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Michael Haralson

I'm the owner of Digital Nomad Explorer. I've traveled to over 50 countries and been an expat in Scotland, Finland, and China. I was a digital nomad while having my own robotics company and traveled throughout Europe and China working remotely. Currently, I'm location independent with a home base in Kirkkonummi, Finland.

Does Location Independence Give More Freedom Than Digital Nomadism?

Some of the articles on this blog have made you wonder, will you be a digital nomad forever? Perhaps, but probably not. As many digital nomads get older, they look into a different type of lifestyle. One such option that’s in the same vein as digital nomadism is location independence. Does location independence offer more …

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9 Problems Digital Nomads Have When Working Remotely

Working remotely is a beautiful concept. The idea of making your own schedule, working on your own terms, and having the freedom to make room for other exciting things in your life is alluring. However, the lifestyle adds some additional pressures on digital nomads. It is not always easy to balance your work and personal …

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How to Be a Digital Nomad Software Developer (Types, Skills, and Jobs)

A software developer is an expert who develops, maintains, and designs software applications. These applications can be web-based, mobile, or computer. When one is a digital nomad software developer, the main difference is that they are working remotely (often in a distant country) and works on projects on a temporary or permanent basis through an …

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17 Adventures a Digital Nomad Can Have in Beach Areas

Almost everyone loves the beach. It may be autumn now, but given that you’re a digital nomad, you can go anywhere tropical, even in the colder months. While obviously there’s swimming in the sea and sunbathing on the warm sands, you may wonder, do you have any other options for beach fun? You can have …

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How Important is Learning the Local Language for a Digital Nomad?

Meeting new people from different cultures is one of the things that attracts people to the digital nomad lifestyle. Countries are very diverse, culturally, and linguistically. A single continent, or even a single country, features very different groups of people not to mention language. Thinking over all my travels, and especially the time I lived …

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Can Digital Nomads Find Work as Virtual Assistants?

One of the ways through which you can become a digital nomad is venturing into the career of a virtual assistant. Virtual assistants offer relief to busy entrepreneurs and corporate administrators by covering some of their day-to-day tasks. Virtual assistants render different services depending on the niche in which they specialize and the nature of …

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Is it Possible to Be a Digital Nomad When You Are Older?

It’s often assumed that when the topic of digital nomads comes up, almost immediately they think about young people in their late teens or their 20s. Type the keyword ‘digital nomad’ into Google images, and you are likely going to see one recurring picture. Young digital nomads are, in most cases, portrayed having a good …

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How to Get Freelance Video Editor Jobs while Living as a Digital Nomad

If you aspire to be a digital nomad, video editing is one of those careers that can allow you to go completely independent. It can also be financially rewarding if you hone your skills and build the right networks. Furthermore, video editing is a passion career for creatives who like to tell stories and express …

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Phases of a Digital Nomad Life from Beginner to Retirement

One of the biggest lifestyle changes you can make is becoming a digital nomad. You go from having a stable home to living everywhere, seeing friends and family regularly to much less often, and working in an office to doing work wherever you can. Most digital nomads have lived such a lifestyle for years, but …

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How Can a Digital Nomad Manage a Team Remotely?

Being a digital nomad doesn’t only mean you are a freelancing solo traveler with little human connection, working at your own discretion independently. Some digital nomads might want to step into the business management side of things and manage their remote team.  So how can a digital nomad step into managing a team remotely?• Lead …

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How Can a Digital Nomad Photographer Build a Freelance Business?

Digital nomadism can be an exciting life path for those who enjoy photography. As always, I will remind you just how intriguing it can be and at the same time, be direct in telling you that it is also a lot of hard work. I recommend the life to anyone who adores beauty, nature, and …

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What Skills Does a Digital Nomad Need to Be a Graphic Designer

If you’re a graphic designer, you’re used to working a 9-5 or at least being location dependent while working with your clients to meet with them in person to understand their vision. However, there are ways to live the nomadic lifestyle as a graphic designer. Once you hit the road, or if you haven’t taken …

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The Effective Worker Side of the Digital Nomad Entrepreneur

So you made it. You’re on your way to become a digital nomad because you have made a solid decision to start this lifestyle or you are just beginning by having moved to a foreign country. Alternatively, you might already be a digital nomad and looking for ways to improve your business. The next step …

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What is a Digital Nomad Entrepreneur (Definition, Job, Lifestyle)?

A few years ago, I had a robotics start-up and was a digital nomad traveling and working out of start-up incubators around Europe and China. I met my share of entrepreneurs and digital nomads. Most of the people I met easily identified themselves as entrepreneurs and part of the start-up scene. When it came to …

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What Are the Advantages of Being a Digital Nomad When You Are Young?

Ah, youth. Young people, fresh out of high school or college, have a different view of the world. They have a high-energy to tackle new challenges. They are generally excited about what’s to come, and the unknown, though slightly anxiety-inducing, is more exhilarating than terrifying as it brings the possibility for new adventures and new …

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13 Remote Working Trends That Impact Digital Nomads and Remote Working Jobs

Like any field, the world of remote work does not remain static. Instead, as new technologies and ideas emerge, digital nomadism and other remote work evolve as well. It’s crucial then to stay abreast of upcoming trends, as they will affect you in some way. Which trends are the most noteworthy? Digital nomads should pay …

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Can You Start a Digital Nomad Freelance Business with No Experience?

You are sold on the digital nomad lifestyle, and it looks like a perfect match for what you want to do. You’ve done your research. You are ready for something more, but you are also worried. You fear you don’t have the correct skill sets just yet to jump overseas and start your digital nomad …

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11 Ways a Motorcycle Can Create Amazing Digital Nomad Adventures

In your life as a digital nomad, you’ve probably seen the world from just about every vessel imaginable. These include planes, trains, cars, maybe even a boat. Have you ever tasted the beauty of life on the back of a motorcycle? If not, you’re majorly missing out. What do we mean by that? You can …

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