I’ve always thought Digital Nomads are some of the most interesting individuals I have ever met. And to be honest, I’ve always wanted to become one, at least for a short portion of my life. In this article I will go into detail how these travellers travel and live their uncommon lifestyle.
The 11 types of travellers I met during my travels:
- Activity Addicts
- Vegging Out
- Status Seeker
- Identity Seeker
- Digital Nomads
- Country Collector
- Sex Tourist
What are Digital Nomads like?
Digital Nomads are individuals that doesn’t live in one permanent place for a long duration of time. They tend to move from one country to the next and they support themselves by working online.
Many of them are either online entrepreneurs, freelancers, or have a remote working arrangement.
The idea behind being a Digital Nomad is to live in a country that has a low cost of living while earning westernized country income.
This way, you get the best of both worlds of earning money while saving money on the cost of living.
How to be a Digital Nomad
To be a Digital Nomad, you need to be earning income online to begin with. If you aren’t making any money online, then you can’t live this lifestyle.
Working abroad as an English teacher or doing a working holiday VISA doesn’t count as a Digital Nomad, you must actually be working from your laptop and generating income from online sources.
So in order to live this lifestyle, you need to at least develop some marketable skills. Once you have secured a valuable skill, you can work as a freelancer or build your own online business to sustain your new lifestyle.
Some examples of marketable skills includes: online marketing, copy writing, web design, programming, admin support, customer support, and video editing.
Digital Nomads that I met
I met several Digital Nomads during my travels. Some are quite successful making good income online, working on their own terms, and travelling to their favourite destinations.
As well, I met newer Digital Nomads that’s still trying to find a way to earn a sustainable income online.
Not everyone succeeds at being a Digital Nomad and that’s okay but this lifestyle is not for everyone.
However, the ones that do succeed I greatly admire because it’s certainly not easy to crack the code on earning sustainable online income.
Some online gigs that the Digital Nomads I met were doing included: blogging, copy writing, drop shipping, and online marketing.
Best places for Digital Nomads to travel to and setup base
- Thailand (Chiang Mai and Bangkok)
- Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh and Da Nang)
- Portugal (Porto, Lisbon)
- Colombia (Medellin)
- Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur, Penang)
- Czech Republic (Prague)
- Hungary (Budapest)
- Slovenia (Ljubljana)
- South Africa (Cape Town)
- Tonga (Eua Island)
My opinion of Digital Nomads
I really like Digital Nomads and I love the whole movement. My opinion of them is very biased because being one of these people is a bucket list dream of mine.
The idea of travelling around the world as a nomad while living from your laptop just sounds so awesome.
I don’t admire all all the Digital Nomads I met. Some of them are delusional and don’t have the grit to make this lifestyle really work.
But I admire the ones that have that willpower and toughness to plow through the difficulty of making this lifestyle a reality.
Pursuing the Digital Nomad lifestyle
Because I have a girlfriend and have some debt I am paying off, living as a Digital Nomad is not the realistic option for me at this point.
However, before I get married and have kids, I would like to get it out of my system and live as a Digital Nomad for 1-2 years. That would really be awesome.
Of course, I can always live as a Digital Nomad even when I’m married and have kids assuming my children aren’t 5 years old yet.
So perhaps I can make this dream a reality for a short portion of my life before I need to be more rooted. I’m definitely gunning to make this dream happen sometime in the next few years.