Nomad Cruise Founder Johannes Voelkner on being a Digital Nomad and the Future of Work

Published on November 12, 2019

What if you could live or work anywhere? Where would it be? Way back in 2007, the Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss helped to spawn a revolution of people freeing themselves from traditional work.

The change in the economy has led to people becoming digital nomads; they can live and work from anywhere that they choose.

For many businesses, it’s allowed them to decrease overhead due to constrains from having a physical location and other costs associated with that. From the employee side, its allowed them the freedom to work from anywhere, and that trend does not at all seem to be slowing down

Searching for a Home

When I asked Johannes Voelkner, founder of Nomad Cruise, he said he sees the global travel lasting about three years, his reply surprised me a bit:

“So, one thing is like I think that the nomad life is something that is happening for like 3 years. It’s like a gap year where you live your dreams where you know where you do something and eventually after A while you will be like, okay what I want to find my place, right? But this place that you want to find this not necessarily where you’re from or where your home is.”
– Johannes Voelkner

Individuals want to choose where they live, not just have it be where they are born or grow up.

These are some of the most beautiful places in the world. The driving force is freedom and is really an example of the larger trend we are experiencing. Individuals want choice and not just what life throws at them. Choice is the main reason that Netflix is so successful and podcasts are growing. The current generation wants to choose what they listen to, what they do and now even where they live.

Finding a Home Base

Then there is a desire to home base. The difference? They’re settling in some of the most beautiful places in the world: Spain, Portugal and many of the Pacific Islands.

I see islands like Mallorca. I see thousands of people working remotely from there at least, you know for like a few months of the year. So what are we going to get this a lot more like in beautiful destinations around the world. We are going to get more of these communities, who are like people were going to be staying that long term.

So the way I see is that there’s more and more places like more constant homebases coming up like now I see a lot of people moving to Lisbon, but now Lisbon is getting too expensive. so they’re moving to other places.”
– Johannes Voelkner

The Desire for Community

It’s a shift in how we live and seek community, in fact, it’s why Johannes founded the Nomad Cruise, to help build community for those that desire to choose their own lifestyle.

Johannes Voelkner is the founder of Nomad Cruise – one of the largest digital nomad experiences in the world. Originally from Germany, he moved to South Africa in 2005 where he built his first location independent business.

In 2010 he became a digital nomad. While he loved the lifestyle he was missing the connections to other remote workers. Johannes wrote the first travel guide for people who work online to inspired more people to live their dream and work while traveling the world. Eventually, the guide led to the creation of Nomad Cruise.

Johannes Voelkner sits down with me, Jeremy Ryan Slate. We talk about the future of work and working from anywhere on the latest episode of the Create Your Own Life Show

Jeremy Ryan Slate a Contributing Editor at Grit Daily. Based in New Jersey, he is the founder of the Create Your Own Life Show, a podcast that studies world-class performers. He studied literature at Oxford University, and is a former champion power lifter turned new-media entrepreneur. Specializes in using podcasting and new media to create celebrity and was ranked #1 in iTunes New and Noteworthy and #26 in the business category. Jeremy was named one of the top 26 podcast for entrepreneurs to listen to in 2017 by CIO Magazine and Millennial Influencer to follow in 2018 by Buzzfeed.  The Create Your Own Life Podcast has been downloaded over one million times.

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