The last few years have been a revolution in how people choose to work. More companies have been utilizing the ability to hire remote workers. In turn, remote workers have decided to travel and experience as much of the world as possible. It’s been coined digital nomadism and it’s not hard to see why digital nomadism has been so popular.
There are countless Instagram accounts, YouTube videos, and more that highlight the benefits of being a digital nomad. However, not all that glitters is gold. There is a lot of work that goes into becoming a digital nomad and keeping the lifestyle up.
You are going to need to make sure you have the correct paperwork at all times. In some countries, you need to apply for a freelancer or digital nomad permit; in others, you will need to apply for a traveler or temporary permit. Keep an eye on the dates for your passports, and have proof that you have work that can support you during your stay. Passport application times can be extended during peak periods, which makes it essential you make your application in plenty of time. Your birth certificate, marriage certificates, and other paperwork might be required. Always be weeks ahead of what you need.
It is work – but on the move
Sure there are plenty of opportunities to sit on the beach and relax but for the most part, digital nomads still have to work. It is that work that pays for the coveted lifestyle of a digital nomad. Okay, we do often see many lifestyle nomads talking about their passive income and how they afford all of the travel. However, for many freelancers, it is about direct work rather than passive income streams. Even a few weeks without work can have a serious impact on your ability to travel and get home should you need to.
Having a stack of cash readily available is something that should be a must for every digital nomad. The easiest and probably most obvious way to ensure you have spare cash for emergencies or any unexpected outgoings is to live more frugally. Don’t overspend and make smart choices. Does it have to be the fancy villa or is a smaller apartment enough? After all, you’re not on a traditional holiday. Smaller and cheaper accommodations can mean a huge saving as could adjusting your budget when it comes to your weekly food shop or other regular expenses.
No matter how many skills you have that you can currently sell, you need some more. Learning and expanding your skillset will expand how much money you can make regularly. Rates for certain work types can fluctuate. If you are able to offer multiple skills, then you will become a more exciting prospect for companies. Luckily digital nomadism and online learning go hand in hand.
Is it possible for everyone?
It can work for millions of people, but it can often come down to what you can stand to live without – and a stable internet connection. Of course, traveling with a family is possible – but the costs stack up a lot quicker, and education will come into considerations too.
What do you think of the digital nomad lifestyle? Would it be for you?