A few years ago, when I was struggling to find myself and still living in my parents house, I stumbled across a new lifestyle concept: Digital Nomad.

Apparently, there were people traveling from one country to another, working remotely (usually using a computer and an internet connection), and making a living freelancing or owning their own business.

I didn’t know it at the time, but a few years later I would embrace this lifestyle myself: I would become a nomadic illustrator.

My Story as a Digital Nomad

As I related in my First Steps in the Illustration Business, I took an unconventional path to becoming an illustrator. It consisted of working a lot on developing myself and my work before starting to look for jobs and getting assignments.

That meant a few extra years living in my parents house and not having money. But it also meant having a lot of time to think, learn, experiment and work on building my future.

When I finally started contacting Art Directors and getting assignments, it was time to decide what I wanted to do with my life.

At that time, I was lacking something very important: I wasn’t confident with my English skills. I struggled when having a conversation in English. I was also feeling stuck with my personal life. I needed a change.

It was clear to me that I had to move out of my home town of Vilanova, Spain. I needed to go somewhere to keep challenging myself, learning, improving, and growing.

Without ever having visited the UK or knowing anyone there, I decided to move to Bristol. Somehow, I felt very attracted to the idea of starting a new life in a completely challenging and unknown environment.

I wasn’t aware of it at the time, but that was the starting point of my Digital Nomad adventure. What began as a step out of my comfort zone ended up being the initiation of a new life—a nomadic life.

After nearly a year in Bristol, I started traveling from one place to another, having many different experiences and embracing the nomadic lifestyle.

Then I spent a few months in the countryside of Finland, 7 months backpacking in Southeast Asia, a year in Madrid, followed by a year in Helsinki. During that time, I also took shorter trips to places as New York, Dubai or Japan.

In September, I’m moving to Budapest to start a new adventure in Eastern Europe.

The Digital Nomad Lifestyle
As a digital nomad, I don’t have a permanent house. I travel and work at the same time. Sometimes I stay a few months in a place, while sometimes just a few days.

My studio fits inside of my backpack, and I always bring it with me wherever I go.

I’m used to working from nearly anywhere, including cafes, airports, train and bus stations, hotel rooms–basically anywhere I can sit for a while comfortably (preferably with a table). I only need an internet connection and a way to charge the batteries on my devices every now and then.

I travel with a backpack which contains almost everything I have (the rest of my belongings are basically books and are stored at my dad’s house). This forces me to live a very simple life without owning many things.

Written by Magoz