“Choose a job that you like, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
Mondays aren’t the favorite days of the week – or so it seems if you scroll down a newsfeed on a Monday morning! Besides, everybody loves Friday nights (#TGIF), weekends and vacations. Too many people crawl their way to work with intense dislike until they can get their brief annual vacation time to finally enjoy life.
Now, imagine if every single day of your life felt like living in a perpetual weekend or a vacation. How amazing would it be if you can travel wherever you want while working on a tropical beach sipping a margarita rather than being cooped up in an office cubicle eight hours a day?
That’s what it means to be a Digital Nomad.
Well, it is obviously not sunshine and rainbows every single day; but the autonomy, freedom and the fulfillment that you will receive in life as a Digital Nomad will surely make up for all the obstacles that you may face during this adventure.
Here’s a brief look into the Digital Nomadism lifestyle, and a few tricks and tips sourced from real life experiences to help you navigate this amazing journey a little easier as a beginner.
Who is a Digital Nomad?
As the definition goes, “Digital Nomads are people who are location independent and use technology to perform their job.”
The massive development of technology and telecommunications has enabled many services to be provided remotely, without having to physically be present in an office space. Even if you are currently not working in a career that does not allow remote work, the internet and social media has made it possible to turn many skills that you have into functioning online careers.
Following are some of the most common jobs in the digital nomad community.
• Writing (Running a blog, providing freelance writing services)
• Programming and Web/App Development
• Photography / Graphic Design
• Affiliate Marketing
• E-commerce / Dropshipping
• Teaching online
Is there a digital nomad in you?
As I mentioned earlier, being a Digital Nomad is not fun and easy all the time.
Regardless of you working remotely, you are still working, and it should be treated as such. Therefore, you need to have a strong work ethic and the ability to always maintain a professional mindset in the services that you provide.
You will be your own boss when you are a digital nomad.
You need to motivate yourself to meet your deadlines and simply to wake up every day and sit in front of your laptop, so you can get the job done. You need to have it in you to always be resourceful and get things done. If you are someone who tends to procrastinate often and find excuses not to deliver your best, then this lifestyle is probably not for you.
A few quick “survival tips” to novice nomads
Act like a local
As a digital nomad, you will be stationing yourself in one place for longer periods of time. Therefore, you cannot afford to act like a tourist or a vacationer since it can usually cost you way more than you make. Use public transport, go to small local restaurants, stay in homestays and try to blend in as much as possible to the local lifestyle.
Having a high level of self-discipline – both socially and financially – is essential as a digital nomad.
There will be nights you have to stay in and work while everybody around you goes out to drink and party. Discipline yourself enough to give priority to your work, since that is what helps you continue to be a digital nomad rather than doing the usual 9-5.
Financial planning will also need to be accounted for to ensure your budget is well kept and handled carefully. Bankrate offers a detailed guide to help prepare yourself financially for your overseas adventure, including initial relocation expenses to consider, establishing a foreign bank account and a currency converter for your convenience.
Be curious and open minded
As a digital nomad, you are living a life that many people can only dream of. Make the best of it. Be curious and observant about what is around you and immerse yourself in the local cultures. Let yourself enjoy how different and yet so similar humans are everywhere in the world. Take a little time off sometimes to watch the sunset, relish on a local meal and smile at someone you see on the road. Savor your adventure!
How to find the best accommodation deals?
Your accommodation is often the most expensive part of your journey as a digital nomad. Therefore, it is important that you take time to properly plan where you stay beforehand to avoid paying the unnecessary amount of money for your accommodation.
Due to the competitiveness of the hospitality industry, online booking services like TripAdvisor, Booking.com, Expedia, HotelsCombined.com, and NomadList.com frequently offer amazing deals and recommendations to anyone working remotely.
Where to go next?
TripAdvisor, for example, offers extremely active forums on which all sorts of travel questions and inquiries are brought up – recommended flights, hotspots and accommodations.
More often than not, you get better prices if you book early on, without waiting until the last minute.
Always read user reviews thoroughly before you book anywhere since you do not want to face an unpleasant surprise when you get there.
Pack your backpack and your laptop, and set off on your adventure of exploring the world.
Always remember to travel safe!