Building a New Nomadic Life and Remote Career from the Pandemic – Steve Tsentserensky

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When the pandemic destroyed careers and put a dent in travel plans, it was a point of change for Steve Tsentserensky. Well known for his CNBC feature for living on $47/day in Croatia, Steve made the leap during the pandemic when his previous filmmaking career was disrupted by social distancing measures and uncertainty in client budgets. 

In this episode, Steve shares how travel is different as a traveling contractor in the hospitality industry v.s a digital nomad writer, and how he made the career pivot during the travel. We also talk about getting clients as freelancer and the secret behind getting the right clients on Upwork; how to craft the right proposals and the mindset to convert leads into clients.

  • 01:50: Life before the pandemic
  • 05:34: Traveling as contractor v.s digital nomad travel
  • 07:30: Finding communities as you travel
  • 13:00: Mindset changes with slow travel
  • 16:59: Transiting careers
  • 21:37: How career choices require different travel preparation
  • 27:11: Living environment affects productivity
  • 30:40: Different travel priorities as a digital nomad

  • 32:30: Getting started with freelance writing
  • 37:35: Seeing yourself as a problem solver
  • 41:17: Tips on succeeding on Upwork
  • 44:02: Writing winning proposals
  • 48:59: Having the right mindset to win the right clients
  • 51:37: Segmenting time between tasks
  • 1:00:12: Building small wins when starting out
  • 1:11:26: Quick fire travel and remote work tips from Steve




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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