October 22nd
Hey there

It’s Francis here with another Friday edition of The Nomad Newsletter.

I’m back to my regularly scheduled program of showcasing all of the awesomeness of the nomad life. From the cool countries opening up to location-independent workers, in-depth stories of current nomads, and what the future of digital nomadism looks like for aspiring remote workers — you get it all here.

Today’s newsletter is a mixed bag with fascinating articles I found about nomadism AND a cool feature on a book written by someone I’ll “share the stage” with at Digital Nomad Week in December.

Also, heads up…I’m solidifying the email types I’ll send to you.

For now, every Monday newsletter will be business-related, featuring people and businesses who can help you work from anywhere in the world. Fridays will be reserved for more lifestyle-based content.

Just wanted you to have an idea of what to look for each day :)

Here’s today’s line-up:

📕 The Book That’s Inspired 1000s of Pre-Nomads & “Created” Wanderlust

🌐 Want to join the digital nomad “internet country”?

🏖️ What Life In Bali As A Digital Nomad Is Really Like

🚜 A NEW European Country Is Launching Their Own Digital Nomad Visa

I feel like this issue will feel really “newsy”, especially with the mixed content.

Regardless, I’ll think you’ll like it.

Let’s dive right in.


The OG Guide To Long-Term Travel — Put This On Your Book Shelf

Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide To
The Art of Long-Term World Travel
By Rolf Potts

Published in 2002, I found this book 6 or 7 years later in a bookstore in my hometown of Memphis.

I was only a teenager at the time, but the idea of traveling the world intrigued me. That’s when I found this book, saw the cover, and thought it’d be an interesting read. Little did I know it was like a fat log that fueled the fire within me to travel the world.

It’s inspiring, helpful, and filled with details you’ll want to keep in your pocket to remember while you’re on the road. If you’re an aspiring or current traveler, then this should be in the side pocket of your backpack.

Now, more than a decade later after reading the book…

I’m actually speaking at the same conference as Rolf Potts in December — crazy how life does that to you.

===>Go here to get your copy.

Nomads Are Building An “Internet Country”

Not gonna lie — this article was sensational and spooky.


Not only is the first paragraph alone a wild ride, but it proves just how ready our world is for digital nomads. Just think of all of those countries with freelance and nomad visas. Plus, with work project management software like Slack and Asana, payment methods like Wise and Stripe…

And the ability to do online work from home, like copywriting, design, editing, research, and other skills…

It’s easy to see that work world is going remote.

And yeah, the idea of an “internet country” sounds crazy, but there are countries out there right now working to combine the infrastructure to live anywhere, with the functions of an actual country.

Sounds wicked futuristic and exciting.

===>But give this article a read yourself and let me what you think.


The Biggest Change In Bali During & Post-Covid
For Digital Nomads

Looking at those photos on Instagram, I always thought Bali was a funny place.

I mean, it’s famous for all of those stunning look people, posing and flexing for their followers with “inspirational” or cerebral captions. It’s almost so well-known for that that we forget that it’s a city with actual citizens who live and work among the nomads that have congregated there.

And during the height of the COVID hysteria, with borders closing everywhere and lockdowns in place, I wondered what the heck the travelers in places like Bali, Medellin, Tulum, and other hotbeds were doing.

I’m not sure about the other places so much, but this article gave me a good idea of the lowdown in Bali.

It’s also a little inspirational and comforting, too.

===>>Give it a read here.


NEW Digital Nomad Country:

Count another one.

Seems like every week I’m telling you about a new country opening their own Digital Nomad Visa to entice remote workers to live there.

This week it’s Romania. I visited Romania back in 2017, and it was amazing. And I’m mad jealous of anyone who decides to make this Eastern European country their home.

It had a good blend of urban badassery and rural charm. There was nothing like passing through its concrete jungle cities, only to then see ranges of green hills rolling through for miles.

With its unique history, spectacular nature, charming medieval cities, castles, and gorgeous architecture — Romania is absolutely worth the visit, at that least.

To learn more about Romania’s Digital Nomad Visa — go here.


Other Cool Stuff I Read —
All About Samantha Scott

I got someone I want to introduce you to…

Earlier this week, I fell upon a cool conversation with fellow writer and Nomad Newsletter reader, Samantha Scott. She offered to use some of her articles to share, and after reading a few of her articles — it just had to be done!!

They were THAT good.

So, this one is for you, Samantha ;)

Check out some of her articles here:

Check out the rest of Samantha’s Articles here!



That’s all I got for today.

Thank you, thank you, thank you so much for reading.

Your support means the world to me.

I hope you have a fabulous weekend and get ready for Monday’s Business Edition of The Nomad Newsletter.

Francis “Friday” Nayan
The Nomad Newsletter

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I may there discover the wondrous power which attracts the needle and may regulate a thousand celestial observations that require only this voyage to render their seeming eccentricities consistent for ever. I shall satiate my ardent curiosity with the sight of a part of the world never before visited, and may tread a land never before imprinted by the foot of man. These are my enticements, and they are sufficient to conquer all fear of danger or death and to induce me to commence this laborious voyage with the joy a child feels when he embarks in a little boat, with his holiday mates, on an expedition of discovery up his native river. But supposing all these conjectures to be false, you cannot contest the inestimable benefit which I shall confer on all mankind, to the last generation, by discovering a passage near the pole to those countries, to reach which at present so many months are requisite; or by ascertaining the secret of the magnet, which, if at all possible, can only be effected by an undertaking such as mine. These reflections have dispelled the agitation with which I began my letter, and I feel my heart glow with an enthusiasm which elevates me to heaven, for nothing contributes so much to tranquillise the mind as a steady purpose—a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye. This expedition has been the favourite dream of my early years. I have read with ardour the accounts of the various voyages which have been made in the prospect of arriving at the North Pacific Ocean through the seas which surround the pole. You may remember that a history of all the voyages made for purposes of discovery composed the whole of our good Uncle Thomas’ library. My education was neglected, yet I was passionately fond of reading. These volumes were my study day and night, and my familiarity with them increased that regret which I had felt, as a child, on learning that my father’s dying injunction had forbidden my uncle to allow me to embark in a seafaring life. These visions faded when I perused, for the first time, those poets whose effusions entranced my soul and lifted it to heaven. I also became a poet and for one year lived in a paradise of my own creation; I imagined that I also might obtain a niche in the temple where the names of Homer and Shakespeare are consecrated. You are well acquainted with my failure and how heavily I bore the disappointment. But just at that time I inherited the fortune of my cousin, and my thoughts were turned into the channel of their earlier bent. 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