My name is Chrys, I’m originally from Singapore and I’ve been a backpacker since 2008. Back in 2008, I was supposed to go to university and had received a scholarship from the University of Oregon, but I decided moving to Thailand for a year to learn a new language and Muay Thai was way more enriching than a four-year degree. Looking back, I’m pretty lucky to have a cool Asian mom who allowed me to forgo my studies for traveling.
I’ve recently started working on a new startup called MISO, so I’ve gone from the “work for two years in an ad agency, backpack for a year” cycle to becoming a digital nomad. Being a digital nomad is different from being a backpacker – instead of spending all my time exploring the city, I have to allocate at least a few hours a day for work. I also stay in one location longer than I would have as a backpacker, because the constant traveling actually affects my work momentum since I have to resettle down in each new city, find cafes with good wifi and get a new routine going again.
A couple of months back, I decided to create Women Digital Nomads, a guide to help female digital nomads find the best cities to live and work remotely. It started off as a way for me to learn how to code, plus I wanted to create a community for women digital nomads with information that most digital nomad websites don’t talk about: where to find tampons/birth control pills/morning-after pills and if they are legal in that country, what’s the safety level like for women traveling in that place and inspiration from other women digital nomads through interview articles. I hope that Women Digital Nomads will one day become the digital nomad version of Lonely Planet.
Since Women Digital Nomads is more of an information site at the moment, I’ve also created a Slack group for women digital nomads and travelers. I was looking for a Slack group where female digital nomads could meet other lady digital nomads and exchange tips, but there weren’t any, so I decided to start my own – today, we have more than 80 women digital nomads in the Slack group.
Having a community is important for women travelers – both backpackers and digital nomads alike. You can ask questions about safety and you’ll get answers from a woman’s perspective (i.e a guy might tell you that the locals are really cool to hang out with in Egypt, but a woman traveler would probably tell you to be a little cautious with your glances and dressing, and the local men might give you unwanted attention.) If you’re looking to transition into becoming a digital nomad, check out www.womendigitalnomads.com for city guides and digital nomad articles. And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!
About the author:
Chrys is the creator of Women Digital Nomads, the “Lonely Planet” for women digital nomads. These days, she can be found traveling the world while working to launch a global health & fitness startup called MISO. Tweet at her @thisis_chrys.