How To Be a Digital Nomad - The 3 Do’s (and One Massive DON’T)

How To Be a Digital Nomad – The 3 Do’s (and One Massive DON’T)

Today we’re going to explore how you can become a digital nomad and can travel the world while still running a thriving business. I know, it sounds impossible as well as unconventional, but people are moving to remote places and foreign countries every day. 

Why do you think shows like House Hunters International or Caribbean Life are so popular? More people than you realize dream about their bucket list vacations, but they think the only way to fulfill those dreams is to wait until retirement. We’re so stuck in the traditional way of thinking that we’re passing up the chance to make those dreams a reality right now, when we’re young enough and healthy enough to really enjoy those adventures. 

I’m going to share some practical tips for becoming a digital nomad in this training. Be sure to post any questions you have in the comments.

How many of you dream of winning the lottery so you can stop working and start living your dream life? If money was no issue, what would you do with your time? Where would you live? Why aren’t you making this dream life your reality?

If you’re feeling restless and wondering if there’s more to life than sitting at your desk for 10 hours a day, then it’s time to add some excitement and meaning to your life. While earning a living is certainly an important part of being an independent adult, living that life devoid of joy and happiness is not a given. Often, it’s part of a Catch-22 pattern many adults experience, where you feel like you’re stuck on a hamster wheel going nowhere, doing the same routine things day in and day out, with dreams of retirement or winning the lottery filling your head.

Why live a life you want to escape? Why not live that dream life every single day while still being a responsible, independent adult who’s building a business? Winning the lottery is not the only way out of the doldrums

Instead of wishing your life away, dreaming of retirement age when you can stop working, how about experiment with becoming a digital nomad? Bring those bucket list vacation dreams to the forefront of your mind and do some research into how you can turn those trips into your dream lifestyle while still earning money and growing your business.

That scenario IS possible, and this is about giving you an overview along with some action steps you can take today if this lifestyle sounds intriguing to you. However, if you’re wrapped up in the traditional way of thinking about life – being settled in one place, setting roots, and working a job – then you’ll have to think outside the box a little bit. 

Digital nomads are often more spontaneous and adaptable to their surroundings. It’s easier for this type of person to “go with the flow” whereas a more traditional person prefers more structure and stability.

But never say never! Traditionalists can live the nomad life successfully so long as they take their own personality traits into consideration. We’ll dive into that later in the training.

For those traditionalists who fear a giant move, consider a move like this as an extended vacation? You don’t need to fly halfway across the world to start your digital nomad lifestyle. Think of a location closer to home if you’ve got sweaty palms at the idea of moving. You also don’t have to commit to a six-month trip; plan a trip for 2-3 weeks instead to give yourself a trial run with limited risks. You are in charge of your life, so if you want to live a nomadic life while traveling the world AND growing your business, then go for it!

And if you have a spouse and children, do NOT tune out! Living a digital nomad lifestyle IS possible with the kids in tow. You’ll have more luggage and bodies on your adventure but it’s not impossible, especially with the current supply of homeschooling curricula available online as well as many international schools in different countries. These schools are specifically created for the children of expats who are traveling abroad for business. Just because you don’t belong to a giant corporation doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of these schools.

So, let’s dive in…

1. Just What IS a Digital Nomad? 

A digital nomad is, quite simply, a person who can run their business from any location on earth that has a strong Wi-Fi service. You may have also heard of the term “laptop lifestyle”? These phrases are very similar in meaning. So long as you have your laptop and internet service, you can still work while traveling the world. 

With today’s technology and Wi-Fi availability, there’s no need to tie yourself to a single location. Want to rent an RV and travel the country while still coaching your clients? Or maybe you want to lounge on your hotel balcony overlooking the French Riviera. Even cruise ships have unlimited internet packages so you can still connect with clients while sailing the ocean blue. If this sounds like the ideal way to live, get out your bucket list, choose your dream location(s), and start planning! 

Entrepreneurs with online-only businesses can implement this type of travel rather easily as their clients are already used to video chatting and sharing files digitally. For those who do in-person work, this process may be slightly more difficult. But if you can convince your clients to embrace video conferencing and sharing files through Dropbox or Google Docs, then your office can become location-independent, too!

Let me tell you about four real-life digital nomads:

  1. Michelle Dale of Virtual Miss Friday started traveling at the age of 23 when she left her home in the U.K. and headed to Egypt. She met her American husband there and they have been traveling for years now with their three young children. Michelle is a coach to virtual assistants who want to build their businesses and she also coaches 6- and 7-figure business owners who need systems and processes in place so their business can grow. A few of the places where Michelle and family have lived include Egypt, Italy, and Greece but there are many more places on her travel list.
  1. Natalie Sisson of The Suitcase Entrepreneur left a high-paying corporate job after 8 years to live a life of complete freedom from the daily grind. She started her blog and packed her suitcase and has traveled to seventy countries to date and lived on five continents. Natalie coaches her clients about how to find their ultimate lifestyle career from her current home base in her native New Zealand. That little blog is now a multi-six-figure business where Natalie creates content, coaches clients, records a podcast, videos, and conducts workshops. 
  1. Nomadic Matt founder Matthew Kepnes turned in his cubicle job for the opportunity to travel the world. In turn, Nomadic Matt is not just a record of all his travel experiences but a how-to bible for those who want to travel but need to do so on a budget. His first overseas trip was to Costa Rica in 2004 and he was bitten by the travel bug. A year later he ventured to Thailand where he met 5 backpackers who showed him what a nomadic life looked like. Afterward, he came home to Boston, finished his MBA, and then quit that cubicle job. Since then he’s traveled to 100 countries and has flown countless miles, all while creating content for his followers about how to travel on a budget.
  1. Where’s Sharon? is a popular family travel blog written by Sharon and her husband Joshua. Originally from Australia, they have traveled around the world with their three young children, exposing them to travel in general but also to different cultures, foods, and languages. According to their blog, their oldest child is 9 years old and bilingual! Yes, there are challenges when traveling with children, but young kids are little sponges and they just absorb everything they see and hear. Older kids will also benefit from this type of travel and you as a family unit will benefit from the unplugged together time and slower pace of life. If you’re concerned about schooling, many countries have schools specifically for expats or you can homeschool while on the road.

Do a Google search for “digital nomad stories” and you’ll find multiple other examples of digital nomads who wanted to live this unconventional lifestyle. They seem to have found the ultimate job – to travel and work in their dream locations without being micromanaged by an overbearing boss. That freedom can be yours, too.

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2. Why Going Location-free is Totally Life-changing

Ask any digital nomad about their reasons for undertaking this lifestyle, and most if not all of them will say their number one reason was for freedom. That ability to go absolutely anywhere in the world is the ultimate definition of freedom. You don’t have anyone telling you, “No, you can’t do that,” or “No, you need to work some overtime to get this project done.” Digital nomads no longer need a bucket list; they can LIVE that bucket list lifestyle simply by packing up their laptops and planning their next stop.

The same is true when you start a digital online business. You have freedom to build it and develop its following any way you please. You only have yourself to answer to and you are in charge of forging the way ahead. As you can see, this nomadic lifestyle blends perfectly with running a digital business because YOU are the only one in charge.

Let’s do a quick exercise:

  • Think about YOUR definition of “freedom”? Are you living a free life, or do you feel handcuffed to your desk, house, town, or state? 
  • Look out your window right now. What do you see? Is that scenery inspiring or do you wish you were somewhere else? 
  • Now look at your desk space. Is it immaculately clean so that creative ideas flow freely or is it piled with clutter that distracts you?
  • Think about your bucket list and all the reasons why you’re not taking those trips right now or living that lifestyle. Are you afraid it’s too expensive or that you’re being irresponsible by picking up and leaving your friends and family?
  • Reflect on your family and how everyone’s schedules intersect. Do you enjoy family dinners each night? Do you have unplugged time together on the weekends? Or is everyone doing their own thing and living at a frenetic pace?

How about we reframe these concerns. 

  • If you desire freedom and want to break your chains, start small and travel to a different part of your home country. Digital nomad has no limits and does NOT mean strictly traveling abroad. Map out parts of the country that you want to explore to set your plan in motion.
  • If the scenery outside your office window is depressing instead of inspiring, write a list of places where you’ll feel the stress leaving your body and where you’ll find your creative inspiration. Don’t edit your list; just keep getting those ideas down on paper.
  • If you desire to be rid of all the paper and other distractions that clutter your desk daily, think of how you can start living a minimalist lifestyle with just the bare essentials. When you’re traveling, you’ll be forced to live minimally and keep all that paper organized on your laptop or with a platform that offers cloud-based storage, such as Dropbox. Start that clutter-free system now before you depart.
  • If you’re worried about supporting yourself or what your family will say in response to this long-term travel idea, remember all the wonderful technology we have at our fingertips to stay in touch, both with family and with clients. Facetime, Skype, and Zoom are inexpensive resources for video conferencing, and using PayPal or Stripe will ensure that you have instant access to your money after clients pay you. 
  • If you want to reconnect with your children, taking yourselves out of the rat race and immersing into a slower way of life in an exotic location may be the remedy you need. Many nomadic families (including those on the travel television shows mentioned earlier) will say the slower pace brings the family closer together. You’re experiencing life and new experiences together as opposed to everyone doing their own thing. Moving to a new location is new for everyone, so you have that common bond of learning together.

Remember Digital Nomad, this is not a lazy vacation; you are working the same hours that you would work in your homebased office. The only difference is less stress and more creativity. Natalie Sisson from The Suitcase Entrepreneur stated in an article that when she sets up shop in a new country, her days are never “typical.” She follows the same work habits as she did from home but there are no set times for her. She works based on the day’s activities and creates her content when creativity peaks.

Of course, if you’re a stickler for routine, you can continue that same routine no matter where you live. Natalie simply chose to complete her morning gratitude routine and fun activities first before working on her content creation. Remember, YOU are in charge, so YOU make the decision of when to complete your work

Experienced travelers and digital nomad’s love immersing themselves into new cultures because they are constantly learning about new traditions, languages, and cuisine. Consider the world your classroom that no textbook or lecture could possibly articulate clearly. Some world lessons are best learned through the experience of being there, which can be life-changing in both your personal views and your business.

Running a mobile business also allows you to connect with new clients you might never have met, even on social media platforms. You just never know when ziplining through the jungle could lead to a conversation with another nomad who just so happens to need your services. Or, if you serve a business-to-business clientele, maybe that ziplining company could use your consulting services. I’m sure you know the power of face-to-face networking and being in these unique situations around the world will certainly open doors to new business opportunities if you take the opportunity to speak to new people.

Even if you stick with your current clients in your home country, imagine the response you’ll receive when you share stories of your digital nomad travels with them! You may inspire some of them to try the digital nomad lifestyle or, at the very least, you’ll have some awesome conversation starters when you get on your coaching calls with them.

3. DO: Ensure Your Life Doesn’t Implode While You’re Gone

Now that you’ve decided to make the leap and become a digital nomad, it’s time to do some research and planning so you’re not caught off guard while traveling. Choose your favorite planning tool – spreadsheet, mind map, or Trello board – and start writing everything down, even if it sounds obvious.

  • Where are you going? How long will you stay?
  • Have you been there before? What research needs to be done about the area or country?
  • Are you staying at a hotel or renting a condo? Are you using a service like Airbnb?
  • Do you need a visa? If so, what kind (tourist, work, student, etc.)?
  • Are there any governmental travel alerts for the region?
  • Do you have a map of the region/country?
  • What dangers or diseases are there?
  • Are there any local customs or events to be aware of?
  • Is there Wi-Fi availability? Where do you go for computer repairs?
  • Do you need adapters for your laptop and other technology?
  • How can friends and family reach you?
  • Do you have enough savings in case your client work slows while you travel?
  • Are your clients onboard with this travel plan or do they need/want you close by?
  • Is your passport up to date? Will it remain up to date while you’re away?
  • Do you have medications that will need refills? How do you get refills while traveling?
  • What will your medical insurance cover while traveling?
  • How will you find a doctor covered by your insurance?
  • Is travel insurance necessary and what does it cover exactly?
  • What happens if you’re robbed or something is stolen from your hotel room or rental?
  • What’s your backup plan if things go wrong?
  • Are you coming back home after this trip or going to a different location?

These next questions are important if you’re keeping your primary residence as a home base, meaning that you’ll be back home after however many weeks or months of traveling. 

  • What are you leaving behind that requires care? Plants or pets?
  • Will you forward your mail, or put it on hold? Can someone retrieve it for you?
  • How will bills get paid?
  • How will the property be maintained?
  • If you rent, will the landlord agree to subleasing the space?

Some digital nomads give up their primary residence and literally put their belongings into a few suitcases and head off on their great adventure, often not sure of when they’ll be back in their home country again. In this case, you’ll need to investigate:

  • If you own your home, do you want to sell it or rent it as a landlord?
  • If you want to rent it, who can you hire to be in charge of making repairs and keeping the yard well kept?
  • If you rent your home, can you sublet without penalty? Does your lease end close to when you plan to leave?
  • If you can bring pet(s) with you and if so, how will you travel with them?
  • How to get all your bills paid via online methods.
  • How you can renew your passport while abroad or replace it if lost or stolen.
  • How will your business and personal taxes get paid?
  • Your exit strategy when it’s time to move on to the next location, such as travel options.
  • What’s your strategy if a family member back home becomes ill? Will you have a contingency plan for paying for a return flight home?

This type of planning may feel like you’re trying to predict the future and what may possibly go wrong but you’ll want to have a firm contingency plan for things going wrong, especially if you’re in a foreign country and you don’t speak the native language. The more you can predict and plan for, the less stress you’ll experience while you’re traveling.

Even if you’re a spontaneous person, planning such a large trip (or a move) takes time and is a necessity. Do your research and then leave your spontaneity for such decisions as what to do today or where to eat once you arrive.

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4. DO: Make Sure You Have Everything You’ll Need to Work While Traveling

Since you’ll be working while traveling, it’s imperative that you plan to bring all the necessary equipment to keep your clients happy and your income flowing. If you stay within your home country, you’ll still have access to Amazon as a backup, but if you’re traveling in a foreign country, you’ll either pay a premium for backup equipment or it won’t be available, depending on the remoteness of your location.

The trick, however, is to be prepared while also traveling as compactly as possible. 

Obviously, bring your laptop and its charger. But first, how old is your laptop? Does the battery still last for several hours? Does it operate on the most recent operating system? Does the charger still work quickly, or does it take multiple hours to charge?

When in doubt, get an equipment tune-up with a reputable computer repair service before you leave. They will clear the garbage from your hard drive and resolve any problems you may have. Of course, they may also advise that you upgrade your laptop prior to leaving if some of the problems can’t be identified or fixed, so be prepared for that possibility.

Once you have the equipment up-to-date, purchase backups of batteries, cords, and chargers. If you don’t want to make that purchase now, at least know where to buy them at your destination and check the prices before you leave. How about an external hard drive? I suggest using this as a way to safeguard all your client files. If your computer ever crashes, you’ll still have client files safe on the external hard drive.

Did you check on the Wi-Fi situation yet? Now is the time to do so. Some hotels still charge by the day for internet service and cruise ships also offer week-long internet packages. Some rentals will have utilities and Wi-Fi included in the rental price, provided your location has the population to support Wi-Fi. 

What kind of content do you publish? If you’re a podcaster, you’ll need your mic. If you film videos, you’ll need your camera, light source, and tripod. Test out this equipment, too, especially if you upgrade your computer. You don’t want to discover that your mic or camera doesn’t play nicely with your new computer while you’re on location.

One of the gifts of running a digital business is not needing physical paperwork to complete your job. All the cloud-based platforms allow you and your clients to submit any paperwork electronically, basically eliminating the use of fax machines, printers, and paper altogether. When it comes to traveling lightly and having a mobile office, these platforms make life – and traveling as a digital nomad – much easier.

Let’s get your fully digital office set up prior to your departure date. Even if you use some of these platforms already, be sure your team is linked to your account and that you have the passwords stored in a program such as Last Pass or RoboForm. Relying on these software and web platforms will keep your business moving forward, especially if you have a virtual team. 

You’ll find hundreds of file sharing tools in the search engines but the most popular include Google Docs and Dropbox. Simply save or upload your file to one of these programs and anyone on your team (or your client) can access the file if you have them linked to the folder or share it with them. You can select a “Read Only” status or a “Can Edit” status in both of these programs. The best thing about these is you can make your edits or additions to the files right online. Simply edit online and save. Then everyone on your team has the most recent version.

Project management platforms allow you and your team – even clients – to communicate inside a private space so messages and shared files don’t get lost in a generic email inbox. Such platforms include Basecamp and Teamwork, but hundreds of other options are available for varying costs. Once the administrator sets up the account, she can add everyone on the team plus clients. Each team member can have their own task calendar with deadlines. The only drawback is the lack of file sharing as each person must download or upload various files to work on. In this instance, modifying the file name to indicate which is the more recent version is extremely important. 

Instant messaging apps like WhatsApp and Slack make it easy to stay in touch with clients without the distractions of traditional email. You can also prioritize messages, so they don’t get lost in the shuffle. Some people complain about the random interruptions, but you can turn off the notifications if necessary. Go one step further with the walkie talkie app, Voxer. With the push of a button you can give an update or ask a question and the recipient can listen to it at their leisure.

Video conferencing giant Zoom allows for multiple people to attend team meetings or for you and a single client to make a more personal and reliable connection that a phone can’t offer. For a nominal monthly cost, you can have a Zoom Room, which allows you to hold meetings on a whim. Or schedule larger meetings a few weeks out. With your Zoom recordings, you always have a record of the meeting for reference, which is a nice perk.

After you have your digital office processes set up, it’s time to revisit your preparedness for working in your chosen location. We already discussed some safety issues earlier, but you need at least a cursory understanding of resources in your destinations. 

  • Who can you ask for help if you’re in trouble? 
  • If you don’t know anyone, how will you handle emergencies, such as adventure injuries or a health crisis at your abode? 
  • What are the risks, if any, for a solo traveler? 
  • Does your destination have dangerous parts that you should stay away from? 
  • How will you learn about these dangerous parts, other than trial and error?
  • Do you have the option of hiring a tour guide when you first arrive, to learn about your new location?

Some people may call this paranoia while others call it careful planning. Understanding the resources of your new home – even if it’s just for two weeks – is comforting and can save considerable time if you are faced with an illness or emergency. Instead of guessing what to do in these instances, you’ll already know your options.

Lastly, how will you handle telling your clients and team members about your grand adventures? Some will congratulate you and think it’s a grand idea while others may be more skeptical about whether you’ll still be available to chat or do the work you promised. If you already do 90% of your work online, then where you’re located shouldn’t be an issue at all. Most clients won’t notice any difference in how you handle their work.

For those with in-person clients, convincing them to work virtually or to deal with time zones may be tricky but it’s not impossible to win them over. Explain your processes to them, share your itinerary and travel dates with them, and convert the time zones so they know exactly when you’ll be available to answer their questions. Once they see how flawless the transition process is without you missing a beat, they will regain their confidence in you.

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5. DO: Make (and Save) Money as You Go As a Digital Nomad

In a perfect world we want to live within our means, without going into debt for our living or work expenses. The same is especially true living a nomadic lifestyle in the middle of unknown territory, possibly outside of our home country. Now it’s even more important to always be marketing your business so you have a steady stream of coaching prospects or JV partnerships.

Creating multiple streams of income is both important and practical for digital nomads. Afterall, we don’t want to be tied to a desk for 10 hours a day; that’s exactly what we were escaping from, right?

Choosing recurring projects and clients who will pay on a monthly basis is what builds the foundation of your traveling business. Steady gigs with recurring payments mean you’ll have reliable income that you can count on for a certain number of months. Add in some smaller, one-time projects for added variety and for extra income. A mix of both types of work gives you the stability you need to travel far and wide AND the flexibility to take time off to try new experiences and adventures.

One form of recurring income that can be managed while traveling is a membership site. If you can create content from your laptop, you can create a membership site. The idea is you create exclusive content for the members of your community while they pay a recurring fee each month. Creating this original content each month can be a daunting task but with the help of an editorial calendar and a VA, you can plan far ahead and have the content ready well in advance of its release date. The keys to this model’s success are to know what your membership wants or needs AND to plan far enough ahead so you can create a rinse-and-repeat system every month.

Consider writing a book or creating your signature course in between coaching your clients. Once they’re complete they will be other streams of income but first, they need your inspiration to bring them to life. What better way to achieve that inspiration than to look out your window at your dream landscape? And you probably know by now that being a published author skyrockets your credibility, so what are you waiting for?

Now, let’s talk money. Smart money managers and digital nomads alike calculate their expenses before they leave for a long trip. Know the travel costs, including taxi cabs and tips. Calculate the rental or hotel cost, including taxes and housekeeping fees. Ensure that the income you’re taking in will be more than what you need to pay out.

If you’re cutting it close with the numbers, do you have enough savings to cover your extra expenses? If you needed to use some savings for an emergency, would you still feel comfortable? Do you WANT to rely on savings, or do you want to find some more recurring clients before you leave?

Take another look at your business expenses. Even though you need all these web-based platforms to keep your business running, is there a way to downgrade your plans to save money? Are there any duplicate expenses that you can cut? What living expenses can you cut prior to leaving so you can put that money into savings?

If you have a virtual team, or you plan to hire a VA or team prior to leaving, determine how much responsibility they will have while you’re away. Allow time to find the right individuals for the job as well as time for training. You’ll want to leave knowing that your clients are in capable hands, so invest the proper time for hiring and training. 

Another reason to think about how much you’ll rely on your team is because it will affect your overall budget. If you increase your team’s hours and responsibilities, your payments to them will also rise. A virtual team filled with the right people is a godsend; just crunch the numbers so you’re not surprised at the added expenditure.

Before to embark on your digital nomad travels, keep a running household budget and get used to this idea of tracking every expense. You’ll find dozens of budgetary apps for your smartphone and you’ll be surprised at how quickly you get into the habit of tracking expenses. Track the small stuff, like your daily coffee, and you’ll be amazed at how much money you’re spending without realizing.

These apps usually connect directly with your bank account, so you’ll always know your bank balance before making a purchase. Before sending an online payment, balance your checkbook – or at least check the account balance before authorizing the payment. Overdraft protection is a nice perk to have in case a mistake is made but often there’s a fee for using that feature, so checking your account balance is necessary to avoid bank fees.

We’ll cover more on avoiding bank fees in my course, so stay with me until the end of this training to get the details. 

Lastly, try to live frugally before leaving on your trip. If you get in the habit while home, you’ll be better accustomed to living frugally as you travel. Think before you buy: Is this a NEED or a WANT? Needs are OK to purchase while a want should wait until you have extra cash on hand. Does your new location welcome negotiating on prices? Some islands consider it an insult if you don’t bicker on pricing so learn the local customs when it comes to shopping. If you’re in a place where negotiating is welcome, you’ll save quite a bit of money by haggling on prices.

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6. DON’T: Pick a Dreamy Destination WITHOUT Doing Research

Like most aspiring digital nomads, you’re probably soul searching and really getting in touch with what YOU want from this digital nomad lifestyle. 

Before you whittle down your list of dream locations to visit as a digital nomad, think first about your own work habits and how much discipline you have for getting things done. Which type of environment helps you focus and concentrate: Complete silence, white noise in the background, or the hustle and bustle of a city?

Can you see how a person who needs complete silence to work may not flourish in central Hong Kong or Paris? But someone who dreams of a beach and can adjust to some white noise (aka ocean sounds) will complete their work in record time at the beach because their work environment suits their work conditions.

All is not lost, however, if you have longed to experience a big city even though you’re a quiet worker. Plan ahead and choose a quieter work environment within the city limits. You don’t need a seat at the outside café; maybe you’ll find a coworking space or other indoor space that has Wi-Fi connections, such as a bookstore, library, or museum. You’ll want to have this information anyway in case you encounter bad weather, which is highly likely the longer you plan to travel. Your hotel may even have a business lounge where you can set up shop until the weather passes or until your work for the day is complete.

Or consider living outside the city limits where it’s quieter so you can work and then visit the city as an outing. You’ll get the best of both rural and city living along with the freedom to experience both settings.

If you’re not quite ready to venture out into your new neighborhood to find workplaces, look around your hotel or rental unit first. Maybe your hotel balcony is conducive to your productivity. If you can afford a suite, or a whole apartment rental, set up your computer in the main living space and leave the bedroom space as a peaceful sanctuary. Instead of trying to concentrate on work outside, work indoors and take frequent breaks outside, especially in a noisy city environment.

Also give some thought to your overall digital nomad lifestyle. Are you a no-frills type of person or one who loves to be pampered? A no-frills rental will likely cost much less than a high-rise hotel but if you love pampering, you’ll only disappoint yourself by staying at a cheap hotel or rental that doesn’t suit your style. 

Do you need certain amenities, like a pool or a spa, nearby or on premises? Will you have a car at your disposal, or will you rely on public transportation? These questions will help determine your budget and if you can go out into the countryside versus the city.

Think about how much space you’ll need to live, especially if your family is coming with you. Two people can often manage is tight quarters or small hotel rooms but traveling with kids of any age means you’ll need more bedrooms and bathrooms.

Does your lifestyle and budget match up? City rates usually are much more expensive than rural rates but maybe you can negotiate a better price for a long-term rental that offers pampering. Or maybe you can live with a cheaper rental further from the city but splurge more on your adventures or food experiences. Set your priorities and then investigate your finds before you land in your desired location.

Of course, working while traveling is a little different than vacationing and you’ll need to call upon your discipline to make sure you’re reaching deadlines. Research your desired location(s). Understand your travel personality before picking a spot. How many hours must you devote to work so you can support yourself on this trip? Compare that against the different adventures and excursions you want to experience. Will you be distracted by the tempting fun or the scenery?

Last but certainly not least, do a safety analysis of your desired location prior to booking rentals and flights. Your safety is of the utmost importance, especially if you’re traveling alone and/or abroad. 

Learn as much as possible about your destination, especially since you’ll be traveling around the area for food, groceries, and excursions. Check any governmental travel bans or warnings. Visit with a travel agent to get advice about where to stay or danger zones to avoid. If you can speak with someone local, even better to get a true feel of the region. Engage on social media or in Facebook groups with other travelers or expats who have traveled to your desired destination. Heed the advice of those who have actually traveled to the region rather than those (mostly on social media) who like to spout opinions without real facts.

One other point I wanted to add: Some people avoid traveling – especially alone – because they think it will be very lonely. However, don’t let the idea of traveling alone scare you off from the idea of a nomadic lifestyle. Making friends or contacts is no different abroad than it is at home, although you may be more receptive to the invitations when you’re traveling than you would be at home. 

Look online for expat groups in your location. Look for ways to get involved in the international school your children attend. Engage in conversation with the locals in your neighborhood; they may be intrigued at the idea of your nomadic lifestyle and want to learn more. Share your adventures on social media and ask outright for connections in your destination; you never know who may become a friend or a client. Avoid becoming a hermit in your new home. Go outside every day to do something, whether it’s an adventure or a simple errand. You’ll soon discover that you have a nice circle of friends.

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This training taught you some action steps that you can take right away to plan your nomadic lifestyle but in these four lessons we’ll go into much more depth.

Digital Nomad Lifestyle! How to Become Location Free in 90 Days or Less!

In each lesson, you’ll learn the following:

Lesson 1: How to Prep Your Life for Worry-free Wandering  

Learning Objectives: Create alternative options for all your daily, taken-for-granted tasks and procedures.

  • Keeping your home base safe and secure
  • Prepping your kids for the adventure of a lifetime
  • Getting your paperwork in order to avoid detainment in a foreign country
  • Researching your healthcare options while traveling
  • Choosing those special people you can count on while you’re away

Lesson 2: A Nomad’s Must-have Resources for Working Remotely

Learning Objectives: Plan how to move your mobile office with as few interruptions and glitches as possible.

  • Knowing your technical needs
  • Setting up software and subscriptions
  • Prepping your team and your clients
  • Knowing your local resources

Lesson 3: What’s YOUR Travel Personality? 

Learning Objectives: Evaluate how to travel with as little stress as possible, including the physical act of traveling as well as how to manage life and business at your destination.

  • Exploring what causes you stress
  • Admitting whether you prefer pampering vs saving money (or vice versa)
  • Understanding the pros and cons to moving and working in your desired location 
  • Identifying your travel needs vs work goals

Lesson 4: A Foolproof Guide to Managing Money from Afar  

Learning Objectives: 

  • Identifying ways you’ll earn money while traveling 
  • Minimizing bank fees while traveling abroad
  • Creating a personal budget, a work budget, and a savings plan while traveling
  • Understanding the currency exchange rates and living costs prior to leaving

If you are ready to learn how to.… 

  • Make your business mobile with today’s technology
  • Choose a location that is welcoming to foreigners and amenable for working
  • Grow your business while traveling and exploring the world

Digital Nomad Lifestyle! How to Become Location Free in 90 Days or Less!

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