Before the dawn of the Internet age, many people were chained to their desks — slaves to the daily grind, committed to a life of working a 9-to-5, and only going on vacation once a year. Today, however, the so-called “digital nomad” can work and travel at the same time.
With no fixed address, no commitments to anything but themselves, and the freedom that most people only dream of, the new digital nomad is redefining the way we work.
In this blog, we’re going to talk about some tips & tricks on how to work and travel at the same time, as told by some digital nomads who made this enviable lifestyle work for them.
Blogging on a Budget
Let’s take a look, for example, at a travel writer who goes by the name of “Nomadic Matt.” In 2008, he started a blog which talked about how to travel on a budget, and now he lives in NYC while traveling all over the world. While he admitted that doing things that were more conventional — such as being in a relationship — was difficult for him, the freedom that allowed him to travel wherever he wanted for work outweighed all the drawbacks. Matt’s advice is simple: if you want to travel, do it. You don’t have to travel to far-out places to travel while working at the same time: all you have to do is get in your car and plan a quick road trip. Finally, Matt suggests, if all else fails, don’t ever hesitate to work something out with your boss to have a four-day work week. Many bosses, themselves, are realizing the benefit of traveling while working, and will be accommodating to your request.
Change Your Surroundings, In More Ways than One
Dan Andrews is the founder of TropicalMBA.com, and his business originally started out as a “serial entrepreneur” of sorts — his company offers a wide variety of products, including pet furniture — and now has his website serve as a portal of sorts for other digital nomads to connect with one another. Andrews suggests that it’s not just about getting the right start-up capital, or about working hard (or hardly working…); rather, it’s about surrounding yourself with the right people, those who are living the same lifestyle that you are (or that you want to be living), and those that are actually getting things done. “Show me your friends and I will tell you who you are” is Andrews’ adage, and he believes that having the right colleagues will help you travel while working.
You Define Your Own Success
Frankie Thompson runs the AsTheBirdFlies blog, and she traded in her corporate London job for a life of freelancing and traveling while working. One of the first things she confesses that she’s learned, after nearly 5 years of living the digital nomad life, is that it isn’t for everyone…and that’s one of the hardest things for many people to accept. However, Thompson also is quick to point out that you are responsible for defining your own success. While some people make more money freelancing than they do working a 9-to-5 job, Thompson admits that she hasn’t…but, she says, that’s not necessarily a drawback for her. Rather, she has learned to cut back on her expenses (for example, she uses a PC instead of a MacBook), and that’s made for a much more satisfying life for her, which is filled with traveling and spending time with loved ones.
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