Life As Digital Nomads
It has been 6 months since we moved into our Motorhome full-time. We’ve adopted true digital nomad life, working &
The opportunity to travel through Europe in a campervan & have the chance to visit all of these beautiful countries at a slow pace has always been a dream for both of us. So with our online business starting to take off at the end of 2018 the decision to leave the UK for the foreseeable future was a big one but looking back, we are so happy we have committed to full-time van life. Having the freedom to pinpoint on a map where you would like to go & being able to make that happen the very same day, is nothing short of amazing.
Another big advantage of leaving the UK & travelling into Europe has been our reduced monthly outgoings. Not just campsites & fuel being less expensive but our day to day spending such as groceries & general cost of living have also been reduced massively. We recorded all of our spends when
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Digital Nomad Living & Working In a Tiny Home
Living & working in
Off Grid – Charging Laptops / Phones
The biggest problem for us at the start was keeping the laptops charged when we were living off grid & moving from place to place. We have a solar panel fitted to the top of the motorhome which keeps our leisure battery topped up day-to-day. In the winter even with an inverter, it surges the battery too much to keep the laptops & phones charged enough to be sustainable for working remotely.
We have now found our balance a lot better with staying on campsites for the majority which takes away the need of electric when we are off grid then still adventuring, hiking & exploring on days off.
Campsite Vs Off Grid
Staying on a campsite does have its advantages & takes away a lot of things that you need to think about that take time when you are off-grid especially when you have to work as well. Such as having
After the first few months we managed to find a good balance for our new nomadic life between work & travel. As mentioned staying on campsites for most of the time with taking days off to visit places, adventuring & all still being sustainable for work and running a business. We can last 2-3 days off-grid without electric and services being able to work & function as normal. Then due to work commitments & needing to charge the laptops we pinpoint a campsiteaire de service to stop again to get some work done.
We have found campsites /
Benefits Of Living In A Small Space
Our motorhome although being a small space inside has really opened up our way of living and has drawn our attention to new things that we have possibly overlooked before in everyday life.
Food wastage: In our 6 months of van life so far we have not wasted any food at all, having a small space to store food really makes you think about what you are buying and what you are eating for the next week or so. As in the past compared to living in a house or apartment I know we were both guilty every now & again of forgetting what we had to use up then having to throw it away just simply because we bought a lot more food as we had the space to store it.
Minimalist living: Getting rid of about 80% of our belongings before we left for nomad life on the open road has in hindsight been very soul cleansing. With each of us used to having an array of clothes and accumulated ‘stuff’ that we just didn’t use. Everything we have in the motorhome now is functional & geared solely toward working nomad life and our adventure lifestyle on the road. A book we have read since then called ‘Stuffocation’ outlines living more with less, and touches on some great issues in the world today. We would highly recommend this great read.
Appreciating the small things
Van life goes hand in hand with the outdoor lifestyle & as well as having all the mod cons & comforts of a home in a small space we have found we spend a lot more time outside. With anything from having bbq’s going for walks & hikes, watching sunsets (or sunrises), star gazing, playing ball games, chilling in the sun or checking out the local points of interest or historic sites in the new towns & villages we visit.
You can check out our highlights through West Coast France & Northern Spain here —>
Digital Nomad Life – Working & Technology Issues
Our online business & blog has been running smoothly alongside our nomad lifestyle & with ever advancing technology working has never been so accessible to connect with clients and other bloggers all over the world. Using online such tools as Zoom, Zoho, Clockify, Wunderlist and Buffer to name but a few, the digital world is allowing us to work and give birth to a totally new way of living life as digital nomads no matter where on the planet you are.
Internet connectivity has not been a problem since
For us working in the van, heading to a coffee shop, library, restaurant or co-working space for the day is very refreshing as you choose your office!
Digital Nomad & Van Life Communities
Since immersing ourselves in full-time van life & working on the road we have the come across some great campervan, motorhome & van life groups such as motorhome adventures all sharing the same love of nomadic travel in many different age ranges & locations across the world. The groups being great places to share tips & stories from nomad life on the road to looking for recommendations for places to stop & technical help for motorhomes or campers.
Being a digital nomad is becoming a popular culture with growing communities such as Remote Work & Jobs for Digital Nomads, Digital Nomads Around The World & Female Digital Nomads. From bloggers, virtual assistants to people creating online stores, selling their own products, artwork or jewelry. The possibilities are ever-increasing, with more and more options to work and live on the move.
Nomad Travel = Life Of Adventure
For us living in a motorhome full time has truly molded around our travel & adventure lifestyle. Being able to visit amazing places on our bucket list & also picking up recommendations from people we meet along the way is an amazing way to travel, work & live. Digital nomad life in our motorhome is something that has become the norm for us, travelling from place to place enjoying new foods, the mountains, sea & sun which all makes working long hours just that little bit better & with an added bonus of the odd lunch break on the beach!
We hope you have enjoyed our post on our Digital Nomad Life – Working & living in a motorhome full-time! Let us know if we have inspired you or if you have any questions below!
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Adam & Kelly x