You don’t really understand what lifestyle design or nunomading is about?


With his book “The 4-Hour Workweek”, Timothy Ferris introduced the term ‘lifestyle design’ to the world. Lifestyle Design has alternative outlook on fundamental concepts such as ‘life’ and ‘career’. Many young people don’t feel very happy about the idea of working their whole life long before being able to retire—why should we wait this long? Why spend money on an expensive car or status? Lifestyle design is about styling your life in the way you’d like it to be, based on the experiences you’d like to have. To do everything you want to do (experiences) and to be everything you want to be (being) become central concepts. ‘It’s all about designing your life instead of letting society design it for you.’

It’s all about the ‘here’ and ‘now’. Skiïng in Japan, writing a book, discovering far off countries, or running marathons in all parts of the world, are the types of experience that our society considers to be only accessible to the extremely rich or the retired. Lifestyle Design adepts are convinced that by using certain lifehacks, a bit of creativity and ‘out-of-the-box’ thinking, this lifestyle can be accessible to both you and me. Why not live the life you want to, right now?


Nunomads are those people organising their lives around delocalised living and working. Although the first New Nomads started to pop up a few years back, this movement is now starting to grow immensely. They call themselves a lot of different names: laptop hobo’s, nunomads, digital nomads, location independent professional (LIP), technomad,…

Contrary to travelers on a ‘gap year’, these new nomads don’t interrupt their work during their trip. While they travel to all parts of the world, they continue to make money, doing their jobs from behind their laptops. The kind of jobs they do vary, but most of the time they’ll use contemporary digital solutions like the internet, laptops, skype, etc.

From this point of view, the life of a NuNomad isn’t put ‘on hold’ for a year—like when taking a gap year—but just designed differently; hence the link with lifestyle design. At the same time, life as a NuNomad contains a potential ‘lifehack’ for the ‘lifestyle designer’; if one combines gains from the West with spending in developing countries, a situation of relative wealth in time and/or money is created.