Location Independent, Lifestyle Design, Digital Nomad #FF

June 25, 2010

4HWW location independent digital nomad workshifting at pool in France = lifestyle design 

There are so many ways to describe the new 21st century trend of workshifting, 4-Hour Workweek, location independent, global nomads living a digital nomad lifestyle of extended travel , ultra mobility and greater freedom. Perhaps no term describes it completely as there are so many ways to do it. Last week we started this Twitter #FollowFriday with Travel Bloggers and Travel Writers.  It turned out to be a lot more fun than I expected. That is part of the joy with Twitter and travel as you just never know what will happen next.

One of the fantastic things about Twitter is I get to meet people from all over the world in lots of different blog niches and businesses. I have a lot of interests, so this is a good thing. I will do much more on travel bloggers  and travel writers, as well as cool people who are minimalists, multi-lingual, expats, RVers, moms, frugal, innovative educators, simplicity folks, green living, book lovers and more.

Today,  I want to focus on my favorite Lifestyle Design Global citizen types. There are so many fabulous ones that I will have to do several posts just on this category, but here are some great ones to check out ( in no particular order):

1) @Chrisbrogan -Great guy, cool dad and one of the super stars of social media. He may be the busiest too with workshifting, The Third Tribe, Dadomatic and author of Trust Agents and Social Media 101.

2) @tferriss Tim is definitely the 4HWW King of lifestyle design and coined the term. He has started a freedom loving revolution! We're huge fans and proud to be case studies in his latest 4HWW book edition.

3) @SHurleyHall I love this bright , good-hearted,  talented writer and location independent mom. We've become friends online and have had some neat cross continent Skype calls. You can find her work on ParkrRdeFly & Location Independent and more.

4) @Leawoodward -  Lea is the cool lady and new mom who coined the word "location Independent" & has lots of great information about digital nomad living  and the cutest little baby. 

5) @KarolGajda - I enjoy Karol's enthusiasm,  live anywhere advice and positive, freedom-loving vibes.  

6) @Nunomad  - When we started in 2006, Nunomad was one of the few others online talking about the joys of the world traveling digital nomad life. This niche really exploded after 2008 with the economy crash.  I love it that Carmen has found her own unique way of nomading world  travel with kids.

7) @Irishpolyglot -  I love Benny's passion for learning languages and he is also a very bright &  funny guy. 

8) @Codymckibb -   Cody is a hard working Gen Y digital entrepreneuer based in Thailand. I love how he  supports the untemplate digital nomad life and volunteer causes.

9) @CorbettBarr  - Corbett is a smart young entrepreneur who splits his time between San Francisco and Mexico. He blogs and owns Free Pursuits on lifestyle design and his new Think Traffic

10) JetSetCitizen -  John is a clever  Canadian who left Japan to see the world & explore lifestyle design with his wife and I enjoy his take on his process, interviews and advice. 

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Sharon Hurley Hall

Jeanne, thanks so much for including me in this list. I've really enjoyed our chats and finding that your offline personality is just the same. Rock on!

Benny the Irish polyglot

Thanks a million for the mention! It's an honour to be included among such titans :D


Sharon- Thanks it's been a real pleasure getting to know you! I hope some day we can meet in person.


Benny- Thanks & I was happy to hear that you passed your test today. Go out and celebrate! ;)


Now... This is how Follow Friday is supposed to work. Lovely intros. Thanks...


Theodora- Thanks! It really is, isn't it? The trouble is that it is quite a hard work intensive type of post, so I think I'm going to try and see what happens next week if I just do 5 instead of 10 people.

Sue L Canfield

Thanks for the list of great people to follow.

John Bardos - JetSetCitizen

Thanks for including me in your list! I appreciate the kind words.


Sue - So glad that it was useful for you!


John - No problem, so glad to have met you! Hope we get a chance to meet when you come to Spain!


Hi guys! I find your story very inspirational. I hope that one day when I have kids that I can provide a similar lifestyle for them. I've been location independent for 8 years now taking a few long-term trips (up to 5 months) several times... A few months ago I've decided to sell everything and full-on Digital Nomad it! I'm leaving in January 2011 and am super stoked. It's great to see so many people out there doing this because back in 2006 when I started my blog there was nobody else really. I'm excited to resurrect my blog and get to know everyone! The inspiration gets me excited, on track, and motivated despite everyone telling me how it can't be done! Shame on them!


Jenny - Cool! Welcome to our blog. We were inspired by 2 couples who were living digital nomad lives for 25 years & we we started in 2006, so there were some of us out there! ;)

But you are right, there has been a real increase in digital nomads, especially after the "new economy" became apparent in 2008 & many who were inspired by the 4HWW.

It is a great way to live! Not too many families are doing it, certainly not as long as us, but I think more and more will be doing it in the future.

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