“My life as a digital nomad began when I was 18. I had spent some time with an succesful social entrepreneurship in Cambodia, wrote an article about it and sent it to a German magazine. That article became a reference for other clients and soon I wrote for more magazines and sites. I’m skilled in finance, start-ups and the stock market. Working on the road works perfectly for me, at the moment. I work during the morning, explore a place during the afternoon and work a bit more at night. All I need is a working hub or a hostel with good WiFi, my laptop, camera and some clothes. I set my own deadlines and decide myself how many jobs to accept in a month. Being punctual is key in this job, though. Sometimes I have to do my invoices in the back of a mini-van. During the past 2 years, I had the opportunity to visit 20 countries, such as India, Indonesia and Nicaragua. I guess my life happened very quickly. I never saw myself studying. There’s so much to do and I can also teach myself on the road. How? By reading books or using iTunes U, where you can watch free lectures. Eventually, I’d like to be a social entrepreneur, who’s financially sustainable – make money by helping people. There are downsides to my way of living too. My pace of traveling is slower than the pace of backpackers and faster than the speed of most digital nomads. So it’s hard to build up serious friendships – let alone relationships. Maintaining friendships back home in Germany has also prooved to be hard. Yet, I didn’t think twice when I left. Never regret experiences, just Learn from it. And that’s what I do all the time.”

“I’ve been a vegan for 5,5 years now. I read a book called ‘The China Study’ when I was 14, and was shocked. Being a vegan on the road has never been hard. In some countries it’s easier than in others. India, for instance, is a paradise for vegans. The curries are amazing! In Thailand, it was harder – and a bit shady. When you order street food and tell them “no fish sauce please “, they’ll try to add it anyway, just because they think it’s tastier. The first thing I learn in a language is: “Can I order anything that’s vegan?”. Do mention it beforehand, though. When I was couchsurfing in Cambodia, my hosts served me meat. I told them I didn’t eat animal-based products, and their response was: “But I just killed that chicken for you!” Most of the time, I look for hostels with a kitchen, so that I can buy stuff at the market and cook myself. The app HappyCow is also useful. It shows you all the restaurants that serve vegetarian or vegan food nearby. Not everyone I meet understands veganism. The discussions can become very tiring. My opinion is: never think for someone else. Live and let live.”