20+ Physical and Digital Holiday Gift Ideas For Digital Nomad Girls

20+ Physical and Digital Holiday Gift Ideas For Digital Nomad Girls

2018 honestly flew by for me; it feels like just yesterday I launched the Inner Circle, but it’s actually been a full year since I first opened the doors back in December 2017! Isn’t that crazy? (By the way, the doors to the Inner Circle are open for joining again! YAY.)

Not only that, we are in the festive holiday season once again! Anybody else love the chilly winter evenings, cozied up on the couch with a warm cup of hot cocoa and fuzzy socks on? I’m spending Christmas this year in sunny Chiang Mai, Thailand so while part of me misses my winters in Germany, the other part of me is also so happy to be able to celebrate Christmas here with my boyfriend and friends in Southeast Asia.

Anyway, I don’t want to delay this blog post any further. I’m really excited about this article because I know gift-giving can be a stressful activity for many as you spend hours googling, researching and finding that perfect gift for a loved one.

So we’ve put together the perfect gift guide for digital nomad girls, physical and digital gifts included, to help you score the best gifts this holiday season. I hope this article helps you in your gifting adventures!

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1. Compass Rose Travel Accessories by Travel Fashion Girl

I’m so excited to share this gift with you ladies. This was created by one of my good friends, Alex from Travel Fashion Girl! The Compass Rose Travel Accessories Kit consists of some really awesome packing cubes (if you know me, you know I LOVE packing cubes).

Travel Packing Cubes with Unique Number AND Color Coded Organization System for Packing Carry On, by Travel Fashion Girl

The packing cubes even come with a color-coded system and numbers to label everything; the inner organization lover in me is so happy with these features! Not only that, it’s the only packing cube set on the market to be designed specifically to fit international carry-on suitcases, so if you’re a carry-on girl (I’m trying to be one!) then these are perfect for you.

What?! So awesome.

 

2. Small Bamboo Utensil To-Go Set

I know that as digital nomads, we may often times struggle with reducing our carbon footprint; I always aim to try to offset as much environmental damage as I can. That’s why I am obsessed with this small Bamboo Utensil To-Go Set from Farawild.

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This Bamboo Set includes a bamboo fork, a bamboo spoon, bamboo chopsticks, a bamboo straw, a stainless steel cleaning brush and a linen pouch; everything that you could need for your traveling food adventures.

The bonus? The founder of Farawild is also a fellow Inner Circle member – Meredith! Yay!

 

3. Mogics Circular Power Strips

This product was suggested by one of our Inner Circle members, Susannah, as something she never travels without!

Susannah says, “It’s a power strip but it’s circular and can be rolled up. You can plug multiple bulky chargers in at once and they won’t interfere! The adaptor in the center is a worldwide plug.

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As a traveller with multiple gadgets that needs to be able to work anywhere and everywhere, I’m always thinking about how to keep my laptop and phone alive – the Mogics Power Strips looks like it’d be super useful for traveling and keeping all your gadgets juiced up! Thanks Susannah!

 

4. Charity Pot by Lush

Lush products are my saviors when I travel; I love all things LUSH because they’re eco friendly, use recycled pots (you can return yours to the store), don’t test on animals and are mainly vegan.

Charity pot is especially incredible because it’s a lovely body lotion that supports different causes with every sale. There’s even one that supports reforestation projects to offset your flight miles! It’s a win-win for you and for the environment.

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Annnnnd they JUST came out with a solid version of Charity Pot, so say goodbye to worrying about liquid limitations from airlines! 

 

5. Kosan Travel Dress

Ahhhh – we’ve seen this dress absolutely everywhere and we’re obsessed. The Kosan Travel Dress was created by one of our own DNG members when she couldn’t find the perfect dress to take traveling. This dress has done splendidly on Kickstarter; they had a goal of CA$15,000 and raised CA$915,439! Congratulations Karyna!

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This dress is wrinkle-resistant, odour-blocking, adjustable and packed with pockets (I loooove dresses with pockets!), and has 14 travel-friendly features that make it the must-pack travel essential.

 

6. Get Dirty with Me Cleansers

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The Get Dirty with Me products are made by one of our own Digital Nomad Girls Inner Circle members – Leah! These awesome clay-based powders help detox and repair your skin and hair, with healthy and pronounceable ingredients free from sulphates, parabens and polymers.

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Good for you + Easy to travel with = Total winner in my books!

 

7. Asana Pillow: Neck Pillow & Travel Yoga Mat in One

Another cool product carried by Farawild is the Asana Pillow. It’s a neck pillow AND a travel yoga mat in one. What more can a digital nomad girl ask for?

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As someone who loves to do yoga on-the-go, finding a yoga mat that fits into my carry-on without displacing too much of my clothes or books is so, so hard. Plus, having an awesome neck pillow for those long-haul flights or bumpy bus rides can be a true lifesaver.

 

8. Flight 001 4-in-1 Adapter

First of all – how cool does this Flight 001 4-in-1 adapter look?

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It honestly looks an adaptor made out of legos or something – too cool. Second – name a digital nomad that wouldn’t love a good adaptor to accompany them on their travels.

 

9. Amazon Kindle

You can’t go wrong with a Kindle. Easy to pack, easy to travel with, and a true ride-or-die friend of any reader. I love my Kindle, and I take it everywhere with me: to the beach, on the plane, to cafes, and on all of my digital nomad adventures.

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I had to give up the luxury of books and buying books when I became a digital nomad, but the Kindle has really stepped in to substitute for all the books I used to have. It’s just the best.

 

10. Packing List for the organized traveller

This one is just a little bit of stationery fun to be honest. If you have a little to-do list and travel lover on your gift list, this Packing List is the cutest present you can get them.

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This little pad includes all the things that one would need for traveling including travel aids, funds, travel information, clothes and hygiene products. There are items on this list that even I want to add to my own travel packing list! Plus, you can use a fresh sheet for every trip.

 

11. Burt and Bee’s Mini Travel Set

The Burt and Bee’s Mini Travel Set is a cute little affordable gift for any traveler! I love Burt and Bee’s products because of their 100% natural and cruelty-free ingredients.

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This kit comes with the cream cleanser, day lotion, deep cleansing cream, body lotion, foot cream and hand repair cream (aka. Anything and everything you could need to pack with you on a trip, especially to the colder weather countries.)

 

12. Headphone Splitter

Did you know these were a thing? I only recently found out. The headphone splitter is SO fun if you travel with a significant other, friend or family member and you want to listen to the same music or watch the same movie or TV show but don’t want to do that whole one-headphone-in-one-ear-each awkward sharing thing. That’s no fun.

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A headphone splitter is exactly what it sounds like – you can plug in two pairs of headphones to the same device and both be listening to the same audio but with the comfort of having your own headphones in!

 

13. Portable Ink-Free Printer

One of our DNG members suggested adding this printer to her Christmas list this year because it looks like a super portable way to print photos while you’re traveling. And guess what? This Portable Ink-Free printer from Canon would be amazing for scrapbooking your travel adventures. Grab your scrapbook, get your phone and start printing your awesome pics out with this ink-free printer.

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You can also make vision boards, collages or just send your pics back to your family and friends while you’re on the road. There’s something special about having a physical print-out of a picture rather than just having them all loaded in your phone!

 

14. Compass Travel Necklace

I was just browsing Etsy, as one does, when I came upon this super cute compass travel necklace! I love the message that it comes with, because it is such a lovely gift to give to a friend or family member that is about to embark on a travel journey!

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It’s small, light and easy to take with you as a reminder of home and the people you love. Plus it looks like it would go with just about any outfit! Too cute.

 

15. Manduka Eko Super Lite Travel Yoga Mat

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I love my Manduka Eko travel yoga mat! I’ve had it for 2.5 years already and it’s like new, despite traveling with me everywhere i go. It’s made from natural rubber so it’s eco-friendly and doesn’t smell like plastic like other yoga mats. It’s also super slip resistant, and I can roll it up or fold it and stick it in my suitcase.

 

Best Digital Gifts for a Digital Nomad Girl

1. Tinggly

When my Project Manager, Deya, sent me this website to check out – I did such a happy dance, because what an AMAZING idea for a digital gift!

Tinggly allows you to gift experiences to your friends, families, long-distance besties so, so easily! All you have to do is buy a gift card and the person you give it to is able to choose from 500+ experiences from over 100+ countries in the world. They also have 5 years to use the gift card!

Some examples of experiences include hot air balloon rides, whale watching in Canada, overnight boat experience in Thailand, Balinese spa experience, snorkeling adventure in Turks and Caicos, Hawaii coffee plantation and bee farm experience, Chichen Itza Full-Day Experience in Mexico, Harry Potter studio experience, and SO much more.

If Tinggly isn’t the PERFECT digital nomad gift, honestly I don’t know what is.

 

2. Donations

A gift that you can never go wrong with is a donation to a charity or cause that your loved one cares deeply about! This is also a fabulous gift for our minimalist and no-waste friends! Make a donation in their name, and give them the certificate or confirmation of donation!

Check out this blog post written by DNG Inner Circle member, Sophia, about best ways to offset your carbon footprint as a digital nomad. The organization that she mentions is called Cool Earth, and you can find them here.

Another cool organization you can support is a non-profit founded and run by one of our own Monisha, a Digital Nomad Girls Inner Circle Member. (BTW How awesome are our members? Seriously.) She runs Ruam Chuay, a non-profit that aims to stop gender-based violence by bringing sexual violence prevention programs to Thailand. Monisha offers amazing workshops at high schools all over Thailand to teach teenagers consent and healthy relationships. Check her out here!

One final recommendation is Girls Get Equal from Plan International – we love what they do and how they do it!

 

3. Inner Circle Membership

Guess what? The Inner Circle doors are officially opened once again! I’m SO excited about this. If you have a digital nomad girl in your life or an aspiring digital nomad girl, gift them a membership to the amazing Digital Nomad Girls Inner Circle! Or better yet – gift yourself the membership. 😉

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We have weekly coworking sessions, accountability buddies, fun events like book club, mixer parties and holiday parties, and our own private social media platform – we’re your family on the road.

Check out all the information on the Inner Circle here – we’d LOVE to have you or your loved one. If you want to gift a subscription, feel free to email my team and we’ll set it up for you as well!

 

4. Digital Books

Who doesn’t love a good digital book for their Kindle or as an audiobook? Here are my top book obsessions right now:

These are all available on digital and physical formats, so take your pick! 🙂

 

5. Giftcard

Gift cards are not the most personal gift, but they can be if you give something practical and useful that’s perfect for a loved one.

Some digital nomad and travel favorites would be an Airbnb gift card or an Uber gift card – you know that these gift cards would never go to waste!

  • Airbnb giftcards can be found here.
  • Uber giftcards can be found here.

If you want to check out more gift card options, here are all the gift cards you can find on Amazon – I’m surprised that there’s such a huge variety, actually. So go forth and find something that’s the perfect fit for the person you’re gifting!

 

6. Audible

Have a friend that lives halfway across the world but still want to get her something special? What about gifting them an audiobook subscription? They can pick out whatever books they want to listen to all thanks to you!

Also, what a fabulous on-the-go gift for traveling on busses, airplanes, trains, boats or in cars! You don’t even need wifi – that’s wild.

 

7. Spotify

Who doesn’t love some good tunes? Grab someone a Spotify membership so that they can enjoy Spotify completely ad-free in 2019. You can pick up a Spotify gift card in your local store and just send the pin code on the card with the gift receiver!

Happy jammin’ to them!

 

8. Masterclass

I’ve been seeing this website everywhere nowadays; they offer online classes from Annie Leibovitz, Gordon Ramsay, Serena Williams, R.L. Stine and every other celebrity you can really think of. This looks like it’d be a cool little gift you could get someone if they were a big fan of one of these celebrities and would be interested in learning their skill from them!

Carole, one of our Inner Circle members, was given a Masterpass from Masterclass last year and loved it! She says it was the perfect nomad gift. You can gift a loved one a Masterpass or just single course that you know they would love.

We hope you loved these gifts and will get them for your nomad girl friends! Happy Holidays!

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10 Fun ways to get involved in the DNG Community

10 Fun ways to get involved in the DNG Community

I can’t even believe it’s been three years since I started Digital Nomad Girls and the Facebook Group. What started as a fun way to meet new people and ask some questions has turned into a full-time passion project, business and movement of girls from around the world. I get so many lovely emails and messages every day and one of the questions I get asked all the time is “How can I get involved in the DNG Community”. Well, I thought it’s about time that I put some ideas together for all of you who want to get stuck in!

Of course, you can decide how involved you want to be. Maybe you love organising meetups, or you’re more of a quiet person who prefers to hang out in our Facebook Group. Maybe you want more in-depth connections and accountability in our DNG Inner Circle. There’s no right or wrong way, so pick and choose whatever works best for you!

 

10 Fun ways to get involved in the DNG Community:

 

1. Join our FREE Facebook Group!

That’s definitely the starting point and also how it all began. I created the DNG Facebook Group in August 2015 as a way to connect with like-minded girls who also wanted to become digital nomads and to ask them lots of questions and hear their stories. Fast-forward three years and we’re a bustling community with over 17k girls from literally all corners of the planet.

Every day there are interesting conversations about all aspects of the nomad lifestyle, important feminist topics, or travelling in general. We have pretty strict rules (read them here before you join) and our admins make sure everyone plays by them. That way we make sure the FB group stays a fun, safe and supportive place for new and established nomad girls alike.

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2. Download our free motivational desktop wallpaper for 24/7 inspiration

Feeling like you could do with a little inspiration while working at your laptop? Download one of our 5 free motivational desktop wallpapers with pretty photos and cute quotes. My favourite is the flamingo wallpaper…or maybe the one with the palm trees…not sure! Which do you like?

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3. Keep in touch by email and receive our awesome weekly newsletter every Friday

“Another newsletter?” I hear you yawn, but don’t worry, this is a fun one! I started the newsletter as a way to keep everyone up to date on our events inside the FB group and local meetups, and now I also share inspiration, blog posts and my own journey of running a location independent business. If you want the rundown on what’s going on, but don’t have time to check in to Facebook every day, sign up here to stay in the loop.

 

4. Check out our interview series

I think there’s no better way to get inspired and learn about the digital nomad lifestyle than reading real-life stories from real-life digital nomad girls who are already living their dream. A great starting point is our 3-part blog post “50 DNGs share their Online Jobs”, where we show you more than 50 jobs of real girls in our community that you can do from anywhere in the world.

 

5. Join the DNG Inner Circle for more support & accountability

Whenever I ask other Digital Nomad Girls what their biggest struggle is, it’s usually loneliness and a lack of accountability. I totally get it, it’s hard to stay productive and motivated when you’re your own boss and move around a lot. That was the main reason I created the DNG Inner Circle, I wanted to create a special place for those of you who want to get more out of DNG, like accountability, learning, and working together. I call it the Virtual Coworking Community that travels with you!

We run virtual coworking sessions together, a guest expert creates a mini-course on a different topic every month, we have monthly goal setting, travel talks, live Q&As, monthly habit challenges, and much more! If you’re ready to join us, the doors will open soon. Sign up to the waitlist here.

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6. Tag us in your nomad photos on Instagram

Are you more of a ‘grammer than a Facebooker? Then tag us in all your wonderful nomadic and adventurous pics on Instagram (#digitalnomadgirls). You can find us @digitalnomadgirls and we love re-posting our favourite shots from all around the world. I especially like the #viewfrommyoffice kinda pics and showing the reality of the DN lifestyle, not just droolworthy Insta shots (although we love to share those once in a while too!).

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7. Organise a meetup in your city

Online friends are awesome, but nothing beats meeting them in real life! That’s what our local DNG meetups are for. If you’d love to meet girls in a new city, why not host one yourself? We help you setup a Facebook event, so you can share it easily and make awesome new DNG friends locally! Let us know where you’d like to host your meetup here.

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8. Join us at one of our retreats

The DNG retreats were born as an idea in our Facebook Group in 2016 and just a few months later the idea turned into reality at our first ever retreat in Javea, Spain. For one week, 14 DNGs from 10 countries masterminded, coworked, explored and, most importantly, made friends for life. It was probably my favourite week ever! We’ve run 3 retreats (check out our past retreats here) in total and are planning more events starting in early 2019.

Sign up for our retreat waiting list and newsletter here so you’re among the first to find out where we’ll be heading next!

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9. Share your favourite digital nomad destination

We love finding out about awesome destinations for digital nomad girls around the world. And what’s the best way to do that? Well, ask people who’ve been there of course! We have awesome mini destination guides on favourite nomad cities around the world, if you’d like to share your top destination with us, fill in the guest blogger form here.

 

10. Show you’re a DNG with our new Swag

After soooo many of you asked me where to get a DNG t-shirt like the ones we wear at our retreats, I finally set up a DNG Swag Shop on our website. You can now get your hands on our awesome DNG tank tops, tote bags or t-shirts, which are perfect for travel days and airport wear and identify you to other DNGs wherever you travel.

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There you go! These are 10 fun ways to get involved in the DNG Community, and I’m sure there’s something for everyone! If you have other awesome ideas for DNG, why not jump into the Facebook Group and share them with me!

 

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10 Badass female explorers to spark your wanderlust

10 Badass female explorers to spark your wanderlust

One thing that I love about The Digital Nomad Girls Community is its ability to bring women together from all over the world. Women empower women, I truly believe and love that saying. That being said, today we are going to share 10 of the most badass female explorers to help spark your wanderlust!

 

Next time you are debating whether or not you should book that ticket, get on that plane, or see that country, remember these women and let them fuel your next adventure!

10 Female Explorers

 

1. Lady Hester Stanhope

First up when talking about adventure and wanderlust filled lives… We have, Lady Hester Stanhope. This woman is a bit wild, she left England behind at the age of 33 to travel throughout Turkey, Greece, France, and Germany. However, in route to Egypt, she gave up all of her womanly belongings, donned men’s attire and took off into the desert. She even was able to convince the Ottoman’s to let her excavate the ruins of Ashkelon, where she found a headless marble statue that she then ordered to be crushed to bits…

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2. Jeanne Baret 

Secondly, I want to share with you the first woman to sail around the entire world! In 1776 one Miss Jeanne Baret had to disguise herself as a man in order to get on a ship and see the world. Jeanne was a botanist who wanted to explore the world right alongside the men, so she became the personal assistant to Louis Antoine de Bougainville. During these years she called herself Jean Baret and a decade later she had become the first woman to sail around the entire world.

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3. Kira Salak

Up in number 3 we are celebrating Kira Salak. She was not only the first woman to traverse Papua New Guinea but she also cycled from Alaska to the Arctic Ocean and kayaked solo from the Niger River Timbuktu. This woman is absolutely killing it! She is an American writer and adventurer, having written a few books about her adventures. She also writes often for National Geographic.

4. Gertrude Bell

Gertrude Bell is an easy inspiration for everyone. As an English writer, she inspires all through her travels. She volunteered with the Red Cross during World War II and afterward went into a career in politics. Gertrude helped shaped the world today as we know it. She is best known for her travels in Greater Syria, Arabia, Jordan and Iraq where she not only explored but also mapped these regions as they are now recognized.

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5. Mary Kingsley

Next, we have an inspiring European woman who traveled to parts of West African when most women wouldn’t even walk the streets of London alone. Mary Kingsley started traveling at the age of 30 when family members that she was taking care of passed away. She headed to West Africa, being the first European to enter Gabon.

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6. Marin Minamiya

Marin comes next! This 19-year-old student became the youngest Japanese person to climb Mount Everest! She has also reached both North and South poles and since climbed the highest peaks on all 7 continents! Talk about inspiring… I can barely be motivated to walk up the stairs these days… 😉

7. Barbara Hillary 

And one of the biggest badasses EVER. Barbara Hillary was the first African American woman to reach the North and South Pole.However, what makes her expedition truly amazing is that the lung cancer survivor was 79 years old when she reached the South Pole in 2011. Hillary is now inspiring other women as a motivational speaker, as she should be! Wow!

8. Suzanne Al Houby

Next, we have one of my favorites! This badass was the first Arab women to hike all 7 summits. Suzanne Al Houby, a Palestinian-born adventure lover. Suzanne is an avid traveler and explorer, a humanitarian, and an environmentalist with an affiliation and a keen support to few charity organizations. She is the founder and the CEO of rahhalah explorers which specializes in adventure travel and she encourages kids all over the world to get off their phones and get into the mountains.

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9. Valentina Tereshkova

Next up we have Valentina Tereshkova. Valentina was the first woman to ever enter space. Her love for space was solidified when she circled the Earth 48 times in 1961. You know if there was a one-way exhibition to Mars, she’d be the first one on board. Valentina was born in central Russia and left her career in textiles to pursue a life in space!

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10. Cassie De Pecol

Lastly, we are just going to dub her the travel queen! Cassie De Pecol not only became the first documented woman to travel to every to every sovereign nation, but she was also spreading love and peace around the world as she went. If no one else inspires you to travel, Cassie should.  

This 27-year-old spent 2 years traveling to every sovereign nation, getting valid documentation of her travels while also collecting water samples, visiting schools, and teaching of peace as she went. I encourage you to follow her adventure, you won’t be disappointed.

These women are definitely going to spark your wanderlust and hopefully, they will inspire you to push yourself to the limits, try new things and explore new corners of the world. Never let people tell you that you can’t do something because you are a woman! Do it anyway, and better than they ever could have. Then the women of the future will be including you in their inspiring posts! Most of all, just don’t be afraid to chase your dreams, no matter how wild they might seem.

A Happy International Women’s Day on that note!!

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The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Digital Nomad Girls

The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Digital Nomad Girls

Tis’ the season to be jolly travelling! Holiday season is prime travel time and also gift time. But unlike most people, this can be a time for dread and fear for Digital Nomads.  

Why, do you ask? There’s always one relative or well-meaning friend who decides to give us a coffee table book as a present, something along the lines of  “Destinations of  Lifetime”, “Humans of New York” or the more obscure: “Underwater Dogs”. And while everyone loves a good coffee table book, most nomads don’t own a home, never mind a coffee table to store these weighty gifts on.

So, this year, I thought I’d put together a list of cool. nomad-friendly gifts so you can send your friends and family some ideas. I’ve divided the gifts into physical and digital gifts (for the extra light traveller) and I hope you like them.

P.s. some of these links are affiliate links, so if you buy something via the link I get a small commission at no extra cost to you. Basically a little holiday gift for DNG 🙂 Win-win!

 

The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Digital Nomad Girls

First, up our favourite gift this season:

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Membership to the DNG Inner Circle

That was actually my mum’s idea. She thought an annual membership to our DNG Inner Circle would be a lovely gift to ask for this year and I totally agree 🙂

The DNG Inner Circle is our brand new membership network: a virtual coworking community that travels with you wherever you go! I wanted to create a space where you can come for advice, learn from experts and where we’ll hold each other accountable and work towards our goals together. As a member you’ll get access to monthly masterclasses with experts, monthly live Q&As, monthly goal setting sessions, a dedicated community, virtual coworking days, workbooks, member-only perks & discounts and much more!

Annual membership is now available at the Early Bird price of only $220 and this price will be locked in and never go up as long as you’re a member. (Monthly membership is available for $22/month).

 

Physical gifts:

 

Stocking Fillers

Cable Tacos

Who doesn’t love tacos, right? But have you heard of a cable taco? These brilliant little inventions look just like little tacos and help you keep all your cords tidy. I love mine and have avoided serious cable tangling ever since using it. Here’s a great selection of cable tacos.

 

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Freelancer at Work Stickers

Created by one of the nomad girls in our community, Martina. These stickers are a super clever way to advertise your services while working at coworking spaces or in cafes. There’s a whole range of different job titles a they’re a great way to spark a conversation with potential future clients. Get your own sticker here.

The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Digital Nomad Girls Get Dirty With Me

Get Dirty With Me

Not only is the name amazing, but this magic little powder shampoo might just change the way us nomads wash our hair for good. Another creation by one of our lovely DNG members, Leah has created this shampoo as a one-stop fix for all your washing needs. Can’t be bothered to wash your hair or want to freshen up after a long flight? Use it as a dry shampoo. Ready to hit the shower? Lather it up and use as normal shampoo. You can also use it on your skin if you’re a little hot and sweaty, as a face scrub and a soothing mask for a sunburn. It packs flat, is all natural and not tested on animals and made in Australia.

Bonus: if you use the coupon code DNG before December 25th you’ll get 3 free mini packs with your purchase! The minis are the perfect size to toss in your day bag. Check it out here and get it for all your nomad friends.

 

All time Favourite Nomad Gifts

The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Digital Nomad Girls Kindle

Amazon Kindle

One of my all-time favourite gifts that I ever received (it was a graduation gift from my research group where I did my PhD) is my beloved Kindle. It’s nearly 4.5 years old today and still going strong. I love a good, real book just as much as the next bookworm, but it’s simply not practical to lug them around in your backpack. It’s bad for your health, you’ll have to pay for the extra weight and it limits your reading options. A Kindle is one of the best gifts for digital nomads.

Both the basic Kindle as well as the Kindle Paperwhite (which has built-in LEDs) are great options and won’t break the bank.

 

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DNG Tote Bag, Tank Top or T-Shirt

I haven’t officially launched the DNG shop yet so you’re the first to find out about our brand new DNG goodies! Yay! You can choose between 2 fun travel quotes or just our simple logo on a tank top, tote or t-shirt! I love them all and hope you will too, maybe you have a digital nomad girl friend who’d love one for Christmas!

 

The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Digital Nomad Girls Mamimu Tote

Mamimu Laptop Tote Bag

Also created by one of our very own digital nomad girls, June, the Mamimu Tote bags are possibly the prettiest laptop totes around. Inspired by Japanese Kimono culture and the graphic elements of urban landscapes, the totes come in 3 different styles and colours. I’ve been happily testing out my own Mamimu tote bag that June kindly sent me and it’s become one of my favourite bags. Great for popping down to the coworking space, without looking like a tourist with my backpack on. Check out the bags here.

 

The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Digital Nomad Girls Roost Stand (1)

The Roost Laptop Stand

Not the sexiest present, but definitely one of the healthiest ones for digital nomads. The Roost Stand is my favourite laptop stand. It’s incredibly lightweight, packs down to the size of of a measuring stick and holds nearly any laptop safely. Since using it, I’ve really noticed less neck pain, fewer headaches and no tingling in my wrists and fingers anymore. I really recommend every long-term laptop user to use one of these.

You can get it on Amazon here > >

 

Digital Gifts

 

Sometimes even the most useful and lightweight physical gifts are too much to carry around. That’s why I love the idea of giving my nomadic friends virtual gifts instead. Here are some of my favourites:

The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Digital Nomad Girls Headspace (1)

Headspace or Calm Membership

Keepingup with clients, travelling full time, running your own business, meeting new people. Phew. Being a digital nomad girl is hard work and often we forget to look after ourselves properly. One of the best things you can do to look after yourself is to look after your mind, and meditation is one of the best ways to do that.

Headspace and Calm are both meditation apps and I love and use them both. Headspace is a bit more down to earth while Calm is a bit more hippy-ish with soothing ocean sounds, gentle music and sleeping stories for adults. An annual membership is a great gift for any digital nomad girls and something they can use every day.

The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Digital Nomad Girls Spotify

Spotify Membership

Everybody loves music and the best way to access it these days is via Spotify. The free version works well on desktop but if you want to listen to music while you’re on the go, you’ll need a subscription. A great gift for a nomad!

 

The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Digital Nomad Girls Yoga with adriene

Yoga With Adriene Membership

As a nomad I spend a lot of time hunched over my laptop. I love my Roost stand but after a long day of work, my shoulders are tense even with the laptop stand. Yoga has been so helpful over the last years. It helps me relax, loosen my sore shoulders, stretch my wrists and neck.

My favourite online yoga teacher is Adriene from Yoga with Adriene. She offers a tonne of free videos on Youtube but if you want even more and want to be able to watch them offline, you can sign up to her membership and app. I love her and can really recommend this video on yoga for healthy wrists.

 

The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Digital Nomad Girls Netflix

Netflix Membership

As digital nomads we work hard, travel hard and also chill hard 😉 Haha, ok that was super cheesy. But seriously, we all have long flights, airport layovers and train rides and what is better to pass the time than a nice Netflix binge. With the app you can even download your shows and movies to your phone and watch them offline. The perfect gift for any digital nomad.

 

There you go, the perfect gifts for all price ranges for Digital Nomad Girls! Whether you’re looking for a present for a DNG friend of yours or you want to give your loved ones some idea of gifts you’d enjoy, I hope you like our recommendations.

Happy Christmas to you all! Ho Ho Ho!

How I went from chemist to digital nomad & started DNG

How I went from chemist to digital nomad & started DNG

It’s been over 2 years since I started DNG and, somehow, I still haven’t properly shared my own story with you here (most branding and marketing gurus would roll their eyes at this I guess). But today I decided it’s about time that I shared my story of how I went from chemist to digital nomad and how I started the Digital Nomad Girls community along the way. You will laugh, you will cry… no, just kidding, it’s just my story. I hope you like it 🙂

How I went from chemist to digital nomad & started DNG

So, here we go! I’m from Munich, Germany, and I have a weird accent because I grew up bilingual and my mum is British. In my ‘old life’ I was a scientist. But after studying chemistry and working in labs for nearly 10 years, I realised I wanted to do more with my life than research one molecule for the rest of my life (talk about niche, hey?).

 

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Yep, that’s me ‘working’ in the lab!

 

So, in 2013, after finishing my PhD after 4 long years, I swapped my lab coat for my backpack and left London to go on an around-the-world-trip with my sidekick, I mean boyfriend, Simon. Our trip was supposed to last a year. But after only 7 months we ran out of money and ended up in Australia. We’d kind of known this would happen and had timed it perfectly so we’d arrive in Straya and work there on working holiday visas for a year.

After quitting research I had no clue what would come next for me career-wise. All I knew was that I wanted to travel so I decided to enjoy Australia, work odd jobs for a year and figure it out along the way.

 

That’s when I learned about digital nomads

Yeah, I’d heard of travel bloggers before but I didn’t know there were other ways to become nomadic. I was fascinated by the idea and started listening to podcasts, reading blogs and books. It helped that I had quite a relaxed (aka boring) lab job at the time where I could listen to podcasts while working.

After months of research I had decided (and convinced my boyfriend) to move to Chiang Mai and start an e-commerce business. I had heard so much about Chiang Mai and how drop shipping is the perfect way to make money online, so we gave it a try. Long story short, we rocked up in Thailand, ate all the food, and after about 2 days I got bored of dropshipping.

It was back to the drawing board for me. I had to find something better, but with my background in science, I had no clue what to do.

 

So I set myself a challenge

I decided to try every single online job I could find and document my progress on my personal blog. But how did I even get any jobs?

I’m so glad you asked. To be honest, it was a mix of things, but mainly just by using my network and talking to people. I’ve never liked the word networking. But once I realised it just meant meeting new people and making new friends, I changed my mind. I told everyone I knew or met what I was up to. I posted on my personal Facebook and wrote about it on my blog (which approximately 5 people read, 2 of which were my mum).

And the work started rolling in.

I’m not gonna lie, I don’t think the PhD title hurt, despite being in a totally unrelated field. Because people are suckers for titles and they make them trust in your abilities.

I did a little bit of SEO writing, translations, social media management, learned WordPress & started building websites and it all went from there. My first job was writing SEO articles for $7 a piece. I once wrote 28 such articles about office refurbishments.

It wasn’t very glamorous and I wasn’t making a tonne of money (definitely not a 6-figure digital nomad, haha). But within 6 months I earned enough from all my different projects to make a living in Asia. I was so excited to finally have found a way to keep travelling long-term!

 

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Working at the beach… as you do (not).

But there was one thing I hadn’t expected

As a backpacker, I found it really easy to make friends. But as a digital nomad, it was a whole different story. I didn’t have as much time to socialise, was restricted where to travel by wifi availability, and most backpackers had no clue what I was doing. We also weren’t really staying in hostels anymore so we met fewer people than we were used to.

I felt lonely

And especially I was missing having a bunch of girlfriends to hang out with. At the coworking space in Chiang Mai, my friend and I were the only girls. The same for meetups we went to. I was wondering, where are all the girls?

That’s when I decided to start a Facebook Group for female digital nomads and that’s how Digital Nomad Girls was born in August 2015.

Ever since the group has grown to nearly 15k girls, I’ve organised three coworking retreats for girls around the world, and my little passion project has accidentally turned into my business! I’ve learned so much from the girls in our group about travel, online business and life (yeah life too).

And I’ve made more friends online and offline than I could have ever imagined. I would have never dreamed that starting a little Facebook group could have this kind of impact on my life.

But that’s exactly what happened.

 

DNG Retreat Javea 2017 Group photo

At the latest retreat in Javea, Sept 2017 <3

But why the hell am I telling you all of this?

Very good question! The point of my story is that if you’re still starting out and aren’t sure how to become location independent, know that you can do it. You can do it. This life isn’t reserved for the rich, the techies or the bloggers.

If there was a way for me, an organic chemist from Munich, Bavaria, then there’s a way for all of us.

That doesn’t mean it’ll be easy or an overnight success. You’ll have to work hard, learn lots and it’ll take a while. Sometimes it’ll feel impossible.

But the one thing I learned over the last 2.5 years is this:

The most important ingredient to success is having a strong community of people who get you.

And that’s what DNG is all about.

For the last year, I’ve been dreaming of taking this community to the next level. I’m so incredibly excited to share with you that the DNG Inner Circle will be opening its doors very soon! To be the first to find out, join our waiting list here. We’ll have expert masterclasses, live Q&As, goal setting sessions, virtual coworking, exclusive member discounts and much more!

I hope you enjoyed my story and to see you in the DNG Inner Circle soon!

Jenny

xxx

What I learned from winning an entrepreneurship grant for DNG

What I learned from winning an entrepreneurship grant for DNG

Even writing it still feels a little awkward, but yes, it seems I am an entrepreneur now. I guess I’ve known this for a little while, but a few weeks ago I won an entrepreneurship grant, so now it’s official.

The whole story was a totally crazy rollercoaster and I wanted to share it with you, but writing it all out I realised that it’s not nearly as exciting to read about as it was during that day. Duh. So here are the highlights of the grant, excerpts of the essay I submitted and what I learned from the whole experience.

What I learned from winning an entrepreneurship grant for DNG

What was this grant all about?

A year ago I met an entrepreneur in Las Palmas, he’d built a few very successful online business and also runs a popular blog, the Arbing Blog (now Sampriestly.com). Sam decided it would be awesome to give back to other budding entrepreneurs and so he created the Arbing Entrepreneurship Grant. Every three months he gives away three grants of $1000 each to new entrepreneurs so they can follow their dreams and build their businesses. Awesome, right?

I applied for the grant in late August, just barely making the deadline to be honest 😉 and got into the top 15. Yay! A public vote would decide the top three winners, which meant having to really put myself out there and push for votes in order to win.

Gulp. This is not something I’m usually very good/comfortable at.

At first, it all started out as a bit of fun. I shared about it all in the group and the girls were super lovely and voted. But what happened next was really a total surprise to me.

The girls in our community (you!) voted for DNG every single day, encouraged each other to vote each day and even started posting reminders in our Facebook group about it.

Suddenly it wasn’t about winning $1000 for myself anymore, it was about winning this prize for the girls and for DNG. I was the only girl with a realistic chance to get into the top 3 and I really wanted to make sure at least one of the winners was a female entrepreneur.

The vote lasted 3 weeks that coincided with my retreat. By the time voting day had come, the vote was super close and I was in 4th place. 😱  Conveniently I had also lost my voice the day before after talking too much at the retreat and then dancing in the square until 3 am.

Let me just say that losing your voice isn’t a great idea if you’re planning on doing a Facebook Live that day.

I had to get creative.

What followed was a “Love Actually”-style silent film of me holding up sign s to share my message. You can see the result below:

 

Well this was definitely one of the most fun things I've done in a while! A HUGE Thank you for all of you who are voting for DNG to win the entrepreneurship grant!! Here's the link if you haven't voted yet, we're so close and votes close tonight at midnight UK time! https://goo.gl/gChAis

Posted by Digital Nomad Girls on Saturday, 30 September 2017

 

The girls really rallied the troops. My friend Alex from Travel Fashion Girl wrote about it in her newsletter that day (!), others shared with their friends and family, posted in their Facebook groups and pages. Art was created by my boyfriend. Just to clarify, the dead clown represented the circus school which was my biggest competition in the contest at that point.

 

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In the end, girl power won and we managed to get ahead by around 150 votes. 🎉

We celebrated like crazy in the group and I learned a very important lesson about Digital Nomad Girls, myself and you amazing ladies.

I’ve never put myself out in the same way as I did that day. I’m usually super concerned about posting too much about my own stuff, I have a real phobia of being spammy and every time I write a newsletter I worry I might inconvenience my readers.

As you can imagine, this isn’t very helpful in online business.

 

That day I posted almost every hour in the group. I shared on my page, on Instagram, in stories, I did a FB Live. And I sent not one, but two emails to my list in one day. It was unheard of for me.

Guess what happened?

Everybody was incredibly supportive. I received dozens of emails cheering me and DNG on and wishing me luck. And most importantly, the world didn’t end and I didn’t destroy everything.

This probably sounds crazy for you, but for me as a newbie entrepreneur, I worry every day that I might ‘break’ my business. Not only did I not break it, but I was overwhelmed by support and enthusiasm. It was a real #girlpower moment.

Oh, and what am I planning to do with the $1000?

I’m investing the money in tools and resources to help me build the DNG Inner Circle, our upcoming membership site. Imagine a virtual coworking space with your business besties that travels with you wherever you go. Cool right?

If you want to find out more about my vision for the DNG Inner Circle, you can read my full grant application here.

Here’s the essence of it, it’s part of my original application:

“What I have learned over the last 2 years running DNG and meeting hundreds of lovely location independent girls, is that what we all have in common is a craving for community. No matter if we have home bases, if we travel frequently or sporadically, it can be isolating and even lonely at times to be a digital nomad.

 

Most of us are running or setting up online businesses which is a huge undertaking even if you have a consistent support network. Many of us don’t have this network as the digital nomad lifestyle is still pretty new and often family and friends don’t really understand our dreams. Many girls give up before they’ve even started because they either lack the support system or are sold a dream that is supposedly easy to achieve.

 

It has become my mission to inspire, connect and empower (aspiring) location independent girls around the world. I want Digital Nomad Girls to become the one-stop destination for all girls who are interested in this lifestyle. I want to give them honest and valuable advice, connect them with like-minded people and teach them the tools and skills they need to start an online career, whether as freelancer or as entrepreneurs.

 

While the retreats will always play a big role in DNG, what I am currently focussing on is creating a more focussed and valuable space for the girls to turn to. I call it the DNG Inner Circle.

This is my vision for the Inner Circle:

“A virtual coworking space that you share with all your business besties and that travels with you wherever you go.”

And these are some of the features:

  • Mentorship – a group of successful digital nomad girls will mentor and support the new members throughout their journey
  • Expert created Masterclasses – each month I will invite an expert to join us in the Inner Circle who will create a mini course on a relevant topic like finding remote jobs, business accounting, visas, productivity, travelling with family, balance and health while travelling, marketing, branding etc.
  • Live Q&A sessions with experts – the experts will hold live Q&A sessions to help the girls with hands on advice
  • Goal Setting- we will hold monthly goal setting sessions. It’s impossible to reach your goals if you don’t know what they are
  • Accountability – we will pair the girls with accountability buddies to keep in touch with and hold each other accountable
  • Exclusive Member perks & discounts for digital nomad services/tools/products
  • Masterminding – we will hold monthly mastermind host seat sessions where we help the girls in a live session

One of the biggest benefits of the Inner Circle will be consistency. It can be very distracting to move to a new city every few months or even weeks. At each new coworking space you have to reintroduce not only yourself, but also your business or project and it’s hard to get great advice from people who just found out what you do. The girls and mentors inside the Inner Circle move with you wherever you go, and as your business evolves and grows.”

That’s basically it. That’s what’s been driving me for the last few months.

I wanted to take this opportunity to say a HUGE thank you to all of you who voted for me and DNG, who shared the posts and asked your friends and family to vote too. I appreciate all your help SOOO much and I can’t wait to share the DNG Inner Circle with you soon!!

And of course, another MASSIVE Thank You to Sam and his team from the Arbing Entrepreneurship Grant. You can see all the applicants here and read about Sam’s inspiring story here.

What do you think about the DNG Inner Circle? Does this sound like a place you’d like to virtually hang out? Sign up here for the waiting list to be the first to find out when we launch!

 

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