Who doesnâ€™t want to travel the world while continuing to do what they love? The nomadic lifestyle of travelling to fun destinations while earning money online is a dream for many people, but how do you become a digital nomad? And is that lifestyle really for everyone?
The term â€śdigital nomadâ€ť first appeared in 1997, when Makimoto and Manners described an outcome of technological advancement on peopleâ€™s lives. They predicted how mobile and portable technologies would augment work and leisure and produce a new lifestyle, in which â€śpeople are freed from constraints of time and locationâ€ť (Makimoto 2013, 40)
What are digital nomads?
But what is a digital nomad? As per Wikipedia, digital nomads are people who use telecommunications technologies to earn a living and conduct their life in a nomadic manner. Such workers often work remotely from foreign countries, coffee shops, public libraries, co-working spaces, or recreational vehicles.
A study from Harvard Business Review shows that digital nomads, in general, possess more advanced technical skills, are more dedicated and even report higher rates of job and income satisfaction.
The stereotypical digital nomad persona would be a guy (or a girl), working on a laptop in a stylish cafĂ© or coworking space in South-East Asia. The reality can be much different, though.
Best Jobs For Digital Nomads
Nowadays more and more companies embrace remote work, and this number is predicted to increase even more in the future, with the global pandemic accelerating this transformation. Businesses continue to downsize and hire remote workers to reduce costs like office spaces.
If youâ€™re looking for a remote job, hereâ€™s some common roles that can allow you to work from anywhere you want:
- Software Developer
- Designer (Web, UX/UI, Graphicâ€¦)
- Digital Marketing
- Copywriting & Freelance Writers
- Bloggers, Influencers
- Photographers & Videographers
- Virtual Assistants
- Language Tutors
- Creating Online Courses
- Customer Service
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The Benefits of Being a Digital Nomad
Being more productive
When you travel somewhere new, youâ€™ll want to take in as much as possible and visit as many new places as possible. This means youâ€™ll want to get as much work done as soon as possible so you can go off and explore the surroundings after working hours.
New, fresh ideas
Working from new and exciting places will give you a lot of diverse experiences which you will, later on, draw upon to make creative connections. Embrace all the changes and make sure to welcome all the fresh ideas that enter your mind.
Travelling to new places all the time will make you step out of your comfort zone and make you more flexible when it comes to planning your next move. Things wonâ€™t always go as you imagined, and that is good because youâ€™ll become much more adaptable.
Youâ€™ll learn how to live with fewer possessions
When moving around, youâ€™ll want to travel with as few material possessions as possible. Youâ€™ll soon realize what are the material things you really need in your life, and determine the ones you can get rid of.
Meeting new, like-minded people
When you embark on your digital nomad journey, youâ€™ll meet other like-minded people and most probably make life-long friendships. Adventures, living out of your comfort zone and memorable experiences definitely tend to bring people closer together.
How Do You Become A Digital Nomad?
This all might sound amazing, but once you land a remote job, how can you actually become a digital nomad?
Make sure you can really on your income for the months ahead
First of all, check your financial situation. Do you have enough savings and can you really rely on your income for the months ahead to live comfortably somewhere new?
Get travel & health insurance
Travelling can be amazing and full of the best experiences, but itâ€™s still real life. Something can always happen; you can get ill, have an accident or need a regular check. Your health should stay your number 1 priority even when youâ€™re on the go. So make sure you get your hands on good travel & health insurance before you embark on your new exciting journey.
Make a budget
Itâ€™s amazing to do all these fun new things when youâ€™re travelling and meeting peopleâ€¦ But does your budget really allow it? Try to set a budget for you to live comfortably. Calculate how much your travel costs would be, rent, food expenses, office or coworking space, car, etc.
Research Your Destination
Where do you want to head out to? Somewhere in Europe or Asia or perhaps in Africa? Do you like warmer destinations, or are you a winter child? Would you prefer to live in a cheaper place with a booming digital nomad community? Or are you a fan of the Scandinavian, more peaceful way of living? Make sure to do your research beforehand and get acquainted with all the pros and cons of the place you wish to call home for a while.
Join A Digital Nomad Community
Thereâ€™s plenty of digital nomad communities out there. Couchsurfing, Nomadlist and Meetup are some of the platforms that give the first glance into a digital nomad life, answer some of your questions about the lifestyle and share information about digital nomad events and meetups.
Thereâ€™s plenty of information in relevant Facebook groups too. One of the more active ones is definitely Digital Nomads Around the World, so make sure to join if youâ€™re thinking about embracing that kind of lifestyle. Thereâ€™s plenty of country and city-specific groups too; like Lisbon Digital Nomads & Expats, Bali Digital Nomads and similar.
Any more questions about the digital nomad lifestyle?
The team here at Native Teams is working 100% fully remote and a bunch of our team members love to embrace the travelling lifestyle as much as possible. Make sure to reach out to us in case you have any specific questions and weâ€™ll be happy to help you out!
And if you want to become even more connected with our tribe, join our Native Teamsâ€™ Facebook group where we share all the juicy details about freelancing, remote work and digital nomad lifestyle.
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