Do you know any aspiring digital nomads who want to develop location independent careers and learn how to travel the world full-time, but don’t know where to start? Welcome to candy-land for aspiring digital nomads!
These last-minute gifts are online classes that don’t take up much room under the tree, but could end up being some of the most valuable and life-changing gifts you could ever give to the aspiring digital nomads in your life.
I audit a lot online courses for free, in many cases because the course instructor wants feedback to improve their course material. These courses profiled below came out tops as resources for aspiring digital nomads. In every case, I learned something myself (which is saying something, having been in the industry for 11 years). Thus, I endorse all of the courses below, and in most cases my links to the courses are affiliate links, which means I am paid a commission if you purchase. This doesn’t affect your own price, and it helps me to continue to generate quality content and resources for you, dear reader. Thank you in advance for purchasing these courses through the links in this post, all the while helping the adorable aspiring digital nomads in your life.
SUPERSTAR BLOGGING SCHOOL
Nomadic Matt and I started our full-time travel careers around the same time. The difference is, he took his online business much more seriously than I did, and it shows; today, he is one of the (if not the) highest-paid and most respected travel bloggers of all-time. And two years ago he developed a school to help other people transform their lives and careers accordingly – which is one of the best schools I’ve attended to date.
I audited his course The Business of Travel Blogging in 2016, and even with 10 years in the industry at the time, I learned a ton. I maintain that if something like this existed when I got started, I’d have saved thousands of dollars (and the equivalent number of hours) futzing about trying to figure everything out.
Update 2019: Matt has entirely redesigned the Superstar Blogging school, and now, instead of offering four large – and pricey – courses (about Travel Blogging, Writing, Photography, and Vlogging), he has broken them down into gads of smaller courses that allow you to pick and choose which elements you wish to learn about! It’s pretty cool; see what he’s got on offer here.
THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO ERROR FARES
An error fare is basically a mistake or glitch in the computer system of the airline or global distribution system causing a pricing error that can save you tons of money on flights!
I took this course in July, and I was surprised at how deceptively simple it was. I read her suggestions for which apps to use and followed her step-by-step instructions to set them up so I would receive error fare alerts that match my criteria. I learned about the Facebook pages to follow, Twitter searches to perform, and mailing lists to join.
And then I waited. (A bit skeptically so, I might add).
But, I didn’t have to wait long before a killer deal to travel from Japan to Europe (return) in business class came up for $300. I didn’t quite manage to book it (you have to jump on these things quickly), but once I understood the stakes, I was ready to play. The following month I nabbed a deal from Indonesia to India that I couldn’t pass up.
For aspiring digital nomads with the world as their oyster, an error fare could be all the motivation they need for a change of scenery and to try out a new location. The great news is that it’s not just for aspiring digital nomads; anybody with some flexibility to jump on a travel deal will appreciate this most excellent gift.
I highly recommend this course: How to Get Ridiculously Cheap Flights With Error Fares.
And, as a special deal for you, use the discount code PROHOBO for 30% off!
PAID TO BLOG
Paid to Blog is the cheapest of all the resources listed here (it ranges from $29-49, depending on the package you purchase), but it’s not shy on content, that’s for sure. It’s different from the Superstar Blogging course (mentioned earlier) in that it is about developing a freelance blogging career that is mainly about getting paid to write for other blogs and websites.
This written course teaches you things like:
- How to craft a pitch
- Why setting up your own blog is a good idea
- How to effectively use social media
- How to set rates and determine a minimum acceptable rate, and even negotiate
- Contract considerations
I arranged for a friend of mine who is getting into the business to take the course, because I figured since the material would be new for him, he could give me a sense of what he learned. He ploughed through the information over a very intensive weekend, and came out feeling that all the bases were well-covered. He couldn’t identify any holes in the material, which is quite extensive. So if you’re interested in freelance blogging or copywriting, Paid to Blog might be for you.
Aspiring digital nomads will benefit from each of these courses in different ways.
- Looking to get into freelance writing online? Paid to Blog is a great primer.
- Want to start your own travel-related business/career as a blogger, photographer, videographer, or writer? Superstar Blogging is the school for you.
- And, want to fly around the world for rock-bottom prices? You can’t go wrong with the Error Fares course.
Whenever I’m interviewed about my career and lifestyle and asked for advice for aspiring digital nomads, my first and foremost response is always don’t try to reinvent the wheel. The learning curve is steep and jagged, and what might seem like a big investment in a course will turn out to be a big money – and time – saver in the end. Take it from me….a girl who stumbled her way up the learning curve to where she is now, and has the bumps and bruises to prove it.