As a child, did you imagine you would grow up and get a “real job” in an office? Or did you dream of flying airplanes and spaceships? You might be surprised to hear that many of today’s jobs require nothing more than a laptop and an internet connection, allowing you the freedom to live and work as and where you please. It’s not quite space travel, but it gives your inner adventurer a chance to stretch his or her legs and really see the world.
In this article, we’ve listed just a few of the many reasons to reconnect with your inner child and reclaim your freedom as a digital nomad. Let us know what you’d add to the list!
1. Have cool and exciting hobbies
Whether it’s skiing, surfing, kayaking, or rock climbing - you can set yourself up in the perfect spot so that you can enjoy amazing activities when the working day is done. Or before it begins, or half-way through!
2. Work when it suits you
Are you a moonlight-fuelled loony who gets a sudden burst of energy around midnight? Or are you at your best - exclusively - after breakfast but before lunch? Get to know your energy patterns, and build your routine around them.
3. Be part of a global community
There are hundreds of websites and forums, like Outsite.co which tailor to digital nomads, including flat shares, meetups, and other handy tips. Go to beautiful places, find out where the fastest WiFi is: you will find your people.
4. Work remotely for clients in countries that pay well
Okay, this one is pretty obvious, but bears mentioning nonetheless. In the past, work and travel often meant teaching, bar work, or picking fruit. Online jobs like programming, SEO consultancy, and even copywriting can offer enough funds to have a comfortable lifestyle on the road, without working long or antisocial hours (unless you choose to of course). Working remotely can also mean earning a better salary than you would get working for local companies or clients.
The long and short of it? Ask for a Silicon Valley salary and live it up in Bali!
5. Dare to start your own business
If you live somewhere affordable, it is much easier to start your own online business without quickly running out of money. Traveling can also be a source of ideas, remember: Red Bull GmbH, one of the highest valued companies in the world, was created when an Austrian entrepreneur decided to create a new version of a Thai energy drink.
6. Follow the weather / be with your family / watch the Olympics...
Go wherever your heart takes you. If you hate winter, never see another winter. If your family are spread across the world, go and live close to them all for a bit. Love sport? Go and watch the Olympics wherever they take place!
7. Freedom from the rat race
The ultimate advantage of the digital nomad lifestyle is the freedom it allows you from the nine-five. No more shirts and ties, 6am alarm clocks, boardroom meetings or lunches at your desk. You’ll be your own boss, making your own decisions and working in a way that is most productive, efficient and fulfilling for you. Sounds good, right?
Whether you’re attracted to the digital nomad lifestyle because you’ve always wanted to see the world, or because you want to be part of a global network of explorers and innovators, digital nomadism is clearly a trend that isn’t going anywhere. More and more employers are recognising the benefits of offering long-term contracts to remote workers because of their high productivity levels and flexibility.
About the author
Florence Collins is a writer and editor for the CareerFoundry blog. CareerFoundry is an online educational platform that provides training in web development, iOS development, UX design and UI design, helping beginners, upskillers, and career changers find their dream jobs in tech.