BOOK CLUB: Untethered – Living the digital nomad life in an uncertain world

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Untethered: Living the digital nomad life in an uncertain world by author Nathan James Thomas is an informative book about a desire for freedom and complete independence while still maintaining employment and connection through a digital lifestyle.

Adventurous seventeen-year-old Nathan James Thomas from New Zealand purchased a ticket for 20,000 kilometres on the Greyhound Bus network in Australia. From there his travel journey began. Over the next decade, he moved from country to country exploring the world. In 2014, Nathan founded the digital travel magazine Intrepid Times which has grown into a thriving global community of thousands of writers and travellers.

What if someone told you, you could travel anywhere you want in the world and work anywhere anytime you like? Nathan guides you in Untethered through the process and will help you decide if this lifestyle is really for you, giving an insight into what it is like to be a digital nomad.

This book contains stories from digital nomads and their subjective experiences of travelling domestically and overseas, and how the internet keeps them connected to jobs, co-workers, and clients as well as highlighting how each started out and the obstacles they have faced along the way.

I found myself skipping pages in this book. I didn’t love the format or layout and the context didn’t excite me enough to read every page.

I am an avid overseas traveller and could not imagine being in another country and having to work due to it being a source of income for funding my travel and lifestyle, you would have no option but to make work a priority and there would be no time to enjoy your surroundings.

Whilst this book is not for me, I recommend it to the type of person who likes working in various locations and having the freedom, flexibility, and unpredictability of the digital nomad life.

Thank you, Beauty, and Lace, and Exisle Publishing Limited for the opportunity to read and review.

9 thoughts on “BOOK CLUB: Untethered – Living the digital nomad life in an uncertain world

  1. Untethred by Nathan James Thomas has a wonderful insight to becoming a digital nomad.
    He has shared his background of over 10 years travelling across Europe and Asia
    and how he got into living the Digital Nomad Life.
    Explaining the highs and lows, he explains how to establish yourself
    to live a secure and financially stable lifestyle.
    He has included interviews from several other digital nomads,
    who they are, where they are and where they have been and what they do to survive.
    There are many greats tips and lots of advice that will make your life so much easier if you take to this lifestyle.

    I wish this book was around 20 years ago, I know I would have been a digital nomad and you never know,
    I may become one of many Grey Digital Nomads living the Dream!

    Thank you to Beauty and Lace and Exisle Publishing for the opportunity to read and review this highly interesting book.

  2. Untethered, by Nathan James is a valuable resource for those wishing to combine their love of travel whilst still obtaining an income. It gives lots of insights and examples of people currently living this lifestyle and thriving.
    If only I were decades younger! If you have dreamt of roaming the globe and being independent using your digital knowledge and skills then this is the book for you.

  3. UN TETHERED by Nathan James Thomas.
    This is a great book to read if you are wanting to travel and still earn money .
    I liked reading all the different peoples experiences from different places he has interviewed on his travels .
    Would be great for the next generation who love to do blogs and travel the world great tips and advice if only it was available 40 years ago .
    Very interesting to read . Thankyou Beauty and Lace for giving me a chance to read this book its amazing what you can do if you put your mind to it .

  4. Thank you Beauty and Lace for the offer to review Untethered by Nathan James Thomas.
    Untethered is a book with a lot of advice about becoming a digital nomad in real life. For example how to build your brand while travelling. Nathan also has other people in the book with their stories of being digital nomads and whether their experiences have been good or not. I did find the book informative even though I don’t think I will become a digital nomad. I also found myself just skimming quickly through some pages. Even though the book is not for me it has a great advice for anyone contemplating the digital nomad lifestyle.

  5. If this is something that you have thought about and have interest in exploring then this is a great book for you. It covers the positives and the negatives.
    My eldest daughter works remotely but within Australia. She started working 5 days a week but has cut that down to 4 and she has found that she can leave her home in Victoria and travel to QLD for the Winter and all without it impacting her job in any way.
    A friend of mone works remotely for a company that is based in Wales and she is living here in QLD.
    My daughter is very interested to read this book now that I have finished with it and I can see that it might just give her the push to spend some time working from overseas.
    If you are interested in anyway then check out this book for ideas on how to get started or how to convince your exsisting boss to let you follow this dream.
    It does point out that one thing that can be an issue and something that both my daughter and friend have dealt with is the lack of daily social contact so having to get out and keep in touch with local people face to face.

  6. This novel by Nathan James Thomas about what he has done and stories of what others have done to become Untethered from the 9-5 work life most of us do, is a must read for anyone who may be considering working while becoming and enjoying the life of a nomad or the nomadic lifestyle. Intriguing how each individual goes about this and how they have coped. An insight into this working lifestyle has opened my eyes.

  7. Thank you for this book reading opportunity.

    Untethered is an interesting book with a lot of tips and guidelines on how to travel and earn while discovering new places and learning through it all.
    There’s lots of insight from others who have done it and what they have found out from the experience. It was good to know what each person missed from their own home.

    Even if you don’t have any intention of doing this, the book was inspiring to read and see how others live their lives. I also liked that the author suggests slow down and not rush through everything.

    The writing style is easy to follow and understand. It was an enlightening book to read.

  8. UN TETHERED by Nathan James Thomas is a fantastic book for those thinking about the nomad life whilst still being digital. As someone who hopes to being able to do this once all the kids leave home this book has great insight for people

    Thankyou to Beauty and Lace,

  9. Thanks to Beauty and Lace for the opportunity to read Untethered by Nathan James Thomas.

    Untethered is an interesting book, even if you’re not planning to become a digital nomad. Mr Thomas, who has spent a number of years working as a digital nomad across Europe, and Asia provides a really interesting picture of what it would looks like. Importantly, he also covers the good bits and the bad bits of living a life travelling while working.

    I found the case studies to be very interesting and a real eye-opener in terms about how living a nomad life really works. The book really engaged me, and I was dreaming of how I could make this reality for myself!

    This lifestyle isn’t for everyone, but reading untethered is going to give you a clearer picture of options that you may not have considered. Its a whole new world out there!

    Thanks again for the opportunity!

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