An ex-journalist from the British Isles, Mr Lee has been traveling and writing about his escapades for well-over a decade. He now owns and runs intrepidlee.com, a website which aims to inspire others to find their adventure.
1 What got you into the Digital Nomad Lifestyle?
I’ve been traveling for the past decade, using fixed position jobs as a source of income. Since meeting my girlfriend four years ago, I began looking for a more suitable income that would suit my lifestyle. We both want to continue moving around, so I needed to make work that could move with me.
2 How do you earn as a Digital Nomad?
At the moment, I write for official publications like the South China Morning Post. However, over the past few months I’ve also been working on my affiliate marketing plan, which will soon begin to bring a steady stream of income from my growing website audience.
3 What is your favorite destination as a Digital Nomad? What is so special about it?
Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi, has a great DN and entrepreneurial atmosphere at the moment. Its becoming an off-the-beaten-path hub, where you’ll find an excellent and welcoming community of fellow travellers. The North of Vietnam also has lots of character, and not to mention opportunity. Those coming here for a short term, often find themselves staying for the long-term.
4 What are some challenges you’ve faced as a Digital Nomad?
The hardest challenge for me is usually self-motivation. I’m coming out of my first year as a DN, and that really was the struggle in getting some momentum moving. Once you get things rolling, its like a snowball effect of jobs and tasks to be completed – which gets bigger by the day, no matter how much I get done.
5 What is your favourite part about the DN lifestyle?
My heart is filled with adventure, and after a decade of travelling, I have no desire to stop and settle down. I don’t particularly enjoy working with tech, but I love being a nomad!
6 Any tips for Digital Nomads looking to start out?
Most people start in the DN world with a traditional view of what longterm work-flow should look like. In truth, when you become a DN, you take compete control of your career path. In other words, don’t feel the need to start at the bottom and work your way up. In reaching out to the bug players in your industry, you’ll fail a lot more times than starting to work wit the little guys – but one success – is worth a hundred of the base level players.