In our monthly Digital Nomad Girls interview series we will feature interviews with Digital Nomad Girls from around the world with interesting location independent jobs.
This month we talked to Meg Collins, travel blogger, podcaster and co-founder of the Travel Blog Monetization Summit
Introduce yourself! Where are you from, how old are you, if we may ask 🙂 and where are you currently living?
Howdy, most people call me Meg or Megsy. I’m a 32 years old Aussie gal who grew up just outside of Brisbane. Along with my boyfriend Tom we have been a digital nomads since April 2013 and we are currently hanging out in Tbilisi Georgia.
What is your location independent job (or what are you working towards)?
We are travel / food bloggers and photographers and we also run the Travel Blog Monetization Summit which teaches travel bloggers how to make money and keep travelling.
How did you get into this line of work?
We realised that the regular 9-5 – buying a house etc was not the life for us – so we looked into ways we could do what we loved most – travel – and sustain it through an online income source.
What did you do before you became a Digital Nomad?
I was working as a wholesale travel agent specialising in Cruise Sales at Infinity Cruise Australia.
How can others do the same?
Study, study, study the profession you want to go into. Work really really hard. Sell everything and give it your best shot!
What made you pursue a life as a Digital Nomad?
We wanted to travel and have our own business. We were tired of working for other people.
Did your friends/family/colleagues think you’ve gone crazy or were they supportive?
They were all very supportive – but I don’t think they really understood what we were planning on doing. Nor do I think they realised that we could potentially travel for this long. I think they figured we’d be back home, working and starting a family like normal people long ago….
What is your favourite city/country/beach/mountain destination to work?
For work i.e having other bloggers around and learning, we really liked Chiang Mai as there was a great community there. For affordable living, a great lifestyle, with really good internet – Tbilisi, Bucharest or Athens are some of our favourites.
What do you struggle with most when you travel and work?
Reliable internet. Plus feeling guilty about not seeing some parts of the cities we are in because we have to get work done. You can’t have it all.
How do you connect with and meet new people while travelling?
Couchsurfing meet ups are really great – plus we have a pretty large network of friends online all over the world. Also shout outs to groups like this are a good way to see who’s around.
What item should every Digital Nomad Girl pack?
The first thing I thought was menstrual cup – lol. You don’t realise how difficult it can be to get the products you like using around the world – once I went menstrual cup I’ve never looked back!
What advice would you give a girl friend who wanted to start out as a digital nomad?
Do it – but realise it’s not all beaches and beers – it’s hard work and you need to have many back up sources of revenue to make sure you can be secure in not running out of money.
What are you up to next?
Off to GREECE!!!! We loooved Greece and we have booked an airbnb apartment in the heart of Athens for almost 3 months to really experience local life.
What is your favourite business/travel/lifestyle book you’d recommend to other digital nomad girls?
Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy? LOL.
For the single girls out there (or even not so single girls like me) I just finished reading Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari – really interesting look into dating in today’s world of technology!!!
And last: Do you have a favourite inspirational (cheesy optional) quote you’d like to share?
“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!” – Hunter S Thompson