[With my Chiang Mai coffee dealers in Northern Thailand.]
About Me and Nomadic Notes
My name is James Clark and this site chronicles my adventures and travel stories of my life as a digital nomad. I run a number of online travel businesses, but I also wanted a side site where I could write about all the food (and coffee!), fun and friends from 9+ years on the road. Nomadic Notes is my home on the internet.
A little about me
I’m a location independent entrepreneur originally from Melbourne, Australia. I am long term wanderer, having been a full time digital nomad since 2003 and perpetual traveller with no fixed address since 2010.
My life as a long term traveller began in 1999 when I moved to the UK on a two year working holiday visa. Living in London and with Europe on my doorstep, I succumbed to a growing wanderlust which lives with me today. This was also the year that I discovered that I love the internet.
On the heels of my time in London I did a working holiday stint in Ireland for a year. At that point I was hooked on travel, so instead of returning to Australia I decided to try a life of location independence. During that year in Dublin I was determined to set up a business for myself that would let me work and travel on my own terms. In April 2003, I left Ireland and I have been working for myself to this day. Since then all I’ve required is a laptop, a decent internet connection and a place to rest my head and sleep.
How Do I afford a life of perpetual travel?
On Nomadic Notes I mostly focus on my travels, which may give the illusion that all I do is travel. While I am indeed a full time nomad, I now work more hours than I used to when I was a salaried employee (there are no 4 hour work weeks for me.) I love my work though, and I can usually be found online checking my web empire first thing in the morning. I’m continually trying to find a balance where I can visit all the places I want to see and work on my new project ideas. This is a good problem to have.
While I have no permanent address, I have a company in Australia which offers web design, e-marketing, and SEO, all within in the travel niche. Since starting this travel blog I have become an active travel writer and photographer as well, which has enabled me to go on many memorable adventures and introduce me to many great travel friends.
I live without a personal mortgage or a car, so my monthly expenses are reasonably manageable. While living without a fixed address has its challenges (especially not having an office), I am a coffee lover so I have no problem working in cafes around the world.
Work with Nomadic Notes
Nomadic Notes as a place for my personal travel narrative and my home on the web, so I don’t accept guest posts or sponsored articles. If you do have content or partnership ideas that are related to travel I may have a suitable site for you to partner with, so contact me for more details.
I attend occasional hosted press trips and work with travel companies (such as my trip to Jordan and travel in Europe with Eurail.com.) Any press trip or free/discounted travel that is featured on this site is disclosed on the related post, and a condition of my working with any travel company or travel board is that I have editorial control over my experience. Check out my Media page for more features.
Connect with Me
While I love working for myself, I do miss the benefits of having co-workers around. Fortunately for my there are lots of great social media outlets where I can mingle with my fellow travellers and online business friends. You can find me on Twitter, on the Nomadic Notes Facebook page, as well as on Google+.
If you have any questions or comments you would like to send privately you can email me from my contact page – I’d love to hear from you.
Thanks for reading!