Our world has become smaller because of the internet. Life and work as we know it has been greatly affected by it, especially the work part of our lives. Today, people all over the globe can instantly connect with one another using Skype, Viber, Facebook Messenger and other online services that allow sending and receiving text, voice and video messages. All of these technologies have spawned a new generation of busy-bodies collective known as the Digital Nomads.
As early as 1997, the word “Digital Nomad” has been used to describe someone who use “wireless internet, smartphones, VOIP and cloud-based applications to work remotely wherever they live or travel”.
The digital nomad lifestyle has evolved since 1997 and is now gaining more and more converts as the technology needed to work away from the confines of an office cubicle has also improved by a quadruple fold. Why work from a cell when you can enjoy travelling and earning at the same time, right?
But the Digital Nomad Lifestyle is not that simple. Digital nomads must face challenges that arise in exchange for the freedom they enjoy. For instance, unlike the regular employee who has their employers to cover their health insurance and other benefits, the digital nomads has to maintain their own and these should be internationally accepted to be of use to them. This can be too expensive for the individual.
Aside from this drawback, digital nomads must be aware of the different laws for each of the countries they visit. Breaking a country’s law is the last thing a digital nomad wants to do. Other “nuisances” that digital nomads have to contend with are obtaining work visas/permits from the locale they are working from; finding a strong and dependable internet connection; time zone differences; and keeping in touch with their loved ones back in their home country.
The Digital Nomad Lifestyle is not for everyone. That is already a given. Statistics and surveys show that most digital nomads are between 25 to 45 years old, not necessarily single (55% are in a relationship vs 45% are single), majority are male (64% against 36% female), and their professional range from being programmers, online marketers to digital designers.
Improving the Digital Nomad Lifestyle
As mentioned before, digital nomads are increasing every day and improving their way of life must be addressed not only by the individual but the community as well.
Choosing to be a digital nomad, one must know how to take care of himself/herself and the equipment needed to complete the work which needs to be done. One must chose a digital nomad-friendly country/city to work in to minimize the risk of being harmed. Safety is the first priority of any digital nomad. No one wants to be in the middle of a terrorist attack while working. Click here for a list of digital nomad friendly country. This compilation include the current weather and how much the average DN earns from working in these locations.
Second comes internet connection speed. The faster the connection, the better for any DN as they can work much quicker with a blazing internet connection. Third is their reliable laptops which should be rugged enough to take on the occasional bumps, drops and spills from all the travelling done. Most DN have top of the line equipment because they know that quality comes before the price. They don’t want to be left high and dry while working on an important project because of mediocre hardware.
While the digital nomad lifestyle may have its difficulties, many people are choosing this very independent way of life/work. 85% of digital nomads say they are satisfied with their current status and are seeing a bright future for their career/life.
Are you willing to try the Digital Nomad Lifestyle for yourself? Perhaps this is the change you are looking for!
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