Working from a desk used to be the norm. Now? 70% of all workers telecommute at least once every week. That number continues to rise, and with the wide accessibility of the internet, it’s no surprise.
Still, what about that 30 % that don’t telecommute at all? And what about those that telecommute, but want something more? Does this sound like you? It might be time to think about becoming a digital nomad.
What are Digital Nomads?
Many remote workers or telecommuters work from home simply to escape the office. They might venture out to a coffee shop or work from a coworking space, but beyond that, they’re simply working remotely to escape the office setting.
At the extreme end of the spectrum are digital nomads. These workers are remote full-time and emphasize travel above all else. They have made it their mission to take their job on the go so they can explore the world.
Many digital nomads globetrot, going from one country to the next. Others are content simply exploring their home country. Regardless, they mostly want the same things: travel and freedom.
How You Can Become a Digital Nomad
Becoming a digital nomad isn’t something that happens overnight. While their lives may sound like a lot of relaxation, it actually requires a ton of work and planning. Still, there are some things you can do to make the transition easier and more doable.
- Secure the right job: Digital nomads require a digital job or at least a job they can call into on the move. Because of this, many nomads work in marketing, writing, or sales, as these jobs are all easy to do online. If you don’t currently have a job that’s fit for remote, look into learning the right skills to secure one before you make the leap to the nomad life.
- Pick a destination: You don’t have to stay in one place for too long, but it’s helpful to have an idea of where you want to go. This will help you gauge the cost of living each month and give you an idea of how much to save ahead of time. You always want emergency funds in case you need to return home, you lose your job, etc.
- Budget, budget, budget: With your first destination(s) in mind, budget out how much you’ll need to save and earn every month. The cost of living from one country to the next can vary greatly, so always plan ahead before you make the jump to another location.
- Join a community: There are numerous digital nomad groups online. Join some and network as much as you can before you leave your old life behind. The on the move lifestyle of a nomad often leaves them lonely, so joining a network is key to staying socially satisfied. (It’s also a great way to find local gems!)
- Secure insurance: You’ll want to make sure you have insurance before you travel. Accidents and the unexpected can happen, so having travel, health, and life insurance are key.
- Schedule everything: Once you’re in a new place, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Create a tight schedule that maps out your workday and your leisure time to ensure you make the most of the time you have in any location.
Becoming a digital nomad is possible for just about anyone as long as you plan ahead and take your time. To make the journey even easier, Bestow has created a helpful guide on becoming a digital nomad, which you can find below!