Hi, Iâ€™m Sara Baroni and I am 38 years old. Iâ€™ve officially been a digital nomad since January 2015, and unofficially since 10 years ago. I work as an online freelancer.
Tell us more about yourself.
I “officially” started nomading in January 2015, though I wasnâ€™t aware of the term “digital nomad” or the movement at that time. In the past, I have been doing shorter bursts of being a digital nomad as Iâ€™ve been an online freelancer for almost 10 years.
I work as a freelance localizer/translator specializing in video games, and Iâ€™m also a copywriter. When I have the time, I also work on being a creative writer.
How did you get started as a freelance localizer/translator?
My first gig was before the proliferation of cheap outsourcing websites. I became a member of the translation forum, Proz.com, and started answering small, urgent ads. Things worked out from there, and actually my first client from 9 years ago is still my client till this day! Now, I donâ€™t have to actively look for work as I have steady work from 2-3 clients. I think being considered as reliable in this industry matters a lot.
Where would you say is your favorite place so far?
Probably itâ€™s working out of KoHub, in Koh Lanta, Thailand. Iâ€™ve met so many great people and have done so many wonderful things! Having a sunset swim after work always makes me say, “I canâ€™t believe this is my life!”.
How about any down moments?
I think I only struggled when I got sick recently. I was in a new and unfamiliar place where I didnâ€™t know anyone. It was pretty lonely, and boring. So as soon as I was well enough to travel, I jetted off to where I knew friends and comfort awaited.
Most of the people Iâ€™ve met this time around have either been friends from before that Iâ€™ll go visit or people Iâ€™ve met at co-working spaces.
How long do you normally stay in each city, and how do you pick your city?
It varies a lot. I try to stay at least one month, but my longest was 6 months. I like to travel slowly and get a good routine going otherwise I end up being unhealthy, just working and pigging out.
Where to next?
I will be in Europe for the latter part of the year, attending to some family business, and then I hope to do another half year in Asia. After that I think I will settle back in London for half a year and nomad for half a year on a regular basis. I do need to have a home base so I think that works best for me.
Any words to aspiring women digital nomads out there reading this?
Do it! It will be better than you imagine. Itâ€™s also harder, but definitely better! And have an open mind ðŸ™‚
Follow Sara on her journey at http://sarabaroni.co.uk/wordpress.