10 European Digital Nomad Blogs we Follow at GoGo Places

If you are from Europe, you might be a little dismayed at the lack of representation from our continent in the digital nomad blogosphere, as the scene has been dominated by entrepreneurs, freelancers, and bloggers from the USA and Canada since the start of the movement.

However, we here at GoGo Places have become aware of a growing number of location independent professionals from countries like Ireland, Germany, and Croatia that have amazing blogs that you should check out.

Below, we will highlight those that are making some serious waves in their respective niches…

1) One Step 4Ward (onestep4ward.com)

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Coming from a background of poverty, it would have been hard to envision that Johnny Ward would one day lead the globetrotting lifestyle chronicled on One Step 4Ward.

Yet, this Irish digital nomad, who captains a bustling content marketing business and an educational start-up from Bangkok when not pursuing the goal of visiting every country in the world (only two remain – Yemen and Norway), lives a dream that many of us are striving to attain for ourselves.

Johnny has also been up to a great deal of good lately, leading a trip into the heart of Cambodia with fans to build a school in a rural community. This good example should be a reminder to us all that we can always aim to give back just a bit more to the world that makes our lives possible.

2) Felicia Hargarten (feliciahargarten.com)

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Felicia Hargarten is an enthusiastic entrepreneur that runs Travelicia, one of Germany’s largest travel/digital nomad blogs, and DNX, a site that aims to bring together remote workers from around the world to attend conferences and co-living/co-working retreats.

Looking at her background, it is not difficult to understand how she has achieved a great degree of success over the past several years. With a background in marketing, communications and event management, she has taken these skills and used them to build an amazing mobile lifestyle.

3) Chris Ducker (chrisducker.com)

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Known as the Virtual CEO, British entrepreneur, Chris Ducker has taken the experiences that went into building outsourcing company Virtual Staff Finder (VSF), and has built a powerful personal brand over at chrisducker.com.

Today, Chris is now focusing on building a membership community based around teaching entrepreneurs how to build a profound personal brand, as well as offering courses that teach digital nomads how to manage a virtual team.

4) Westfalia Digital Nomads (westfaliadigitalnomads.com)

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Together with his American wife, Armando Costantino (who calls Milan, Italy home) has spent the last four years exploring Europe in a van.

Making a living as a freelance videographer and film director (his wife Melony is a freelance writer), they have shown that using mobile technology, anyone can make their travel dreams come true while making a living at the same time.

5) Nomad Revelations (http://www.joaoleitao.com)

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Renowned travel blog procured to inspire independent travellers and audacious backpackers through exotic narratives and offbeat ideas.

Joao is a reference for anything and everything related to traveling, from the most popular destinations to the most exotic ones. Filled with tips and great stories, he definitely runs of the most comprehensive Portuguese written travel site and a serious off the beaten path English blog. I really hope we bump into each other one of these days.

6) Disrupting The Rabblement (ndoherty.com)

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A freelance web designer that has made his name in the blogging world traveling while avoiding planes entirely, Niall Doherty has a unique perspective from which other nomads can learn.

Often travelling between continents by getting a cabin aboard cargo ships instead of on a long-haul flight like the rest of us, Niall’s experience in this area could inspire other digital nomads to embark on adventures that they would have otherwise never considered.

Heading to the Canary Islands soon? Seeing how Niall posted his latest Mementos blog entry from Grand Canaria, there’s a chance you might run into him!

7) Project Getaway (projectgetaway.com)

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Want to get away to paradise and change your life at the same time? If so, you’ll want to consider Project Getaway, which is the pet project of Danish entrepreneur Michael Bodekaer.

Normally hosted at a villa surrounded by rice paddies in Bali, the concept branched out to Mauritius in 2016, with two events being held at a resort on this underrated tropical island nation.

Offering budding entrepreneurs and freelancers a chance to supercharge their business’ development through a series of talks, mentorship sessions, workshops, as well as the chance to have loads of fun with like-minded people, 2017 is looking like it will be a great year for them.

8) Fluent In 3 Months (fluentin3months.com)

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Soon after graduating with a degree in electrical engineering, Ireland native Benny Lewis could have never predicted that just several years later, we would be lauding him as one of the leading language learning gurus on the internet.

After cracking the code on how to effectively pick up languages quickly during an internship in Spain, the website ‘Fluent In 3 Months’ was registered shortly thereafter.

With a focus on keeping things simple and forcing yourself to speak the language you are trying to learn, Benny has drawn praise from some big names, including the digital nomad godfather himself, Tim Ferriss.

These days, the latest articles posted on Fluent In 3 Months have focused on killing the excuses that we tell ourselves when it comes to why we can’t learn a specific language. If you plan on travelling extensively in Europe, this is one you need to read.

9) Off The Path (off-the-path.com)

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Born and raised on the island of Mallorca, Sebastian Canaves now calls Germany home, but only between trips to various travel hotspots around the globe.

It was during earlier voyages that Off The Path was born. This site’s mission: to uncover the amazing adventures that are not experienced by most tourists, thereby opening more exciting ways to enjoy your travels.

Written in English and German, its accessibility to those that speak the latter language has made it one of the most successful travel blogs in Germany.

10) Nomad Is Beautiful (nomadisbeautiful.com)

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Started by Ivana Greslikova and Gianni Bianchini, a Slovakian-Italian couple that has a mutual love for photography and writing, Nomad Is Beautiful is one of the most visually stunning travel blogs on the web today.

Like many of us, they enjoyed the short trips taken during time off work but were left wanting more. Once Gianni’s employer made his position redundant, he and Ivana took a leap of faith, launched Nomad Is Beautiful, and took to the road.

Soon, travel brands and tourism boards took notice, as the quality of the pictures in this site’s posts were above and beyond what was normally seen on other travel blogs.

Today, Ivana and Gianni still work with many of these players, but we also love that they run their own photo tours in various destinations around the globe. Maybe, they can teach us how to shoot in low light (seriously, it’s tough)?

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7 Must Read Books for Every Digital Nomad

With the disruption of the workforce continuing unabated, many are now beginning to realise that old career paths aren’t as stable as they used to be.

At the same time, some have also heard about the rise of the digital nomad, who are professionals that use worldwide internet connectivity to complete work or run a business from anywhere on the planet.

Seeing pictures of them getting it done at beach bars on the other side of the world is enough to make others want to join their ranks.

If you wish to achieve this goal as well, reading well-written books will go a long way towards providing you with the knowledge needed to become a digital nomad.

Below, we will highlight seven books that will equip aspiring location independent professionals with the information that they will need in order to build a business or recruit a client base that will allow them to operate from anywhere in the world.

The Four-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss

Although you could set out on your digital nomad journey without reading The Four Hour Work Week, you would be missing out on learning about the path that one of the pioneers of the movement blazed on his way to becoming location independent.

From the opening chapters, Tim Ferriss makes the case that retirement is an antiquated notion at best and that it would be best to focus our efforts on creating a lifestyle that allows us to use our time any way we see fit.

As you progress through the book, he lays out the groundwork for freedom-minded individuals to find their own way to location independence, all while peppering in success stories that will make you ask, “If these people made it happen, what’s my excuse?”

Vagabonding by Rolf Potts

Like the idea of a life of perpetual travel, but think that it is out of reach for you? Rolf Potts will shatter your perception of it being a fundamentally expensive endeavour by laying out how even those of meagre means can make it happen.

An efficient read at only 240 pages, Vagabonding delivers massive value by showing you how one can finance their travels with relative ease, adjust to life in a foreign country, deal with common frustrations, and cope with reverse culture shock upon returning home.

By reading this book, not only will you be convinced that this life is possible, but you will be better prepared for the realities of coping with cultural norms that differ from your own.

Crush It! by Gary Vaynerchuk

Even if you plan on entering the digital workforce as a freelancer or remote worker, there are a number of tasks that you will now have to perform that was handled by your former company.

In essence, you are now your own business, so you need to act like an entrepreneur, even if you don’t consider yourself to be one.

While it only covers basic technical issues of working for yourself, Gary Vaynerchuk’s Crush It! acts mostly as a metaphorical kick in the butt for those needing a spark to get up off their duff and seek out opportunities that will ensure a long and fruitful career away from the 9-5 paradigm.

The Personal MBA by Josh Kaufman

Unlike Crush It!, The Personal MBA by Josh Kaufman does get into the nuts and bolts of being in business for yourself.

Aiming to be a DIY substitute for those that are unwilling to shell out many thousands of dollars for a traditional MBA, it breaks down the basics of sales, marketing, negotiation, productivity, operations, and so on.

It also addresses issues that haven’t been adequately covered by staid academic programs that have changed little since the mid-20th century, which also makes it a valuable book for those that already have a business degree.

All things considered, this book is a must-read for all digital nomads.

Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh

Despite having time and mobility freedom, you’ll still need to please your remote employer, clients, or customers if you have any hope of sustaining this lifestyle in the long run.

To do this, you will need to internalise a philosophy of creating delight for everyone that you work with; in our opinion, reading Tony Hsieh’s Delivering Happiness is the quickest way to internalise these principles.

As the CEO of Zappos (which was acquired by Amazon in 2009), Tony applied lessons learned from the science behind happiness to improve relations with clients and employees.

As such, this read will also be valuable if you end up hiring outsourcers/employees, making it a great book to keep in your rucksack/suitcase as you travel the world and grow your location independent business.

The Art of Non-Conformity by Chris Guillebeau

Written by serial entrepreneur Chris Guillebeau, The Art of Non-Conformity is a guide that implores you to challenge the assumptions that society has laid out before you, and to life a live that fits you rather than shoehorning yourself into someone else’s mould.

Based on the example that Chris has set over two decades of self-employment, you can travel to every country in the world, volunteer to help make it a better place, work on that passion project, or whatever else tickles your fancy. You are the writer of your own play – not someone else.

Remote by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson

This book, by 37signals, shows both employers and employees how they can work together, remotely, from any desk, in any space, in any place, anytime and anywhere in the world.

With 326 reviews averaging a 4-star rating and with high ranking on Amazon, proves this book is selling in the ten of thousands monthly. It can be downloaded as an e-book, purchased as a hard copy of audio file.

It explores the “working from home” model very clearly and will certainly give you food for thought, if you are thinking of becoming a digital nomad and is a must read.

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