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Today you’re in Thailand, ghostwriting a book in a subway restaurant. Two weeks later, you’re organising a digital marketing campaign from a hotel in San Francisco.

A month from that you’re discussing publishing a book with a client over a cup of coffee in Italy.

The cocktail of working and travelling is one that has appealed to many.

In this article, we’ll discuss the people who lead this lifestyle, how to become one of them, and how they survive doing it.

Who is a Digital Nomad?

A digital nomad is someone who combines work and travel with the use of modern technology.

They can either spend a few months in a country or travel to different cities every couple of weeks.

Some digital nomads have completely adopted the nomadic lifestyle and may not even own a home. While others have a place where they live but are prone to packing their bags frequently.

Whichever you choose to be one thing is certain, your lifestyle is dependent on being able to work away from a physical location.

5 Steps to Becoming a Digital Nomad

Now that you know who a digital nomad is and what they do, you might be considering taking up that lifestyle.

But how does one become a digital nomad? Here are 5 easy steps to help you prepare for the nomadic lifestyle ahead.

Digital nomad exploring

1.   Figure Out if it’s a Good Fit

Anyone would love the idea of working from a hotel with a view of the Eiffel Tower.

Before diving into the seemingly romantic life of working and travelling, you should be sure it’s something you can handle.

2.   Research the Job Market

To successfully work a remote job, you need to work with clients and companies that understand the system of remote work.

The experience will be easier if you work with people who have a track record of partnering with digital nomads.

3.   Analyse your Budget

If you think of the air nomads from Avatar, it’s easy to imagine that living a nomadic lifestyle isn’t expensive at all.

You barely have any load on you because of how often you travel. You also don’t need to pay rent for a house you won’t live in. Or bother with utility bills.

In reality, being a nomad can be very expensive if not planned properly. There are travel expenses, hotel, and food costs to worry about.

Not to mention some expenses might follow you from home- mortgage, insurance, etc.

4.   Pick Where to Travel to

It may seem like nomads go wherever the wind takes them, but in honesty, there’s a method to their madness.

They decide their destinations based on their needs, and you should too. Decide on what’s most important for you when travelling.

It could be interacting with a new culture, sightseeing, or discovering new food spots. Whatever it is, it’s important to know it and let it guide your movement. So you get the best out of every trip.

5.   Upskill

To be a digital nomad, there are some skills you need to develop to handle that lifestyle with ease.

You’ll be handling a lot of projects, with different clients, across multiple time zones.

Skills you’ll find useful include time management, project management, etc.

3 Ways to Earn as a Digital Nomad

Digital nomad working in a cafe

While the nomadic lifestyle looks like a dream, it’s not the easiest one to maintain.

That brings us to the question of how to finance that lifestyle. Here are 3 ways you can earn as a digital nomad based on what kind of nomad you are.

1.   Remote Worker

This may be the easiest way to earn as a nomad. A remote worker has a job in a firm and is granted the liberty of working away from the company.

Remote workers perform tasks that do not need them to be physically present at the office. And they can check in with their colleagues or supervisors via video calling platforms.

Examples of such job positions are online tutors, digital marketers, and software engineers.

2.   Freelance Worker

Freelancers are like remote workers- performing tasks from across the globe with the aid of technology.

The difference between them and remote workers is they have no fixed positions anywhere.

They survive on finding several clients and working on gigs here and there.

Freelance jobs, like remote-jobs, include any work that can be done digitally- content writing, graphic designing, consulting, etc.

3.   Entrepreneur

Entrepreneurs run a digital business. They could either manage it themselves or hire someone else to do it.

Most remote workers and freelancers work towards becoming an entrepreneur.

Some entrepreneurship ideas include running a consulting firm or an eCommerce store.


Digital nomad in a cyber cafe

Working from a cubicle, 8 hours a day, 5 days a week is such a bore. Not everyone can handle it.

Some people are born wanderlust, and there’s no shame in it. Working and travelling has never been easier thanks to technological advancements today.

Where do you dream of travelling to in the world?