Remote work and living independently can have one great benefit to it
and being a digital nomad, you can work from wherever you want. And especially during these difficult and isolating days where we are all being nomads in our own homes. So when we are able, you may feel like going to Thailand and spending a month there. No problem. Your post-COVID working nomad home office feels too small and you desperately feel like going to Greece during the summer? Why not.
But still, being informed is crucial if you want to take your backpack and just travel and work simultaneously.
So, here are six of the most important things you should know if you want to stay safe and have a great time if you are considering being a digital nomad!
1. Be Prepared
Travelling long distances can be stressful, so it’s necessary to know what to expect. If you’re looking forward to working little and relaxing a lot, that can be done, but in that case, you need to find digital nomad jobs that pay more so you’ll be able to afford to have fun. Of course, chances are that the area you’re travelling to is cheaper than your home country, but be prepared to manage your costs more efficiently is something you should expect. Also, maybe things won’t be as you imagined them at first, so it’s important to be prepared to alter your expectations as well.
2. Know Where You’re Going
Some destinations definitely look better on Instagram, therefore it’s important to learn as much as you can about the place you’re going to. Remember that influencers are paid to advertise, so maybe there sun-kissed photos aren’t the best proof of anything.
Instead, join various forums and message boards and don’t be afraid to ask questions, no matter how insignificant or stupid they might seem.
Being armed with knowledge and information can greatly help you stay safe and avoid potential unpleasant situations, especially since being a digital nomad is quite different from working from 9 to 5.
3. Find People You Can Trust, But Stay Alert
In case you’re travelling alone, you’ll probably want to hang out with others at some point. And the good thing is, that there are many coworking spaces, hostels, and inns where you’ll find like-minded people who’ll be a great company to you. However, no matter how friendly and welcoming they might seem, it’s always recommended staying alert. Never trust anyone with your finances and personal documents. Be friendly and talkative, but keep to yourself to a certain degree. Of course, chances are that most of the people you meet are nice and kind, but until you make sure of that, it’s better to be careful.
4. Keep Yourself Safe
Going abroad as a digital nomad can be a life-changing experience. Yet, it’s necessary to keep yourself safe at all costs. Having a healthcare option is crucial if you want to get medical help in case of an emergency. Also, since certain places can be more dangerous than what you’re used to, getting term insurance is a great way to protect yourself while away from home. Keep in mind that no one will keep you safe, you’re the one who has to be cautious if you want to have a safe trip.
5. Handle Your Money Wisely
Finding yourself in a place where a cup of costs a fraction of the one back home, can make you feel a bit high and mighty, at least for the first period. Having, let’s say, one thousand dollars set aside can last you a long time, but remember to always have a steady source of income. Instead of spending money on clubbing and eating the most expensive food, try to save money in case you decide to travel somewhere else. There are a lot of money managing apps that can help you keep track of your expenses. Even if you find something that’s too tempting to miss out on, always remember that saving money can be more beneficial than owning that latest camera or a pair of headphones.
6. Have a Plan, at Least for the Beginning
The beauty of being a digital nomad is that you don’t have to follow a certain routine in order to be successful and happy. If you feel like leaving one place, you just need to pack your bags and go. You don’t depend on anyone, which means more freedom. Still, when you start your digital nomad experience, it’s important to have a plan, at least for the first three months. Knowing where you’ll be, what food you’ll eat and how much you’ll spend on day-to-day things. You can make other plans as you go, but whatever you do, always make sure that you have a backup plan. Being spontaneous is considered a luxury for many, so be careful and practice spontaneity but only with some money and at least another option set aside.
Travelling and working at the same time as a digital nomad can be a valuable experience, whether you’re a graphic designer from Singapore or a language teacher from the US. You can learn so much and meet many fascinating people, which is something many people won’t experience, ever. Use this privilege wisely and always make sure to protect yourself while still keeping an open mind and choosing your own digital nomad lifestyle design!
World Traveler, Writer, and Blogger, Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the followsummer.com travel blog. A former Actor, current shower-singer, and non-hipster foodie. Loves his week-end house in St Marys, Ontario. Dad to Sophia, Ariel, and Hastings three of the best cats in the world.