Digital Nomad – The Location Independent Lifestyle
The term “digital nomad” (or the phrase “location independent”) refers to people who have discovered how to make a living online simply with a laptop and internet connection. A digital nomad is someone who isn’t confined by office space, office attire or office politics. Digital Nomads make their money online through blogging, affiliate marketing, social media, ebooks, coaching and a host of other resourceful methods.
More people are working online, either for themselves or as a remote employee. With thousands of blogs, books, and guides out there, more people are realizing how to make this dream a reality.
If the monotonous routine is getting you down, if you look back at your last five years and think ‘what have I actually done in that time’, then it’s time to shake it up. Here are five reasons why you should become a digital nomad:
Freedom is what attracted me to the digital nomad lifestyle. I was finally earning a decent salary but trading my time for money just seemed like a recipe for a miserable life overall. I wasn’t spending much time with my family or friends, and missed a lot of my son’s milestones due to my hectic work hours. The harder I worked to provide him a better life, the further we grew apart. Overtime, I realized that if I could find a remote job, it would afford me the opportunity to spend more quality time with my son while building a solid foundation to financial freedom and sustainability.
When you conform to a life you’re supposed to live, you’re giving up the freedom to be yourself. Instead, why not create the life you want to live and give yourself the freedom to be who you really are? Imagine not having to be on a mandatory work schedule. Think about how you would spend your time if you didn’t have to clock in to sit inside a cubicle for 8 hours a day. Anyone who has spent any time in a ‘real job’ will know what it feels like to be confined.
Wouldn’t it be awesome if you could use that spare time developing new skills, more quality time with family & friends, traveling, building online streams of income or just relaxing.
The digital nomad lifestyle can afford you the freedom you crave in your current lifestyle.
Really – what can be better than having the freedom to live your life the way you want to?
Most people are living check to check while working in an unstable economy. Nobody is fully confident about job security, anyone can be laid off or fired with zero notice.
Even when you do find a job in your desired field, you have to start at the bottom. It can take years to reach a higher tax bracket, unless you have the right connections to move up within the company. By the time you work your ass off to impress management, you generally get burned out and leave for greener pastures (if those even exist).
Most entry-level jobs require college degrees to even be considered for an interview. College tuitions are constantly rising without guarantee of employment after graduating.
It’s 2016 and Americans are more burdened by student loan debt than ever. In fact, the average Class of 2016 graduate has $37,172 in student loan debt, up six percent from last year.
I have several friends with bachelors and master’s degrees who are earning low wages in jobs that have nothing to do with their degree major.
The question remains, it is worth going into debt to earn a college degree?
Most Americans have to work multiple jobs to make ends meet. At the end of the month when your pay check can’t stretch any further, you have to get creative. I know all about the struggle as a single parent, I pride myself on making $20 stretch until my next payday. However, that’s becoming increasingly difficult with the rise in cost of living.
The job market is highly competitive, jobs are scarce and at this point, the only choice is to create your own streams of income. Digital Nomad lifestyle allows you to create multiple streams of income and work from anywhere.
What if you were able to write your own paycheck?
The U.S. is seriously lagging behind the rest of the world when it comes to vacation days. Full-time American workers get an average of 8.1 paid vacation days after their first year on the job. Meanwhile, Brazil, France and Finland grant their employees 30 days off per year in addition to public holidays, totaling more days off than any other countries in the world.
I have worked in the corporate environment for over 15 years but was always too afraid to take the full 2 weeks off. It’s very cutthroat in the office environment, there was little support from my colleagues to cover my workload. I didn’t want my boss to think I wasn’t serious about my role in the company. There was always a fear of being replaced if management saw that they could easily get someone else to handle your workload.
After working in my current role for 2 years, I begin to feel trapped and extremely bored with the dullness of the office environment & politics. I was also ready to move away from Houston. I begin searching for remote roles in IT that would allow me to work from a home base with flexibility to travel as often as I wanted.
If you have a strong desire to see the world – this is the life that will help you make that desire a reality.
The less I needed, the better I felt.
– Charles Bukowski
Minimalism and Digital Nomad lifestyle go hand in hand. The core idea behind minimalism is that the less you have the freer you are. Minimalism is about cutting away all the clutter that you can easily live without and still have a rich life with the things that matter the most to you. The benefits of simple living include:
- Reduced amount of housework and chores
- Less worry and stress in the everyday life.
- More free time.
- A great way to save money
- Greater sense of control over your life
On my journey to becoming a Digital Nomad, I realized I had to minimize a few areas of my life in order to make space for full-time traveling. I put myself on a budget and became more mindful of my spending. Simply by cutting out on unnecessary splurges, I was able to invest my savings into my online business and put cash aside for at least a year of travel.
Minimalism is not intended to deprive you of the things you love in life; it’s meant to help make more space for the things you enjoy in life. It’s about removing the attachment from your material possessions to prevent them from owning you.
5. Quality of Living
There is a belief in our society that people should work hard for their entire lives, sacrifice themselves in order to earn a living, and then, when they have stored up enough money, they can live the life they want.
This belief is the cause for much of our unhappiness, dissatisfaction, and pain.
The truth is that people who design their career around their wanted lifestyle, rather than the other way around, actually work harder, make more money, have more opportunity, are more well-liked, and have more fulfilling careers.
When you build your career around your lifestyle, you will not only be happier, but also more successful.
The digital nomad lifestyle has opened my eyes to a new way of living a balanced life without all the stress and distractions. I feel more focused on my goals and being a better parent now that I have more control over my time each day.
I believe living abroad will offer a higher quality lifestyle with access to healthy fresh foods, grade A healthcare, low cost of living and access to rich culture and history.
Take the leap!
I’m not saying you should march into your bosses office and hand in your resignation today. What I’m suggesting is that if you aren’t satisfied with your current lifestyle and career, you should take the time to find alternative ways to live & work. Develop a realistic plan and move forward with massive action to make it happen! You got this!
Taking the plunge to become a digital nomad was the best decision I have ever made and although I’m just getting started down my path, I feel extremely confident that I will make it work. I am excited to share with you about my journey and I hope I can help provide you with tools to use along your journey!