Digital Nomad Meets Grey Nomad

Author: Tahlia Maynard   Date Posted:12 September 2016 

For years the term Grey Nomad has laced the boomers who hit the road with a sense of identity and purpose.

But while we have been focusing on the Grey Nomads, a new type of nomad has emerged. If you haven’t heard of the phrase ‘Digital Nomad’ yet, it’s time to buckle up.

A Digital Nomad is someone who derives income remotely and online, rather than from commuting to an office each and every day. What this means is that they can literally work from anywhere in the world and do not need a permanent home base. This ultimately gives the Digital Nomad the capability to travel anywhere in the world at any time. While it isn’t exclusive, the millennials seem to be leading the way in this camp and slowly but surely the Grey Nomads are taking lessons and learnings from their books.

Which leaves us with a hybrid nomad, the Grey Digital Nomad. What’s this label you ask? Well, the Grey Digital Nomads have been on the road for some time, and while they have had some time to learn how to Facetime, upload photos to the cloud and blog about their travels in the outback they have genuinely begun to gain some traction and are in fact earning money for their efforts. 

You read that correctly. The Grey Nomad’s among us have done the hard work and have learnt some of the tricky nuances to becoming a digital guru in such a fast pace world. With plenty of time on the road and by the campfire they have put it to good use and have really proven there really are no barriers (especially location or age) if you put your mind to it.

So what type of work are Grey Digital Nomad’s getting stuck in to? Well it totally depends on the individual skillset of the individual but a lot are simply spending the time documenting their journeys. They are journaling their adventures so well and on the right channels that they are gaining a lot of traction inspiring others that they are attracting advertisers to pay for sponsored content. Some Grey Digital Nomad’s are looking at upwards of $200 per blog post – certainly enough to cover fuel for the week.

If you’re looking for some inspiration for some Grey Nomads who have gone Digital, here are a few you can check out:

RedzAustralia

50 Shades of Age

Just a Backpack and a Rollie

Retired Nomad’s Blog

My Itchy Travel Feet

Life Part 2

The Grey Nomad Blogger

If you know of any other awesome Digital Grey Nomad blog’s we’d love to hear about them.