Over the years, thousands of people have decided to make a bold move and become a digital nomad. As a digital nomad, they can travel wherever they want to, earn money online, and explore many different locations whenever they want to. Digital nomadism is the perfect opportunity for making their dreams come true. However, the process of becoming a digital nomad isn’t exactly a fairytale. So many surprises and unexpected realizations catch most digital nomads by surprise and force them to deal with a rather harsh reality at some point. If you’re thinking of becoming a digital nomad yourself, continue reading to find out what digital nomadism looks like.
People who decide to change their lives to live their dream and become a digital nomad, often do so because of immense flexibility this lifestyle offers. However, with so much flexibility comes uncertainty. To be a digital nomad, you generally have to work remotely or freelance. This means, your income largely depends on your clients and the work you do for them. In case you lose a client or two, or shift from full time to part time, or miss out on important piece of information, you will start losing money which means your adventure might be in jeopardy. To stay composed, you have to develop a particular mindset.
A nomadic lifestyle is full of highs and lows. The sooner you get used to this fact, the better. Whenever you succeed in something such as landing a new client or a job, be happy and thankful. When things don’t go well, learn to pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and move on. As far as the business aspect is concerned, you should rely on intranet systems to keep things under control at work while you are out exploring.
Digital nomad community is one of the largest communities in the world. Its members often organize get togethers all around the world. Who knows and understands what a digital nomad is going through than a digital nomad itself? Therefore, you will be meeting so many different people, not only fellow nomads, but also locals and foreigners on your travels. As much as meeting new people is good, it quickly becomes repetitive, exhausting, and overwhelming. Why? Because you spend some time chatting with them about your jobs, travels, experiences, and that’s where most conversations end. Those people become your acquaintances and they aren’t as close to you as your friends and family back home which brings us to the next harsh reality.
While traveling, you will get to meet many people. Still, in the midst of it all, you are bound to start feeling lonely at some point in your nomadic experience. Loneliness and homesickness are two downsides of digital nomadism. You don’t have enough time to connect with any of the people you meet because you are always changing locations like a true nomad. One day you are having a blast with them, the next one you are back to square one — all by yourself. Whenever you need help or a piece of advice, your childhood friends and family members who know you best are miles away. Sure, you can call or text them but nothing can replace that feeling when you are physically surrounded by your loved ones.
As a digital nomad, you have all the freedom in the world. There is no one breathing down your neck and controlling your work. For most digital nomads, this is a problem. They easily get sucked in into the traveling part, forgetting about the one related to earning money and financially supporting nomadic lifestyle.
Traveling and making a living is the basis of digital nomadism. Most often, digital nomads are stressing about their due projects, trying to remember whether or not they have sent or replied to important client’s emails. On top of all that, they have to squeeze in at least 8 hours of sleep to stay healthy and energized throughout this hectic lifestyle and plan their travels, meet new people, and enjoy the experience.
To pull this off, you have to be endlessly self-motivated, or else the whole thing will fall apart. For example, think about the part of the day when you feel most productive. Early morning or late evening? That is when you should get most of your work out of your way during the day. Once you complete your most important daily tasks, you can unplug for a few hours, and live your dream.
On the whole, digital nomadism isn’t something that should frighten you. It takes hard work, dedication, careful planning, and research. This way you won’t get caught by surprise when harsh reality struck you one day out of the blue.