David Webb, a business consultant from Sydney shares his top tips and tricks on being a worldwide Digital Nomad, ideal for anyone looking to freelance to support their travels around the world.
Most people spend a good portion of their lives working 9 to 5 so they can actually enjoy living once they retire. Nowadays, technology has cleared a path for people who want to enjoy living while they’re still young and make a living at the same time. These people are digital nomads who work and travel around the world. The fact is, that there is no better way to enjoy your work and truly live out your life, than being a digital nomad.
You get the chance to see the world, experience new cultures and try out new things, while making a living. However, the life of a digital nomad isn’t always glamorous and simple. There are hardships and difficulties along the way just like with any other business. But, it’s easier to overcome obstacles when you’re enjoying the freedom of working and traveling. Here are a few tips and tricks for worldwide digital nomads that will make your life much simpler.
Always plan ahead
As a digital nomad, you’ll be changing locations often. The important thing is to prepare in advance and make arrangements that will suit your needs, once you reach your new destination. For instance, learn everything you need to know about the new city or the country you’ll be staying at.
Get familiarized with the time zone, local currencies, local habits and cultural lifestyle so you can adapt to the environment faster. Furthermore, learn about the local surroundings such as meeting places, sights, restaurants and so on. That way you won’t waste time on getting lost and having to adjust to the new surroundings once you get there.
Choose suitable accommodations
No matter where you’re going, you’ll need a place to stay. Whether you’ll be staying in a hotel, motel or rented apartment, you’ll need to make yourself feel at home as much as possible.
What you need to do is find a place that has a comfy bed, good internet connection and a good price of course. Also, you should try to find a place that has stores, hospitals, pharmacies and restaurants nearby if possible. By doing research beforehand or asking the locals for recommendations, you’ll have greater chances of finding such a place.
Pack for a job not a vacation
Being a digital nomad doesn’t mean you’re any less serious about your business than anyone else. That’s why it’s important to pack all the essentials, which will help you do your job easier. Make sure you have formal clothing in case you need to attend business meetings abroad.
Also, you should have a laptop, tablet and a mobile device to help you work. Just make sure you have all the necessary equipment to support your hardware and software. Having a spare device just in case is also a good idea.
Leverage a remote office
Working outdoors or from a cafe is fun, but sometimes you really need to sit down and do some serious work. Oftentimes, public places and hotel rooms simply cannot provide the required peace and quiet for you to truly focus on your work. Luckily, there are office spaces around the world that provide comfort and privacy, just like your home office would.
Also, they are a great place to hold serious business meetings. A good example is a coworking space in Melbourne, Australia, that has built-in infrastructure and flexibility for working and meeting business associates. There are plenty of similar offices around the globe for you to enjoy.
Give yourself a break
Working is essential in the life of a digital nomad. But then again, in order to be productive and do your job well, you need to take a break every now and then. Rest is as important as working, because if you overwork yourself and not give yourself a chance to recover, your productivity will diminish and your business will suffer.
You have the best opportunity to give yourself a break. Just take some time to explore the area you’re in or enjoy some of the local festivities. After all, once you’re well-rested, you’ll be able to do so much more than you would if you were completely exhausted.
A life of a digital nomad is adventurous and exciting. Just make sure you’re organized and prepared at all times so you can enjoy both working and traveling.