Seeing photos on social media with people sitting on the beach, sipping cocktails, working on their laptops, and earning money, you have probably asked yourself how that is possible. They are digital nomads, remote workers who travel and make money at the same time. If you’re passionate about traveling and working, then you should consider becoming a digital nomad yourself. Take a look at our short guide on how to join the digital nomad community so you can make the right decision.
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Finding a Job
If you want to give digital nomadism a shot, you first have to find a job. In this case, you can’t find any job. It has to be a remote and well-paid job. Why? Because you will be traveling the world, moving from one place to another so being tied down to an office isn’t an option. Also, because of all the traveling and living in foreign countries, you will need to have a stable, regular, and above-average income to cover all your expenses. Remote jobs currently on demand are bloggers, SEO specialists, customer support, designers, editors, and developers. If you have some experience in the field, you might even be able to negotiate your salary. This way you’ll be able to enjoy your new lifestyle without having to worry about money.
Making Necessary Work Arrangements
Now that you have found the job, you should talk with your superiors. Notify them about your intentions to travel and work at the same time. When your superiors and coworkers know you plan to change locations often, they can help you make necessary arrangements so your work and the business never have to suffer. For example, the company may resort to intranet as a way to keep all remote workers connected and in the loop. This will make it easier for them to hand out work assignments, instructions, and updates so you can complete them on time. Moreover, you will be able to work with your coworkers regardless of your time zone. Furthermore, all relevant files can be uploaded and shared on the organizational level so you won’t have any trouble finding the missing piece of information whenever you need it.
Picking a Destination
Most people believe that digital nomads can travel, live, and work where ever they want to. This belief isn’t necessarily true. As a future digital nomad, you and regular tourists look for different things when choosing a destination. Things that interest you are the cost of living, visa, Internet connection, digital nomad communities, etc. That is why some places are more suitable for digital nomads than others. If you’re not sure if your destination is the right one, you can always check online or join some of the communities on the Internet. Their members might be able to help you out not only regarding the destination but also other important stuff you need to be aware of as a rookie digital nomad.
Deciding Where You Want to Stay
Choosing the right accommodation is just as important as picking a destination. For a digital nomadic lifestyle to work out for you, you have to know your preferences. Do you like sharing a place with roommates, or you prefer to live alone? Would you consider living in co-ops? Do you make enough money to stay in a hotel? Answers to these questions will help you decide where to stay during your nomadic adventure. Some prefer co-ops because they save money on rent and utilities, while others function better when they’re alone. Anyway, you can try out Airbnb because such accommodation allows you to stay as long as you want and leave whenever you want. This way, if you don’t like the place or the part of the city, you can move to another one after just one month.
The best part about being a digital nomad is that you can travel and live wherever you want. Nothing ties you to a particular location. You can move around as much as you want. Some digital nomads prefer summer of all seasons, so they explore exotic beaches, islands, and party places. Others prefer less crowded areas such as off-map cities, countryside, or mountains. As an adventurer, you can visit as many places as you want. If you don’t like a particular location, you can always change it and find one that suits you the best.
On your great adventure, you will surely meet other digital nomads, make friendships, and share experiences. More importantly, you will discover different cultures, languages, rich historical heritage of other civilizations, which will enrich your experience as a digital nomad.
Morgan Rose Elliott is an aromatherapist, yoga instructor, animal lover, a happily married mother of three. She enjoys reading biographies and writing poems, sunny days on the beach and any shape and form of vanilla. Crazy about the ’80s, her favorite band is Duran Duran (although kids prefer Franz Ferdinand, and the husband Blink182) and she is obsessed with Netflix original Stranger things.