Becoming a Digital Nomad
Your Step-By-Step Guide To Test And Transition Into The Digital Nomad Lifestyle
- Imagine living the lifestyle you want while making money and working anywhere in the world.
- Imagine enjoying the beaches in Thailand one day, then trying the best pizza in Italy the next.
- It sounds like a dream — travel anywhere you want, make money doing something you enjoy, and live life to the fullest. It’s not a dream, though — a growing number of digital nomads are leaving the 9-to-5 life and choosing to take control of their life.
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The freedom finder
This is Jane. Jane left school at 16 and got married at 20. Work, a family and ‘normal’ life followed but after 25 years she ran away from her marriage. Needing time away after a long drawn out divorce process, she resigned from her job and set off for Peru. Initially planning to be away for 7 months she quickly realised that she never wanted to lose the sense of freedom that she was finally experiencing. Jane discovered that she was also inspiring others to believe in themselves again via her blog and so she began to support people as a personal freedom mentor. Five years on Jane is still travelling. See what Jane is up to now to at www.scarletjonestravels.com.
Stop me if you’ve said any of these recently:
- I hate my job / coworkers.
- I wish I could just get away.
- I need to do something with my life.
- Man, that digital nomad friend sounds like they’re living an awesome life.
- I wish I could travel more
What is a digital nomad? A person who travels at will, lives where they want, and does their work digitally. They have no cubicle and no dress code. Digital nomads are young, old, male, female, single, married, have children, and are from almost every country on this planet. If you want to become a digital nomad, nothing can stop you.
Becoming a Digital Nomad offers a proven step-by-step guide to test and transition into the digital nomad lifestyle. It’s one part travel guide and one part how-to. Steps build on each other in chronological order, and a dozen worksheets guide you with specific questions to answer. (These are freely available to save and print offline or online, whatever works best for you.)
These are the seven steps you’ll find inside:
- Step 1: know yourself and what you want focuses on you, good reader. We have some work on do on understanding you, the person you see in the mirror.
- Step 2: clarify your desires and acknowledge limitations does two important things in gearing you up for your journey.
- Nomadus interruptus: just a test, please is an interim chapter dedicated to setting up a good test of the digital nomad lifestyle.
- Step 3: making money puts together a list of the many ways digital nomads can make money along with some notes on how to manage your money across borders
- Step 4: get affairs in order focuses on what needs to be done before leaving your country.
- Step 5: gear up and slim down focuses on what to pack and how to deal with the rest of your stuff, depending on your choices from earlier steps.
- Step 6: the big move and settling in counts you down from your last few days at your old place to your first few days at your new place.
- Step 7: start enjoying your new life helps establish new habits, make new connections, and helps to make the lifestyle a sustainable one.
The Singaporean copywriter
This is Crunch. Born in Singapore, Crunch graduated with a double degree in Business and Political Science in 2012. Everyone expected her to land a cushy job, but Crunch had always dreamed of traveling the world, exploring new places, and meeting new people. In 2014, she quit her job, bought a one-way ticket to South America, and taught English for a year before starting her digital nomad career as a freelance copywriter. Crunch is making her way around Asia while working anywhere between 30 minutes and 3 hours a day to support her travel habit. See what Crunch is up to now at lovechildoftheworld.wordpress.com.
You’re in the right place if:
- You’re tired of the life you’re currently living
- You want to travel more while still making money
- You want to test this new lifestyle out first
- You’re ready to explore the world
- You want to take control of your life.
- You’re ready for a challenge
- You’re willing to learn from an experienced nomad
This book is not for you if:
- You’re unwilling / unable to leave your hometown.
- You insist on having a very stable, predictable lifestyle.
- You’re running away from something
The passionate environmentalist
This is Joseph. Joseph studied journalism in the UK, but felt that he couldn’t make positive global change working in the press. Having eco-volunteered in Portugal, Albania and Italy whilst studying, he graduated and began working in the environmental industry. In 2015, his digital nomad adventure began, with his eco-friendly employer granting permission to work abroad in Spain and Portugal. He returned to the UK a few months later to create a plan to generate his own income, set his own hours, and work wherever he wanted. He launched his Environmental Copywriting Agency in February 2016, and Joseph has been living and working in Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Thailand, and the Czech Republic. Joseph says that his home is where his Macbook is, and that moving back to the UK is an unthinkable task. See where Joseph is now at www.instagram.com/JosephKennedyUK
Beyond the book
The book holds a dozen worksheets dedicated to asking the right questions and helping you. Go to the URL in the book, and you can do one of two things:
- Download the PDF of the worksheet to print it, then fill it out offline.
- Fill out the PDF online (like a form), then save your responses as a PDF.
Either option is anonymous – no personal information or e-mail addresses needed.
Join the Facebook group at facebook.com/groups/becomingadigitalnomad and feel free to ask questions there.
Follow the Twitter account at twitter.com/becomeanomad.
The multilingual couple
This is Ivana and Gianni. They lived in Frankfurt, Germany, had stable jobs, a great community of friends, and a regular salary. Ivana and Gianni felt they were sacrificing our dreams for the feeling of social security, economic stability and a comfortable but limited way of living. They decided they were going to quit smoking in 2012, and if they could quit for a year, they’d hit the road. The motivation was strong, and they did it! Ivana and Gianni took a year or so to save some money, then bought a one way ticket to Bangkok and never looked back. Currently they’re running the travel website Nomad is Beautiful and blog in their own languages, Italian and Slovak, while venturing around the globe with two carry-on backpacks. See where Ivana and Gianni are now at nomadisbeautiful.com.
About the Author
Chris Backe has lived as a digital nomad since 2013, and was an expat teaching English in South Korea for five years before that. He is a travel blogger, a web developer, a guidebook writer, and a digital nomad consultant. He’s married to an awesome Canadian woman, and together they’ve traveled across Asia, Europe, South America, and North America.