Traveling the world on a whim, working on your terms: sounds like a dream right? While chuck full of downsides, like anything in life, here are some of our favorite upsides to being a digital nomad:
1. Life is a constant adventure.
Your life is literally whatever you make it. Sure, there are moments when you don’t know what you’re going to do next, or how you’ll make money, but you can’t be bothered worrying. You are living in the present, and ready for those next nomad adventures: exploring the next mountain top, beach side, waterfall, desert oasis, old growth forest. No matter what, there is always something exciting and new around the corner.
2. Practice non-attachment.
There is a reason “simplicity is bliss” is a saying. When you are a digital nomad, you get really good at not being attached to material possessions because you literally don’t need them. Just you, the bare necessities, your laptop, and the clothes on your back. Sure, having a car and your own home is nice, but it’s not everything. More things lead to more expenses, and the desire for more. Living a nomadic lifestyle means you get to make room for the important things—life experiences.
3. Control your own life.
As unpredictable as life can be, you make all your own decisions, and you set the rules: where you are, when, for how long, where you go next. Nomad living means you are only responsible for you. Some people might see it as selfish or stupid, but in all honesty, they are probably envious. I mean, why wouldn’t they be? You’re traveling through the Himalayas while they sit all day through boring meetings.
4. Stress less.
As a digital nomad, you are working online. You probably manage a blog or write for one. Sure it’s a hustle; it takes work, and it’s not all sunshine and rainbows. You still have to grind and hustle, but on your terms. You don’t have a boss hovering over you, or colleagues who gossip about each other. No toxic work environment, and a much less stressful work life.
5. Spend all day in your robe.
Some days, you don’t even need to get dressed. Sometimes I wake up, put on my robe, and work until 3 or 4pm. No need to put on any makeup, uncomfortable pants, blazers—just me, a messy bun, and my laptop.
6. Set your own hours.
A digital nomad can work all night if they want. Set their own hours. Work on weekends. Not have weekends. Not have work weeks. You have to be self-motivated for this to work, but trust me, it can. And it’s fantastic. Depending on your situation, you can set your own schedule and still get everything done on time.
7. Life is a vacation.
What’s vacation time? You’re always on vacation, living the freakin’ dream. You have to make time for work. A truly revolutionary concept
8. Make friends from all over.
A nomadic lifestyle means you come and go. You meet people and then part ways. It can be a challenge to maintain friendships, but at the same time, you can make great connections all over the world. Now, you have more people to visit during your nomad adventures around the world.
9. Try fun odd jobs.
There are plenty of odd jobs out there. Sometimes, while using freelancing platforms like Upwork or other sites, you find fun projects like writings for travel blogs, or cool creative endeavors. You may even find some interesting jobs offline, such as helping at a local hostel or community garden.
10. The sky’s the limit.
Your options are endless. You can go anywhere in the world. You can try any job or project. You can take risks and see where they lead. Just book your flights or train rides, and explore.
11. Make more spend less.
You can make decent money being a digital nomad. Living in low-cost countries like in Asia or South America, you can still get paid to work for US dollars. Your probably making more than most locals and you’ll have more money to save for your next trip.
12. Find yourself.
It may seem cheesy, but you really are on a path to self-discovery. I mean, we are always to a degree. But there’s something about traveling, especially alone. There are less distractions; you’ve got a lot of time to sort your priorities and connect to your true self.
13. Life’s not boring.
Nothing is boring about living a nomadic life. When things start to bore you, you can just skip to the next spot and start fresh. Hop onto those travel sites and find a place to workaway or WWOOF. Meet people. Network. Explore new things.
14. Try new foods.
One big plus of traveling around is trying new foods. All cultures around the world come together through food. If you’re a foodie like me, you will love all the local street foods and food culture. Maybe even stay with a host family to get that home-cooked goodness!
15. No commuting necessary
The only traveling you need to do is on your terms. No taking the metro to work every morning or driving through 5 o’clock traffic.
16. You find a digital community
Your people are a direct message away. You can connect to other bloggers around the world and ask questions about traveling. Maybe you can collaborate or help promote each other’s blogs or businesses.
17. The world becomes your oyster.
You all of a sudden are forced to think outside the box. Take the unconventional road. Everything becomes possible and you can take the opportunities life offers you.
18. Enrich your world views.
Traveling and living in new places and cultures, you gain a deep understanding of the multifacetedness of the human species. Cultural differences can teach us many things about ourselves and our own biases and perspectives. You begin to look for similarities that can help connect and build bridges between people.
18. Learn a language.
This is a great way to learn a new language. Immersion is the best way to become fluent. Pick up some new skills and speak with locals. You can find intensive language courses for reasonable prices, which is also a great way to meet people. Or, live with a family that speaks the language where you are.
19. You Become Resilient
It’s not all easy. Sometimes you have to endure the hardships of adventuring and figuring things out solo. Grinding. Hustling. Honestly, you become a stronger person. You are fearless. You genuinely feel like you can rely on yourself to get you through anything—and that, my friend, is resilience.