The idea of becoming a digital nomad is spreading like wildfire. It’s quickly becoming one of the fastest-growing lifestyles out there. However, some people are still confused about what a digital nomad is, what they do, and if they should become one. Should you become a digital nomad? That depends. Here’s what to consider before becoming a digital nomad to help you decide.
1. What Will You Do with Your Stuff?
The first thing to ask yourself is what you want to do with all your stuff. Do you want to keep your apartment as a place you can come back to? Do you want to put your things in storage? You can’t take everything you own with you, so think about where you’ll keep it while you’re travelling.
2. The Bare Necessities
If you want to work remotely, you’ll need technology to help. You absolutely need to plan for having an internet connection. It’s not an issue if you’ll be staying places with an internet connection, but if you plan on being a remote sort of remote worker living in rural areas and by the beach, you’ll need to make plans.
You also need to think about what you need to stay comfortable and stay inspired to keep working. It’s easier if you’re the kind of person who can live on the basics. Think about what you need and plan to make it happen.
3. Working Across Different Time Zones
Even if you work alone, your boss might be in a different time zone. You need to think about what time zone you’re in and keep up with what time it is for everyone else. What does it mean to have something ready by “the end of the day?” That could mean something totally different for you and the person you’re working for. It’s tough to keep track of time as a digital nomad because there’s no telling what time zone you or your clients will be in next.
4. Packing for the Indefinite
While you can’t take too much with you as a digital nomad, you need to think about what you’ll need next and learn to pack for the indefinite. There’s no telling where you’ll be next and what amenities you can expect there. Luggage quickly adds up as you travel, so pack light but balance it with everything you need, such as at least one outfit for all occasions and climates.
5. The Harsh Reality of Being a Nomad
There are some harsh realities to being a nomad you need to understand and accept. Anyone who has travelled or studied abroad knows how lonely it is to be in a new city or country by yourself. It
can be downright depressing to realize you have nothing familiar or normal. The homesickness sets in quick as you miss your friends, family, and those local spots you took for granted like your favourite coffee shop. There’s nothing wrong with feeling this way, but you should be prepared for it.