Have you ever dreamt of being able to travel all around the world & work as you’re doing it? Well you’re not the only one. This digital nomad lifestyle is on the rise & more and more people are choosing to go down this path post-pandemic. We got to experience more work freedom than ever before, and remote work is now becoming the norm.
But if you haven’t been lucky enough to have a job that wants to remain 100% remote, you’re probably wondering, how do people find these jobs that allow them to work and travel? How do you become a digital nomad? Where should I book my flight to when I make it happen? Is the digital nomad life as enjoyable as it seems?
Well you’re in the right place! Keep reading to find out all the answers to your digital nomad lifestyle questions!
How to become a digital nomad?
There are a range of different ways you can work & travel long term, you just need to decide what area is best fitted to you
More and more companies are seeing the benefits of totally remote working and are taking this approach themselves. There are currently more remote jobs on the market than ever before and this trend is only increasing.
Some of the best websites for finding remote jobs are:
Do you have any marketable skills that you can turn into a freelance career? Many people who have decided to live the digital nomad lifestyle are freelancers and run their own businesses.
There are so many different industries you can freelance in and so many different skills you can create a freelancing business from.
Some examples are copywriting, graphic design, content writing, online coaching, marketing specialist and web development.
House Sitting/Pet Sitting
This is a great way to long-term travel, and whilst you might not make any money from house sitting, it’s an amazing way to keep costs really low whilst you travel.
You can also combine this with freelancing work or a remote job!
Trusted Housekeepers is a great application for finding places to house and pet sit.
Do you love kids or have experience in childcare? Working as an au pair could be your best option for living the digital nomad lifestyle.
Working as an Au Pair often means you get free accommodation & payment for living expenses. These roles are normally more long-term and you will be required to stay in one place for this period of time. But it’s a great way to really get to know a new place and people hire Au Pairs all over the world, so when you want to move on to somewhere new, there will be more opportunities out there.
One-on-one tutoring online can be a great way to earn money while on the move. You’ll need to figure out what subjects you can teach. Or another common way is to teach English online to non-native speakers!
Keep in mind that some tutoring platforms require you to get certified in any subjects you want to teach. So, be realistic and pick a topic that you have experience with!
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The best places to be a digital nomad
So now you know how you can become a digital nomad, where should you book your flights to? There are so many places to travel & work across the world but here are my top picks:
Digital Nomad locations in Asia
Digital Nomad locations in South America
Digital Nomad locations in Europe
There are so many amazing digital nomad hubs out there, but it’s important to choose the one that is right for you. It’s important to take into consideration time zones, affordability, internet connection, community & climate to name a few.
Make sure to do some research into potential hubs before booking your flight.
Read my Digital Nomad Visa Checklist for details on how to sort your visa for different countries.
Digital Nomad Lifestyle
Lastly I just wanted to give some advice for anyone starting a digital nomad journey. Whilst initially heading off may feel just as exciting as heading on vacation, this is not a vacation. It’s a lifestyle.You need to restart, make new friends, develop a routine. You will still be working a lot! Just from some of the most beautiful places in the world.
Following on from that, you should take it slow. Spend at least a couple of months in every place you visit. Really get to know the community, speak to the locals, explore off the beaten track.
And whilst a digital nomad lifestyle does involve a lot of work, make sure to take time offline as well. Get out into nature and take some time to appreciate how far you’ve come.
Robin – Our Connected World