108: How to become a digital nomad – with Lis Hubert

By March 10, 2020The Simplifiers Podcast

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Have you ever thought about what it would take to be a digital nomad? That’s someone who’s location independent, leaving their home behind and exploring the world with a laptop, a bit of luggage, and an adventurous spirit. “Living a lightweight life,” as my dear friends Lyden & Janine would say.

My special guest today is Lis Hubert and she’s simplifying how to become a digital nomad… specifically, what it really takes to make this lifestyle work. Her story is fascinating and seeing how this choice has helped her boost her self-confidence and the innate feeling that she could accomplish anything in the world is incredibly inspiring. She peels back the curtain and shows us how it really works.

Here’s how.


Lis Hubert simplifies how to become a digital nomad.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • How she defines the term “digital nomad” and how she finds free places to stay all over the world
  • What sparked her to leave her permanent address behind and become location independent 
  • How she manages the anxiety and stress of not knowing where she might live next
  • What the F.I.R.E. movement is (Financial Independence, Retire Early) and how this plays into her nomadic lifestyle
  • What a few key skills that you’ll need to have, in order to be happy and make this work
  • How to build community and connections when you’re a digital nomad on the road and changing cities constantly

You might remember in last week’s episode with Carrie Contey (how to re-emerge after hibernation) that she also is location independent. I love showcasing two brilliant women, with two very different stories and lifestyles, that are making this work in their own way. 

There are many ways women are making it work as digital nomads.

If you’re thinking about hitting the road and leaving your home town behind, I highly recommend you go back and have a listen to Carrie’s episode as well to see a different perspective on being a digital nomad and thriving all along the way.

It’s time to #DoTheThing!

My challenge for you this week:

How are you going to take what you’ve learned in today’s episode and test out what it’s like to become a digital nomad this week? What’s one thing you could do differently to see if it works for you or not? Share it with me, privately or publicly. Snap a photo of you doing the thing, and tag @thesimplifiers on Instagram for added accountability and support!

Links, books and apps mentioned:

Book: Crucial Conversations Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High, Second Edition – Kerry Patterson

Resource: Trusted Housesitters – helping pet lovers travel

Resource: House Sit Mexico – connecting homeowners in Mexico with reliable house sitters

Resource: House Sitters America – connecting US homeowners with dog, pet and house sitters – “this is the sharing economy at its best!”

Resource: Couchsurfing – meet and stay with locals all over the world

Resource: 5 Things to take from the FIRE movement (even if you don’t want to retire early) – Her Money

Podcast: Launching to financial independence & helping others along the way – Journey to Launch 

Podcast: How to take back control of your money, featuring Jean Chatzky – The Simplifiers Podcast

Podcast: How to set better boundaries – The Simplifiers Podcast

Favorite quotes from this episode:

[06:23] “I also really valued that this is an equal exchange of good. I’m helping you travel and feel safe and take care of your loved ones and your prized possessions… and you’re giving me a safe place to live as I do that and work. So as long as you have wi-fi, I can run my business while not paying rent or mortgage.” 

– Lis


[32:23] “What I found by paying attention to the space in between things was there’s a weight, an energetic weight (when you let go of your) stuff. And once that’s gone, when I sit back and I’ve gone through the scary part and the separation anxiety, it’s like there’s almost like this… bliss that starts bubbling up in me. ”

– Lis


[34:20] “And then because of the self work that I talked about, or even just the inquisitiveness of ‘what do I like, what don’t I like?’ I started to come up with a list of things that really fill my cup. I love poetry. I love live music. I love art. I love whatever those things, right. And then I’ll start looking for those things [in the city I’m living in.]”

– Lis

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About Lis Hubert

Lis Hubert – She is a location independent consultant, traveler, and writer on a quest to live her best life. As she travels the world, she aims to better understand our shared human experience so that she can uncover the structures needed to make life the best it can be. 

She is Co-Founder of CX by Design, a consultancy where she exercises her passion to bring more humanity back to business by empowering curious companies to create meaningful customer connections.

Where Lis hangs out online:

Website: elisabethhubert.com

Twitter: @lishubert

Lis’s vote for the perfect guest on The Simplifiers Podcast:

Carol Clegg – She facilitates retreats in Lisbon, Portugal to help female entrepreneurs refocus their business vision and become location independent.

Lis Hubert digital nomad

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