Location Independent Entrepreneur Explains How to Make Money Anywhere in the World

You don’t need to keep working 9-5.

If you really want to live a different life, it’s possible to quit your job, start traveling and live a location independent life.

Take Hendric Tay from Singapore. A couple of years ago, he quit his 9-5 job to travel the world.

Today Hendric is a location independent co-founder of the travel site The Travel Intern – and in this interview, he shares how you too can become location independent and make money working from anywhere in the world!

Nomad Hendric Tay
Farm near Cotopaxi (Ecuadro)

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

Hi, my name is Hendric. A couple of years ago, I quit my 9-5 job to travel the world. Now, I am the co-founder of The Travel Intern, a community based travel site that aims to help others get inspired and travel better!

I’m based in Singapore but spend half the time out of the country, collecting content for our site. I love trying new things and the outdoors! Nothing like a good hike.

Nomad Hendric Tay
India Taj Mahal Pike

How and why did you become a nomad?

I don’t think there is any specific reason why. It is just the way forward. More and more people are doing it. It’s just that some people are working for large corporations while others like myself run our own small business. As we get connected and more global, this happens naturally.

Previously, I’ve worked on a travel tech aggregator called, Tripbolt (similar to google travel). I was a Social Media Manager at Skyscanner, and started my career in advertising!

Were your parents and relatives supportive about you becoming a nomad?

I don’t think many understood. Even till now. Having a flexible location isn’t for everyone. You will need to enjoy change to a certain level in order to do it as it’s very disruptive. But I’ve always been independent so I don’t think anyone found it too odd!

Nomad Hendric Tay
Gold Coast Hot Air Balloons

Why is having a nomadic life important for you?

As mentioned, having a nomadic life isn’t important. It is a natural progression. That said, I do enjoy the flexibility of being able to work anywhere around the world. You have control of your own time, and do not need a rigid 9-5 schedule.

Being naturally curious, I need to expose myself to all the cultures and ideas we encounter in books and on the internet. There’s a thrill in experiencing something new and I love it!

Nomad Hendric Tay
Iceland Vatnajokull Ice Cave. Photo credit: @PeterAmber

What have been the best and most difficult parts of being a nomad?

Best parts: Flexibility, freedom, self-realization. When you need to manage your own time, you start to realize what is important to you. What you like, what you dislike, and matters most. So it’s like a journey of self discovery.

Most difficult is discipline. Having the the discipline to get stuff done. Growing up, I used to finish work way ahead of time. Now, I finish them just before the deadline. I guess that’s what happens when you are constantly stimulated by your environment.

That brings me to the next point about fatigue. It can get tiring. Being on the road takes its toll, and being constantly stimulated brings its own set of problems. This is why I do enjoy spending time back home in Singapore, using it as a launchpad instead of constantly being on the road. In that sense, I’m like a hybrid nomad?

Nomad Hendric Tay
Sea Lions of Playa Mann Beach at the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador

Where do you live and where do you usually work as a nomad?

It varies but generally hostels as you get to meet more people. But there are times where you need your own space so hotels and private homes are a great option.

I usually work at cafés! There is no typical day because almost everyday is different. When you run your own startup, you do everything.

The main issue I face is a lack of WiFi to get work done!

Nomad Hendric Tay
Fethiye Paragliding in Turkey

How do you build a social life as a nomad?

I think as you grow older, it is inevitable that your social circle shrinks. With closer friends, while it isn’t as ideal to meet less often, they understand. It may seem distant on a day to day basis, but when you meet up, things always get back to normal. 🙂

Making new friends is easy as long as you are open to it. You can meet people from all walks of life! My advice is to generally pace yourself so you don’t get sick of making new friends on a superficial level and having the same conversations.

Nomad Hendric Tay
Acro Yoga along the Ganges River in Rishikesh India

How do you finance your nomadic life?

Through my freelance jobs and The Travel Intern! My budget is close to what I used to spend as a college student and the biggest expense is travel! Thankfully, the job covers most of my travel expenses.

What kind of gear do you bring with you, and what has been your best gear purchase below $100?

Laptop and lots of camera equipment.

My best gear purchase below $100 would be the Mogics Power Bagel. It’s the best universal adapter and extension cord, allowing me to plug five items plus two USB ports into a tiny bagel like adapter.

Perfect for someone with a lot of gear.

Nomad Hendric Tay
Iceland Secret Lagoon

What is your best advice for new nomads?

Don’t do it because it seems cool. This life is not for everyone. If you want to do it, pace yourself!

What will the future bring?

To grow The Travel Intern into a global brand!

No dream spot really. But lately I’ve been thinking of doing a month long walking trip. Not exactly sure where yet, but the idea of moving with just your own two legs seems very cathartic. Unfortunately, I’ll have to wait a little till work becomes more stable!


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