Canadian food blogger Kiran has a unique business of selling a custom tripod and outsourcing video editing for food bloggers. She has an original business and original story that is inspirational and information packed.I met Kiran and her partner while living in Bangkok with my parents. We ended up working at the same co-working space and later both relocated to Chiang mai. I think she is a good role model for following the lean method of starting a business to reduce risk.
Tarantula spider eating digital nomad in Cambodia
Yes that’s right. Traveling, coding, and eating a Tarantula spider in Cambodia. Today we have a special guest Nigel Fish, a Vancouver digital nomad in Asia on “ghunglive”. I met Nigel in Taipei thanks to the introduction from my Taiwanese friend Serena in 2014. I credit Nigel with taking me deeper in the world of the Digital nomad and making me realize that I myself have become a digital nomad. Nigel is the first digital nomad that I’ve met in Asia actually from the same hometown. While I prefer to use Taiwan as a base and take less frequent trips to nearby countries in Asia, Nigel is more “nomadic” as he travels more frequently than I do. The truth is I would love to more freedom to travel like Nigel.
Why should you watch this video?
- Catch a glimpse of Nigel eating a Tarantula in Cambodia
- Learn more about the life of a Canadian web developer who makes a living traveling and working from different countries
- Get useful insight as a digital nomad in countries like Thailand, Cambodia, and Taiwan
- Learn about the type of digital nomads Nigel has met in Bangkok meetups
- Hear about Time Zone Freedom – The idea of not being chained to a 9am – 5pm schedule. Nigel is able to do sightseeing in the day and do some work at night
- Digital nomad essentials and useful resources
- How regular working people can get started into the Digital Nomad lifestyle
- Talk about visa allowances for Canadians in Asian countries
- Payment systems that are used to get paid over the Internet
- Bitcoin chat
- Way to meet people on our journey’s using Meetups and tinder
- The idea of becoming a Digital indefinitely
I think it’s great to meet people like Nigel that are not just talking about being a digital nomad, but that are actually living the lifestyle. He is so optimistic about giving it a try that it actually inspires me to push on. Nigel touched on the lifestyle stuff like green space and going for a run in Cambodia. I think its important for Digital Nomads to take into account the lifestyle that a city offers other than just cafe’s, low cost of living, and the Wifi availability. In Taipei I can go to the local sports center gym for 50nt for ($1.98 cdn, $1.59 US) for an hour or run at an Olympic style track for free. You can take out a U-bike rental with the Easycard to the riverside for an hour or two for less than $1 US without any sign-up or insurances hassles. What is the transportation and convenience like? Do you need to take a taxi to get to space that you can run? Do you need a car? In Taipei I can take the MRT just outside my apartment for 1 station and be at the track in 7 minutes. Everyone has a different lifestyle. Perhaps you like having a larger house in the suburbs with a car and commuting to work and back for an hour each day is your lifestyle.
Getting paid over the Internet as a digital nomad in a foreign countries has some issues. For me receiving money through paypal means I get his with a fee from my domestic bank and the local bank here costing me about $25 US for each withdrawal. I also loose some money in the conversion process. I’m not sure what the best solution is yet.
Lastly the idea of being able to get a business visa in Cambodia and being a digital nomad indefinitely was very interesting. Not having to worry about visa issues really does open up new possibilities to setup shop in Asia.
Digital nomads any thoughts or comments on this episode?
This was my first Skype video interview that I setup from Taipei while Nigel was in Cambodia. I hope you enjoyed this format, and if you enjoyed it please sign up for the newsletter and comment below!
Resources and links from this show
stream.nigelfish.com – follow Nigel and his adventures in Asia on his microblog
(eCamm Call Recorder on the Mac) – I used this trial software for the Skype video interview. I believe it was free for 1 week. It worked out great and was easy to use
Nomadlist – A good general ranking of cities for Digital nomads ranked by city. Take it with a grain of salt as I find the cost of living for Taipei to be highly inflated