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 last year, 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.
Matt has just revamped the entire course, and I audited it again a few weeks ago, and it’s even better. (I didn’t even think that was possible). If you want to know more about the course from my perspective (new changes reflected), check out this post.
If there are aspiring digital nomads in your life who are more into photography or videography than blogging, or if they want to master the art of travel writing, Matt has you covered with these courses under the same Superstar Blogging school umbrella:
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!
DIY WEBSITE WORKSHOP
Gigi Griffis has literally spent her life working online. And with her expertise in writing, strategy, online marketing, and website design, she’s the perfect person to teach a workshop on how to create and design your own website.
This seven week course will take you step-by-step from being a luddite with a business idea, to having strategized and built your own website to bring your business to life, seven weeks later.
Each week you receive an email with links to documents you can download and accompanying videos. The videos are mostly of Gigi talking about the concepts and walking you through the documents and worksheets. Although the videos aren’t crucial to the learning process (ie: if you have a shoddy internet connection), they’re handy to play while you’re reviewing and working on the documents; and are good since everybody has different ways of learning (visual/audial).
Here’s a walk-through of what you’ll learn:
- Week 1 is all about getting clear on your key messages, target audience, strategies, business goals etc. A great exercise for new and existing business owners. Combo of simple worksheets and videos.
- Week 2 is about designing your site map. I like this because I don’t know a lot of web designers who focus on the content of your website and how best the organize it all so it meets your site/business goals and key messages.
- Week 3 is about page tables – how to construct every site page based on the info gathered/determined in the first couple of lessons. Also, SEO info and elements of a successful page.
- Week 4 is about website design – principles of web design and how to lay out your site, find/choose your theme/design, find photos, create graphics, etc.
- Week 5 is about getting a domain name (step by step) and hosting, setting up WordPress, setting up your theme, etc. There are lots of PDFs with screenshots and step by step instructions. Last, a WordPress orientation video, with screenshots! Also, a PDF about setting up Google Analytics…very useful. This session in particular is very much for beginners. Great instructions and walk-throughs.
- Week 6 will get you set up SEO, uploading and formatting photos, pages, posts, etc. Very basic and thorough instructions.
- Week 7 has an SEO overview, a great video about navigating Google Analytics, good plugins to use, launching the site, and what comes next.
Expect to spend 6-10 hours per week working through the course material and implementing the lessons over the seven week process, and at the end of it all you’ll come out with a spiffy new website.
The DIY Website Workshop is pricey at $599, but with the discount code PROHOBO you can get $49 off.
If you look at it as an alternative to hiring a web designer (which will cost you a couple of thousand dollars or more), then this course is a steal. Also, if you do the design work yourself, you’ll be in a much better position to manage your own website better. I did my latest website redesign myself, and I’m really happy I did, because now I know my website theme inside and out and can tweak it easily. Oh yeah, and I saved about $2,000 in doing the work myself.
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.
- Interested in creating a website for your business? The DIY Website Workshop is tops.
- 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.