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4 Tips For Aspiring Digital Nomads

First and foremost, what is a digital nomad? Simply put, a digital nomad is someone who travels the world and makes money while they’re at it. Sounds like a dream, right? People from all walks of life dream about quitting their desk job and travelling the world, and thanks to today’s digital age, it’s actually possible to do so and still earn a very reasonable wage from it.

It really goes without saying, but the internet has truly changed the meaning of work. It has brought about countless new opportunities for employment that couldn’t have been imagined, even just ten years ago. If you aspire to free yourself from the constraints of your conventional nine-to-five office job and instead combining work and travel, we’re detailing some useful tips that you can take on board in your steps towards becoming a digital nomad.

1. Carefully choose your destinations

When it comes to combining work and travel, it’s all too tempting to listen to your heart over your head and simply choose the destinations that really appeal to your desires. However, as a digital nomad, one of the most important things you must keep in mind at all times is practicality. It may sound like a dream to sip on a coconut on a deserted island with turquoise waters and white-sand beaches, but is it realistic? You must choose destinations in which you will be able to effectively work (i.e places with reliable Wi-Fi), as well as places that are actually financially viable for you to live in. The prices of internet access, food, accommodation, transportation, and medical services, to name but a few, all vary widely across the world.

Start by looking at some website resources especially designed with digital nomads in mind, or talk to like-minded digital nomads who have lived and worked in specific countries so that you can get a good idea of whether or not the destination is workable.

2. Know what you’re getting yourself into

For any aspiring digital nomad, thorough research is key. It really goes without saying, but it’s imperative that you know exactly what you’re getting yourself into. Waving goodbye to your desk job and travelling the world whilst you work sounds great, and like something anyone would jump at the chance of— but is it really for you?

The idea of becoming a digital nomad is often romanticised— and whilst, yes, it truly is an experience unlike any other, and brings with it plenty of incredible, once-in-a-lifetime opportunities— it takes a great amount of hustle, grind and unrelenting persistence to truly succeed as a digital nomad. Not many make it past their first few months, and so before diving in at the deep end, do your research and be realistic about your new lifestyle. Only then will you truly be on the way to success.

3. Start honing your time management skills

Being a successful digital nomad is all about mastering time management, as managing your time effectively is arguably one of the most challenging parts of being a nomad, and it’s easy to see why. You will be travelling through some awe-inspiring locations, tempted by new smells, new cuisine to taste, and you will inevitably meet like-minded people that you’ll want to spend time with— and whilst balancing work and play is important, even as a nomad, it’s even easier in this role to go off track and lose motivation.

So, what can you do about it? First and foremost, start working on your time management skills long before you set off on this new chapter of your life. Get into the rhythm of setting goals for each day, as well as weekly deadlines to ensure you get your work done on time. The earlier you train yourself into such a routine, the easier it will be to follow it even when you are travelling the world.

4. Find a job that works for you

One of the most important parts of becoming a digital nomad is mapping out exactly what route you want to take in terms of the work that you actually do. Whilst many digital nomads start their own businesses, this may not be a feasible option for everyone for a number of reasons.

However, you shouldn’t let this deter you from your goals. More and more established companies from around the world are offering opportunities for employees to work remotely from anywhere, which means that you can have the stability of working for a business, but you can still follow your dreams of becoming a successful digital nomad.

Written by Stuart Cooke, Blog Editor at IrishParcels.ie.

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