Where other blogs claim they can teach you skills and promise you’ll make money online to live on your own terms –we’re the rule, not the exception. We’re living proof we cracked the code to location independence and we help others do the same.
Hobo with a Laptop is our own side hustle; by day we’re seasoned internet marketers with a focus on influencer marketing in the travel industry. This website is a testing ground for our marketing experiments and a place to explore our personal interests.
We Are Mike & Oshin
Mike’s a Canadian expat off his leash, and Oshin is a force of nature that wouldn’t settle for a third-world pay grade. We met after working together virtually for a few years, eloped in the Philippines, and have been perfecting the art of living, ever since.
This digital nomad blog is a travel diary about where we go, what we do, what inspires us, and includes a stack of tips and advice about how we generate the funds required to afford it.
Here we dish out a wide range of proven methods that help us make money online to realistically sustain our long-term travel –while exploring curiosities like tiny houses or off-grid survival on the side. Our goal is to have something for everyone.
Oshin worked from the Philippines as a content manager for a UK search optimization company, and at the time Mike was freelancing under her to finance his travels in Thailand.
After working together for just over a year, Mike decided it was time to launch another business but he couldn’t do it without her help –together they started a travel & influencer marketing agency called Copyrise.
When Mike and Oshin finally met in the Philippines, everything was natural. It felt like coming home after a long absence, not meeting for the first time. Inseparable, everything clicked. And one year later they got married.
Combining their efforts on Hobo with a Laptop was the next logical step in their passion for travel and blogging.
He wrapped up his Toronto-based career as an enterprise-level ecommerce expert that worked with major brands you know and love (or hate) and a team of 20+ skilled developers.
In his early twenties he was an art director for the Burlington Jazz & Blues Festival, a freelance web designer, SEO consultant, and trained sales professionals in the tech industry.
Since he went ‘full nomad’ in 2013, he’s moonlighted as a film extra, become a best-selling author, professional copywriter, and an influencer marketing specialist.
After acquiring a bachelor’s degree in English, Oshin (aka Eden) took the corporate life out for a spin for several years before figuring out there was more to life than a buck fifty per hour and zero job security in the Philippines.
She decided she’d had enough and decided to go solo –working as a freelance copywriter, ebook publisher, search engine optimization specialist, and virtual assistant.
She hasn’t looked back since.
When she isn’t working on Copyrise projects or planning our next trip, she spends the majority of her time in a bikini plugging away at our affiliate marketing websites, or helping others succeed on Pinterest by creating pins that convert.
Hire Oshin to design social media images and manage your Pinterest business account.
Read the Interviews
We’re a little more open when other people are asking the questions; if you’d like a behind the scenes look at who we are, how we live, where we’ve been, and where we’re headed –check out a few interviews we’ve done across the interwebs.
- The Truth Behind the Digital Nomad Lifestyle, Jet Set & Forget, April 2018
- Interview with Michael, a Canadian expat in Thailand, Expat Arrivals, August 2017
- Travel Blogger Interviews: Michael from Hobo with a Laptop, The Born Wanderer, August 2017
- The Ups & Downs of the Digital Nomad Lifestyle: Meet Mike from Hobo with a Laptop, Intentional Expat, June 2017
- I Married My Virtual Assistant & Now We Run a Remote Company Together, Digital Nomads Life, June 2017
- Author Interview with Michael Hulleman, Birds of a Feather Press, April 2017
And finally, we’ve also had content syndicated on Coworker.com, Money Nomad, and received nods from FlexJobs, CurrencyFair, Getting Stamped, Expert Vagabond, Breathing Travel, Mark Manson, and many more!
If you’d like to connect for an interview, comment, or have us write a guest post on your blog, please let us know!
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