I can speak from experience that if you’ve never lived the Digital Nomad Lifestyle and done Remote Work or been an Expat that you are in for one of life’s great adventures, pleasures and love affair’s all rolled into one.
I’ve done it a couple of ways.
Traveling the US in an RV for over 4 years staying mostly at RV parks long before the internet. Then again traveling with a laptop to foreign countries that think a 250 KBS internet speed is rocking it.
The thing is; there are just about as many ways to live the digital nomad lifestyle as there are people doing it.
Some work online as bloggers, some work as freelancers taking copywriting gigs or building websites. Others find remote working jobs that they can do online like network administration for server systems or even call center work that they can do from anywhere.
Then, you have those that teach English as a foreign language (TEFL) and are able to spend a year or years in one country plying their trade.
Any way you slice it, there are no shortages of remote work opportunities for you to explore.
If you’re interested here is the link to the digital nomad Wikipedia to get the definition if you’d like: Definition.
The Benefits Of The Digital Nomad Lifestyle And Remote Work Or Being An Expat
I hope I don’t sound too enthusiastic, but becoming a digital nomad has been a sincere passion of mine for many years and now that I’m finally on my way with it again I can’t hold in the sheer joy of it.
That being said, just a few of the many benefits are:
- The joy of traveling: You get to wake up anywhere in the world that you want. If you don’t like where you’re at, leave, it’s just that simple.
Being able to live anywhere you want and to stay there during any season you prefer is absolutely amazing.
If you love winter or winter sports you can follow the snow all over the world.
If you’re the type that loves the warm sunny days on the beach or in the mountains you can follow the sun all around the world year round too. It’s always sunny somewhere, so just grab your gear and go there.
- Travel reduces stress: It’s really hard to be stressed out when you wake up in a place you’ve always dreamt of going. You can’t be stressed out when you’re far too excited thinking what the day might hold in store for you.
You’ve left behind the 9 to 5 rat race and are a digital nomad traveling the world in search of what’s next.
It’s pretty tough to be stressed out when you’re on a permanent vacation.
- You don’t die wishing you would have: When people are on their death beds, their biggest regrets are the things they wish they would have done. You can avoid all that by doing them now.
- Time Freedom: When you’re not punching a clock 9 to 5 or longer you have time freedom. Digital nomads with remote working jobs or who are running their own businesses have some of the best time freedom of any group of employed people anywhere in the world.
I said employed because unemployed people might have more time on their hands but they don’t have the cash to do anything with it.
Having all this time is great because you’ll need it to explore your new location you’ve just arrived at.
- Love your life: When you’re doing what you truly love it’s so much easier to completely love your life.
When you wake up in the morning and say ‘wow’ this is my life, I can’t believe it, somebody pinch me. It’s at that moment when you finally, truly, love your life.
What Are The Negatives About Being A Digital Nomad?
- You don’t have a permanent home: This can be an issue for some people. There are people who are just not cut out to travel full time.
Like entering a new relationship, they are lured in by the romance of the ‘idea’. But, when that initial buzz fades and reality sets in, they find that this lifestyle is not for them.
That’s perfectly ok. There isn’t one thing I can think of where everyone who starts it loves it. You can start a language class, martial arts class, cooking class or anything you can think of and find out that you really don’t like it.
If that happens, it’s ok. Go back home and do what you love. Because in the end, that’s what it’s all about anyway.
- Finding your favorite foods can be a pain: When you nomad travel to foreign countries they very rarely carry your favorite brands of comfort foods.
This may sound like something that’s a no brainer to you and you’re saying ‘well, of course they don’t’. But, believe it or not this can be a bit of a shock to some people and a real problem for them.
Most of the time you can find something pretty close to what you’re used to or in many cases it will be even better. But, you’ll need to get used to the fact that it will be different.
- You will become a different person: We are all evolving as humans. We are all changing every single day of our lives as we learn and grow.
When you travel nomad around the world it changes you. You begin to see the world and the people in it differently. You can’t help it, it’s just that you’re learning and discovering things at such an amazing pace that you evolve so much faster than you otherwise would have.
Then it happens. You go back home for a visit with your old friends and you no longer fit in.
Why, because they’ve continued on your old path and you’ve grown on a different one.
But that’s ok. You’ve met and made so many friends around the world that you realize those are the people you’re most like now.
There is an old saying that goes something like this (so this is obviously not a direct quote) ~ You become like the people you hang around the most.
So, now that you’ve been traveling you’ve been hanging around other travelers and nomads. These people are almost all positive minded to a fault even. They aren’t stressed out, they love their life, they rarely complain and they are generally there to help their fellow travelers when they need it.
Back To One More Positive Thing About Being A Digital Nomad And This Might Be The Most Important Aspect.
The people: You may have heard this in peoples travel blogs or in their travel videos, but it’s true.
From the potato lady at the Mercado who likes you, so she smiles and throws in an extra potato or two after she weighed it. To the person running the rental you stayed at and was only a phone call away anytime you needed something or wanted to know where a great restaurant was for the 3rd time.
Or, when you stayed with a group of people in a large home and had some of the best conversations with truly interesting people that you’ve ever had in your entire life.
I can tell you this. Traveling as a digital nomad is amazing. The sights, the sounds and the flavors can be insane. But, it’s the people you’ll meet along the way that will stay with you forever.