What Does It Mean To Be A Digital Nomad?

Welcome to the first post in the digital nomad series. If you are a digital nomad, want to be one, know someone who is & you want to understand more about this lifestyle, this series is dedicated to you! To make sure you don’t miss any posts, subscribe to our newsletter (at the end of the post).

What is a digital nomad?

Wikipedia has an entire article on the topic, so I’m not gonna bore with long definitions. But in short, a digital nomad is someone who only needs a laptop and a WiFi connection to do his/her job and who travels the world while working.

Most nomads start by being freelancers, working from home, and then they decide to travel. However, you might find the opposite type, those who start by traveling for shorter (or longer) vacations, take sabbaticals to backpack around the world, and when they get back home, they realize they wanna keep on traveling. They usually have a hard time adjusting to a 9-5 job in an office and love adventure. As a result, they will start doing their best to find jobs that allow them to travel, sometimes even drastically changing their career paths.

Types of jobs that allow you to be a digital nomad

There are quite a few jobs you can do as a digital nomad:

  • blogger
  • writer
  • software engineer
  • designer
  • accountant
  • data analytics
  • marketing
  • virtual assistant

… and much more.

Honestly, I think in this day and age it is easier to list what jobs don’t allow you to become a digital nomad. It is an advantage of living in the internet era.

Do you need a lot of experience/huge portfolio to find remote jobs?

Not necessarily. At first, it may seem as though you do. But I have met nomads who had found remote jobs right after graduation, without any prior experience. However, most of these are usually not the norm. You will either need some prior experience or a full-time job that does allow you to travel. For example, in my case, I had been with my company for a year prior to requesting working remotely. This could be important, as the more time you spend with them, the better a relationship you build. They get the chance to know you and trust you.

Like a nomad friend once told me: “if you think they would be reluctant to let you work remotely, ask while you are working on a project for which you are indispensable (or at least, replacing you would be costly and difficult)”.

As you’ll see, it’s actually the first remote job that’s hardest to find. Because once you find the first one (and keep it for a good amount of time), it will be easier to ask the next ones to also be remote. You’ll have the best argument of all: “I’ve done it before and it worked great”.

Come back next week to see the pros and cons of the two types of digital nomad lifestyles: solo traveler vs co-living.

And if you haven’t already, check out this intro post to see some of the main topics we’ll be covering during this series.

what does it mean to be a digital nomad? how to become a digital nomad, how to find remote jobs that allow you to live the laptop lifestyle?

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