Traveling often, living abroad, working on the road and being location independent… There are so many ways to explain digital nomadism and yet there are even more misconceptions about this kind of lifestyle! In this post, I’ll do my best to explain what being a digital nomad really means.
I’ve been a freelance graphic designer, full-time blogger and online course creator for more than 3 years. This has allowed me to be location independent and live as a digital nomad.
Since this kind of a lifestyle is a great opportunity for anyone to explore the world and live their dreams, it’s time to make the definition of it clear!
If you’d like to know more about ways to earn income online, make sure to check 10 digital nomad income ideas!
What being a digital nomad really means?
First of all, it’s important to keep your mind open when getting in touch with a term of “being a digital nomad”. There are tons of different approaches to this lifestyle! And one of the best parts is the option to actually adjust this idea to your own life.
In the short version, being a digital nomad means long-term traveling or living abroad while working online.
The term “nomad” itself means a traveler without a home, someone who loves frequent travels and creates home whenever he/she goes.
The addition of “digital” is the working online fact. Although this can be pursued in many different ways, most digital nomads have careers like or similar to being a writer, graphic designer, developer, photographer, blogger, accountant, copywriter, etc.
The modern meaning of being a digital nomad
As we all see, the world is changing FAST. For most of the time, way faster than we could ever imagine it to.
There are new technologies, new ideas, new ways of doing things coming into our lives each-damn-day.
And therefore being a digital nomad is an always changing term as well. But here is the profile of digital nomad these days:
- A digital nomad is someone who’s working location independent job.
- This person doesn’t have to be in an office or a permanent location to get the job done. The main tool for any must-do tasks could be a laptop (in some cases, a tablet or a phone can be enough).
- It’s a passion of his/hers to travel, to explore new cultures and move rather often or live in a country different from his home.
- Digital nomads either move abroad to live in their preferred destination or travel often either from their home country or from a place to place, living in one destination starting from several weeks up to several years.
- Nomads do earn consistent income whether it’s from freelance jobs, remote work, sources of passive income. Most nomads actually earn even more than they used to when living back home.
- Usually, digital nomads are (or soon become) high-class professionals in whatever field they are working into
We’re still paying rent, buying food, entertaining ourselves and our friends, going to the gym (and struggling with that), having our hobbies, having taxes to pay.
What drives people to become digital nomads?
There are many benefits of being a digital nomad that pushes people to make the decision to pursue the life of nomadism.
First of all, it’s the independence. The independence to build your own business, create your own schedule and be your own boss.
It’s the freedom to travel as often as one likes and live wherever this person prefers.
It’s also the budget. Very often living back home turns out to be way more expensive than traveling and living abroad (a true story!). While some of the biggest cities in the USA you’ll spend thousands per month on your rent, in many other parts of the world you can live in full comfort for hundreds per month.
Being a digital nomad opens many doors. You can live in places you’ve only dreamed about, you can build businesses that seemed a mission impossible, meet like-minded people who’d inspire you to do more and better.
Doesn’t that sound like a reason good enough?
Who can become a digital nomad?
There are no restrictions to who can pursue the life of being a digital nomad.
You don’t need ANY monetary investment to get started. But you DO need a passion to find the best source of online income for you.
There are no age limitations, it doesn’t matter what country you’re from or what is your education.
If you have online income source but you’re not fully confident of being able to fund yourself fully, make sure to save money for traveling before hitting the road. Your online income stream can grow while you’re on the road.
As I have shared my story, I learned graphic design from zero, I got into freelancing (that I knew nothing about) and started traveling and living abroad as soon as I could. I have no design education, I have no funding from other parties and I’ve done this all on my own.
If you’ve ever thought about becoming a digital nomad, make sure to stay tuned for more blog posts on this topic!