Travel the World, and Make Money Doing It

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.

Much love,

-el ❤

lessons from milwaukee, wisconsin.

I recently went on a mission trip with Next Step Ministries in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It was a week-long trip, and it went a little something like this:

  • Thirty-something adults and teens packed into fifteen-passenger vans.
  • 11-ish hours in said vans, with non-stop road trip music.
  • 10 very loud and energetic 20-somethings leading us in worship, service to others, and everything in between
  • All of us sleeping like sardines on inflatable mattresses
  • Lighting candles and crying because we all loved each other

So now that you have some sort of picture, I’m gonna list the things I learned.

  • Even introverts need a little social interaction
  • Language barriers — although complicated — are easily overcome with proper training
  • Everyone has something, so check on your friends
  • Music is my main ingredient for life
  • You’re not always gonna agree with everybody, but you can find something to love about everybody
  • 1 hour spent in silence with 1 person can teach you more about them than 1,000 hours spent in constant noise and motion
  • Emotions don’t show up for me easily, and that’s something I need to dissect
  • Confidence comes from within NO MATTER WHAT

So that’s it, just a short list for y’all today. Next week, expect something about going back to high school . . . for the last time!

minimalism update.

I talked about minimalism a bit ago and why I made some changes, so I think it’s time I cover it again!

Christmas and birthdays have come and gone, so I’ve ended up with a lot of stuff. Which is okay, because people are very thoughtful to consider me and be generous with gifts. I’m very thankful that there are people in my life who are so giving.

That being said, the things I have recieved are valuable to me. At first I panicked, thinking I was a “bad minimalist” by accepting gifts, but that’s not the case at all! When something adds value to your life, it’s not bad minimalism. It’s a purposeful use of space. It’s a positive addition to the things you own.

We moved recently, and unexpectedly, but I found that doing so helped me get rid of a lot of unwanted, non-useful junk. I had furniture in my room that was never used. I had loads of craft supplies that I never touched. I had yearbooks and artwork and a stencil set and a lamp and just… so many things I never needed in the first place. Things I kept because I simply could.

When we moved, I left about half of the things I owned behind, only keeping the stuff that really mattered. My precious (perhaps obsessive?) notebook and pen collection, camera equipment, books, mugs, clothes I liked. Souvenirs that were special to me.

You see, what I’ve learned from minimalism is that you get better at discerning what adds value over time. You start to value what you own more, and you use those things more because you do value them. And if you slip up and buy something stupid you don’t need or even want in the first place, you get better at knowing how to find it a new home and let it go.

Traveling is so much easier! I used to go on trips and bring a huge bag or even two, put all this stuff in it, not use half of it, and come home with more than I left with. Now, I take the same small suitcase with only one section for clothes, zip it up no problem, with room for a souvenir or two that I’ll actually use. Unless I don’t plan to spend! And that’s okay! I find that I enjoy going to the mall or farmer’s market or a festival without buying anything. Saving money is a lot easier when you’re consciously trying to reduce your material goods, especially when you don’t take money with you everywhere you go!

Also, life is so much richer without so much stuff. What I mean is that I’m not so much focused on what I have, but what I am doing. And that is the most precious value of all: the value of spending one’s time.

Comment one object you own that you value and tell me why.

– rachel ❤