Digital Nomads
July 2, 2014 by Brennan Gamwell

Digital Nomads are people who have ditched their desk to pursue a life less ordinary, taking work with them while on the go. Digital Nomads don’t always plan their lifestyle, however — sometimes they see an opportunity and just take the leap.

In this post, we hear from a woman with six grandchildren and 15 grandchildren who visits her family on two continents — all while working online. From a young journalist who didn’t land his dream job, but now travels the world as a successful freelance writer. And from one entrepreneur who sought a challenging career right after college, turning to online work because the positions he found at home in Italy weren’t fulfilling. He now travels the world for his clients.

These are three Digital Nomads who are living inspiring, productive lives, doing what they love wherever they want to be.

Gisela von Brunn

70-year-old grandmother Gisela von Brunn swears she’ll continue working “as long as her fingers and head are working.”

After raising her large family, she found her niche in online freelancing in 2010 to keep her busy in Cochabamba, Bolivia, where she lived until 2013. Location-independent gigs enabled her to tap all of her talents: Gisela speaks six languages fluently (German, English, Spanish, Dutch, French, and Portuguese) and quickly found work in translation and proofreading for international clients.

Gisela von Brunn

Gisela (center) surrounded by her 15 grandchildren.

For Gisela, freelancing complements her lifestyle: she enjoys the freedom to visit her six children and 15 grandchildren spread across Europe and South America as well as her many friends, and can work while she’s traveling.

Last year, she moved back to Germany without having to give up a single client (in fact, she gained a few new ones after relocating). “Freelancing gives me a wonderful feeling of freedom, while still being able to earn a livelihood,” she explained.

Michael Fraiman

Michael Fraiman_cropWhen 22-year-old journalist Michael Fraiman didn’t land his dream job at the The Chronicle Herald (a prestigious newspaper based in Halifax, Nova Scotia), he decided not to apply to another paper and made a much bigger leap: he moved to South Korea to teach English.

From his base in Busan, Michael hitched inexpensive flights to Southeast Asia and began supplementing his teaching income by writing about the locales he visited.

Ironically, he ended up in the same high-end publications he’d dreamt of a journalism student: The Globe and Mail, BootsnAll, AFAR.com, Busan Haps, Vagabundo (just to name a few).

However, instead of working as a staff reporter, he enjoyed bylines in the travel pages for his freelance articles.

When he left Korea, he decided to “take the long way” back to Toronto, Canada (his hometown). He spent the majority of his savings on a four-month trip around the world, visiting 29 countries across Asia and Europe.

Michael now works as a full-time freelance writer in Toronto while contemplating his next adventure in South America. “Freelancing hasn’t changed what I’m doing, but it has made me realize that I have a lot more time to reach my goals,” he explained.

Michael blogs at A Long Way Back and is releasing an ebook of the same name later this year, which chronicles his travels around the world.

Rocco Baldassarre

Rocco Baldassarre wanted to be challenged professionally and seek adventure right after he graduated from university in Italy — so rather than find a traditional job, he decided that he would work for himself as a search engine marketing specialist.

In just three years, he already has a staff of 15 and frequently travels across Europe and North America to meet with clients. In fact, he’s worked with more than 500 different clients, and has logged hours from ten different countries. Not bad for someone who’s just 25!

Rocco has a few tips for others who are interested in pursuing the Digital Nomad lifestyle like he has:

  • Rocco Baldassarre_copyKeep improving: If you are the best at what you do, companies will keep hiring you.
  • Have a plan: Don’t just jump into work — have a clear outline of your goals before you take a project or start traveling.
  • Plan your income in smart way: Work can come and go, especially when you’re just starting out, so budget and spend wisely.
  • Be available: Clients like it when they can reach you, ask questions, and provide feedback. Have a smartphone and an Internet connection so you can check emails and reply as fast as possible.
  • Be focused on your work: Don’t let people assume you’re not reliable because you don’t work in an office or from a specific location.

Who do you know who lives an inspiring Digital Nomad life? Tell us about them in the comments below!

Brennan Gamwell

Communications Manager

Brennan Gamwell is a Communications Manager at oDesk, where he focuses on managing the customer reference program to share the inspiring stories of the amazing professionals using the platform. Brennan brings with him extensive experience in non-profit and advocacy communications from his time in Washington, DC, and is just slightly obsessed with grammar and punctuation (especially hyphens). He holds a Bachelor's degree in international communications… read more

  • nippon

    I am doing job apply but my job don’t show client.what,s the problem?please fast solve me.my odesk url link
    :https://www.odesk.com/users/~016a6546e7a40c549f

  • sadia mughal

    Dear,
    I am searching a long time job and can’t find it. Please help me if any client see my comment. please help me for a long time job.

    • Irfan Masih

      hi, how are you ? and where you belong ?
      what type you need help ?

      • sadia mughal

        I am from Pakistan and need data entry jobs.

    • Irfan Masih

      Hi, How are you ? what type of job you need or searching ?

      • sadia mughal

        I need Data entry jobs to search from internet online base.

        • Irfan Masih

          when you can come online ?, we shall talk…

          • sadia mughal

            my timing is 9:00 pm From Pakistan time.

        • Irfan Masih

          what is your time to come online we will talk…..

      • sadia mughal

        My financial account is suspended. Why?

        • Irfan Masih

          when you come online we shall talk…..

          • sadia mughal

            9:00 pm Pakistam time

          • Irfan Masih

            Hi, How are you ? are you there ?

          • sadia mughal

            Yes i am online now

  • Manohar-kumar

    Dear O desk..

    Please i have requested updates my profile & bids

    so that that i can properly apply new job.

    I hope you solve my problem as soon as possible

    https://www.odesk.com/users/~01d50ca2121151a3d8

  • Den Rybin

    Hello oDesk,

    How are you?
    I love oDesk and have worked over one year.
    But i could not get any job for 2 months.
    Please help me.
    My odesk id : https://www.odesk.com/users/~01d6aa61461d678138

    Thanks,
    Den

  • Sera jul

    Dear sir,
    suspend my account . I sign through RightSignature. Kindly check attachment.
    Please help me to resume my account
    Thanks and regards
    sera jul Attachment(s)
    oDeskLegalConsent(1).pdf

  • Sera jul

    Dear sir,
    suspend my account . I sign through RightSignature. Kindly check attachment.
    Please help me to resume my account
    Thanks and regards
    sera jul Attachment(s)
    oDeskLegalConsent(1).pdf

  • Hena sarkar

    Hello Odesk,

    Why my client comment is not show on my
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    https://www.odesk.com/d/contracts/13395201 and please see this url also
    http://prntscr.com/5ddm9u
    http://prntscr.com/5ddmds
    I
    enable this comment more than 1 month ago but why it is not show on my
    profile yet. This is my profile link
    https://www.odesk.com/users/~0191165b387b96f33d

    Please as soon as possible solve my problem quickly.

    Best regards,
    Hena S.

  • Hena sarkar

    Hello Odesk,

    Why my client comment is not show on my
    profile.This is my project url
    https://www.odesk.com/d/contracts/13395201 and please see this url also
    http://prntscr.com/5ddm9u
    http://prntscr.com/5ddmds
    I
    enable this comment more than 1 month ago but why it is not show on my
    profile yet. This is my profile link
    https://www.odesk.com/users/~0191165b387b96f33d

    Please as soon as possible solve my problem quickly.

    Best regards,
    Hena S.

  • tianhao19881025@yahoo.com

    Dear.
    Thank you for your help.
    And then I have one problem.
    I got hourly job at the last week.
    But I can’t do work.
    And then his payment method is not verified yet.
    When I will work?
    I need your help.
    Thank you.

  • https://www.behance.net/NewSkyBD AbuTaher

    i have no job quota but why ?

  • http://aathilsite.blog.com aathil ahamaed

    hello odesk
    I didn’t get any job for three months my profile is good and experience
    also high recommended but why i didn’t get any job in my odesk profile
    please help me . I am trying and trying .
    https://www.odesk.com/job/~0142fe189b65d410f3/apply/

  • YouGe

    I also can not get jobs.

    what is problem???

    please see followimg screen shot.
    i did bid but i can not see my bid history.

  • Hanifur Rahman

    Hello,

    My Financial transactions have been limited. I don’t understand why? My all information is verified. If you have any fault, please tell me and forgive me. I will not hurry anymore. But please resume my account. I want to continue.

    Please check my account https://www.odesk.com/users/~019733433bd31e23cc

    Thanks
    Best Regard
    Hanifur Rahman

  • Jayanti Mondal

    I have an another problem.

    I can’t apply for any job. Not in my
    name in the list of those who have applied. But why? If the application
    is not my name on the list of people not being able to see my
    application any Client’s.

    Please let me know, What should I do?

    I have already opened lot of tickets but they said that this is my account review time and they have nothing to do.

    Please let me know, What should I do?https://www.odesk.com/users/~016d92aca91b1b46a2

  • malka

    i can’t see my name between all applicants..For that reason,i can’t do
    work on odesk.please check and solve as soon as possible.

  • malka

    Hello Odesk ,
    Thanks my monthly job application activate ,But my clients not show my proposal,after that i check my bids check where i send proposal not show there please check and clear this issu,my profile link…https://www.odesk.com/users/~01bcc3d2d2ef9f5133
    regard
    Malka

  • malka

    Hello ,

    1. My application quota is 25. But some days still my remaining applications

    0. But Why i send you again and again request but not anything 1 month ago .

    My profile..https://www.odesk.com/users/~01bcc3d2d2ef9f5133

    Regard

    Malka

  • Sandeep Mishra

    Hello,

    I am very much frustrated with the same answer in different ways. I don’t know whether you are getting my issue or not. And why you are replying me every times about applicant recommendations. I am working in oDesk since last 3 years and never face this type of issue.

    If I am applying for any job then my application should shown that I applied for that job either in higher or lower or in hidden tab. But it is not showing anywhere. But when my friend is bidding for the same job and he is new in oDesk and he didn’t do any job his application is showing. Why like this. This is my point that why my application is not showing.

    What is wrong with my ID. How to solve this. Please help me and solve this.

    I am facing this issue since last 1 month but nobody help me. I have complain many time in Odesk support help desk.

    • Sabuj Ahmed

      I have also the same issue!

      Please help me

      • قطرة ندى

        please if u can slove my problem l have problem

        Your Job Application quota has been reached

        Could u slove for me

        • Sabuj Ahmed

          What are your problem??

  • craig smikle

    i have a real concern i worked for telestart communication and should have been paid for over two months and still have not been paid. Every week is a different story and now i’m furious
    Can you please assist me so that i ca get my pay.

  • Sabuj Ahmed

    How I complete my Identity verification?
    Please tell me step by step.

    Where will I attach my valid government-issued photo ID?
    Please tell me as soon as possible.

  • Sarmin Aktar

    Please review my profile & give me job quota

  • Md kamruzzan

    Hi,

    I need help.i am apply to the job.but hide my Cover Letter.

    please active my account.

    Thanks

  • abdullah

    Hi, Can anybody helps me ? my account is suspended for 1years, I have
    contacted many times on customer support but they told they can not help
    .can anybody tell, what can i do at this situation ?

  • Nikhil Arfin

    what is this meant by this message in odesk

    “Hello Md,

    I understand how much you would like to keep on working in the oDesk platform.

    As a private company, we have the right to determine who can engage on our platform, and at this time our Trust and Safety management team has come to the conclusion that your participation can no longer be supported.

    Please be advised that further appeals of this decision may not be responded to as our decision is final.

    Sincerely,
    Sheila
    Freelancer Support Specialist | support.odesk.com”

  • Sabuj Ahmed

    Date- oct 29. I was Withdrawal.

    But it is not available in my local funds.

    I have already checked my local funds Bank account but it is not available yet.

    But why???

    Please help me. What should I do??????

  • Sabuj Ahmed

    Date- oct 29. I was Withdrawal.

    But it is not available in my local funds.

    I have already checked my local funds Bank account but it is not available yet.

    But why???

    Please help me. What should I do??????

    • Noor ul Amin

      I have also the same issue! have made a withdrawal on the same date (29 Oct) and it didn’t reach to my bank account. Normally it transfers the other day. I have opened a ticket with oDesk support, although I didn’t my issue resolved, however that is the only place to ask the support about this issue.

      1. Login to your oDesk account
      2. On the top right corner click the question mark “?” and then click “Help and Support”.
      3. Finally open a ticket and describe your issue.

      • Sabuj Ahmed

        Thank you very much.

        I have an another problem.

        I can’t apply for any job. Not in my name in the list of those who have applied. But why? If the application is not my name on the list of people not being able to see my application any Client’s.

        Please let me know, What should I do?

        I have already opened lot of tickets but they said that this is my account review time and they have nothing to do.

        Please let me know, What should I do?

        • Noor ul Amin

          I am sure you would have been got your money. I have got mine, I think there was issue with oDesk since it took much time than expected.

          Brother, I am not aware of the 2nd issue you have mentioned.

          Are you able to apply to a job and then you don’t see your name in the applicants list?

          Do you get any notification from oDesk regarding your application rejection or anything.

          If you are able to apply to a job, then you must be included in the applicants list. It is strange.

          • Sabuj Ahmed

            Yes I am able to apply to a job and then I don’t see my name in the applicants list.

            They said it’s my account review time. But how day’s long it will?
            I don’t know.

          • Irfan Masih

            Hello Sir, Please help me to solve my issue, oDesk suspended my account ?

          • Sabuj Ahmed

            Why has your account suspended?

          • Irfan Masih

            Dear, I did not login in my account more than 3 months because my laptop was damaged, this was my problem.
            Thanks you to help me

          • Sabuj Ahmed

            Why has your account suspended

          • Sabuj Ahmed

            Are you Bangladeshi? If you are Bangladeshi so please give me your phone number. I want to talk you with phone or give your Skype ID.

  • anwar

    I am facing a problem on my odesk home page. On homepage
    new jobs according to my selected categories are not update regularly.
    Homepage view always remain same which is settled at 6 days old job
    posts.

    It updates the jobs only when I have clicked on any particular job category.

    Please help me if you understood my problem.

    Regards

    Anwar Shahzad

  • Sabuj Ahmed

    1. My application quota is 25. But some days still my remaining applications
    0. But Why?

    2. Not in my name in the list of those who have applied. But why?
    If the application is not my name on the list of people not being able to see
    my application any Client’s.

    This is my profile https://www.odesk.com/users/~01e6637baa5d2bd611

    Regards

    Sabuj Ahmed

  • http://graphicriver.net/user/Dinamicostudio/portfolio?WT.ac=item_portfolio&WT.z_author=Dinamicostudio Ramzanul Hasan

    Hello oDesk ,
    I didn’t get any job for three months my profile is good and experience also high recommended but why i didn’t get any job in my odesk profile please help me . I am trying and trying .

    Here is my oDesk id : https://www.odesk.com/users/~018fc689629eeae10d

    Thanks !

    • https://www.odesk.com/users/~018fc689629eeae10d Ramzanul Hasan

      I didn’t get any good news ! I am very upset I am professional graphics designer i need long time job to build up my career in odesk please help me any one !

  • http://uniqueworldtech.com/ Rakesh

    My job Application Quota Hidden, anybody Please Help Me

  • Abdur rahman

    I have a problem.When i applied fixed price job then i can see my name between all applicants but when i applied hourly job then i can’t see my name between all applicants..For that reason,i can’t do work on odesk.please check and solve as soon as possible.

    thanks

    Abdur rahman

  • http://www.jes-trick.tk RAIHAN UDDIN

    I can’t show my live chat Option , Please help me .

  • http://www.jes-trick.tk RAIHAN UDDIN

    I can’t show my live chat Option , Please help me .

  • Riya khan

    Hello odesk,

    My job application is hidden and there is zero. Some clients work was
    halted due to financial problems. I’ve canceled the contract work.
    Please do a quick solution. https://www.odesk.com/users/~01ca0fa5dda4fe4a4f

    Thanks
    Riya khan

  • Robert Pattinson

    I love oDesk and American.and you.

    • Irfan Masih

      oDesk also suspended me account even i was doing good work….
      help me what i do ?
      regards,
      Irfan Masih

  • Ashit Mandol

    I have big problems to my account because I have lost my account password and security question. But how can I get help?

  • Mashuqur

    Hello

    oDesk suspend my account what can I do? please help me any one

  • Enista

    I have no quota, it says I should fix my profile I did that my profil is 75% complete, I even finished some of the test that will raise my quota but it is still 0 , please help me I need this really fast

  • nazma akter

    my profile is 100% complete and i am work 110 hour. but some day show my profile 95%. and suggest me add school to 5% +.

    But my school is already added
    and i am added more time and try more time but it is not completed. it is show 95%,
    so,

    please solve my problem quickly.

    • Sabuj Ahmed

      Re check your overview. Write more about yourself. Then it will 100%

  • Mubashra Liaqat

    Dear,
    oDesk suspend my account permanently i am very worry about
    this i spend 2400 hours on odesk in 2 years and now after two years
    oDesk suspend my profile please tell me what i can do now ? Any one vote
    me and help me to resume my account i am thankfull all of you…..
    please review my profile what i can do now, i have a great profile but no able to work on it
    https://www.odesk.com/users/~0
    Regards
    Mubashra

    • Irfan Masih

      Dear, same is being with me. oDesk also suspended me account even i was doing good work….
      help me what i do ?
      regards,
      Irfan Masih

  • Md. Mukter Hossaing

    How Can I Upload my National ID Card & Why my job application quotas is 0 ( Nill) But Why?

    • Joseph

      Report this to oDesk Help Center here: https://support.odesk.com/login
      Ask them to send you a link where you can upload your Identification details.

      Thanks

  • Ale Ma

    Over the last 3 years, I have worked on many websites with my brother. I have experience of Seo, back linking, link building, social bookmarking, social networking, link wheel and i want earn more experience. I have to bookmarking, Forum Profile, Article submission, Directory submission, Web 2.0 site lists and all site with PR 0-10. I will complete your task manually. I always follow WHITE HAT & PENGUIN update.

  • baladesigner

    well, I got the good idea as be as freelancer. Here in second para first line i.e., “a woman with six grandchildren and 15 grandchildren”. But It must be “a woman with six children and 15 grandchildren” is correct. Please change it.

  • Monjjur

    I do not have quotas.

  • Suma

    Hi, Can anybody helps me ? my account is suspended for 15 days, I have contacted many times on customer support but they told they can not help .can anybody tell, what can i do at this situation ?

    • Joseph

      No way oDesk can not solve this problem since they know the reason for your account suspension.

      Contact them as many times as possible until they open up your account.

    • charles

      Hi Suma, am new to this. please connect with me at Gmail: charles.vimala or Skype: charles.muthiah

  • Mdsaykat Kobir

    I am happy to run stay with digital nomads…Thanks.

  • kobir_saykat

    I want to continue stay with digital nomads.

  • rajib roy

    I am interested to continue stay with digital nomads…Thanks..

  • jignesh Patel

    Can anybody help me,

    I am facing this issue since last 15 days but nobody help me. I have complain many time in Odesk support help desk.
    Problem is when i am updating my id verification Process its give me server error. I attach screen shot of that error.
    Without id verification i can not apply job and cant withdraw my revenue. So please suggest what should i do.

  • Palash asha

    I am a palash facebook log on : palash asha, please give any job of computer, thanks to co-operative

  • Israt

    I’ve completed all stages to submit my passport form and get the police
    varification also. The date of submission of my passport was 2nd
    September 2014. But in 1st September i’ve got an sms from MRP passport
    like that “Delivery of your passport against ************* is deplayed
    due to unavoidable circumstances. You will be notified again when your
    passport is ready.”
    Now my question is how can I confirmed that my
    passport is not realy ready for unavoidable situation? Please suggest me
    what can I do now.

  • Guest

    please give good solve

  • haripria

    I want to continue stay with digital nomads.

  • haripria

    Hi,
    Thanks for your help. Digital nomads very useful for every one.

  • carl m.

    Thanks for these articles. It inspires me to work even more.

  • Ravichandran J.V.

    Informative!

    Helps to know that I am a Digital Nomad :D

  • http://about.me/vijaysood Vijay Sood

    @brennan_gamwell:disqus Thanks for the hat-trick this time. All three stories were interesting to read. Whie @gisela inspires to keep the passion alive, @Michael inspires to never give hope. And, @rocco tips were useful.