What is a Digital Nomad?
To put it simply, digital nomads are people who travel while they work online. Online jobs have become more and more prevalent, and people across the globe have found the benefits of seeing the world while doing work they love.
Why Become One?
Digital nomads have something many say they wish they had — more time. If you are someone who loves to explore new places, or you have big travel goals, this might be the way of life for you. This extra time can also be used for productivity, that is, being productive regarding your own interests. You might find yourself feeling more creative, and you’ll learn to adapt to new situations better over time.
What Jobs do Digital Nomads Have?
There’s a wide range of jobs you can have online. Some of them involve hobbies or creative skills, like offering your own services on freelance websites. In fact, freelancing is one of the most popular ways digital nomads earn a paycheck. Any digital job counts. Some skills to bring to these types of jobs are writing, technological literacy, consulting, teaching/tutoring, customer service, marketing, or creative thinking. The possibilities are endless, and there may be work opportunities that align with your current career path.
How Do You Become One?
“Nomadding” requires a healthy amount of planning, but the motivation of freedom should help you get through it. First, you’ll need to create some sort of budget that will keep you in check. This lifestyle can come with uncertainties, so allocating money to food, shelter, and other necessities is vital. Also, it’s important to have a financial safety net in case something goes awry. More often than not, this is in the form of a savings account.
Next, let’s chat about non-necessities. These are the fake emergencies of physical objects, the things infomercials or fancy ads or magazines convinced us we had to have… for what? There are lots of resources that explain how to recognize the difference between the stuff we need and the stuff that takes up space. Some popular sites are The Minimalists and the KonMari method.
After that, you’ll want travel insurance. This step is often overlooked, but it’s important because it gives you a sound mind in case you need to cancel your trip. Maybe it’s because of weather, or a death in the family, or major events in the city you’re headed toward… but things happen, and travel insurance makes sure you’re reimbursed. It’s relatively cheap, and it also protects you in case you have a medical emergency on your trip.
Since you’ll be working remotely, having a dependable internet connection — both your cell service and a Wi-Fi connection — must be a priority. This is how digital nomads make their money while traveling. You might consider investing in some sort of hotspot, but some can get by on public Wi-Fi if that’s what you prefer. In that case, try to use a VPN and practice safe public Wi-Fi habits.
So Now What?
Energized, excited, and eager to embark on a new way of life? Hooray! Just make sure to have a concrete plan: that’s budgeting, prioritizing necessity, finding insurance, getting internet, securing a job (or several), and mapping out your travel plans. The world is yours to explore, so go forth and be amazing.