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7 Lessons I’ve Learned Being a Successful Digital Nomad



Joel Brown Successful Entrepreneur

Are you considering expanding your business online and turning the world into your home?

Well, I can tell you this is absolutely possible because 9 and a half years ago I casted a vision to be able to work from anywhere in the world.

I didn’t know that the title for this kind of work would be called a “Digital Nomad“. This term hadn’t even been coined yet.

What I did know is that I needed to get out of my dead end 9-5 and I had a plan to make my online business Addicted2Success would be the engine to make this happen.

After travelling almost one third of the world so far and working from my laptop I have come to learn that there are so many amazing lessons to learn as a digital nomad.

Here are some of the lessons I have learned over the last decade:

1 – I have learned that the moments and challenges I have faced during my travels have naturally expanded my way of thinking

Because of this I have matured my mindset over the years.

The uncertainty at times encourages you to have a plan, to pay attention to detail, to learn new languages and to learn to adapt to different cultures.

2 – I have learned the power of switching up your environment.

Our environment has a 40% effect on our mental state. It’s important to change up your environment from time to time to give your brain new stimulus.

When you travel I want you to imagine what it would be like to live in the culture that the locals live in, ask yourself what would you create, look at businesses that are doing well in those countries and find inspiration in ideas that may be new to you that aren’t offered back at home.

I was recently in Monte Carlo and I was sitting back having a glass of wine just watching all of the luxury cars driving past and I couldn’t help but admire the quality and the design that goes into the place.

It made me think about how much planning and great business decisions that the wealthy would have made to develop the city and it’s lifestyle and how much more I should be placing bets on myself to achieve more in my 10 year vision.

Joel Brown from Addicted2Success

3 – Travel brings you back into gratitude.

We as humans often adjust to things and we start to pay into the small stuff that happen in a day by day mundane routines.

When you travel you are exposed to new things to be grateful for. When visiting what you’re grateful for you realize that there is even more to be grateful for.

4 – Travel allows you to connect with more people in person.

Isn’t it funny when you travel to other countries and you happen to hear someone talking in the same accent as you. It’s so easy to say “hey are you from (insert your place of birth)?” Without the nervousness of sparking a conversation with a stranger.

And when you both realize you are from the same place it’s almost like you have this long lost connection fall right into place.

Well the more I travel the more pick up on different accents from around the world and I ask strangers if they are from (insert the country you think they are from) and 9 times out of 10 they will answer back and we will dive deep into a conversation and many times I have stayed in contact with and done business with strangers.

I have also developed great relationships and business connections with people when I go back to Bali and Australia because I have been able to have a worldly conversation with other worldly people I meet back at home who are playing life at a higher level too.

Do this and you will surround yourself with those who are also set on living a fulfilling life.

5 – When I travel I actually make time to read and absorb new information.

I find myself by the beach or by a pool soaking in some sun rays and this is the perfect time to feed my mind.

When you are in the same old environment you can start to feel stagnant in your way of thinking which can then trickle into your way of feeling and so you lose that motivation to challenge yourself to grow.

Joel Brown reading at Amari Resort in Phuket, Thailand
Joel Brown at Amari Resort in Phuket

6 – When you travel and take a break from work for a week or two you start to reignite your desire.

This is the feed and starve effect.

Sometimes we are so focused as entrepreneurs in the business that we don’t give ourselves a chance to take a birds eye view and look at the business as a whole without touching it.

When I travel it gives me the chance to appreciate how grateful I am for having a business I get to work on from anywhere in the world and it keeps me mindful to block my time to work on it with more focus when I return to my working hours.

7 – You Will Learn to Create More Time for Morning Rituals

It can be easy to slip out of your morning rituals when you are traveling around so much.

As a digital nomad there is a lot of self accountability that is required to stay disciplined to your morning rituals. ie.. meditation, visualization, self development, working out.

It’s easy to get distracted by the amazing locations you can visit and sometimes you can be tempted to pass on your rituals.

I have learned to practice my morning rituals when I’m in and out of routines and new environments and because of this it becomes 10 times easier to commit to my rituals when I stay in one place for long periods of time.

Joel Brown Morning Visualization Practice
Joel Brown at Amari Resort in Phuket

I recently stayed at the Amari Resort in Phuket, Thailand and it was an unforgettable experience. The spa, the restaurant, the views and the service was top of the line.

If you are travelling to Thailand anytime soon make sure you stay there for a few nights. It’s a 5-star beachfront resort and the staff there are so attentive and friendly.

My favorite part of the experience was the 2 hour massage and the flower spa that the hotel arranged for us.

Checkout the pic below. The views were amazing from the spa. If you go there don’t forget to book in to do this:

Enjoying the Amari Phuket Resort Spa in Thailand

If you are interested in staying at this amazing resort make sure you book ahead of time here: Amari Phuket 5-Star Beachfront Resort

So what are your thoughts around working while you travel? Have you tried it before?

Are you a digital nomad too? If so, leave some of the lessons you have learned in the comments below. I’d love to hear what you have learned on your journey of living the laptop lifestyle.

And one last thing:

If you aren’t living the laptop lifestyle and would love to learn how to build an epic brand and business online then you can also checkout my monthly course called “The Circle of Influence” where I teach you how to build a brand like I have online so you can create an online business that not only gives you freedom but also becomes your platform to inspire millions with your message.

I am the the Founder of and I am so grateful you're here to be part of this awesome community. I love connecting with people who have a passion for Entrepreneurship, Self Development & Achieving Success. I started this website with the intention of educating and inspiring likeminded people to always strive for success no matter what their circumstances. I'm proud to say through my podcast and through this website we have impacted over 200 million lives in the last 10 years.

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5 Travel Hacks To Achieve Your Dream Of The World For Insanely Cheap



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What if I told you, that you could travel around the world for less for $1,500 a month?

Sounds like a dream, right?

…but wait, doesn’t it cost a lot money to travel?

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Ever since I got the first stamp on my passport, I’ve become obsessed with traveling around the world, and with that obsession came the question…

How could I make this cheaper?

So after a few years of wanderlust and traveling around the world, as well as landing my friends cheap flights, here are my top 5 travel hacks I’ve learned in order to travel around the world for less than $1,500!

(In many cases I was able to live for under $800)

1. Whenever you fly international, do not combine your domestic and international flights!

The majority of the cost associated with your ticket, comes from taxes!

Depending on where you are flying from and where you are flying to, there could be an additional 19 different tax codes driving up your airline fare!

So whenever you book your flights, make sure that you book a domestic flight to the biggest international airport, and then fly out from there via separate tickets!

To give you an idea on how much you can save, it costs around $900-$1100 for a round trip flight to Oslo, Norway out of Phoenix, Arizona (PHX) where I am based – and they are never direct flights!

However if you fly out of Los Angeles (LAX), a major international airport, you can find round trip flights for only $325 – and they are direct flights!

With a quick $150 round trip flight from PHX to LAX, my total round flight cost from PHX to OSL ends up being only $475 instead of $900 or more!

That’s over $400 in savings!

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2. Separate your international round trip tickets into separate one way tickets

So we all know that the farther away that you book your ticket, the better the discount you get, so why should you get penalized for booking for your return flight in advance?

When you separate your international round trip flights, you can save up to another 10%-20% or even more simply because of the way that airlines hike up ticket prices closer to your flight date.

Also if you read our tip above, every nation has it’s own different tax rates, so the effective tax rate on your ticket from where you are leaving from, may be higher than where you are coming back from, so when you book them separately you get those additional savings!

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3. Skip the hotels, rent like a local!

How much do you think it costs to live five steps off the beach in Greece for a month? $5,000? $2,000?

Nope! A whopping $695 if you rent via if you want to keep things simple (you get up to 60% off some rentals if you stay a week – month), but that’s still a little too high!

The other option requires a bit of work, but if you type in “Greek Google Search” into Google the first result will be the Greek version of Google, which means all your results will be relevant from a local’s perspective instead of from a tourist’s perspective!

Wait, what does that mean?

Well if you search “Rental homes in Santorini Greece” while you’re in the United States or any other country other than Greece, google thinks you’re looking for a vacation rental, but when you search via the Greek version of Google, it thinks you’re looking to rent an apartment, not a vacation rental.

So the results that appear, are local Greek apartment rental sites, and you can find month to month rentals right on the beach, for less than $400 a month!

How wild is that?!

Feeling that impulsive wanderlust taking over yet? Keep reading!

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4. Put your cell phone bill on hold, get a local SIM card

Almost every country outside of the United States, charges less for cell phone service; in fact in some countries, unlimited data, text, and minutes is only $15 USD!

So while many avid travelers may already be picking up local SIM cards in the countries that they fly to, what most do not know is that you can “freeze” or put your cell phone on hold for little to no charge, saving you even more $$$!

In other words, you’re welcome for that extra beer money! 🙂

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5. Travel for FREE by creating a lifestyle blog – yes, guys you can too!

How does free hotel stay, free cruises, and free flights sound?

Pretty amazing, right?

If you think it sounds too good to be true, it’s not!

Hotels, cruise lines, amusement parks, and tour companies invest millions a year in influencer marketing, covering travel expenses and often times even paying lifestyle influencers to experience their hotels, cruises, parks, or tours in exchange for sharing their experience to their following or fan base!

…but wait, what if I’m just getting started, will anybody pay for my travel?

The short answer is, no, UNLESS you use the following advice!

All of these companies care about one thing, EXPOSURE, and how do you show that you are worth flying out and having your stay covered?

Simple, analytics!

Now I know I just threw out a crazy word right there, but I’ll break it down for you.

If you can show these companies a general idea of how much exposure they’ll receive by putting together a one page document with screenshots of how many people end up coming to your blog every month, and engage with your Facebook and Instagram posts, you’ll be able to convince them!

…but what if I don’t have any traffic or have a following?

Well, it’s time to get to work!

Create a Facebook page, a Pinterest account, and an Instagram account, and start writing posts and sharing them with your friends!

The founder of Addicted2Success also has a great article on how to get started which you can find here

However if you are impatient like I am, and have a little money to invest, here are two tips that can help you achieve a following a lot quicker!

  1. Place Google ads on your blog to earn you money per visitor
  2. Run Facebook ads to your blog

How does adding Google ads to your site help you develop a following?

It won’t, but what it does do, is pay you every time an ad is displayed or clicked by a visitor on your site. On average Google pays around $10 per 1,000 visitors to your site, and while that might sound like a daunting number to hit, you can use Facebook ads to help hit that number!

With a little bit of testing, you should be able to get clicks from Facebook for around penny or two per click, so every 100 visitors to your site will only cost you $1-2, and while you might not make money in the beginning, having Google ads on your site will help you recover some of your ad spend, while will you rapidly develop a following!

Eventually those paid visitors will start coming back to your site organically and you’ll turn a profit, but here is the catch!

Remember when I said, that exposure matters?

Not only will you start turning a small profit, but now you have a following which you can start showing hotels, cruise lines, and tour companies!

Guess what that means?


( If your head is spinning from all the information above, don’t worry! I’ve taken the time to write up a step by step guide to make it easier! )


So like I hinted above, it doesn’t cost a lot of money to travel! Stop thinking that you have to be rich to enjoy the world! Feed your wanderlust and get out there, adventure is calling!

Thank you for reading, and if you enjoyed these tips, share it!
Or if you know someone who loves traveling, send them this article!

Give the gift of affordable travel 🙂 it’s the best gift you can ever give!

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