The term digital nomad has been used more and more during the last couple of years, and many people are thinking of taking the leap and changing their lives forever. By having a job that allows you to work from anywhere in the world, you all of sudden have control over how you manage your time and where you decide to spend it. Some may see it as difficult even as an individual, so now what’s your take on a digital nomad family? Well, there are already families making it work, so let’s find out how and if your family could make the transition.
First of all, don’t overthink it. When making a decision of this magnitude it will never seem like the right moment, be it because of your children’s milestones or due to personal finances. The reality is that it will never feel like you’re quite there yet in terms of money or that you won’t have enough time to prepare. But leaving it off to the following year, will only turn this dream into a distant memory of something we wanted to do when we were starting out as a family. You only get to live life once, so why not go for it. Explore the different options you have and make a decision, you’ll either feel it’s right for you or not.
At the same time, before starting a digital nomad lifestyle a lot of families become increasingly concerned about their children not being ready yet. Be it as toddlers or teens there will always be an excuse or a reason not to make the move. If they don’t like it, try to talk to them about the advantages of traveling and understanding that these experiences happen only once in your life. If they are still complaining, well simply make them, at least until they are 18. They will thank you for it later.
Schooling is the next big issue to tackle, since it will seem like you have little options initially. But once you start exploring the alternatives you’ll find that you can do anything from homeschooling to online schools, or finding local schools that will accept kids for periods of the year. In some cases, schools will even support the family lifestyle and will aid them so that they don’t fall behind while they are travelling. The fact is that there are alternatives and you don’t have to sacrifice a quality education to travel the world.
Once you’ve gone over all of the details with your kids and have weighed the pros and cons of entering the digital nomad lifestyle, you’ll want to start considering the destinations where you want to travel. Remember that your work depends on how stable your online connection is, so veto the connections once and again. Understand the importance of having your connection 100% and always having a backup plan. Depending on what decision you make for your children, they may also be depending on the connection to study, so double and triple check. Before traveling try to reach out to locals and find out the best options you have for a good and stable internet connection, as well as if it’s necessary and worth it to get a local cell provider.
Since you will be traveling be prepared for the unexpected. Do you have a cloud service or hard drive backup? How often do you backup your files? Is there tech support where you’re traveling? All of these are questions you should be asking yourself. Preparing in advance will save you a headache and avoid any inconveniences in case anything happens to your laptop while on the road.
Another important consideration, is that you are relocating, but this doesn’t mean that you are on an indefinite vacation. Your lifestyle should in theory be very similar to when you were back home. Work and study are priority. That’s when waking up early and making sure you’re able to control your time with your current job is essential, so you can get off early and then begin to explore the city that is your temporary home. A nomad digital lifestyle still means working hard for what you want with the only difference that it’s under your rules.
Finally, if you’ve made up your mind to become a digital nomad family evaluate all the places you could travel. Reach out to expats and find out what’s out there. Some of the most amazing places are not the most promoted and the hype around some countries is not entirely true. Be safe, be smart, but don’t limit your options. To find out more you can always follow nomad family blogs and see how their experience has been: YTravel, Digital Nomad Family and A King’s Life.