How long does it take to become a digital nomad?

As you might have read elsewhere on this site, becoming a digital nomad is a transition to a new lifestyle and way of thinking. There are a lot of things to take care of:

  • Getting (or renewing) your passport
  • Choosing where to go
  • Choosing a way (or ways) to make money
  • Buying your plane ticket
  • Tying up any loose ends
  • Getting your bank and other financial arrangements in order
  • Selling your house or ending your lease
  • Selling or giving away your stuff as needed
  • Other considerations unique to you and your personal situation

How much time do you need?

As a good target: 2-3 months. This assumes you need to start the process to get your passport, have quite a bit of stuff to sell or store, or need more time to move out or quit your job.

As a practical minimum: 3-4 weeks. This assumes you’ve already started the process for your passport, have some stuff to sell / give away, and need to give some notice before you can move out or quit your job.

As an absolute minimum: 1 week. This assumes you already have a passport and a location picked out. You’re giving away most of your stuff, selling very little, can move out at will, and are unemployed, don’t have to give notice to quit your job, or are taking your work with you.

It goes without saying that these aren’t fixed timeframes, and that every situation is unique. Selling a car or a house (especially in a down market) can take months, and you can’t really leave until all that business is taken care of.

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Hey, I'm Chris. That's my book to the right, Becoming a Digital Nomad. It's a step-by-step guide that helps you test and transition into the digital nomad lifestyle. It comes with 12 worksheets and access to a Facebook group to connect with other digital nomads.