Digital nomads, by definition, work online. Don’t kid yourself: if you plan to work locally, competing with locals, in Countries with a low cost of living, you would be earning a few dollars per hour at most. You are unlikely to be able to compete with locals, but in terms of costs and network of contacts. Sure, you can start your own local business (Thai restaurant in Chiang Mai anyone? 🙂 but then you would no longer be nomad nor digital.