The Life and Struggles Of A Digital Nomad

By Adam Fisher

(the nomad’s boyfriend)

Traveling and working sounds like the perfect dream. Sitting on the beach with your laptop and cocktail, whinnying the world away and banking cash. The reality is far from serene. Late nights working to European time zones. The endless quest for good WI-FI. Building your schedule around your travel from one country to another whilst simultaneously considering every possible factor in your booking and moving around. The stress of work is enough to get anybody irate but couple that with a constant upheaval and movement while carrying your portable office is quite the challenge at times. One day you think your life is so much easier whilst looking upon your view and taking a deep breath in. The next day your sweating with your bag on your back trying to find a space on the train whilst surrounded by people, smelling like you slept with the pigs and hoping that the Internet connection will last for at least ten minutes.

It’s not all fun and games but, if you can succeed and hopefully work towards a passive income, you are in the end zone my friend, the world is your oyster.

A few tips to start off with then…

  • nomadlist.com provides phone and WI-FI Internet speeds for most major cities around the world, including a general score of how accessible and easy it is to work there.
  • Co-working spaces available for rent around the globe, providing safe and secure working areas for that peace and quiet away from the hostels and coffee shops.
  • Coffee shops with good Internet connections and cheap coffee for those impromptu work times
  • A new Internet ready sim card in every country you arrive in to use a hotspot for your computer

The world is full of Internet access and ease of use programs for our peace of mind. www.moneybird.com provides all your accounting needs, including tax payments and separate account organization. As bloggers we can write along the way and post whenever we find stable WI-FI but for Senna’s language school we need to carefully plot and ponder our time scales and arrival times carefully. Not quite the freedom we were initially hoping for but that’s where the work towards a passive income comes in.

There are many different opportunities for Digital Nomads including:

  • Freelance writing
  • Copywriting
  • Online teacher
  • Virtual assistant
  • Blogger
  • Travel guide
  • Translator
  • Graphic designer
  • Social media management
  • SEO specialist

 

There are many options available but remember that its not always going to be plain sailing and adventure. Like anything, you will have to work hard and maintain a good work/life balance but, instead of waking up at home and getting the bus to work you can wake up at work in your wooden hut on the beach with a coconut instead of a coffee. Remember…

If your not happy, change it.

 

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