How would you like to have the freedom of being able to work from anywhere in the world? This is a digital nomad‘s dream. In this post, we will discuss how digital nomads travel and how to design your ideal lifestyle.
What is a digital nomad?
A digital nomad is a person who has the ability to work remotely. Often, they have an online business or blog and uses the internet to make money. They work from anywhere in the world as long as they have access to WIFI, which means digital nomads travel all over.
Create your dream life
The goal is to create your ideal lifestyle. With what the world has faced over the last couple of years, many of us have reconsidered life and are designing our lives around the things we really value. For many of us that includes travelling the world and for others in means spending more time with loved ones.
The digital nomad lifestyle is perfect for both these life goals. Many digital nomads often say that their life feels like one long vacation after another, travelling all over the world and experiencing so many different cultures while still being able to work. Create your dream life by planning it out in detail. What do you really want in life? Life is short so it’s time to chase after your dreams.
How the pandemic has transformed work
In more recent times, the global pandemic has also forced many office workers to work from home. This has proven to many employers that can in fact work! Working remotely can be more efficient and even more productive when staff have the flexibility to work from home.
Many office workers plan to continue working remotely so we anticipate more employees become digital nomads depending on what their employers will allow.
Consider becoming a contractor
For those that currently work in roles that do not allow for working remotely, there are many options to create new streams of income. With the right strategy, you can travel when and where you please while still earning an income.
While many digital nomads take on freelance projects or become entrepreneurs working for themselves, there are also opportunities to take up a job with a company that allows digital nomadic lifestyles such as office-based work.
It is anticipated that more companies will choose to work with contractors over the coming years which is great news for the digital nomad. When working as a contractor, you are your own boss so you call the shots, can travel as you please and may also command higher pay.
How to prepare to become a digital nomad
Prior to becoming a digital nomad, you should consider the lifestyle and how it may suit you. There are the technical requirements of travel that you’ll also need to consider such as getting your passport, visas, insurance and other documentation. You should also think about how long you plan on being away from home so you have everything you need and take any precautions necessary.
For some temperaments, the nomadic lifestyle sounds appealing however the reality can become overwhelming. Loneliness can be a challenge if you are travelling alone and burnout is also common if you try to cram too much tourism and work into your days. Ensure you are suited to the digital nomad lifestyle by trying it out on a short trip.
Digital nomadic families
There are many benefits that come with traveling while you work. As mentioned, the digital nomad lifestyle affords you the flexibility to work from anywhere so families can enjoy more time together.
Without this flexibility, a family member may have been forced to stay at home and work while the rest of the family enjoyed vacations. Now with great flexibility all family members may be able to stay together.
How frequently should you travel?
This is completely up to you however many digital nomads keep a place they call “home” and travel for a number of months per year. This is a great option for families with school age children. You can travel during school vacation while working remotely. There are others who choose to have no fixed address and travel for the foreseeable future.
Many people dream of traveling the world as a digital nomad, but they never do it. They are afraid to leave their home and career and go into the unknown. Fear can be a powerful thing that limits us in many ways. If you want to travel the world as a digital nomad, then you can overcome your fears by taking short trips while you work. Take the necessary steps so you can live a life with no regrets! There are no rules, it’s up to you to design the life you really want.