Are you about to take the leap to become a digital nomad?
Then congratulations are in order!
This is one of the bravest, most exciting and most rewarding decisions you can ever make and will help you to enjoy a huge amount of freedom and success that most people never get to taste.
But it’s also going to be a challenge. You will be living without access to the creature comforts to which you have become accustomed to. You will be working without an office. And you will be far away from your loved ones.
So how do you prepare for life on the road? Here are some top tips…
Here’s a tip you don’t hear often: practice!
Once you’re out there in the middle of Thailand, it will be a little bit late to decide that your business model doesn’t work, or that you don’t like being away from home!
So instead, a tip is to go on a shorter trip first and use this as an opportunity to test how well you can adapt. Or alternatively, why not try working out of cafes for a while and get a feel of what it will be like on a regular basis if you were to do this?
Invest in the Right Gear
There’s a lot of gear that will help you as a digital nomad. From a microfiber towel that will fold easily into a bag and dry instantly, to power bricks and portable keyboards.
Get all of your gear ready before you travel and this will help you a great deal. The last thing you want to do at a new destination is having to hunt down for a USB cable or a multi-socket adapter!
Get Everything in Order
You’re leaving the country partly to get away from all the admin that comes with modern life. But before you go, you’re going to have to do just a little bit more to get your affairs in order.
That means thinking about who will look after your home when you’re not there. Is someone willing to come and look after your post?
It also means thinking about travel insurance. It means getting an account that you can use abroad. And it means finding the right mobile contract so that you can make calls that will not cost you an arm and a leg while you’re abroad.
Get any visas you need too and make sure that you have all your travel documentation in order. You definitely don’t want to arrive at a destination and be turned away because you don’t have the necessary entry permit. That would be a nightmare!
Research the Destination
Digital nomads should always research their destinations before they set off. It is crucial to know where the free WiFi can be located apart from anything else! Plus, it can help to have a few hotels in mind, places to eat, nearest police stations and the nearest hospital.
What’s the public transport like? Are taxis trustworthy? Is it customary to tip? You should try and research as much as possible. Create a standard checklist and go though that checklist every time you start planning the next destination.
‘Digital Nomad Secrets’ is an invaluable read if you are serious about living your new dotcom lifestyle. Perhaps the most important aspect of preparation for digital nomads starting out is to make sure that you will always have enough money to continue enjoying your new nomadic lifestyle.
Most digital nomads work online to earn income from blogging or running an eCommerce / drop-shipping store. Some teach online while others try and make money from affiliate programs. If you have established a steady online income before you set off then you are well poised to have a great adventure without money worries.
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