According to the latest entry in Wikipedia, digital nomads are a new breed of resourceful entrepreneurs who are able to live and work anywhere they please. Nomadic workers typically enjoy a flexible and fulfilling lifestyle, leveraging technology and the Internet to work remotely—from home, sometimes in a coffee shop or Internet cafe, others from a scenic campground. They tend to collaborate remotely with teams anywhere in the world. This flexibility and freedom is increasingly attractive in current economic conditions, which is leading more and more people to seek out work they can do on their own terms, that is more interesting to them, that they can do from home or from anywhere.
I’ve been online for business reasons since 1986 and I have made the majority of my living from online endeavors since 1990. After completing a large online project from my home office in 2008, I decided I needed a change of scenery and searched for an opportunity that would make it worthwhile for me to travel. I knew I could run my business from the road as long as a I had a great Internet connection.
One year later Computerworld magazine published an article titled “Is digital nomad living going mainstream?” From it, I learned that a lot of other like-minded folks were taking a similar path. Because I thought I eventually wanted to end up in Oregon, the state where I was born, I chose projects that would enable me to spend most of my time in the Pacific Northwest. After several years of traveling the ABQ ✈ PDX ✈ SEA ✈ MSO ✈ DNV route, living the laptop lifestyle, I decided to focus on developing a magical destination attractive to digital nomads. Due to unforeseen health issues (cancer survivor), I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s best I write about my plans and sell them versus implement them personally.