There has never been a better time to give it all up and set out for adventure by traveling the world as a digital nomad. What is a digital nomad? It’s just a catch phrase for remote workers.
If you have a home based business, or work as a freelancer, then you can take your job on the road and do it from anywhere there is an internet connection.
If you love the idea of working while you learn a new language or about other cultures, then this guide is for you!
1 – Reduce dependency on a location
The key to being successful as a digital nomad is to be unhindered when traveling. It could take a while to get going and build a solid income stream and figure out how to travel while working. If you have ties to a location constantly vying for your attention, and possibly even calling you back to tie up those loose ends, you will lose money and momentum.
Self storage prices are very low so put all of your stuff into storage if you don’t want to get rid of everything. Sell your home instead of renting it out unless the rental income is helping you travel. Sell your car instead of continuing payments or insurance on it.
2 – Go where others have already gone to start
Starting out your journey on a well worn path by other digital nomads before you is the best idea. You want to go where you have an understanding of what to expect. You don’t have the tools yet to venture out into the unknown and figure things out for yourself just yet. That takes time.
Instead, when you go to places with a lot of expats or digital nomads, you will be able to figure out how this works and then later on get more adventurous.
3 – Figure out how you want to live
For every ten digital nomads, there are ten different ideas of how best to live on the road. It’s up to you to decide what you want your lifestyle to be like.
If you really need the comforts of your old home, then that is ok. Find the right type of accommodations by making a list of what is important to you. If you like the idea of a Spartan lifestyle with just the basics, then feel free to go that route.
Some like to stay no more than a couple of weeks in each destination, while others want to stay longer to really immerse themselves in a culture. Understand why you are getting into this lifestyle and set yourself accordingly. You will enjoy the experience much more if you do things that make you happy.