Aug. 2, 2022

Being a Digital Nomad in Southeast Asia With Giang Cao From Vietnam

Being a Digital Nomad in Southeast Asia With Giang Cao From Vietnam

(UPDATED 8/8/22) How a graphic designer from Vietnam tripled her income by quitting her job to become a freelancer. Location-independent solo traveler Giang Cao sheds light on what life is like as a digital nomad in Southeast Asia and how she illustrates the good, bad, and funny in her comic strip, Very Nomad Problems.


(UPDATED 8/8/22) How a graphic designer from Vietnam tripled her income by quitting her job to become a freelancer. Location-independent solo traveler Giang Cao sheds light on what life is like as a digital nomad in Southeast Asia and how she illustrates the good, bad, and funny in her comic strip, Very Nomad Problems. 

Learn how Giang’s perception of being a traveling freelancer changed during the pandemic when she got stuck for two years on lockdown in Malaysia. 

Gain insight into dating as a digital nomad, Giang’s struggle with loneliness, and the hilarious comics she creates about the plights of being a digital nomad at www.verynomadproblems.com.

Check out more of Giang’s amazing illustrations in Kristin’s book, Digital Nomads for Dummies.

 

Thank you to Ellie, Jeff, and Dave for the coffees this week.  ❤️ Buy Kristin at coffee at Buymeacoffee.com. ☕️

 

EPISODE 166 TOPICS DISCUSSED/WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:

  • How Giang transitioned from a traditional 9-5 job to working independently. [05:55]
  • Tips and strategies for finding freelance clients. [08:28]
  • Giang’s experience traveling as a Vietnamese freelancer & The difficulties of applying for visas as a result of the unfair passport strength system. [14:18]
  • Countries in Asia she has traveled to as a digital nomad. [19:09]
  • Overcoming the surprising problems that arise for digital nomads & The inspiration behind Very Nomad Problems. [19:56]
  • Struggling with loneliness as a solo traveler. [26:59]
  • Dating and meeting new people as a digital nomad. [31:31]
  • How Giang’s perception of being a nomad changed during the pandemic lockdown. [36:40]
  • Advice for people who are struggling with being a digital nomad. [53:04]

 

QUESTIONS ANSWERED:

  • How did you become a digital nomad? [03:30]
  • How do you teach yourself graphic design? [04:55]
  • When did you start traveling after becoming a freelancer? [10:39]
  • What countries can you travel to with a Vietnamese passport? [16:26]
  • How do you meet people and make friends in a new country? [35:00]
  • How has travel changed you? Do you feel like a different person? [48:14]
  • What are your favorite places to live in Vietnam? [59:38]
  • And more!



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Recommended Destinations to Visit in Vietnam:

  • Da Nang
  • Hanoi
  • Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

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Giang Cao

Designer

I design infographics, data visualizations and sometimes make webcomics for fun.