EER009: Digital Nomad Family Life – Where’s Sharon

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EER 009: Where's Sharon Digital Nomad Family InterviewDigital Nomad Family life is unconventional but extremely rewarding. Sharon Gourlay (from Where’s Sharon) and her family were essentially neighbors of ours for a few months, her home a mere 15-minute drive up the northeast corner of Penang island, in Malaysia. Despite the proximity, Sharon and I didn’t get a chance to meet face-to-face, as one of us was always working (usually me) or traveling (usually her).

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Digital Nomad Family Life – Where’s Sharon

We have, however, been in touch virtually from time to time through various sites and Facebook groups, and I’ve been a fan of her family travel blog for years. In this Epic Education Interview, Sharon tells us about where they’ve been, what they’ve learned and how they are learning to be a digital nomad family.


  • Sharon Gourlay, her husband, J and her kids, S and Z (3 and 4 years old)
  • Hold passports from: Australia
  • Type of travel: long-term and indefinite experimenting into the digital nomad family lifestyle.
  • A few places they’ve been: USA, Caribbean, Southeast Asia

On the web:  Where’s Sharon  |  Digital Nomad Wannabe  |  Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Instagram  |  Pinterest


  • Have breakfast sorted ahead of time, even if that means the night before


  • Multiple sources — via blogging and niche sites. See Sharon’s blogs and other niche sites. Sharon’s husband is a freelance programmer.
  • Track income and spending via spreadsheets


  • 1 Laptop: Acer Aspire
  • 1 Smart device: iPad
  • Kelty Redwing 40-liter
  • Baby Carrier: Ergo
  • An umbrella stroller model (something that can easily fit into the trunk/boot of a car)


  • Kids go to pre-school in Penang, where they learn Bahasa & Mandarin.
  • Pre-school for one month in Malaysia is the same as Sharon would pay for one day in Australia.
  • Some pre-schools in Penang have corporal punishment, so they asked other families about where they recommended first.


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  • Carve out time for yourself. Sharon and her husband take their own separate solo trips (Myanmar & Japan, respectively) while the other stays with the kids.
  • When traveling with kids, have realistic expectations.
  • Travel with kids isn’t a holiday in the traditional sense. Especially if it’s long-term.
  • With little kids, it’s always good to know where the next meal is coming from. Always have water and snacks soon after you arrive at a new place.
  • Location is the most important aspect of a hotel for us: Access to public transport is good, but food and amenities within walking distance is even better with little ones.


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