‘Just what is it that you want to do?
Well, we wanna be free, we wanna be free to do what we wanna do
And we wanna get loaded and we wanna have a good time
And that’s what we’re gonna do (away baby, let’s go)
We’re gonna have a good time, we’re gonna have a party.’
A digital nomad!? What, me?
Step one on the road to becoming a digital nomad? Figuring out exactly what one of them is. Basically, a digital nomad is someone that works online and is therefore not constrained by having to work in a set location. As practically all of a digital nomads work is done on the internet there really is nothing stopping them from working wherever they want in the world. Provided they can get a decent Wi-Fi signal of course. You become ‘location independent’ which is just a posh way of saying you can work from where you want to.
Now, the idea sounds quite dreamy. I mean, it would be great to skip the morning commute, not have to put up with inane co-workers and clock off at lunchtime for an hour of bargain hunt yeah? Or waking up one morning and thinking ‘Meh, that view is a bit bland. Let’s try somewhere else tomorrow’ Sounds pretty cosmic right? Unfortunately, that’s not exactly how it works. There is quite a lot more to it than that but that’s another issue for another time. For now, have a look at the quiz below and see if the basic principles of digital nomad life match your own.
Hopefully, the answer is yes and we can continue!
What can I do?
You have to be a blogger. Or a web designer. There are no other options…..
Of course, that’s not true. There are a multitude of options already available to potential digital nomads which include all sorts of things. I mean, you’ll almost certainly need to do something with a computer but it’s 2018. Who doesn’t work with a computer? As more and more jobs move into the online world I would be surprised if you couldn’t find a role to suit your skill set but if not, why not make your own one. Open a webshop or start a vlog for example. For more ideas on what you can do be sure to check out our digital nomad jobs page here.
Just before we go on, I know what you’re thinking and yes, I do draw all of my own pictures. I do not have a 4-year-old working for me.
Basically, In my (uneducated, unresearched, completely own) opinion I don’t think it won’t be long before more jobs than not will be performed digitally all over the world and the analogue worker will become defunct, just like, Betamax, TAB clear and the Miami Fusion. You’re better off getting a head start!
Of course, a large part of the digital nomad appeal is the ability to travel, see the world and work at the same time. If you can get the balance right then you really can live an idyllic lifestyle. There are many considerations to take into account when deciding where to go as a digital nomad and it’s not just how the weather is. Fundamentally your main concern is finding somewhere you KNOW that you’ll be able to work from. It’s no good renting a house in the Hungarian countryside* for 2 months only to find that you only get internet when the farmers’ cow is ploughing the field which in turn is powering the generator which then powers the router. That might be a bit of an exaggeration but you get the point. In future articles, we will be looking at the cost of global living and what you can do to make sure you get the most for your coin.
*It’s good fun and has electricity! No cows. Lots of chickens.
It’s dull but I’m afraid the most important thing to do is not rush into anything. Like everything in life, there are pros and cons to being a digital nomad. It’s not all rainbows and pots of gold, trust me. It can be a tricky life just like any other.
Read this piece by our good friend JM Cooper about the life of a digital nomad. This will give you a better understanding about what it takes to become a digital nomad in this scary modern world.
Do your sums and make a plan. Have a look at the other digital nomad sites available, some of them are great! Be wary of anyone offering to make you a digital nomad for money. The only digital nomad lifestyle they create with that is their own. Be sure to check back with us for more articles relating to the digital nomad life and if you’re feeling a little peckish, head to www.twig-boy.com for some delicious vegetarian recipes anyone can make.