Become A Digital Nomad

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Now more than ever people are considering the option of becoming Digital Nomads.  A Digital Nomad is someone who can work from anywhere, usually via the internet, and therefore is free to go anywhere in the world and is still able to work. 

In order to become a digital nomad, you first need to really consider if you can live a more nomadic lifestyle.  Part of living a nomadic lifestyle is have far less possession than people are used to.  Depending on how much stuff you want to bring along will have an impact on how easy this transition will be.  Can you pack up and leave with just one bag and a laptop? Or are you going to need 3 checked bags to fit your whole life in.

The answer to the question “how much stuff do i need” will have an impact on how much money you will need to live and even where you can live.  If you need a lot of stuff and a large comfortable “home base” you are going to need a lot more money than if you have one bag and can live in a hostel/house share/airbnb/etc.

The final question before deciding to live this life style is what kind of nomad do you want to be.  Do you want to get a long term visa in a country other than your own, where you can live and work?  If that is the case there are a number of countries that have what they call “Digital Nomad” visas, where you have a job in another country but can live and work in that country.  Some of these countries include Barbados, Bermuda, Costa Rica, Czechia, Estonia, German, the list goes on.

The other option is the more nomadic route.  Depending on what passport you hold, most countries allow a 90 day tourist visa.  If you have a job where you can work in any location with internet regardless of timezone and you are willing to be constantly on the move this may be the option for you.  You can find cheap accommodations in hostels/airbnb/couch surfing/etc. and as long as you can find a stable internet connection you are able to work.  This option would give you the chance to see more of the world as well as have the freedom of no long term commitments or leases in any specific location.

While the more nomadic option will definitely give you the chance to see more of the world, and possibly live cheaper, this lifestyle is really more long term solo traveling rather than moving to a new country.  When you are deciding which way to go, you really need to consider what you value and what you can live without.  Whichever way you go, living in another country is an eye opening and life changing experience and should definitely be considered by anyone who is willing and able.