Beginnings of a Digital Nomad: The Remote Year – Day 1

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Gone are the days of the traditional 9-5; upon us is the beginning of a digital, remote revolution! Woe to the corporate cubicle and cheers to the freedom bestowed upon the online entrepreneur's earning capabilities, who can so skillfully procure countless amounts of revenue with ease by just a few simple clicks of a button or through a handful of select, masterfully crafted messages on their mobile computers.


With the ease of travel—combined with the unlimited access of information available at our fingertips via the internet—remote work/living/travel is becoming the norm more so than ever before. And why wouldn't you choose to live like this? Why would you ever walk the path of the corporate wage slave? Along with the everlasting feeling of uncertainty of where your next paycheck will come from, there's a price to pay for being an online entrepreneur; albeit, in my mind, a minuscule price to pay for the freedom afforded to those willing to take the risk of “being your own boss.” The price? Never-ending uncertainty—or rather, anxiety—inherent in the lack of financial security, along with an insatiable appetite to work/grind due to the feeling that enough is, well, really never enough.

It is with this in mind that I present to you, “Beginnings of a Digital Nomad: The Remote Year.” My remote year.

June 20th, 2017 – Day 1

As I mentioned in my intro post, I would be selling/giving away all my stuff in order to live and work remotely throughout the world. Well, my friends, that day has arrived.

The precursor to this was two weeks back in Las Vegas: two weeks of frantic attempts to give all my belongings away to those who needed it most; two weeks of work-related meetings, conference calls, and staying on the grind to keep production going at all costs; all complemented by two weeks of stress-release via nightly drunken revelries in which Sin City so sneakily drains you of disgusting amounts of money within a matter of minutes.

Two weeks later, I'm awoken by the voice of my assistant Marie at 4:30 am. “Angelo? Are you awake? It's already 4:30.” FUCK!!! After going to bed just past 1 am, I had set my alarm to go off two-and-a-half hours later, but managed to sleep through it due to the enormous amount of sleep debt I had incurred over the last few nights...alcohol + the Vegas nightlife + intense 16-hour workdays will do that to you.

After a quick shower, I scramble to get the last of my belongings jammed into the little amount of free space I had in each of my suitcases; all of my life's material possessions tucked away into one check-in, one carry-on, and a backpack. 20 minutes later we're in an Uber en route to McCarran Airport checking in for our LAS-LAX-DOH-BKK travel route, one of the most intense travel routes I've had to date: one hour to Los Angeles for a seven-hour layover, followed by a 15-hour flight to Doha with another two-and-a-half-hour layover, ending with a six-hour flight to Bangkok where we'd wait for the arrival of my business partner Rene @world5list and my girlfriend Christina (Marie's older sister).


View from our Airbnb situated in Bangkok's Thonglor neighborhood.

LAS-LAX? Piece of cake. Slept the whole one-hour ride through. What I thought would be a relaxing yet productive/work-filled seven-hour layover in an airport lounge—which Rene was nice enough to gift us beforehand—instead turned into a four-hour wait for our flight's baggage drop to open (no airline codeshare between Virgin America and Qatar Airlines so we had to leave security, pick up our bags, and check in again with Qatar) followed by a mass exodus of immigrants, American tourists, and us bottlenecked at security buzzing to leave the country.

We manage to get through smoothly and make our way to the lounge with about three hours left to spare. Eat, pass out on a plush leather seat, wake up, and head to our gate...oh the dread of the 15 hours ahead of us confined in a sardine-like aviation capsule breathing in recycled air and nourishing ourselves with overly salted food. This is the one time in my life that a lack of sleep came to my advantage, for I was able to pass out for the majority of the ride except to eat. Before I knew it, we had landed in Doha.

Enter Doha, Qatar. To the unbeknownst, images of sand, burkas, and beards come to mind, when in reality, we step into one of the most amazing airports I had ever seen! The Arabic inclination for fine architecture and luxurious amenities is present all throughout the facility, leading one to think that the entire country outside these walls is a five-star resort. After making our way through to the proper waiting area, I desperately try to connect to the airport-provided WiFi in order to catch up on crucial, time-sensitive texts sent by my employees, business associates, and most importantly, my girlfriend ;)

I do what I gotta do and we're up in the air once more; feet swollen, legs cramped, and necks sore. Six more hours till the Bangkok heat. Six more hours till we call the next unknown Airbnb apartment “home.” Upon deplaning, I see the oh-so-familiar Suvarnabhumi Airport and am hit hard with the familiar BKK excites me! As we're reaching the front of passport control, a cold hand hits the back of my neck. While turning around I'm thinking, “there's no way it can be him.” It is. Rene's stupid grin greets me with a big hug and a sigh of relief to see a familiar face.

He, Marie, and I proceed to gather our bags, head outside for some fresh air, then reenter to find a spacious café table to indulge in some refreshments and talk shop in order to kill a couple hours before Christina arrives. As the time of her arrival approaches, I rush back downstairs and stay occupied with a few more work-related calls. But before I know it, she strolls out like an angel. Dressed in some black yoga pants and a hoodie, I can tell she froze her ass off during her Vienna-Kiev-Bangkok flights...I mean, who the hell wears a hoodie in Bangkok?!?!

Nevertheless, we're happy to be reunited and make our way to the taxi stand. “Sawaree kap, Thonglor soi seep-bad” (translation: “Hello, Thonglor Avenue alley 18”). It's a smooth ride, and an even smoother process of finding our apartment. We all take about 20 minutes to settle in, then it's back to the grind. As I write this, I haven't even showered or brushed my teeth yet due to the countless work tasks I must attend to along with the thousands of business-related thoughts and ideas running through my mind that I want to act upon right here, right now. These days, I so often find myself thinking, “If only there were more hours in a day.” I want to execute each and every plan I've devised, nourish all my brainchildren, and reach all aspirations I've set to achieve. I want the world...and I want it all now.

"Home" for the next eight days and Christina hard at work :)


glad you all arrived safely in Bangkok, look forward to more cool stories about your trip!

Thanks brotha! More coming soon, stay tuned :)

I share much of your outlook on life. We are no longer slaves, we are the revolution!

Thank you! I'm excited about what's coming next in life and where I'm gonna end up being :)

Loved what you have written here and you are doing an amazing work too! especially the first paragraph and being a digital nomad!! Cheers :)

Thank you very much! I really enjoyed writing this post :)

Good for you. I did this too. It was before Tim Ferriss did his 4hourworkweek book and when that came out and people saw me living in nice places and making money online everyone started saying "oh you must have read the 4HWW" and I was like "err? not sure what you're talking about" so I had to buy it just to find out why people thought I had read it.

These days there are so many way to make money while you travel it's the best time ever. I could just leave a bunch of crypto mining rigs running and go traveling now without any of the stuff I used to do online (creating info products, writing, getting software developed, getting paid to do Internet marketing etc.)

Good luck to you.

Yes, I already love it! I guess the next step for me is to get this book somewhere (I've heard about it before, but never considered reading it) - but you made me curious about it now :)

Yes - I think Tim based it on a book called Vagabonding by Rolph Potts

I listened to the audio version of that - which you may also enjoy.

I am glad to see. I agree that the digital revolution will do away with many traditional times. But speaking from experience, that does not do much for sleeping patterns.

I'm glad that my sleeping schedule is already all over the place! :D but I guess it won't get better now!

Angelo! very nice blog Buddy! One day I will travel with you, still in the 9-5 grind

I like your stile of writting. You must write also books. Please dont stop posting. You are great.

Thank you very much - that means a lot to me :) I will definitely continue posting!

Thank you! I hope you enjoyed reading it :)

yes really enjoyed

sounds like a pretty intense journey! One thing to keep in mind is if you are doing repetitive tasks over and over, screen record yourself doing them with a voiceover and hire/train an outsourcer to handle that job.

That way you won't need to worry about adding any more hours to your day, you'll simply be bringing new people on board who can follow systems to produce results.

Hope you're enjoying bkk! It was too busy for me to stay any extended time, but I spent a few months in Chiang Mai and loved it.

That's such a great idea, thank you so much! I'll start doing that asap :) It's annoying to have to keep repeating the teaching process for new employees/outsourcers I bring on board...followed you my friend ;)

the question is how to begin? if from southeast asia

That all depends...on your interests, skill sets, business connections, etc. :)

bussiness connectios will it influence

I am one of airbnb member, but don't know how to make real benefit and get more potential money. I found many of fun story in you blog

Enjoy your time! Looking forward to your future posts.

Good luck in your business venture, now that you're in BKK @theywillkillyou!

I've been living in Thailand for a few years now, working remotely. Has had its ups and downs, a rollercoaster at times, smooth sailing at other times. But that's the result of the choice we make to try to make it on our own and not settle for the 9-5.

Reminds of a saying, I don't remember by whom: entrepreneurs work 80 hours so they don't have to work 40 😉

Just make sure you also take time to explore and enjoy BKK too!

Haha I love that quote about working 80 hours, so true! Yeah been to BKK plenty of times for business so it's nothing new but I still love it :) Where in Thailand are you based at and what do you do if I may ask? Just curious :)

I'm based in Chiang Man atm. BKK is a bit too busy for me, I like more balance between city benefits and easy access to nature. Chiang Mai offers that perfect balance! Def check it out if you're here for a while.

I'm a man of many trades. Right now, my focus is mostly on selling on Amazon.

My tip: start connecting with likeminded people, now that you made it to Thailand. There is a big community here, especially in Chiang Mai. Also in BKK, I'm sure, but that's such a big city that you'll have to put in some more effort to find the right people to connect with.

I heard the same exact thing about Chiang Mai, only good things :) Yeah some of my "likeminded" business partners are based in BKK so we're all in the same (if not, similar) hustle! Thanks for the heads up & I'll definitely be dropping you a line whenever I decided to take the trek up to Chiang Mai!

And thanks for the kind words!

I like the way you write. You not only manage to tell us a story, but there is also some sort of mesmerizing rhythm to your word-flow. Thank you for sharing, the pics are nice but a bit dark! Heh.

I look forward to more of your posts.

Thank you for the kind words :) And thanks for pointing that out about my pictures, I'll definitely be using brighter pics or brighten them myself next time!

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