My Life as a Digital Nomad in Instagram Photos

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Photography and Writing by Conni Biesalski
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A couple weeks ago I celebrated my one-year location-independent self-employment anniversary.

I spent part of the year in Berlin, a while in Southeast Asia and a couple months in Mexico.

My resume?

I love it. I couldn’t imagine a better lifestyle.

2013 will and has already been very exciting.

I mean, let’s be honest, whoever has been following this blog for a while, knows the shit I went through last year. However, I can now proudly say that I’m over it. My trip to Mexico helped aaaaaaa lot. Being focused on my businesses also helped a lot.

I can’t even believe all the things that went down in the last 12 months. Crazy. But no matter, whether good or bad, I’m so thankful for all of them. They brought me to the road I am on today, right this minute.

A few things I accomplished in the last 12-14 months:

  • quite my first grown-up job after 8 months and went freelance.
  • set up a German backpacking world travel blog and build it to 15.000 unique readers a month and almost 2000 Facebook fans in 9 months. It makes it one of the most popular travel blogs in Germany. I make decent money off it and am cooperating with tour operators and tourist boards.
  • overcoming my biggest heartache ever and getting my life back on track.
  • set up a new life in Berlin, including new friends, new apartment.
  • went digital nomading in Indonesia, Thailand and Mexico.
  • Overcame my fear of traveling solo again.
  • starting to create an Internet startup from scratch with awesome people (brand new, working on the pitch for investors as I type)
  • set up a project called Blog Camp, with which we teach people how to become professional bloggers during workshops. Held our first blog camp here in Berlin beginning of March this year. Went for 5 days and we had a blast and got amazing feedback. Next one is scheduled for end of April.
  • attended my first huge travel conference, ITB, and it turned out super successful for me and my blog.
  • had my second coming out. This time, a personal one, being single.
  • wrote and published a free e-book beginning of February this year. It has been downloaded almost 2.000 times so far.
  • changed many people’s lives by the work I’m doing.
  • Met looooads of people and made many new friends traveling and here in Berlin.
  • feeling happy about myself, my work, my life, my plans.

There is so much more to come and I’m really excited about life every day.

 

So instead of rambling on in text about all the things I have done even more, I decided to fill you in visually.

So sit back and relax. Get a coffee, grab a beer or light a cigarette.

Here is my digital nomad porn:

 

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My life in two bags.

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Part of what’s inside my two bags.

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Being a digital nomad at the beach in Zipolite, Mexico (February 2013)

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I really do. (One of my business cards)

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I have a digital nomad base in Berlin now. Not forever, but for now.

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And i got my own apartment in Berlin in November 2012. Very strange to do that, but good decision. I doesn’t keep me from travelling or being a digital nomad, and provides me with a nice base when I come back to Berlin. I just sublet it when I’m gone.

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And this is me somewhere in Berlin.

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And this is one co-working space called betahaus, where I like to hang out and get some work done.

 

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I also spent some time in my home in Bavaria. Felt good during a hard emotional time in my life.

 

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Spent some time in Thailand in 2012, working from…well, anywhere there was WIFI ;)

 

I love walking barefoot 24/7. This was on Koh Tao, Thailand.

I love walking barefoot 24/7. This was on Koh Tao, Thailand.

 

My favorite beach on Koh Tao.

My favorite beach on Koh Tao.

 

One of my digital nomad offices.. this one in Zipolite, Mexico, with ocean view. Loved this place. Totally want to go back later this year.

One of my digital nomad offices.. this one in Zipolite, Mexico, with ocean view. Loved this place. Totally want to go back later this year.

 

And another office by the beach in Mazunte, Mexico.

And another office by the beach in Mazunte, Mexico.

 

On the plane from Oaxaca to Cancun.

On the plane from Oaxaca to Cancun.

 

I like to do a lot of yoga when I'm on the road.

Mazunte, Mexico: I like to do a lot of yoga when I’m on the road.

 

One of my favorite places to work is a hammock! (Zipolite, Mexico)

One of my favorite places to work is a hammock! (Zipolite, Mexico)

 

I never get enough of these views. Mazunte, Mexico.

I never get enough of these views. Mazunte, Mexico.

 

Laguna Bacalar, the lake of seven colors. I totally fell in love with this place in Yucatan, Mexico.

Laguna Bacalar, the lake of seven colors. I totally fell in love with this place in Yucatan, Mexico.

 

The good life as a digital nomad. After-work cocktail ;)

The good life as a digital nomad. After-work cocktail ;)

 

More office views in Mexico.

More office views in Mexico.

 

Have I mentioned how much I love Mexico? Probably one of the only countries I could see myself living in for a long time!

Have I mentioned how much I love Mexico? Probably one of the only countries I could see myself living in for a long time!

 

I came back from Mexico end of Feb 2013 to attend ITB as a travel blogger. It is the world's biggest and most important travel conference.

I came back from Mexico end of Feb 2013 to attend ITB as a travel blogger. It is the world’s biggest and most important travel conference.

 

And this is me at ITB. What a ride! Great experience, great meetings with companies and tourism boards - should be a supercool travel year!

And this is me at ITB. What a ride! Great experience, great meetings with companies and tourism boards – should be a supercool travel year!

 

Sorry for a bit of bad quality. But hey, I think you get the gist, right?

 

How and where would you like to live your digital nomad life? Do you have any questions on how to become one?

 

13 Responses to My Life as a Digital Nomad in Instagram Photos

  1. Dani says:

    Love this! It looks like you had an amazing year – here’s to many more successful years as a digital nomad :)Your pictures make us want to go back to Mazunte and Zipolite – loved these little beach towns! Internet was patchy though when we were there two years ago, is it better now? Maybe we should have a blog house there :)

    • Conni says:

      Thanks lovely! It was actually a massive rollercoaster ride, but it all turned out pretty good…

      Internet was pretty good especially in Zipolite. I mean, not superamazing, but I was fine with it.
      haha blog house would be fucking awesome there!!!

      see you guys soon in Berlin?

  2. Ash Clark says:

    Oh the beach and sun… I remember that…. Congrats on the 1 year anniversary!

  3. Amanda Halm says:

    I have a lot of questions. Love this blog, love the photos. I want to live part-time as a digital nomad – I’ve already expatrioted, repatrioted and authored two guidebooks. Want to do more.
    Travel writing i is exhausting, in my experience. how do you keep up?
    How many languages do you speak?
    How do you make money with all the travel expenses?

    Thanks!
    Amanda

  4. Wow! You have had so much success! Congratulations.

    I LOVE seeing the contents of other traveler’s backpacks. LOVE IT.

  5. Jackie D says:

    Your business cards are awesome! I’m wondering why you ever left Mexico, though…all of those “offices” look like heaven :)

  6. NonNomad says:

    Actually, I’m sort of a exact opposite of a nomad. However, your tips are useful and the stories from your travels are fascinating… This guy recently visited my town and I had a chance to learn a few valuable things from him. Best of luck to you all!

  7. Nio says:

    I have always wanted to travel like you, but i fall for the whole mexico is scary rumours. Can you share some insight?

  8. Juergen says:

    Hi, I really love your writing and the attitude of your lifestyle. It’s amazing whats possible nowadays if you dare to follow your dreams. However, I’m currently back in Germany after a few years backpacking and working overseas. But meanwhile I think I can hear my backpack screaming. He’s starving for the scent and dust of the road again. And the best thing is, everyone can. So why shouldn’t I? Greetz ….

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