Michael and Joanna have been traveling since 2019, when they quit their 9-5 and started Marketing consulting from around the world

Q. Where are you currently located?

Koh Phangan, Thailand


Q. How long have you been a digital nomad for?

We quit our jobs last year, started consulting our own Marketing clients and started traveling last October!


Q. What is the most challenging part of being a digital nomad?

Finding beneficial working and living environments!


Q. How has Covid-19 impacted your life as a digital nomad?

We wanted to travel home for the German summer but our flights got cancelled, so we will stay in Thailand for now until the situation calms down again.


Q. What made you decide to become a digital nomad?

The experience of creating our own businesses and the possible learnings from that was what triggered us (at a point of being unhappy in our 9to5 jobs). And of course also the opportunity to move and explore alongside of that.


Q. Favorite destination(s) for remote work and why?

So far, probably Thailand, especially Chiang Mai. The professional community there, the endless cafes and coworking spaces to work from, blazing fast internet everywhere and fine cuisine are probably some of the reasons.

Michael and Joanna

Q. What are some interesting things you’ve been working on? 

Trying to create more that we consume. Will start my own (German) Podcast where I talk about my journey this April on @nomad.escape.podcast.


Q. How have you been able to make friends and connect with others?

Traveling as a couple and prioritizing building up our business leaves less space for making new friends. But connection is important to us so we try to mix that in when we can!


Q. Tell us your most crazy travel story. / What memory most stood out to you? 

Driving with our scooter for 3 hours, packed with luggage on one of the craziest mountain pass roads, arriving  late evening just to find out our booked accommodation did not exist. Ended up in a dorm with an alcoholic and a turtle.


Q. What are your plans after Covid-19?

Go home, and brace for the following economic crisis. Given that, probably creating our space for less flight dependent travels. Which could mean moving into a campervan (planning in progress).



Stay connected with Michael and Joanna:

@mikel.mann / @joanna_philine