If you’ve ever considered becoming a digital nomad, now is probably the best time to test the waters. Don’t get us wrong; we aren’t saying you should quit your full-time office job on a whim, but the work-travel-balance concept is definitely becoming more accepted among employers.
Our friends at Nomad Pass are a huge help, too. The company empowers professionals to work remotely from anywhere around the world. It’s essentially your “pass” to cities where professionals live, work and play plus a means to connect with other digital nomads no matter where you are.
So, whether you’re off for a trip around the world or taking an unofficial month-long sabbatical, here are 5 tips to stay connected (and funded) on the go.
1) Know the pros and cons
Like any career, there are pros and cons that you’ll need to consider before making a move. Firstly, think about your skill set. Certain jobs are more conducive to remote working such as writing, photography and even independent research. That said, there’s almost always a solution to any problem. Think you can’t work in Costa Rica as a doctor? Guess again! There are hospitals all over the world, many of which offer programs that allow you to spend a month or more in said destination.
2) Cut costs when you can
This probably goes without saying but cutting costs is a must for most digital nomads. Don’t worry though; there are plenty of ways to save money without hindering your quest for adventure. Choose your destination wisely. If you’re used to earning US dollars, you’ll find the cost of living extremely doable in Southeast Asia. Chiang Mai, Thailand, has been a blogger hub for years for this exact reason. Secondly, take advantage of the resources around you. You can house sit in exchange for free rent or you can score a local pad.
3) Find your “tribe”
Even the most seasoned expats and digital nomads get homesickness every now and again, so make sure you’re prepared when it hits. Couchsurfing is a great resource not only for finding a free place to crash for a few days but for tapping into the local happenings in a city. Use it to search for fellow expats living nearby or RSVP to an upcoming event. The same goes for Meetup (minus the sleeping bit). Search for groups based on your interest, location. or business goals. Sign up through Facebook, and you’re good to go.
Whatever avenue you take on the path of making friends, always keep a positive attitude. Starting over is never easy but the extra effort will pay off, we promise. Stay tuned for Nomad Pass’s soon-to-launch community where nomads will be able to connect with like-minded travelers anywhere in the world.
4) Know your worth
We’re not just talking about treating yourself with respect; it’s also important to keep an eye on your personal belongings. While clothing and accessories are easily replaced, camera gear and MacBooks aren’t. Getting travel insurance ahead of time is the best thing you can do. Sure, it’s seems like a big investment upfront, but it’s well worth it in the unlucky case your gear gets stolen. Many digital nomads opt for World Nomads insurance, which actually has doable rates and great coverage.
5) Stay connected
Unless you’re on a complete digital detox, you’ll need WiFi wherever you go. It might be for work or simply to check-in with friends and family back home, but regardless of your situation, getting connected is key. Nomad Pass has several co-living and co-working spaces around the world, all of which have good WiFi and working amenities to become your most productive self.
Alternatively, find a co-working space through ShareDesk or hit up your local coffee shop, the latter of which helps the local economy and allows you to assimilate to your new surroundings. If you’re in a pinch, use your smartphone as a hotspot, but be aware of your data limits. T-Mobile has fair global monthly plans.
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