Hello, my name’s Jenny, I am originally from Munich in Bavaria, but I have been travelling for the last 3.5 years. I used to be a chemist but after finishing my PhD I decided to go on a round-the-world-trip which has since turned into a full time lifestyle. I work as a freelance writer and web designer and I also organise retreats for location independent women.
You have a wildly successful Facebook group called Digital Nomad Girls. What inspired you to start this group?
I started it when I was just starting out as a digital nomad myself. It was a way for me to ask questions and learn from women who have been doing this for a while. I also really wanted to meet other girls leading this lifestyle as it was mainly men who I met in coworking spaces and at digital nomad events. I thought it would be fun if we had our own space where we could share stories, get support and make friends.
Why do you think so many girls join DNG?
I think girls really value community and especially location independent people often feel a need to connect with like-minded people as it can get lonely at times. This lifestyle is still pretty new and it’s easy to get disheartened when you don’t know anyone in your life who works location independently and travels. It’s so, so important to connect with others who follow the same goals and share your dreams. Our group is also a safe space, we are very strict on self promotion and really want to keep it a space where people can feel comfortable asking questions they might not want to in other groups, whether they are women specific or not.
And last but not least, I think a lot of the girls want to meet others who they can connect with in real life too, that’s what our meetups are for.
What has been your biggest surprise since going nomad?
Oh there were so many! I think it’s been surprising how disciplined you need to be in order to make this lifestyle work. Imagine working an interesting job that you really love, and at the same time you’re constantly surrounded by shiny new cities, new sights, new food. It’s very distracting. But I also love how open the people are and how easy it is to meet others and make new friends.
What is your biggest ambition for the future?
I really want to turn Digital Nomad Girls into THE hub where women from around the world meet, network and come to find advice and guidance on their digital nomad journey.
What are you most proud of from the past 12 months?
Definitely running the first DNG retreat last year! It’s been a dream ever since I started the group to bring a bunch of the girls together in real life for a week to connect and make friends and learn from each other. That dream came true last September when we met in Javea for one week. There were 14 of us from 10 different countries, including the lovely and brilliant author of this blog 😉
Most profound lesson since starting DNG?
We all have the same dreams, fears, questions, worries, but we’re all along different stages of the journey. That’s why it’s so, so important to learn from each other.
If you could offer one piece of advice to our readers, what would it be?
Always ask yourself what is THE worst thing that could actually happen. Be as specific as possible. Most of the time it’s nowhere near as bad as we think. It’s always better to try and fail than not try at all.
One book/film/podcast/series that you would recommend and why?
Oh that’s hard. At the moment I really love the Female Entrepreneur Association but I also enjoyed Puttylike a lot when I first discovered it as it showed me that it’s ok to have and follow multiple passions and talents.
Talking to people. My boyfriend once said I could draw a conversation out of a rock. I love talking to people and hearing their stories, we’re all just living our little lives trying to figure things out, I think that’s really interesting.
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