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MBP #25: How an Everyday Nomad Travels the World Armed Only With a Laptop

Forest Parks, Everyday NomadLocation independent living is a term that gets thrown around a lot these days. The basic idea is that when you earn a living online, you can live anywhere. You are location independent.

It’s a romantic notion and an obviously fun one, if you like to travel and see new places, because you get to live in a new location as a resident, rather than see it as a tourist. It’s a totally different feeling regardless of where you’re going.

Today’s guest is our first international one, we catch Forest Parks when he was living in Budapest, Hungary with his partner Lara.

This episode is one of the reasons why I love doing a podcast. I knew he’d been in Egypt for a period of time and I was even talking to him during the start of the revolution (Arab Spring), but I never put two and two together that he experienced much of it first hand. We spend much of our conversation talking about his first hand experience (he was there at the first day of protests!) and it’s absolutely amazing.

What will you learn in this episode:

  • Why Forest went location independent and how he “test drove” the idea in Montreal
  • How he had the courage to quit his job, sell his flat, and make the leap
  • Why he took on a minimum wage job when he first moved to Montreal
  • How he found work as a web freelancer
  • What the Arab Spring revolution was like as a foreigner in Egypt – he has some incredible stories (more here on his personal travel blog)
  • The challenges of being away from home, your family, and friends
  • How he (and Lara) chooses where they go next (or if they “settle down”)

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In 2005, I founded a personal finance blog ( that became successful enough that I quit my career as a software developer in the defense industry. It is my goal to share everything I learned so that you can do the same - build an online business that let's you pursue your passion.

2 responses to “MBP #25: How an Everyday Nomad Travels the World Armed Only With a Laptop”

  1. Forest Parks says:

    Jim, I meant to leave a comment to say thanks for having me on the podcast. It was fun to talk about everything and I realise listening back how amazingly fortunate I am for everything that’s happened so far in my life!

    If anyone needs any help and wants to pursue a location independent lifestyle I am always available to help.

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