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How to Make Money While Travelling: Intercaffeinated

Nomad Interviews: Edition 10

· Nomad Interviews

Welcome to the 10th edition of “How to Make Money While Travelling” which features successful nomadic teams and interviews with location independent entrepreneurs.

This week, I interviewed Jeremy Nickel, the founder of

How to Make Money While Travelling: Intercaffeinated

So, how do you make money while travelling?

Primarily passive income from written and musical works. I’ve also done a bit of voiceover work. I have to admit that I’m still very much in a building phase, so it’s not as lucrative as I’d like. I’m hoping with a bit of savvy and grit I can get it to where I want it to be.

How to Make Money While Travelling: Intercaffeinated

What were you doing before Intercaffeinated?

I worked for a couple tech companies, first at Apple for about 8 years, then at Bazaarvoice for about 1. I worked with clients and wrote content among a number of other things.

What are your reasons for becoming location independent?

I think what I wrote on my site sums it up best on the “About Me” page, but I’ll make it more succinct for you here.

For some time I had the creeping realization that what I was becoming (or maybe always was) completely divergent from what I wanted to do in life. Then, from the very real perspective that our lives are but slivers against the infinity of time, I decided that it wasn’t worth it to jettison the pursuit of my ideal self in exchange for stability.

How to Make Money While Travelling: Intercaffeinated

Do you face any challenges while both working and travelling?

Oh yes. Travelling in and of itself occupies a significant amount of time. It’s no easy task for me to decide which countries to visit. I have to consider cost, what I would like to see, visa requirements, health requirements, climate, etc. I want to go everywhere too, so that doesn’t help. Then determining what the top things are that I want to do and accomplish. You have to accept the fact that with each country you’re only going to scratch the surface, unless you have years in each place, which is not feasible in my situation. Maybe when biotechnology advances to where we have the opportunity to live much longer, then I may change that statement. I’ll go to list format now, which should be easier on all of our Internet text eyes.

Following are my biggest challenges:

  • Balancing time on the computer and experiencing the destination

  • Prioritizing my to-do’s

  • Traveling with OCD. It rears its ugly head from time to time

  • Making time for a social life

  • Budgeting; this is just not my forte at all

  • Not freaking out when there isn’t a lot of money. That cuddly corporate environment starts entering the mind as a possibility again

How to Make Money While Travelling: Intercaffeinated

How do you find work while travelling?

I have way too much work to do without looking for more.

Why do you think businesses should offer more remote working opportunities?

Great question. In addition to just being an altruistic thing, the businesses would probably see an uptick in overall morale. I can’t qualify that statement with any statistics. It would also act as a catalyst to have a brand spread on a more global scale. For example, person A meets person B and asks, “so what do you do.” Person B replies “I work for this rad company called Wombat Universe; they let me work anywhere!” Person A may just check the company out, and may also tell her friends about the company.

It would be great for employees because they would be able to see the world, learn about and become more tolerant of other cultures, and not worry about money while doing it. It would also help increase the economies where the employee’s station themselves to work.

How to Make Money While Travelling: Intercaffeinated

If you were to give advice to someone who wants to quit their desk job to become location independent, what would it be?

If you want to do it, and it is feasible for you to do so, then do it. If the only thing keeping you back is fear; fear of stability loss, fear of being away from what you’re used to, etc. then definitely do it. What’s the worst that could happen? If money is the biggest thing, do your research and determine how you’re going to make things work. It should be a well thought out decision, but not overly so.

What is your favourite travel quote?

This isn’t necessarily a travel quote per se, however I used it often as I contemplated doing what I’m doing now.

“The average man is a conformist, accepting miseries and disasters with the stoicism of a cow standing in the rain.” Colin Wilson​

How to Make Money While Travelling: Intercaffeinated

Do you have a mantra, slogan, or catchphrase?

What better way to cross international boundaries than with caffeine?

How to Make Money While Travelling: Intercaffeinated

Thanks, Jeremy!

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