Andrew Evans: Digital Nomad

Andrew Evans: Digital Nomad

Video. Tweeting across 10,000 miles, Digital Nomad Andrew Evans is joined by thousands of followers who track in real time his epic journey from Washington, D.C., to Antarctica.


6 - 12+


Geography, Human Geography, Physical Geography

NG Live

This video was filmed on December 7, 2011 as part of the National Geographic Live! Lecture series at National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Andrew Evans is National Geographic's digital nomad—always traveling and always wired. Share in the adventure as he explores great destinations around the globe.


  • Dreams of traveling to Antarctica the old way, but with new technology (start-02:38 min.)
  • Words, pictures, and sharing the excitement with readers (02:39-04:04 min)
  • The starting point and writing the story as things happen (04:05-05:44 min.)
  • Challenge: keeping batteries charged (05:45-06:23)
  • Mexico and riding a school bus across Guatemala (06:24-08:20)
  • Finding a way to make it work in Nicaragua (08:21-09:35 min.)
  • Ecuador and the real Equator (09:36-10:48)
  • Changing landscapes in Ecuador and Peru (10:49-11:22 min.)
  • Bus tickets and video footage in Bolivia (11:23-12:20 min.)
  • Crossing Argentina and the Strait of Magellan (12:21-14:55 min.)
  • Making it to Antarctica (14:56-16:02 min.)
  • Mapping the journey and a small planet (16:03-16:43 min.)
  • National Geographic Society, a channel of intercommunication, and Twitter (16:43-18:48 min.)
  • Twitter, tweeting, and poetry (18:49-20:36 min.)
  • Criticisms of Twitter, a higher purpose, and being a digital nomad (20:37-23:22 min.)
  • Tips from a digital nomad (23:23-26:07 min.)

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Nina Page, National Geographic Society
Samantha Zuhlke, National Geographic Society
Last Updated

September 27, 2022

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