How to Work from Anywhere and Live a Nomadic Lifestyle
Becoming a digital nomad and working while you travel is a fantastic goal and one that can help you to live a much richer and fuller life. If you want to live a life of adventure and to see more of the beautiful planet that we are fortunate enough to live on, then read on.
It seems great. And it is! But it doesn't come without its challenges. But once you iron out the kinks, you can indeed enjoy it fully.
What if you're not accustomed to working online? What if you can't find WiFi? Where do you actually get work done if you are with a family?
Here's how you do it…
Make the Transition
A lot of people think they have to quit their job and start an online business to become a digital nomad and this can be very off-putting if you're scared at the prospect of not making enough money. Luckily, you don't have to be so reckless.
Instead, consider making the transition more slowly: start running a business in your spare time and build it up to the point where it is making enough money that you can live off it and quit your ‘day job'.
Or instead, why not ask your current employer if you can continue working your job on the road? Or maybe working another job within the organization that enables you to work remotely. You might be surprised at just how eager they are to help!
If that fails, you can consider looking for a regular job that will give you that freedom. In other words: there are plenty of options here.
Know Your Budget
The next step is to simply know your budget. This means you need to know precisely how much you need to earn to fund your travels. It might surprise you to learn that you can actually earn enough with a part-time job. Look at ways to make your travel cheaper too: for example, by staying in AirBnBs, by using CouchSurfer to find accommodation, or by making friends with people who live internationally.
Overcome the Practical Challenges
As for the practical challenges of working online, there are plenty of solutions again. For instance, you should always research where you'll be visiting in order to make sure you can find Wi-Fi easily and that you know good places to sit and work. Make sure that you use an app to keep up with local time zones and get a computer with a good long battery life. Tools are also available to boost WiFi signals. You are going to have to get creative with a family. Setting up boundaries for work time and family time, and getting things done in small chunks of time. You may not have the space you are comfortable with at home or in a regular office. Getting accustomed to on-the-go mice, keyboards, portable monitors, etc. is important to keeping you both sane and productive.
If you are willing to work around the challenges, you'll often find that this is actually quite rewarding and one of the enjoyable things about working abroad!