Tools and Resources

Ready to learn more about living life as if it actually YOUR LIFE?

Check out these tools and resources that have already helped thousands of people design their perfect lifestyle. These aren’t fluffy puffy feel-good story time tools.

These are real tools, created by real people who have done what you want to do, that work…for real.

Here’s what we’ve got for you:

– Tools to help you become a digital nomad
– Books and info
– Travel tools and resources
– Online presence and promotion help
– Lifestyle design planning

You know that at NYPL we’re all about keepin’ it real. Transparency is awesome (except for bathroom walls), so some of the links on this page are affiliate links and I may receive a commission if you choose to buy something — which is one of they ways I’m able to keep sharing awesome info with you. However, this will in no way affect the price you pay, and I would NEVER recommend anything I didn’t test tried and true or 100% believe in.

Feel free to Contact Us with questions, or suggestions on tools and resources you think should be added to this page.

Tools to help you become a digital nomad

Becoming a Digital Nomad

So you want to create your own NYPL lifestyle. You want to start your own ‘Office of the Day’ album, work from a private bungalow on the beach, or set up an automated business so that you can pursue your passions that have been sitting on the back-burner for too long.

You’re ready to put your nose to the grindstone and make something happen, so that you NEVER again have to pretend you actually love taking on extra hours, because it’s totally a great opportunity to show your initiative and commitment to organizational objectives.

Yeah. ok.

Here are some 100% NYPL sanctioned tools to help you transition to the digital nomad lifestyle, allowing you to work where you want, when you want, and with who you want. This stuff really works. So what’s the catch? Well — you actually gotta DO it. So strap on your big-boy panties and get the ball rollin’

1.) Thrilling Heroics’ Digital Nomad Academy

Screen Shot 2015-03-05 at 9.09.18 AMThe whole schtick of the Digital Nomad Academy is that they’ll teach you how to start earning a living while working form anywhere in the world within 1 year of today. It’s an online community and comprehensive course that will teach you how YOU (personally) can work remotely. 

DNA is run by Cody McKibben of Thrilling Heroics. I know both Cody and many of his students personally, and I can tell you — these guys are the real deal. 

Now only will they teach you basic business fundamentals, how to brainstorm online business ideas, identify the good ones, and the how to build a business on the internet – they’ll also connect you with a powerful network of digital nomad entrepreneurs, which is invaluable. Here are a few of the hot-shots you’ll have direct access to while building your new remote income: DNA Faculty and Guest Experts

Screen Shot 2015-03-05 at 9.09.24 AMYou’ll learn to develop your own business expertise, financial intelligence and entrepreneurial strategy for developing multiple income streams, and building your own business empire using the skills you have RIGHT NOW. 

DNA is different from other ‘learn to work online courses’ because instead of giving you vague skills sets and ideas, they teach you the SPECIFIC action steps you need to take to start your business from scratch, and hold your hand when you need help getting over a hump.

Even more importantly, you’ll build genuine connections with successful experts who have built a wide variety of business-models on the internet. Their advice is tested and proven to work in the real world. You can also read some success stories from DNA graduates here:

2.) Aweber Communications – email marketing made easy 

Regardless of whether you’re selling your art, music, expertise, services, or simply hawking hand-made chinchilla sweaters – you need to build your list in order to make money.

Aweber is an easy-to-use online marketing tool that will help you gather names/details of potential prospects, and connect directly with your audience. You can make pretty ‘subscribe’ forms for your website, set up automatic email marketing campaigns, and even integrate all your social media pages with your website and email blasts. And that’s only the basics — there’s so much more.

It’s cheap, reliable and effective. The best part? Even if you know NOTHING about sales, marketing or promoting yourself, they have tons of resources, tutorials and support to get your stuff out there and selling like hot cakes.

3.) Build-Your-Own Website Services

If you’re providing a service or selling a product, you need to get your stuff online. Having your own website is what will allow you to work from internet-land, instead of a stationary office. It doesn’t have to be fancy schmancy — it can be a simple website or even a blog, but you gotta get your stuff out there.

While at NYPL we offer kick-ass content creation and digital media creation services, here are some alternative cheap and reliable tools to get your website up and running quickly and easily. You’re welcome.

Here’s how ya’ do it.

  1. Buy a totally rad domain name, like through GoDaddy – They’re super cheap, and make things easy. You can also get hosting through them, but they’re not always the best. Instead…
  2. Get yourself a cheapo hosting and email plan with BlueHost or HostGator  — again, they’re cheap, and won’t crash your beautiful website you slaved over. You don’t need anything fancy, just
  3. Install WordPress – You can usually do this with 1 click on your hosting CPanel
  4. Choose a shiny theme so your schtuff looks professional
  5. Plug-and-play, and you’re done!

It’s simple, fast, and a lot cheaper than you think. If you don’t feel like messing with all of that, then shoot us a message and our creative team will bust out something fantastical.


4.) Freelancer Networks

So here’s how to get paid to learn the skills you’ll need to become a digital nomad. These websites connect freelancers with people who want to hire them, and act as a middle man to make sure people don’t get ripped off. There are gigs for all kinds of projects – writing, editing, graphic design, website design, and so much more. Even if you don’t have any mad skillz when it comes to technical talents, you can still edit someone’s writing can’t you? You speak English. Hopefully you can read. You’ll find something you can start with and build from there.

Just browse around and take on a few small gigs while you build your skills. Soon enough YOU’LL be the one hiring freelancers to do YOUR work while you sit pretty in your Office of the Day. There are tons of these sites out there, here are a few to start with:

Books and info you need to know

Books and Resources

Whether it’s your income, health, relationships or even emotional well being — your life can only grow as much as you do! That means learning from people who have what you want. People who live the life you want to live.

Below are some people that have some pretty good ideas about how to get what you want. These leaders aren’t affiliated with NYPL, but have written some incredibly influential and important tools to help you design your perfect lifestyle.

The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich 

Built To Sell: Creating a Business That Can Thrive Without You 

The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It

Tom “Big Al” Schreiter’s Color’s Series – Speaking the language of your prospect

BYOB – Build Your Online Business: The Definitive Guide to Creating Your Ideal Lifestyle Business

Am I Your Customer: How to Find Your Ideal Niche, Attract Your Ideal Customer, and Charge What You’re Worth

The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness 

The Traveler’s Gift: Seven Decisions that Determine Personal Success 

The Go-Giver: A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea 

The Art of Non-Conformity: Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want, and Change the World 

Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel 

The Digital Nomads Guide: Building a High-Income Lifestyle While Traveling The World 

How to Live a Life of Travel by Wandering Earl 

Other great people you should be learning from
Other great people that you should be learning from!


Thrilling Heroics
Middle Finger Project
Spartan Traveler
Timothy Ferriss
Big Al

Travel tools and resources

Travel Tools

Cheap Flights:

Accomodation:  – not only free accomodation, but also an incredible resource to get local knowledge and assistance. Even if you don’t plan on actually surfing someone’s couch or meeting up for coffee, just get on the forums and ask questions.

Agoda  – consistently the cheapest for hotels across the globe


Travel Insurance

World Nomads  -Don’t be a dummy. Just get it. Plus they cover stuff like trip delays and lost luggage.

I’m one of those people who hardly ever thinks about insurance. I mean, I’m totally responsible and capable, right? I’ll just be careful and will never use it anyway.

uhh.. WRONG! Seriously, you need to get travel insurance. It’s cheap and even if you never use it you’ll still be glad you have it.

The last thing you want to be thinking about when an airlift team is rescuing you from the top of a waterfall in a jungle when you have a concussion is “gee I hope I can afford this.”

I have a friend who scratched her foot on a rock and then walked through a creek in Southeast Asia. That’s right — scratched her foot. She got flesh-eating bacteria and had to be hospitalized. FLESH EATING BACTERIA! You do not want to mess around with that by worrying about how much the hospital will cost.

They cover all kinds of stuff besides injuries. They refunded me the price of my hotel room when a flight was delayed from Toronto to Thailand. They covered me when I missed my connecting flights and had to buy an emergency flight. It’s worth it.

I’ve looked in to a lot of travel insurance companies, and I still believe these guys are the absolutely best for the price. An entire 6 months of coverage cost me about $250 — and boy did I use it. As someone who loves to play in waterfall pools, eat questionable street food, and take motorbike tours through the jungle — I highly recommend you get travel insurance on any trip you take.

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