Ready to make travel your life? Want to work from anywhere your wanderlust takes you? Consider becoming a digital nomad. Here are tips to help you get started.
Do you have dreams of traveling and taking your work on the road? Do you love exploring destinations near and far? Does working from a beach one week and a national forest the next sound amazing? If you’re considering doing the whole digital nomad thing in 2023 – here are some tips to ensure things run smoothly.
Having Work Lined Up Before Going
You shouldn’t make the mistake of quitting your job and starting a life as a digital nomad without some planning. You might be tempted to throw caution to the wind and start this exciting journey, but planning well before leaving home is better.
Most businesses take a couple of months to start making money (there are those like blogs that can take years). It would be best if you didn’t think about starting a new digital nomad job abroad unless you have a lot of savings to live off. It would be best if you started doing it at home first. This will let you build a client list so that you are making money by the time you leave. This will give you peace of mind because you don’t have to launch a business as you travel.
Setting a Clear Divide Between Travel and Work
One of the hardest things you have to deal with when you work remotely abroad is balance. You can spend a lot of time having fun and traveling to the point where you don’t spend enough time on your work. New attractions, foods, and people can tempt you to spend too much time off work.
To ensure your work is done, have boundaries for working and exploring. People who are good at being digital nomads have a calendar that they always follow to ensure everything is done. You can divide up your day, or you can dedicate the entire day to one thing. Whichever strategies you prefer, always stick to them. This will help you do the work and enjoy the destination.
If you live by the calendar, you will be less stressed because you have set aside time for everything according to your plan.
Connecting with Locals and Expats
One of the best things about traveling is the people you will meet. Living as a digital nomad can be better because you can embed yourself into the community better and for longer than tourists. You can attend events, network, meet travelers and locals, and co-work with people.
Try getting out of your shell so you can regularly connect with others. This is good for you because it will be fun, and networking opportunities will help you grow your business. Couchsurfing, The Nomadic Network, and Meetup.com are the three best places to start.
You can also check out the local co-working spaces. Most of them have regular events that are worth checking out. Always make sure that you have travel medical insurance for emergencies.
Going slowly is a good way of balancing your work and travel because you can know destinations in great detail. You shouldn’t try going to a new city every day. You don’t even have to move cities every week. Try to spend weeks or even months in one place.
This gives you enough time to build productive routines and habits as you get a great experience of the location you are in. You can be a tourist, attend events, network, and get a feel of the place better than most tourists do. You should focus more on quality instead of quantity.
Checking the Wi-Fi
When working online, fast Wi-Fi is very important. Before choosing a location, find out more about the Wi-Fi situation. Is it fast? Is it easily accessible? Is the Sim card data reliable enough?
It would be best to spend a lot of time researching because every country varies, and even regions inside a country can vary. This is even more important for those who work with photography or videos and must upload large files.
Different sites can help determine Wi-Fi speeds, with nomadilist.com being one of them. This site will help you know the Wi-Fi situation where you are going.
Before renting a long-term stay or Airbnb, ask the host to send you a screenshot of the Wi-Fi speed. Nothing is more frustrating than spending a lot of time looking for good Wi-Fi. Bad Wi-Fi can easily kill your productivity because you must start looking for a good connection when you could have easily had it where you live.
Getting a VPN
You will connect to different Wi-Fi networks when you travel a lot. Emails, personal messages, and banking – can be accessed if you are not careful. Use a VPN to make sure your information is protected. A reliable VPN is great for you because it masks your online signature, which helps protect your data so it can’t be stolen. You must secure your online data when traveling, as you secure your valuables in a hotel safe or hostel locker. Another good thing about VPN is you don’t have to spend much money on it. You can spend the cost of a cup of coffee on your VPN monthly. Most VPNs out there give you a great discount when you choose an annual subscription, which drives the price further down. They also have free plans so that you can try them out first.
Investing in Noise-Canceling Headphones
If you are one of those people who are distracted easily (or if you have a lot of meetings), then get a good pair of noise-canceling headphones. These are good for working in busy environments (like co-working spaces) and planes or buses. This will be a good investment if you prefer a quiet environment when working. You will find it easier to focus when you don’t have to get distracted.
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Now that you have a few tips to start you in the right direction, you can start planning your travels. We encourage you to check out Wander With Wonder for more information on digital nomads, the RV lifestyle, and tips for traveling. When you’re ready, check out some of our favorite destinations.
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Published for: Valentino Pattaya