It’s true to say that working remotely in order to travel the world is becoming an extremely popular pursuit for many young people. Although there are endless stories about the trials and tribulations the lifestyle can bring, alongside the many claims that it’s “the best decision I ever made,” the thing that’s really lacking is a completely practical guide on how to get started as a digital nomad.
If you’re looking to take the first step to being a digital nomad, but don’t know where to get started, then read on… this is the post for you.
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When we talk about digital nomads, people automatically jump to the idea of travel blogging. While this is one of the best ways to support yourself while traveling, it’s not necessarily the easiest. Setting up a blog that creates enough revenue to live off and support your adventures takes a serious amount of time. Even if you are the most dedicated and motivated worker there is, there’s still no way to ensure that you’ll be an instant success. The best way to travel blog is to do so recreationally until you have a fan base established. Then you can start thinking about taking the steps to monetise.
Convert Your Current Job
You don’t necessarily have to quit your job and drop everything in order to travel the world. All over the planet, it’s becoming more common for companies to introduce schemes that allow employees to work from home. This is because it saves a significant amount of money in onsite office costs to have people working from their own space. Talk to your employer and see what options are available. Even if it’s not a permanent situation, having more time to work remotely means you can go away from longer periods and extend the holiday days that you already have.
Perhaps one of the best options for those just starting out on their pursuit of the digital nomad life is to try to find freelance jobs online. There are many great resources—such as Upwork and Fiverr—that act as networking platforms to find jobs across several different mediums. You can write, do photography, work with moving picture or even create computer programs and coding. There is always work available, and it ensures that you’ll get a pay cheque.
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Although freelancing is an easy option to begin with, it does require regularly going through the stress of pitching and applying for jobs and can leave you in a sticky situation if there isn’t work available. There are many websites and blogs that are looking for writers to produce work under a pseudonym. These types of permanent contracts mean you can have a steady workload while still being able to move around as you wish.
No matter what line of work you chose to pursue, there are a few essential tools that every digital nomad must have. Obviously, a laptop is a key and it’s best to opt for something good quality that will hold up with the hours of work you’ll be pouring into it. Make sure to always back up your work and consider gadget insurance in case any of your gear gets lost or stolen.
It’s also important to protect yourself online. As more digital nomads are forced to rely on public WiFi networks, which are notoriously lacking in security, having a Virtual Private Network installed to encrypt your data and avoid falling victim to malicious hackers is essential.
Although there are many articles out there that explore the important things you need to consider before committing to life as a digital nomad, there are a few elements that are always worth reiterating. As glamorous as this lifestyle may seem from the surface, it requires a lot of dedication and hard work. You basically have to balance traveling with having a full time job, and be prepared for the many uncertainties and disasters that could be flung your way. If you struggle with high stress situations or place a lot of importance on certainty and routine, then it may not be the best choice for you.
Do you have any more practical tips for those looking for advice on how to get started as a digital nomad? Or have you had experiences with those things already mentioned? Be sure to leave a comment below and share your ideas with fellow travellers.
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