The nomadic lifestyle is growing in popularity by the minute. We’re talking about leading a life as a digital nomad – work remotely and travel. Digital nomads earn their living through the use of telecommunications and generally work from co-working spaces, public libraries, coffee shops, or public places with Wi-Fi access – and they do it all from foreign countries. You too can become a digital nomad if you can manage all your work on a laptop.
This sort of lifestyle also comes with certain challenges, as it requires careful planning. If I were to set off to live as a digital nomad in Australia, I should definitely do my research on Australian climate, economic and political situation, accommodation options, and prices of food and apartment rentals, as well as calculate other expenses.
If you’ve done your research, chosen a destination and packed your bags, there are still a few things you need to keep in mind, and your safety is the number one concern on that list.
1. When planning becomes art
If you’re not much of a planner, you better become one if you want to live as a digital nomad. The process of travel planning can be a pain, but if you leave it for the last minute, believe that it will become much more stressful.
Choose your destination first, and do a thorough research on it in order to know what to expect. Next, create a to-do list in advance and plan your calendar. Plan your work first, and create other schedules around it. Also, try to steer away from multitasking. Nurture habits and practices that will allow you to use your time more efficiently.
Also, some countries require documented proof of vaccination, while others may require an exit visa (such as Cuba, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Uzbekistan). Learn about the country’s entry and exit requirements before setting off. You’ll save yourself a lot of frustration if you do your homework beforehand.
2. Research the location’s safety
By this, we mean that it’s important to know all the dangerous areas of the city you’re visiting. Are there more chances to get mugged if you roam around at night? Should you avoid local transportation late in the evening? Are there any customs to follow, regarding clothes for example? Also, if you’re using Couchsurfing services, stay with hosts that have lots of positive reviews.
Your backpack is the center of your nomadic life. Because you’re a constant traveler, everything you own will be in it, so rummaging around your bag in search of things will be a waste of time. You need a backpack that’s lightweight, waterproof, tough enough to withstand this sort of lifestyle, modular and well-organized. Find a backpack that has enough space for your laptop, office supplies, and to keep your clean and dirty laundry separate.
Use a luggage lock to keep your bag locked, and don’t carry unnecessary items with you. You need your laptop and your smartphone, but you don’t really need your iPad. Instead of a physical, external drive for backing up sensitive data, use a reliable cloud service. As an additional safety measure, drop a small GPS tracking device in your backpack, so you can trace its location in case it gets stolen.
The lifestyle of a digital nomad comes with many benefits and hindrances, but you should learn that you need to be ready to choose courage over comfort. You went to a strange place where you don’t know anybody, don’t know the language, and don’t know what you’ll find there. However, something is pulling you there, and you want to get to know the place. It’s important to keep yourself, your technology and your belongings safe because, without these things, your stay might turn into an ordeal.