Before you ask, I really did mean “Nomad’s Land,” not “No Man’s Land,” although sometimes they might feel like the same thing. They both involve wandering off… in the case of Nomad’s land, though, it means essentially going where you want to go, and living…well, nomadically, while still being tied firmly to the digital world.
What Is a Digital Nomad?
Digital nomads are people who wander the globe, without any fixed home, working online from wherever they choose to settle down in the short term. They’re able to see amazing places, and work online from practically anywhere. Often, digital nomads change their location every few months.
Don’t think, though, that this means you’re necessarily going to make all the money you want to make in order to live in the location of your choice. Many countries are low-cost, but others might require considerably more in order for you to be able to work online and still maintain a decent standard of living. The Nomad List provides is a great “catalog” of cities around the world. It rates cities on cost, weather, air, fun, safety and other attributes essential to the digital nomadic life.
Not every digital nomad, realistically, makes enough money to work and live wherever they choose. If you’re thinking about how to become a digital nomad, you have to be realistic. Before you get your clothes in order and pack your bags, you must have your digital-career in order and understand how much you can earn on a regular basis and what it takes to make that number.
Skills You Need
You know how to use a computer, right? And you know how to type. That’s actually half the battle. But it’s even better if you have a certain knowledge set that will enable you to work effectively online. If you know a lot about certain topics that are in demand, you could be well on your way to becoming a digital nomad. Just as an example, if you know a lot about computer technology, it really doesn’t matter where you’re working from. You can help people in any corner of the world, from any corner of the world. And if you’re blogging about a specific topic, it really doesn’t matter where you’re writing about it from. As long as the money is coming in, that’s what matters.
That’s the good thing about being a digital nomad.
The Down Side
It sounds really great to be able to travel all over the world, and see new places and experience different cultures, but keep in mind that this isn’t something that’s likely to last forever. Eventually, you’re probably going to want to go home if only for the social security benefits you’ll need later in life. But if you want to take a year, or two or three or five, and travel the world, and you have the necessary skills, the life of a digital nomad can be highly desirable.
The Final Word
Choosing a digital nomadic lifestyle is a choice that can totally change your life, and if you take it a step at a time and keep your feet firmly grounded in reality, with a plan in place to come home when the time is right, the digital nomadic lifestyle can be highly desirable. Just make sure that you go into it with your eyes open, and realistic expectations.
PS – My series on launching your online freelance career is a great place to start if you have no experience finding clients online or working online.