Traveling used to be an escape, a way for people to get a change of scenery from their normal lives. There is nothing at all wrong with working towards a holiday, but the rise of the internet and the global connection that has come with it, has meant that more and more people are gravitating towards a relatively new concept called digital nomadism. The appeal is easy to understand: instead of having to seesaw between working chaotically and taking a much-needed break to see a new part of the world, individuals are now combining the two aspects of life and becoming digital nomads.
Essentially, a digital nomad is an individual that travels the world while simultaneously working, forging a career for themselves while at the same time getting to explore the ends of the earth. This unique life balance is quickly becoming a phenomenon. It used to be that individuals were forced to choose between forging a thriving career and traveling the world, but the rise of the digital workplace has brought with it an increase in interest in working remotely. There are a lot of moving pieces to consider, such as organizing travel to your “office” (see coffee shops, shopping centers, and libraries), or getting the right visa for your destination country. There are three sage pieces of advice for all those who are considering kick-starting a career as a digital nomad.
Figure out a career move – even if only a few steps
Becoming a digital nomad is easier than ever before, but that also means that it is quickly becoming more competitive as the allure around the concept takes flight and reels more people in. It (literally) pays to figure out your big career move – even if it is only the first few steps – before moving, or as soon into the experience as you can. The reason for this is simple: having active goals and a plan in motion makes it easier to know where to go and which paths to take to get there.
Think about the lifestyle you want to achieve
There are many destinations that offer up both exciting natural wonder and the chance to work remotely. From remote Southeast Asia to the bustling cities of Europe, there is something to be seen and done practically anywhere in the world. Where in the world you choose to set yourself up to begin your career as a digital nomad depends entirely on the kind of lifestyle you want to achieve. Remote working is changing many different aspects of life. With the opportunity to be anywhere and live a sustainable life means working nomads naturally meet new and interesting people, it’s how fiance visa couples meet. Along with the rising trend of remote working opportunities, we’re seeing a change in demand on migration-related statutes and services such as migration visas of all types, worldwide insurance cover, shipping and transport services. It is a circular economy, as more people work remotely the more they rely on such services, and as more services cater to the rising demand more people are enticed by remote working.
Remote working, however, can take any form. For example, if you want to live the high life, then Europe is probably more your style. However, if you would like to explore the hidden gems of Asia, then Vietnam or Laos is a better fit – at least to begin with. The beauty of remote work is that the world really is your oyster, and as long as you have enough income to move from place to place (and be comfortable), you can go anywhere, any time.
Be prepared for anything
Traveling is always an adventure – the whole point of seeing the world is to experience it in all its wonder and grace. But something that a lot of people have a tendency not to place much importance on, is how unpredictable long-term travel can be (particularly if you plan to work and travel simultaneously). Organize the right travel visa (if applicable) because there is nothing more off-putting than realizing you aren’t supposed to be there. Additionally, get travel insurance, make copies of all travel documents as back-ups, and then enjoy the ride! Welcome to the wild side.