"Long-term travel doesn't require a massive bundle of cash; it requires only that we walk through the world in a more deliberate way."
-Rolf Potts Vagabonding
Hey There Traveler!
We're Gabby and Adam. Welcome to Local Nomads!
We started Local Nomads for the radical, free spirited, adventure seeking individuals who desire a life outside of traditional norms.
Our mission is to prove that anyone (even you) can live
a rewarding life of long term travel.
We offer strategies and tips to get you started, and help you out no matter what kind of journey you’re on.
Whether you’re looking into your first Seasonal Job in Alaska...
or deciding which international city to remotely work from next.
After growing up and graduating from university in New York we
and taught English for one year.
Everyone thought we were crazy for willingly living so close to North Korea.
Living in South Korea showed us just how thrilling it can be to live as a foreigner in a new country.
We learned first hand how much more beautiful the world looks in real life rather than through the lens of corporate media.
The following year...
October of 2013, we returned to the US to explore our homeland through a series of cross country road trips until our next planned international departure in 2016 (ahead of the presidential election).
Seasonal work is like getting paid to travel.
In three years we lived and worked in 6 different states.
We started in Oregon's wine-rich Willamette Valley, then spontaneously moved to a gold mining town in SE Alaska.
Still feeling the rush from our summer jobs in Alaska, we applied to work our first winter jobs in the Rocky Mountains.
We never expected to call popular bucket list destinations, our temporary home.
Working seasonal jobs allowed us to explore places more deeply than we ever imagined.
We hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and back
while living and working at a National Park.
Talk about a stoner’s dream…
Seasonal work allowed us to maintain an income, and save up some money, while experiencing incredible destinations every 5-6 months.
Half of the fun is getting from one job to the next!
The other half, is becoming a local…
Interested in kicking off your seasonal work career? Check out these posts...
A Long Strange Trip…
We believe in a slow approach to travel.
Local Nomads refers to our pattern of making each new destination our home for a little while.
Rather than simply vacationing to all the places we'd love to see, we've taken the opportunity to dig in and really experience the culture of each new community.
These days we’ve figured out how to take our jobs with us, and we're traveling around the world with everything we own…
Go ahead, call us crazy!
We may not be working seasonally anymore, but we still travel with the seasons. You’ll likely find us in Southeast Asia in the winter, and probably somewhere in Europe in the summertime.
Unless we’re road tripping to a Phish concert on the West Coast.
The point is… we’re pretty flexible.
We thrive on the fresh start we have in each destination.
We love to discover our new favorite foods, the best scenic nature spots, and local cafes that make it just the way we like it.
Instead of working from an office, we have the freedom to work from practically anywhere;
beach chairs, bar stools, cafe tables, or any local co-working spaces
...and after work, the world is ours!
We spend a lot of time creating Digital Nomad Travel Guides for places we’ve lived around the world. Our guides have so much more than just where to find wifi...
First, we help digital nomads to decide if a city is right for them.
Then we ease their transition by providing helpful tips on finding accommodation, good places to work from, where to find a quality cup of coffee, great local foods, and things to do in your free time.
Interested in Going Global? Check out these resources...
Is long term travel affordable?
The fact is, you don't need a large income to travel well.
We were broke when we started traveling. We still are by many people's standards.
...We still managed to visit 12 countries in 2017.
Long term travel is a matter of priorities. You must be willing to put travel at the center of your plans, then structure the rest around it.
We take great pleasure in getting in touch with our weird side,
finding unique cultural experiences, and getting off the beaten path and into nature.
So if you have a spot in mind you’d like us to check out, contact us or shoot us a message on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter!
Curious what we sound like?
Relax, Light Up, and Listen to the sultry sounds of voices while we share with you stories and experiences from around the world...
Are you feeling the good vibrations? (You're not the only one who channels Marky Mark from time to time.) Surrender to the Flow... Share in the Groove... and set the gear shift to the high gear of your soul!
Did we mention that we like Phish?