There are many people working remotely from home these days. Since the pandemic started it showed that there isn’t much of a reason for many people to work from an office. There are some remote workers who are taking this idea to another level. They feel that there is also little reason to work from a set location. They have decided to travel the world while working so they can live as though they are on vacation.
These people are called digital nomads. It’s a movement that is picking up steam and more and more people are deciding to live the lifestyle. If you are thinking of giving it a try to see if you can pull it off then you have to know what it entails. In this article, we will go over several of the basic steps it takes to become a digital nomad yourself.
1 – Get insurance
Staying healthy when you are a digital nomad is a bit of a challenge. Your system may not be used to the food, water, and other factors in your new country. This makes a trip to the doctor or emergency room inevitable at some point in your travels. To protect yourself, you will need to have some form of an annual travel insurance plan.
When you are planning to visit multiple countries in the span of a year then this type of insurance is ideal since they generally cover multiple trips within that time. You will be covered for travel emergencies, health issues, and even evacuations in case of a natural disaster or war.
Those without insurance feel like they are saving money, but they usually are gambling with their health. In the long run, it will cost more to deal with an emergency without insurance than it costs to make an annual payment.
In some cases, you may even be required to have some form of travel or health insurance to be eligible for a visa to be able to visit the country. Since you are planning to visit multiple countries then you will be all set when you already have an insurance plan besides the peace of mind it offers you.
2 – Have a budget planned
One of the biggest mistakes that many digital nomads make is that they end up running out of money. Even though they have money coming in they often don’t realize how much money they are spending until they have none left. This can all be avoided by making a budget that will always have you aware of where your money is going.
The first step is to make sure you understand how much money you are earning, this can be difficult to do if you are freelancing, but try to look ahead at what your orders are so you can understand your earnings for the month ahead.
Then you can start tracking your expenses before you leave. Add up your transportation costs, what you will pay for housing, and other ongoing expenses such as loans or insurance. This way you can see what you are left with for things like food and entertainment.
When you have these numbers then you can understand what your options are as far as travel and destinations that fit your budget.
3 – Research the destination ahead of time
Many digital nomads want to be spontaneous. It’s understandable since you are on an adventure. However, planning is going to make a huge difference in how successful you are when living as a digital nomad.
You should research your next destination well so you understand the logistics of getting there and staying there. You’ll need to find out what the visa requirements are. In some cases, this needs to be sorted out months in advance. You may even be without your passport for some of that time and will need to know that.
Check out what you can expect to pay for things like an Airbnb for the time period you expect to stay. Look into the cost of food and transportation. This will allow you to budget and understand if the destination is going to work for you financially.
4 – Have a network
It can be quite lonely on the road all the time. The frequent moving on will not allow you to make lasting connections with the locals. This is why it’s so important to create a network of other digital nomads. This will help you meet people at your next destination. They may be people you have only met virtually or they could be ones that you have spent time with in person at some other place.
Your life is going to be difficult to understand for anybody that has never lived this lifestyle. When you have a network of other digital nomads to draw upon then you will always feel like you are in good company.