Digital Nomad’s life often makes you dream at first glance. The question that comes up regularly when we talk about our experience as workers around the world is often the same: how do you make money while traveling?
The answer is often the same: we work:) And here’s how you can also work while traveling around the world.
What is a Digital nomad?
It seems important to me to define this term “Digital nomad”. At least, give you my version, which I feel defines the word best.
No, Digital Nomad is not a profession! We start to hear people answer the question “and if not, what are you working on?” by “I’m Digital Nomad and you?”. It doesn’t make any sense. This is tantamount to saying: “I’m a vegetarian” or “I’m a Traveler”. That’s what you are, not what you do.
Digital Nomad It is a way of life, coupled with an activity that uses digital to enable remote work. The perfect definition would be:
Digital Nomad (N):Person who uses digital means to work remotely.
With all the existing collaborative and communication tools, it has become excessively simple to work remotely (an exhaustive list arrives soon 🙃 #teasing). A good dose of organization, a good computer (Apple 🤭), and an Internet connection.
What trades for a Digital nomad?
You would be surprised to see the diversity of the different trades of the people we meet here! So of course there are the “classics”, there are the rarest, and there are those whose existence you would not even have imagined.
90% of the time digital nomads are part of one of these three categories:
Freelancers : They’re the ones who work like Morgana and me on their own.
entrepreneurs : Many people we meet during our trip are entrepreneurs or are preparing to become it. The digital nomadic lifestyle can quite match this type of profile, whether you are alone or in a team.
Teleworkers: Hired in a box, they continue their activities, but at a distance. More and more boxes are opening up to this mode of operation. Why not ask your boss if you want to become a digital nomad? You might be amazed at the answer…
Anyway, the most obvious trades to be able to become digital Nomad are:
- Web Designer and Print
- UX/UI Designer
- Web developer, Mobile.
- Digital Marketer
- Google Facebook advertising Expert…
- SEO Consultant
- Translator, Transcriptionist
- Community Manager
- Virtual Assistant
- Crypto-Currency Expert
These are trades that are initially linked to digital and which already have most of the automations necessary for remote work. The list is obviously not exhaustive, but it just allows you to get an idea.
Then you have digital nomads working in sectors less “digital native”:
- Coach (we even met a sports coach 😯)
- Film Maker
Can everyone become Digital nomad?
My legendary optimism drives me to answer yes, but the reality is no.
After passing the idea that the life of digital Nomad is a dream, one quickly realizes that it also has many problems and challenges. You have to be ready to live away from your loved ones, to live more superficial relationships or at least shorter, to be able to self-organize and be always rigorous, etc…
In short, you will have understood, living as a digital nomad is neither a chance nor a life all pink with unicorns and glitter everywhere. It is first and foremost a choice.
We are preparing an article that will surely help you in this decision. And if you still doubt, do not hesitate to ask us your questions in comment, we will be happy to help you 😊
You are not alone!
There are many blogs like ours where you can read the experiences of those who have become digital nomads. It helped us a lot to get started, to better understand what was going to happen to us, to make certain choices or to avoid certain mistakes. Just keep in mind that everyone lives a different experience and that blogs are just the image that bloggers want to send you back.
Here are some blogs that we like well:
- Nomadic bernic : A nomadic (digital) family
- Frenchcouplearoundtheworld.com A French couple who travel a lot and we particularly like:)
- Another World : between Travel and reflection
- Two Wandering Soles
- The Blonde Lotus
- Digital Nomad Girls
- Travel Me Happy
You can also visit the website Nomad List which is really interesting, and which lists the best places to go to work abroad. There are many criteria like the cost of living, the quality of WiFi, the availability of coworkinging etc… A site to see absolutely before leaving!
Finally, if you like podcasts, there are some very good ones that deal with a lot of topics around nomadism.
The Golden rules:
I think it is important to agree with the following phrases. I share it with you, because for my part, my daily life is very lively around it.
- Enjoy discovering the unknown (places, working methods, people..)
- Learn from others
- Accept to be away from family and friends and miss important opportunities (Christmas, anniversaries, weddings, births etc…)
- Accept loneliness.
- Do not be afraid of uncertainty.
- Know how to travel light
- Agree to speak English
- Be comfortable with digital tools
Still wondering if this is really possible? If it’s not just for “others”? If in the end it is not just an ephemeral parenthesis?
I can only tell you that today, for my part, I live a fabulous experience. I am happy, fulfilled, and I get up every morning with a smile and say that I have an incredible chance of being able to live it all.
The work has never been so pleasant, and the desire to advance ever so strong. We feel strong and extremely vulnerable at the same time. Amazed in front of all his cultures and impressed with all his differences around us.
You will have understood, becoming digital nomad for me is a real pleasure of every moment with its difficulties but especially all its moments of happiness.
And you, when do you become Digital Nomad?