From the Death Trap of Heroin to Freedom of the World – Francis Nayan

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Our present and future is often impacted by our past as well. Francis Nayan from the Nomad Newsletter shares how his near death experience from Heroin addiction was an important turning point in his life. Breaking free from his addiction, he goes on to build a successful email marketing career and travels around the world today.

In this episode, we talk about the mindset changes that happen in such life-changing moments, and discuss about the future of remote work and digital landscape. In addition, Francis shares what are some ways to get started with remote work, tips to practice when reviewing online courses and how to build a successful business on the road.

  • 01:25: Youth as an immigrant
  • 03:57: Multi-identity for travelers?
  • 11:45: Trigger for heroin addiction
  • 17:00: Overdose incident
  • 21:36: Bumps as stepping stones to evolution
  • 25:46: Getting started with traveling and living abroad
  • 29:33: Finding the nomad community and life
  • 32:48: Are courses and coaches a good way to start

  • 36:06: Identifying scams and finding the right things for you
  • 37:00: Getting started with copywriting
  • 41:45: Scaling the business from a solopreneur
  • 43:58: Balancing business growth and lifestyle
  • 51:07: Budapest as a home base
  • 59:43: Quick fire travel and remote work tips from Francis




Book Your Flight

I usually use a combination of 2-3 of the following search engines to find cheap flights: Skyscanner, Momondo, Google Flights

Find Your Accommodation is my usual platform for finding accommodation options as they have one of the largest selections. Hostelworld is great for booking hostels. For more private or long term accommodation, Airbnb is my go-to platform.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is important for to protect yourself against unforeseen circumstances. I usually look at a few insurance companies depending on my travel needs.
  • SafetyWings for Travel Health Insurance
  • IMG Global for added Insurance when doing activities outside of usual coverage
Packing for your trip? Check out the packing list for ideas on what to bring

For more travel resources, check out my resources page for best platforms and companies to use when you travel.

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This is Rax. For over a decade, I have traveled to over 60 countries - from a budget backpacker to a business traveler, expat and then a digital nomad. You can find insights and perspectives from myself and other world travelers that will inspire your journey of discovery.


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