Who wouldn’t like the idea of working from anywhere around the globe? But is it that easy? Well, yes and no. If you are working in a profession that allows you to make money without physically meeting people or being available at a specific place everyday, you can try the nomad lifestyle. Initially becoming a digital nomad can be a little confusing because you are not familiar with the concept and there is a chance that adjusting with this new lifestyle can take significant time. But with time, you will get used to it and things will start falling in place.
Here are a few tips for people who are considering trying the nomadic lifestyle or are new to it.
Start Your Business Before Leaving
Before moving out of your comfort zone, make sure your business has started and you are generating income through it. Nomadic lifestyle demands money and savings. You will either need to have savings or a running business so that you can financially aid your trip and stay. It is better to have a stable income before you decide to pack your bags so that you don’t have to face any difficulty later.
Don’t Rush From One Place to Another
We all love traveling. And we all have a list of places that we would want to visit before turning a certain age. But when you are working or considering working as a digital nomad, you are setting yourself up for a lifestyle that literally revolves around traveling. So you will be experiencing the best of the traveling world for as long as you want to, it can last forever. You have plenty of time to explore every place so there is no need to rush from one place to another. Consider staying for at least a month or two in one place so that you can properly explore a place and most importantly don’t get exhausted from all the traveling and working simultaneously. Take your sweet time, settle down for a bit, enjoy your stay, explore places that are usually not covered by tourists and then move to the next destination. This is what will make your nomadic experience better.
Plan on Maintaining a Balance Between Work and Travel
When you are working and traveling, it is easy to forget to draw a line and get lost in it. It is very important to maintain a balance between your work, life, and travel especially when you are working as a nomad. You have no restrictions, no work time limits, possibly deadlines but no restrictions on how much work you can take. There is a chance that you may end up working for longer hours without even taking a break or enjoying the trip and not completing the tasks before the deadline. Either way, this can affect your work, career, life, and trip. Learn to draw a line while working, work on your time management skills, have a routine, and a fixed working and traveling schedule so that you can enjoy the best of both the worlds.
Make Sure You Are Safe
Your safety is in your hands and you need to be very alert especially when you are pursuing this for the long run. Tourists can be a soft target for major crimes and thus you need to be extra cautious and prepared for every situation life can throw towards you. Taking safety measures, keeping products like pepper spray and whistles, traveling during the day, and keeping someone informed about your location at all times is important. If you are in Dubai or somewhere international, you can even choose to hire professionals for your safety. It is easy and pretty normal to hire bodyguards in Dubai. Do not refrain from using this privilege if you feel you need it.
Don’t Forget to Give Yourself Some Time
Lastly, traveling and working are both your routines. Even if you enjoy doing both, these should not take up the time you would otherwise dedicate for selfcare. ‘Me time’ is important and during your nomad journey, consider taking some time out for yourself in which you may choose to do something relaxing other than traveling and working of course. You can choose to write in a journal, meditate, or work out, whatever works best for you.