hiring outsourcers.
Freelancing/listing site similar to Upwork, with a wide range of outsourcers with different skills.
Outsourcing site-specific to design gigs like logos, branding, clothing, packaging, etc.
Get all sorts of small gigs done for $5 a piece.
Paid forum for digital nomads – one of the most active nomad-specific forums on the web.
Digital Nomad subreddit with over 20,000 subscribers – a great place to get no-BS answers and info from real-deal nomads.
Live chat community, run by the same people who operate NomadForum.io.
Digital Nomad Gear & Gadgets
Good site for finding all sorts of nomad gear – luggage, backpacks, mobile WiFi hotspots, etc.
Backpack of choice for many nomads – it was designed by other nomads so they know what the priorities are.
Other Cool Websites
Details on how nomad-friendly cities around the world are, including info on Internet speed, safety, beach life, gay friendliness, air quality, average cost of living, climate and many other metrics.
A meetup/group you can apply for in which you will spend a year with 75 other nomads, moving to a new city each month. (You must have your own work gig organized for this – that isn’t part of the application).
A paid learning forum with how-to content, run by Cody McKibben from ThrillingHeroics.com.
A cruise ship for digital nomads organized by the good people at WebWorkTravel. The 2016 cruise will last 13 days and run from Colombia to Portugal. There are speaking and learning events as well as regular parties.
Handy site for finding free places to stay with locals as you travel.
Site for renting rooms and apartments directly from locals – very useful if you need a private, comfortable place to hole up and work.