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
sold “all” of our stuff,
moved to South Korea,
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.
We even found ourselves brushing up on our bigfoot lore while working and living on a weed farm in Humboldt County, California.
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?
Hi. It’s Ellen at Sweet 16th Bakery in Nashville. Thanks for coming in, and it was a pleasure meeting both of you. I look forward to following your adventures!
Hi Ellen! We cannot even believe that we somehow did not reply your comment AGES ago! We want you to know that because of you, we have become great friends with Daryl and Mindi of 2foodtrippers!! We just spent a month with them here in Vietnam actually. So we have to thank you for that connection! We talk about you frequently and your incredible breakfast sandwiches. Hopefully one day we can have a reunion at Sweet 16th! Until then we wish you the best!
It was great meeting you at the bar in the GC! We are the older (OMG kills me to write that) couple that was from Florida …..I know we are one in a million that you have met. We were talking (and I was messing with the guy in the Hawaiian shirt that left his camera on the bar), again …probably don’t remember but anyway checked out your blog here and you guys are awesome! Would have loved to do something like this when I was younger. Actually tried to get my husband to do it, but he is a bit conservative and wouldn’t hear of it! But things have turned out okay and I still travel when I can – the way I like to even if he gets uncomfortable sometimes he usually goes along.
Anyway wanted to wish you safe travels and to tell you to represent America in a great way! I know that you will. If you are ever running between Clearwater, Florida and Cross City, Florida we have places near both…send out an e-mail!
Thanks so much for your commment MaryAnn! It’s always great to hear from people we’ve met along the way! I’m glad to hear that you get to trael still even though your husband is a bit reluctant to get into unfamiliar situations. The lifestyle we’ve chosen has it’s benefits and it’s drawbacks and it’s certainly not for everyone…but one of the aims of this blog is to show others who might have never thought this lifestyle could be an option just how possible it really is. It’s never too late to start traveling. More and more retirees are putting their homes on AirBnB and taking off in their RV’s; we met lots of retirees enjoying their summer working seasonally in Skagway, Alaska. The American west is an unbelievably travel friendly place.
Thanks again for reaching out. I Hope our paths cross again one day! Thanks for following along with our adventures!
Gabby and Adam,
What an unexpected surprise to have two such likeminded people drop into my work today. I look forward to chatting over some food next week and following your adventures in the future. Email me at Murray.firstname.lastname@example.org so we can grab dinner! Peace
Nicely designed blog and great podcasts you guys have.
It’s nice to see, that you guys seem to be doing great.
It’s ze Deutschbag from Nyack btw.
I finally got out f New York myself. Have made it to the West Coast, San Diego to be exact.
If you guys ever make it over here and need a place to stay, hit me up.
It’s so great to hear from you, Thomas! Thanks for checking in!
Seems like so long ago now that we worked for the wurst lady in Nyack. So glad you made it out to the West Coast! San Diego is some good shit. We had an amazing time last time we were there, although it was like 4 years ago now. OB is amazing, but we had the best time at Dog Beach just down the way a bit. We loved watching the dogs run around and play with each other. IDK when we’ll be in San Diego again but we’ll certainly hit you up when we do come. We always prefer to stay with friends over hotels.
Gabby and I are headed to Europe this month. Then we’ll be in America for a month before we had onward to South America. We’ve been in Asia for 9 months now! Hard to believe we’re actually leaving so soon. Thanks for checking out our Podcast. We’ve been having a lot of fun recording them.
Hello. This is Kain and Lauren! We fell upon you two by your journal post on ItWorks.com. YOU GUYS ASPIRE ME AND MY FAMILY! Kain, Bo Cat, and our brand new puppy dog to finally take the big leap! Our dream is to live in Colorado and hopefully get hired on from one of the job opportunities on it works that include housing. Please let me know if you have any tips or words of wisdom before we start off on our new journey! Thank you for showing the world it is not impossible to follow your dreams. Goodnight from wherever you are!
Lauren & Kain
Hey Lauren, Kain, Bo and Lil’pup! We’re so happy to hear that you guys are going to embark on a new adventure! We LOVED living in Colorado! It’s just beautiful! Now is definitely the time to apply for winter jobs at the ski resorts. A lot of jobs will give you a ski pass to the mountain. Many of them offer housing but only if you can get in early, and you’ll have to check on the rules for pets. I know some people who got a “service animal” cert. for their cat to keep it in the employee housing. There are a bunch of condos available in the area too though which you can share with people to cut down the cost. We worked at Keystone and Breckenridge, but there are A TON of resorts in summit county. If you’re not into working at the big resorts there are also smaller local businesses, and some of them will also offer housing, or at least help you find some. The pay is also a little better there, but they won’t necessarily give you a ski pass. Living in CO made us love winter. If you can stay for the spring and summer season too. You’ll have so many more opportunities for work, and play! Have an amazing time and let us know if you have any other questions! Peace and Love from Portugal!
G & A