Have you ever wanted to just pack a bag and buy a one way ticket somewhere? It’s probably crossed your mind a million times but you’re sitting here reading this blog post and still contemplating if you should buy that ticket and start out as a digital nomad. Sometimes life just gets in the way and you don’t know how you could possibly finance your trip. Sounds familiar?
We’ve been there – trust us! But we found a way to finance our trips and take the jump into this new world and lifestyle as digital nomads. And we’re here to tell you everything about it and teach you how you can get started too. Because guess what? Now it’s your turn!
To make it easier for you we will share some ups and downs about living like digital nomads. It’s definitely not all sunshine and rainbows like social media make it out to be but it’s still good fun.
Here’s what it’s like to be a digital nomad
One of our goals this year is trying to be as transparent as possible and share tips, struggles and everything else travel related. It definitely can be stressful at times but it’s worth it 99% of the time. Hopefully, you will get some clarification by reading this and our other digital nomad blog posts, if you are thinking about making the jump to the online world and figuring out whether you should buy that ticket or not.
Taking the first step
It can be scary. Really scary. A lot of people find it overwhelming and challenging trying to fit everything they deem valuable into a luggage. They like their comfort zone a little too much. Embrace it. Embrace that we live in a time where you can go and basically travel anywhere in the world relatively easily. The world is so connected and travelling is much easier than it once was. So our advice? Challenge yourself and get out of your comfort zone! (but always keep safe)
It can be a scary thought though… Leaving home and going out and not knowing how you’ll make friends, not speaking the local language, and not knowing when your next paycheck will come. Especially for those of us who may not have huge savings.
You’re thinking of becoming a digital nomad,moving somewhere, and having the best time of your life. Which is 100% possible but it won’t be easy. You’ll have to work hard to make it happen.
Luckily we live in a time where you can work basically anywhere from your laptop. Many companies are going digital and need virtual assistants to help run their businesses. Online English teachers will always be in demand. Influencers, online coaches, and network marketers are all becoming popular among the digital nomad world. There are so many opportunities! On top of that Airbnbs are so much more affordable than hotels ever were, so now your travel accommodation might even be cheaper than paying rent back home. Now, more than ever, is the time to become a digital nomad. Find your calling and go explore this beautiful planet we call home.
Where do we even begin? It’s hard to explain but there’s something nice about having everything you own in a luggage and a backpack. The minimalist approach. Less options, less stress and overall less to worry about. There may be stressful times but in general it seems like a much simpler way of life with a lot less worries.
The friendships and relationships you’ll make along the way are one of the biggest ups. You get the opportunity to meet people from all over the world that you’d obviously never meet if you never went abroad. You’ll meet people in new cities and places and make memories that you will share with them forever. In most cases you will also have places to stay all around the world when you go visit and reminisce about past travels.
As we wrote this blog post we were in Israel staying with friends/co workers Jo has met throughout her journey in becoming an OBM. There’s a good chance we would have never came here if it wasn’t for those friends we made along the way. Which would’ve been too bad because Israel is so beautiful and rich in history.
Another huge ‘up’ is that you grow and learn as a person. You connect with people who have different perspectives. You get out of your regular life routine which allows you to think in a different way and you broaden your horizon. Sometimes being a digital nomad is just so refreshing because you may be in the same city for a while but you’re always meeting new people or trying out a new cafe. It feels like when you go to the park and you can smell the fresh air that spring is right around the corner and you take it all in. That’s what living abroad and being a digital nomad can feel like.
There will be plenty of times where you’ll feel like just packing everything up and wanting to go home. We’ve all felt that from having brutal sleeps in hostels to having FOMO of something going on back home like a friend’s wedding or your parents’ 50th. It happens to all of us. Hopefully, in our future digital nomad blog posts, we’ll be able to help you with that FOMO and tell you why they’re the ones missing out – not you!
Another big dillema people will come across will be financial troubles. It’s happened to both of us during our first working holiday visa in Australia. And it’s hella scary. Luckily, there’s a solution: You can work online. You can even land your first online job before you go abroad. Whether it’s becoming an online teacher or doing VA work for some clients, there are many ways you can make a living working online and traveling.
None of this is to scare you. It’s too prepare you for your journey in becoming a digital nomad for whatever period of time you choose to live that life.
In our next digital nomads blog post we will share with you:
- A few itineraries from Montenegro, Croatia, and Israel.
- Ways to search and purchase cheaper air fares. We all know how prices can drastically change and you could end up paying an extra few hundred dollars. No one enjoys that.
- What to pay attention to when applying for a VA job. Things to do and things not to do.
Which posts are you mostly excited about? Please let us know in the comments so we can create the most exciting posts for you!
Until next time!
Jo & Dom