Travel Team | Jun 21, 2022
Becoming a digital nomad is more common and accepted, but it is a bit different from working remotely from home. The transition can be successfully managed with attention to detail and planning. As you plan this new work style, check out online resource boards for digital nomads to learn from others’ experiences and to connect with a like-minded community. Here are some tips to consider as you begin this adventure.
The digital nomad style can offer immeasurable perks. Understanding your finances in advance will help you take advantage of them. Meet with an accountant or financial planner who understands remote working so they can advise you on taxes, expenses, and how to fully maximize the experience. Just as you would if you were working in one location, build a savings fund for unexpected expenses. You might not need home maintenance at this time, but you could need a new pair of headphones for virtual meetings or to replace a cracked laptop screen.
Since being a digital nomad can mean traveling to different locations, you’re likely going to meet a lot of new people. While you may not stay in one place for an extended time, you can still find community. From spending hours online in shared workplaces or making friends at cafes that know your order by heart, it is important to have connections throughout your travels. Researching digital nomad groups and shared message boards might help you find recommendations and pick up some tips from those who have experience in this working style.
Find time to enjoy the location and what it has to offer without being overwhelmed. This mindset shift away from seeing everything in a week as you would on an ordinary vacation to taking your time might seem counterintuitive. Settling into being a digital nomad means recognizing that this isn’t a vacation, but rather a new way to work and live.
Spending this time to get set up to work and meet your immediate needs will help you ease into your workday.
If you have prepped a must-see list in advance, make sure to add those adventures to your calendar. You don’t have to do all of your exploring at one time. Spread out exploration plans over your entire stay, and leave blocks of time for new discoveries!
When working in different locations, there is a risk for the normal conveniences to be unavailable. Being prepared for these potential pitfalls with a digital nomad kit can help keep the impact of these speed bumps minor.
Take something with you from each place you visit. When traveling, it may not make sense to make a lot of purchases, but making memories is part of being a digital nomad. Learning more of the local language, taking a cooking class for a regional dish, or exploring local art are ways to extend this adventure. Exposure to new worlds and experiences is part of why many become digital nomads.
Don’t miss an opportunity to soak up every experience. Learn more about Seven Corners travel insurance or talk to one of our licensed travel insurance agents to find out how we can meet your needs as a digital nomad.