How to Actually Make It Around the World as A Digital Nomad

How to Actually Make It Around the World as A Digital Nomad

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Many have now made it as location independent bloggers, teachers, designers, and consultants, among other career choices that allow these wanderlust individuals to travel the world and work at the same time. Now, some may say that traveling the world is way too expensive, and they don’t really get how these people manage to live in so many different exotic locations around the world without a stable job in an office. Well, it turns out it can be a bit different for each person, but all in all they seem to agree that it is definitely possible for anyone to take on this lifestyle. They also agree, that it takes work and it takes time, but it is possible. There are specific places around the world that are known as hubs for digital nomads, and you can read more about this on the Royal Holiday Blog, but most successful digital nomads say you can basically live anywhere you want.

First of all, it is important that even though you are living in an exotic location or your dream vacation spot for a period of time, you can’t confuse living in the location for vacationing. Some may have the idea that they can spend all their time sightseeing, shopping and visiting traditional and touristic landmarks and make a living. You will need to be quite disciplined to avoid finding yourself in the regretful situation of spending more than you’re making, or simply not making enough income to live. Now, your income will most likely depend directly on how much time you are investing in your online career. Independent if you are starting your own online business, or if you are working for others, you will need to set up a schedule that works for you and your business, or the companies you work for. Most people will start off with various jobs that generate independent income. You really have to get creative here and understand that sometimes an unlikely trait or skill that you have could be another income while you’re traveling the world. Most digital nomads will wake up early to make the most of their day so they can work and then have time to be tourists.

In terms of expenses, well a big difference is that when you plan on relocating to a place, it’s very different o staying at a hotel. So finding a place to stay will be at the top of your list. You could even try becoming a member of Royal Holiday so you take advantage of last minute deals and find just the right place for you for nearby getaways, so you can also live the touristic scene.

Image courtesy of Chris Potter at Flickr.com
Image courtesy of Chris Potter at Flickr.com

So, now that the basics have been covered, you need to start considering the financial side of things. First of all, you’ll need to save up and cut costs in your daily life to be prepared to take the leap. There are many ways to do this, but above all, it will take commitment. Once you’ve saved up the money, start by planning how you’re going to get income while you’re on the road. Be it that you get a job at the place you’re traveling to, or that you can work online, it is important to have a plan if your idea is to truly be a location independent lifestyle. Now, you do have to consider that some jobs out there will pay you to travel like a cruise ship, tour guide, au pair, hostel worker, casino worker, or anything else that requires you to be on the road. Of course, the idea is not to make any false expectations, most of these jobs will not bring in the big bucks, but they will allow you to get a head start on your digital nomad living. There are many different ways to get cheap or free tickets, so plan ahead. You could stack up on travel credit cards so that you can start racking up miles. If you know where you want to travel, but don’t have a set date, keep your agenda open and wait for a great deal. Shop at member stores, and pay everything with your credit cards. Basically, just take into account your spending and see how you can increase your miles with all of your daily purchases and spending habits.

Once you are at the location, consider sharing. Nowadays, you could share anything from a ride to a room, or even a meal. Also, get into living habits that allow you to save like cooking your own food instead of always eating out. Another way to save is getting a rail pass if you are in Europe. You could save up to 70% just by having the rail pass, or up to 50% by setting apart your date ahead of time.

Basically, what you have to consider is the importance of cutting costs, finding ways to save money before and during your trip, and being creative with ways to generate income.

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