When do you know when you’re a truly digital nomad? This is a tricky question, because many freelancer who work from home of remotely consider themselves to be digital nomads, but the reality is they are nothing but!
In order to be a digital nomad you need to work remotely, indeed, but there are many other features which set you apart from those who only aspire to this (not so) glorious status. Here are the situations which best describe the life on the road of a digital nomad. If you recognize yourself in these 10+ situations, you are truly nomad.
Unemployed and happy
If you are happy to become unemployed and people congratulate you for this, you are a digital nomad.
Most people see unemployment as a major problem and instantly start thinking about where to go from this, where to submit an application and so on, but not nomads. For us, being unemployed means being free to work from any corner of the world, gain as much as you can and enjoy a flexible schedule. It’s a blessing!
Eating out is the norm, not the exception
If you eat out more than once a week, you are a digital nomad.
Ok, eating out frequently can also mean you are really rich or you are a socialite, but here comes the twist: a digital nomad is not going to eat in expensive restaurants. For you, eating out means having a burger on the beach, a local delight at the bar or blending in with the tribes on a beautiful remote island where you’ve discovered a great WiFi connection. Moreover, a digital nomad will eat out wearing flip-flops or UGGs!
You like admiring items from a distance
If your reason to give up buying something you really like is the fact you will have to carry it with you all the time, you are a digital nomad.
Regular people buy things they like and get pleasure from this; digital nomads admire things they like and take pleasure from not buying them. This is because every single item you possess needs to be carried around. It will become another item to pack and carry on your back. And you would just prefer not to own more things, because your backpack is already pretty large. Digital nomad’s advantage: they save money from not buying things, which can then be invested in really important stuff, like more traveling!
You’re like a snail
If you carry all your belongings in a backpack, you are a digital nomad.
Snails carry their home in the back and they are lucky to have all their belongings with them at any time. So do you! You’re carrying all your belongings, practically your entire life, in your backpack! At any given moment you can move on, you just have to pick up the backpack and you’re ready to go. And you’re always at home, because your “home” is everywhere in this large world. Just make sure you have your towel and your backpack for your next hitchhiker’s stop on the globe.
You know you forgot something, but it doesn’t matter
You have the strong feeling you forgot something; you check your laptop, phone, chargers and wallet, they are there, so you’re good to go – this means you are a digital nomad.
The majority of people will stay put and look for the item they think they forgot; but not a digital nomad! As long as you have your essentials, which are your working devices, the chargers and your papers, plus money, you can go anywhere. What if you’ve forgot your shirt? Never mind, you can buy another one from the market or just improvise and turn another item of clothing into a shirt. Moreover, digital nomads have a smaller chance of forgetting things, because their stuff fits a backpack. When you don’t carry lots of things, it’s easier to keep track of them.
You pay others to run errands for you
If you pay people you meet at the hostel to run errands for you, you’re a digital nomad.
This is a guilty habit of experienced nomads, who know that time is precious and a local can perform better at picking up couple of groceries or paying some bills or other small things which have the potential to get you lost in the city. Moreover, this is a great way to make new friends and benefit from discounts; after all, sales people can smell a foreigner from a dozen miles and they will apply the tourist fee on him, once they spot him.
You complain about picking a country to live in
If you complain about how hard it is to pick a country to establish yourself in, you are a digital nomad.
Few people in this world have the amazing opportunity to travel and live in multiple countries. Digital nomads do have this opportunity and make the best out of it, so when they finally decide to establish themselves in a country, they have difficulties picking only one country. Who can blame you?
Internet connection is the only filtering option
If you filter houses and rentals by their internet connection strength, you are a digital nomad.
The most important thing for a digital nomad is the power of the internet connection, so it’s normal to ask about the internet when you check out a house. Compared to the fact normal people ask about near-by facilities, the neighborhood and financing options, all these come on second place for you, because you need to make sure you can work in your new condo, before anything else.
Your Facebook newsfeed is polyglot
If your Facebook newsfeed is rich in foreign languages, you are a digital nomad.
Most people post on their social media in their native language and one international circulation language, most often English. But a digital nomad is going to post in 3-4 languages on regular basis. You can’t limit your posts to your native country friends, so you go ahead and post in all the languages you’ve learned while traveling. And you talk to all your new friends in their native language, so you can improve your foreign language skills. It’s in your nature!
“Where are you?”
If all your conversations start with the question “where are you right now?”, you are a digital nomad.
When you are a digital nomad you’re in India one day, in Nepal the next day, so people already got used to asking you where you currently are.
Finally, all digital nomads stumble upon one critical question asked by their families: “When are you going to get a normal job?” What you answer them is up to you!