My name is Liesbeth Uithol; Digital Nomad. No one, absolutely no one, calls me that, of course. But in theory I am. In this article I will explain to you who I am, what a digital nomad exactly, and why I want to create more freedom in my life with my company NoMadness In My Bus, both for myself and for others.
Do you want a location independent income what can you travel with?
want it Digital Nomad experience life? Liesbeth from NoMadNess in my Bus will create an online or offline business concept together with you that you can travel with.
Together you work from 0 to profitable on a business concept that makes you can experience freedom and have an income during your (full-time) traveling life to live your dream life.
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What is a Digital Nomad?
A Digital Nomad is someone who can work location independently via the internet.
A Digital Nomad is someone who can live 'nomadic'; wherever! And because of this, travel can play a big part in this person's life.
So a lot of traveling, but still working. That suits me. Let me introduce myself: I am 44 years old, mother of two children. Daughter Djenn (19) and son Leff(13). I have a relationship with Ronald (49) and we travel in a converted DHL truck.
As we speak we just got back from 7 months Europe with our camper, my son and our two dogs Obi and Woody.
My company: NoMadness In My Bus
With my company I create personal and tailor-made business concepts for people who want to combine travel and work. I guide them from idea to profitability.
But I haven't always been a Digital Nomad. I would like to tell you my way to location independence: from 50 employees to just a laptop.
I was 26 years old: employed a man, a child and 50 women. That last one was hell. My 'lowest point' in life. Of course: all 50 were lovely women. They went out of their way to keep our 5 children's clothing and children's shoe stores running smoothly. But how I hated it: I had become a 'manager' instead of the contact with the customers, which I liked so much.
We were right, my ex and I. We had a beautiful life; Both drove a nice car and my daughter of 1 had, logically, the most beautiful clothes and shoes.
But I wasn't happy.
I wanted more freedom in my life
I wanted to spread my wings and suspected that it would be a long way to my 100th year of life.
After some consultation with my ex, we knew what to do: we would sell the stores and emigrate to Spain. Selling those stores was not without a struggle: it resulted in stress and powerlessness.
And money. But above all: freedom. I felt free to go again where I wanted.
That was not Spain. At that time there was a crisis and people were not very open to immigrants. Logically yes. I was going to sell a Dutch bag brand in Spain and a Spanish sunglasses brand in the Netherlands.
I flew to Spain once every 15 years: how free I felt. When I was gone. Not when I was home. And so I realized that more had to be done: I decided that my marriage had to come to an end: it was over.
In the meantime, I was building my business from a passion: I had become a Personal Trainer and had opened my own studio. Crazy!! I found a rental house for my (now) two kids, my dog and myself. That was in 2015.
Travel through Europe in a camper van
I decided that I was going to 'travel Europe on a bus'.
Everyone I told this to raised their eyebrows: 'Yeah true…. Just keep on dreaming….'. You saw them think.
In the meantime, I happily continued to make plans. In 2020 I would be location independent. And so it happened. My Personal Training clients insisted that I rent the property for another year; so they could still train while I was in the country. I did that under strict agreements: I wasn't going to do any 'business' here anymore.
My focus was completely on NoMadness In My Bus: I was going to travel. I'm dating myself, those years. Never with the aim of going 'somewhere'. I often opened my conversation with 'I'm going to travel in Europe on a bus'; then a lot fell off.
In April 2018, out of boredom, I was on Tinder again. Ronald had 'liked' me and we had a match. I said to my best friend, 'I'm going to date him again or else I'll break up for the rest of the year.
1 date was enough. Ronald and I clicked like crazy.
Living the Digital Nomad life together
And he wanted to travel with me; in about five years. Within two months we bought our Dream House on wheels: the former DHL truck Oliver. (Check here the interior of this special camper.) In 2020 I thought we could leave earlier; February 2021 for example….
Ronald thought: 'she is crazy'.
Ronald said: 'Good idea!'
And so my plan was adjusted and I had to work 'extra'. Working hard to achieve our goal. And then the time had come: we went on a journey with my 13-year-old son and two dogs, with a good income and perspective.
During Corona. Couldn't be more uncertain. And not freer either. The best choice I ever made. I couldn't have felt more free than 100 Range Rovers. I just need my laptop now and have no worries.
When you feel that it has to be different…
When you 'feel' that it has to be 'different' for you: go for it!! It's so worth it!! I promise!! We will continue to make our own choices for the time being when we want to move and travel. I will put you in the blogs on Wereldreizigers.nl regularly 'include' in the life of a location independent entrepreneur; a Digital Nomad.
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I would like to hear from you what information you would like to hear regarding the life of a Digital Nomad.
Hi, nice to see. I wanted something like this 20 years ago, but instead I started working as an expat in the Caribbean. Very nice but busy and gave me the idea that I need warm weather. I have been living in my camper for 6 years now with normal work in the Netherlands until recently, but in my spare time I roamed a bit through the Netherlands and Europe and indeed dating does not get you far because usually they prefer that you live somewhere in a Vinex neighborhood lives or something ;). I have now retired early and after walking the Camino (almost 800km) in Spain I now have my own time to travel and volunteer even more. What I find really difficult is using my phone to access my online financial services in the Netherlands and whatsapp. I use a lot of data and have been in Portugal for more than 2 months, for example. I am considering renting a sim (unlimited data) but if after 4 months I travel through Spain etc on my way to Greece then I would have to arrange something locally every time. The best is a phone number that you use for multiple countries. So I live in my camper and am only in the Netherlands for family visits. I'm also thinking about Voip, but that might cause problems with Dutch banks? I'm curious how you do that.