Digital nomads travel the world while working remotely. This lifestyle is becoming increasingly popular in recent years. It’s easy to see why. Who wouldn’t want to see the world and increase their bank balance at the same time? All you need is a laptop and a plane ticket, although there are quite a few things to think about before you get to that stage. If this lifestyle sounds appealing, here are a few things to consider.
What work will you do as a Digital Nomad ?
Yes, it’s true that you only need a laptop and a wifi connection to work anywhere in the world. But first, you need a job that can be done remotely. If you already work for a company that supports remote working, you might ask them if they’d be happy for you to work around the world for the next few months. They might object based on time zones or the need for face-to-face client meetings. But they might say yes!
If you’re not in this position, you could search for location independent jobs. Another great option is to develop the skills to go freelance. Some great options are freelance writing, web design, or social media marketing. You could even teach English online, or create courses on online platforms like Udemy if you have skills you can share with others. Some people take jobs like a virtual assistant or customer care executive. The list of potential jobs is endless! You just need to develop the skills, make the connections, and take the leap.
How will you choose the countries to visit as a Digital Nomad ?
Website Planet lists some of the best cities for digital nomads, ranking Prague in the Czech Republic as the best historic city for nomads, while Koh Lanta in Thailand is the best tropical island paradise for remote workers. As a digital nomad, the world is your oyster, and the countries you choose are up to you! It’s a good idea to consider affordability, safety, and infrastructure (including health care and access to wifi) when you make your choice.
Where will you stay as a Digital Nomad ?
Once you’ve settled on your destination, you’ll want to book accommodation that’s in your budget. Places like Vietnam and Thailand are a hot spot for nomads since you can get so much more for your money. This means that less of the money you make goes on your rent, and more can go on exploring the local area, eating out, and adventuring.
You can find a cheap apartment via Airbnb that you can use as your base. Alternatively, you could look into the option of house-sitting, since this often means the rent is free in return for caring for pets or watering plants. Your options will probably be limited here. Co-living spaces are also becoming more popular, where digital nomads live and work together.
How will you stay in touch with employers, clients, and loved ones?
When you’re on the road for extended periods, how do you stay in touch with your employer, clients, or even loved ones? Making sure you’ve got a strong wifi connection is a must, since then you can have conference calls via Skype. Getting a local sim-card is sometimes helpful, too. But what about the physical mail? Getting an online PO box means you can view and manage your postal mail online. You can ever shred your mail online, which is pretty neat.
Hopefully you’re inspired to take your working life on the road and start exploring what the world has to offer. Good luck on your travels!