The world is evolving, and digital technology is unquestionably at the heart of these progressions. This has opened up a whole realm of new working opportunities for the modern generation, my generation, not to mention the generations to come.
With the introduction of ever smarter technologies and travel becoming more widely accessible I am just one of many who’d love to combine the two and become a digital nomad.
Digital nomad, have you come across the term? If you’re a travel enthusiast with no commitments keeping you in one location, it’s a lifestyle that will almost certainly appeal to you.
So, are you cut out for the life of a digital nomad? Here’s all you need to know about this increasingly popular lifestyle.
What Is A Digital Nomad?
In many ways, a digital nomad is similar to any backpacker or traveller that enjoys life on the move. Rather than simply taking holidays, they travel continuously with no set home or location. In order to do this they work while enjoying whatever their current destination has to offer, then they pack up and move on to the next. You probably know someone who’s been travelling and worked whilst they did so, but digital nomads aren’t looking for bar work or seasonal positions instead funding their adventures with the use of technology.
Thanks to ever better online communications, it’s now possible to work remotely from almost anywhere in the world. Digital nomads can work in a wide variety of industries, continuing their careers while experiencing a travelling lifestyle.
The Big Selling Points:
For me at least the biggest selling point of this lifestyle is to be able to travel the world without sacrificing my career but digital nomads can embrace a host of other benefits with financial rewards being particularly noteworthy. By working remotely, it is possible to work for clients all over the world, earning a British salary whilst living somewhere where the cost of living is relatively low will make a great opportunity to save.
I’m currently living and working in London and can tell you that to save for a house deposit is currently just a dream. Imagine travelling the world, finding your little corner of it and having enough money to start a life there when you wish! Sounds dreamy to me.
The other key benefit to this lifestyle that appeals to me is the ability to set my own schedule. Working a 9-5 has its plus points but it’s so easy to get stuck in a monotonous routine. I’ve found the first things to slip off the working week are those things most important to well-being; exercise, exploration and self-development. By being in charge of your own schedule you allow yourself to fill it with the things that you need in your life the most, prioritise them as you see fit and thrive.
How To Make It Happen:
I realise that this isn’t just going to happen overnight. Not all of us are Youtube stars or next level coders, but taking it slow is extremely important, in fact jumping straight in at the deep end is ill-advised. Exploring the world independently isn’t for everyone, singles holidays are a great way to test the waters and see if you’re cut out for life on your own without your family there for support.
Right now I’m at the research stage, finding and growing my career in an area that I can switch eventually to remote working, at first from my own home and then from another country.
Additionally, as a one-man business, you’ll need to invest in the right equipment. A great laptop and a smartphone are essential. Look for ones that allow tethering so you can get on the internet even without a wifi connection.
The Final Word:
More and more people are turning to this type of lifestyle, and it’s not hard to see why. Under the right circumstances, it can be the perfect way to build a successful career while travelling the world. In many cases, you can even pick up some valuable transferable skills in the process.
The planning stage is vital, though, as this is a far bigger commitment than taking a three-month backpacking trip. Set your goals and work towards them, if this is the life you want to lead then go for it! Don’t let anyone hold you back.