Who am I? I’m Zaris Ahmad, a digital nomad, and full-time traveler. I owned a business related in IT and technologies. I started my own business in 1998 as an IT consultant and suppliers of medium and high spec servers including rack, tower, and mainframe in a data center. In 2007, I involved my first online business with eBay, that is a dropshipping. I start this blog to share my knowledge for free on online business, affiliate marketing, dropshipping and much more. Oh yes, this is an English blog and I tend to improve my English language.
Then what happened to you now, Zaris?
I have a beautiful wife and a cute kid. He’ 5 years old now. We all born and lived in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Since 2012, I have performed a carpacking with my family around Peninsula Malaysia estimated about 3,000km of a journey by car.
Later, December 28th, 2016, I decided to continue back my own backpacking while traveling with family. We started by overland from north of Malaysia, entering Thailand up until Vientiane, Laos. That’s the beauty of living in Malaysia as we’re very near to Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, and Vietnam. Malaysia and Singapore are considered the center of South East Asia and most travelers arrived here as the first checkpoint in their itinerary. I will share with our journey later on this blog.
The last solo backpacking was carried out in 2009. That was in London, United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, and Indonesia. And during 2010, we performed our honeymoon in Bandung, Indonesia. Just to let you know. In Malaysia, we called a city or urban backpacking as “backpacking” and traveler as “backpacker”. Do not confuse between the present backpacking term (trekking and hiking) with our own understanding.
What’s your plan now, Zaris?
Being in the age of 40 does not limit my dreams to travel the world and skip the rat race of 9 to 5. When I was in Thailand, I saw many travelers who were a digital nomad. I’ve heard this term back in the 2010 but ignored it because was busy for my wedding and a new family lifestyle.
Since I’m an expert in IT and online business, I felt it will be amazing if switching from 9-5 business and becoming a digital nomad. I’ve seen many nomads sharing their monthly income report. Some of them just undertaking a job as an affiliate marketer and gaining an income of USD$200,000 per month. There’s a net profit of 93%. And for me, a monthly income of USD$10,000 per month should be enough. With that kind of income, one can live in a mansion/bungalow house in Malaysia. And with the same income, one can also digital nomad around the world even in the country with a high cost of living such as Bermuda, Switzerland, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, and Singapore.
And now, I considered myself as a full-time digital nomad and will share my journey across Malaysia and the world.