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Digital nomad: You don’t have to be in your 20s to be one

Digital nomad, a word, a concept that seems to be floating around the internet with increasing regularity often accompanied by images of tropical locations with twenty-somethings looking outrageously tanned and healthy frolicking in hipster juice bars with oversized headphones and all the latest tech.

Sound familiar? Thought it might.

It also could make people feel that if they didn’t fit that demographic then being a digital nomad is not the right fit for them.

That raises the question, what is a digital nomad?

Digital nomads are people who are location independent and use technology to perform their job. Digital nomads work remotely (telecommute), which is now economically possible due to cheap internet access, smartphones and voice over internet protocol (VoIP) to keep in contact with clients and employers. (def: invevstopedia.com)

That’s the technical definition from Investopedia, from which we can see that a digital nomad does not need to be of a certain age, or have a passion for tropical islands or hot climates. Essentially, digital nomadism is about doing your work from where you’d prefer, whether that is from home, a café, co-work space, airports, hotels or a juice bar.

The digital nomad’s office equipment

I am a digital nomad

I work remotely, every day. And often not in tropical locations, mainly due to my other life commitments. At Christmas last year I worked in a cabin in the mountains in Norway, doing a few hours after everyone left to go skiing and then heading out at whatever time suited me to ski, play and enjoy the landscape.

Normally, I live in a remote village in Spain, where jobs are scarce (the region has 40% unemployment, and those who do have jobs are either tourism based and thus seasonal, family business or move to larger cities in the region). I moved there to escape city life, I’d had enough of 15 hour days, high-stress levels, manipulative managers, internal politics and the increasing cost of living. At the end of the day, I often wondered, what am I doing all this for?

Between living in London and moving to Spain, I returned home to Sydney, where I spent six months working for a training agency streamlining their systems and processes, at the end of that contract I was ready to travel again. I renegotiated my role to become a content writer for them, thus creating a digital nomad role for myself. I proceeded to travel for the following year working remotely. In Spain, other options presented themselves, coaching and training online, teaching English VoIP, editing and writing.

Essentially, being a digital nomad is working from somewhere other than an office within structured office hours.

Is there a future for digital nomadism?

By the year 2035, it has been predicted that there will be 1 billion digital nomads world-wide. Why? Because we’re swapping corporate structure for flexibility, independence to work within our own life structure – whether that’s kids, gym class timetables or our partners, doesn’t matter. Plus, employers are admitting that finding local talent isn’t always possible. Large companies such as Dell are aiming to have 50% of their 140,000 employees location independent by 2020, acknowledging that remote workers reduce their real estate, and environmental footprint (imagine how many extra commuters are off the road at peak hour).

Research has found that productivity increases when we’re given the freedom to create our own schedule – not everyone is productive between 9-5. Flexibility also allows people to develop their own passion projects, cultivate further knowledge and their ideal working conditions. Gallup’s report, State of the American Workplace illustrated that more employees in the United States were working remotely and reported to feeling more engaged at work, especially those who spent 3 or more days out of the traditional office environment. Basically, when people opt to work remotely, it’s beneficial for business profits, the planet, and people.

What career options are there?

Where does that leave you? With options. The digital nomad lifestyle is achievable and if you manage it well and set up clear boundaries between your work and home life, you’re in for an excellent change in your work lifestyle.

Need some ideas of what you might be able to do or consider doing:

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  • Photography
  • Counselling, Coaching, Training
  • Web-Based Technologies
  • Digital Marketing
  • Editing, Journalism, Writing
  • Information Technology
  • Design
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Programming
  • Administration / Virtual Assistant
  • Teaching and Education
  • Sports, Fitness, and Wellness
  • Food and Nutrition

Resources:

There are plenty of resources and areas in which digital nomads are in demand. You just need to decide how you’re going to make the digital nomad lifestyle work for you.

Get clarity on how you can create your version of the ‘digital nomad’ – for more info email: info@wayfairer.net or click here to reserve your 30 minute 1:1 session.

Co-work and the best options for entrepreneurs when traveling

Co-work spaces, co-working holidays, co-living, and their benefits when traveling

How to efficiently balance your work and life when traveling.

Co-working for entrepreneurs

Travel planning with Wayfairer, the benefits of co-work spaces

Co-work offices, co-work holidays and co-living spaces are fast becoming the way to work when on the road. They are hubs of activity and interaction between digital nomads, entrepreneurs, and location independent travelers.

What are the benefits?

  • 71% of people feel more inspired and creative in co-work environments
  • 75% of travelers who work whilst traveling believe they’re more productive in co-working spaces
  • 80% say their business contacts and networks have expanded by 80% through co-working
  • 92% believe their social circles have increased, and with people who have similar ideologies about life and work
  • Many location independent freelancers, entrepreneurs, and digital nomads report up to 38% increase in their income due to greater productivity, business networking opportunities and improved confidence in their abilities to generate work opportunities
  • Work hours and flexibility are considered the greatest unpaid advantages for co-working
  • People who use co-working spaces feel that there are greater opportunities for collaborative work, problem-solving and working on projects they care and are passionate about
  • Due to the transient nature of co-workers, not many issues related to office politics and workplace culture come up
  • Co-work spaces help provide a community, daily structure, and routine in an unstructured environment.

“Live life on your terms. Be free. Work and live from wherever you want. It’s the location independent lifestyle. And it’s now more possible than ever” – Stuart Jones, Founder Coworkation

What options for working and travelling are available?

Co-Work offices:

  • Grab a desk, beanbag, deckchair, stool or bench and work in a creative environment.
  • Great for short term stays, growing your network, being in a dynamic environment.
  • Located in all major cities, they’re easy to find and offer access to office facilities, for example, meeting rooms.
  • Think Sydney (We Work), London (@ Work Hubs), Bangkok (The Hive), Barcelona (Talent Garden), Amsterdam (The Thinking Hut), and Tokyo (The Snack).

Co-Work holidays and vacations:

  • Be exotic and work from a number of breathtaking locations around the world. From flotillas to poolside retreats in Bali, Mallorca, and Costa Rica.
  • Workations are short holidays from 1 week to a month (or more) with other people from all over the world. Workations offer workshops, often included, breakfasts along with activities such as yoga, pilates, and surfing
  • Work holidays often have a focus with experts presenting workshops and opportunities to learn more about running your own business, for example, branding, email list building, and strategy.
  • Another benefit is that all the details are sorted out for you, as a result all you need to do is turn up, be creative and love what you do.
  • And finally, but not least importantly they give you the option to explore new places with like minded people and without the pressure of trying to find ideal work conditions to get those all important ‘to do lists’ done each day.
  • Check out: Remote Trotters, Co-Work the world and Remote Year for trips and information.

Co-Living:

  • This means sharing an apartment, house or another living space (for example, a boat) with other entrepreneurs.
  • Co-living can be broken into three different areas,
    • Urban co-living (living with other digital nomads in big cities such as New York),
    • Travel co-living, (go traveling with other digital nomads for 3, 6, 9 or 12 months to a variety of destinations around the world)
    • Destination co-living (move to a specific place to live and work, Bali is very popular!)
  • Each co-living space is different and prices are based on size, location, and length of stay.
  • Have a look at; Co-boat in addition to Hackers Paradise

Sound good? Bags packed? We have no excuses now! Why sit at home or in an office when so many places are waiting to be discovered by you. Who knows you might have the inspiration of a lifetime and have the most abundant year yet.  Line those goals up and make them a reality. See you on the road!

And finally, download my Life Recipe workbook for FREE and purchase a copy of my handbook 101 Ways to Earn Money Whilst Traveling.

New Year, Cracking on and Making 2017 Your Most Memorable

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 Cracking on with the New Year and making 2017 your most memorable.

The new year is on the way, and the possibilities are endless.

The New Year is here! December has yet again descended upon us with alarming speed, and here we are again reviewing our year and hypothesizing about the next. The theme of cycles and evolutions are prevalent in all aspects of our life, but this year has been particularly poignant.

For me, the end of the year has brought a number of thoughts about the nature of change and how I (and we, as a collective consciousness) muster the courage to take action and move into unknown territories. Thinking back to when I first decided to leave the relative safety of routine and day to day work I needed and wanted help to work out how the heck to do it, but at that time I didn’t have the resources or available cash to get a coach or pay for a business coach. Which I am sure, you can relate to at least one point in your life being in the same situation.

What motived me to change?

Why was I reluctant to invest in myself? Well, a good question. My reluctance came from two aspects, the first, I didn’t really know what I would do, I had worked in various industries, all of which had interconnecting threads, but not one continuous career path. The other thing was, I didn’t really know if I would stick with it. I worried it might be a waste of money, at the time all my savings were designated for travel. Any of that sound familiar?

I decided to try and set out on a path that made absolutely no sense at the time. It brought me to where I am now, which is not even remotely where I thought I would be. When I first decided I had to let go of all the ‘securities’ in my life to pursue a dream I had had for many years which had sat patiently waiting for me to look up and acknowledge its presence.

What is the theme for 2017?

Since there has been such a noticeable shift in the air the last few months. I decided to have a look at the year from a numerology perspective, and that answered a few questions! 2016 is a 9 year (2+0+1+6=9) which is the end of a 9-year cycle. Which illustrates the volume of deaths, endings or conclusions going on around us. 2017 is now commencing the new cycle (2+0+1+7=10 /1+0=1). Beginning with momentum, new ideas, the expansion of existing interests or passions. Just in the last week, I’ve had 9 friends announce pregnancies if they’re not new beginnings, I don’t know what are!

This is a year of developing your skills, honing your ideas and this is a year of ideas. Heaps of them falling out of the sky into your lap if you’re willing and able to recognise them. A year to start believing in yourself and getting that bright light within to shine through and bedazzle us with your outrageous fabulousness.  All in all 2017 is a year focused on walking your own path. Stepping out of the crowd and into a life with considerably more freedom. But, and there is always a but, you need to be one to motivate all of this. Therefore, I want to help you become the change maker, leap taker, mover and shaker in this new year.

What does this all mean for you?

2017 is the new year to grab the opportunities to turn a dream or a nagging idea at the back of your head into a vocation. Essentially we have been given a clean slate. It is often the most unexpected and seemingly unfathomable ideas that are the ones to pursue. As Elizabeth Gilbert says, the best way to know if you’re following your intuition is if it makes no sense. Hearing our intuition means we’ve stepped out of our rational mind and into the silent space between thoughts. In that quiet space, our intuition whispers quietly. While we sleep, during solitary moments in the sunshine, in meditation and long windswept walks in nature.

                   We are lucky that inspiration talks to us at all, it’s too much to ask that it also explain itself.                        – Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic

Having been in this position and observing the changes in the world over the last few years, I decided that I wanted to offer my experience, knowledge, and expertise to others. To help them achieve the sheer volume of joy and freedom a life designed on your own terms can bring. And what am  I offering? One to one coaching sessions on Skype, for thirty minutes. To give you the boost to get your ideas flowing and your planning underway, and to acknowledge this new cycle. The session will cost €67. I don’t want anyone using my excuses of the past about not having money to get the help and confidence to make the first moves into your sheer awesomeness. Click here to reserve your session with me, one to one, now.

And finally, will you be that person? Who will step up and ‘just do it’, you or someone else? I trust that I will be speaking with you soon.

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Digital Nomad or Location Independence?

Digital Nomad or Location Independence?

What's the difference and how do they work?

The big question to ask yourself is “Do I want to be a digital nomad or location independence, or both?” First of all, whilst, the differences between digital nomads and location independence are nominal, they are different. As a result they require different skills and areas of focus. For example, a digital nomad uses technology to do their job. While location indepence suggests people travel from one country to another (possibly) without a permanent home or job. Most people who work in jobs that are location-independent are involved in industries such as writing, teaching, and handicrafts.

You have probably heard of both terms and perhaps are considering between being a digital nomad or location independence. Clarifying this will help you focus your priorities, set relevant goals for how you want to live, work, and travel.

Digital Nomad – unpacked

Digital nomads work or have businesses run and maintained online. They utilise the internet to create ongoing income streams. This applies to not only small, medium and large businesses but individuals as well. Nomads tap into a wealth of opportunities based in the digital world. These days it’s much much more accessible than it used to be. With the exponential growth and expansion of digital technology, we, digital nomads, have the opportunity to work from anywhere. Coffee shops, beach bars, trains, co-working offices, parks and even on airplanes!

How travel has changed, and so have we

The evolution of travel has shifted from extended holidays and backpacking adventures to flashpacking, voluntourism and now digital nomadism. We all love to hang out on the beach, drink cocktails all day, but, it gets boring (shocking, but true). At some point in time, our innate need to be productive and produce things rears its head. It doesn’t matter if they’re income streams, artwork, or digital content. We, at some point, will look for structure or routine in our lives. That may involve a few hours of creation / or work, a day, a week and so on. Another key point to keep in mind is that as technology evolves, this lifestyle will get easier, and all the more accessible.

Need inspiration for your digital nomadism?

Tim Ferriss‘s book, the 4hr workweek was a hugely inspiring and motivating starting point for me. It changed the way I thought about what I do, when, where and why.  So, using Tim Ferriss’s model for lifestyle design you can create a fantastic online business.

Seth Godin, another marketing and out of the box thinker and writer gives practical, easily applicable content. These tools will help you to up your marketing and improve your business strategy. I started with his book, Purple Cow.

If being a digital nomad doesn’t appeal. Location independence is probably relevant to you.

Jobs fill your pockets

Location independence is exactly that. The ability to work from where ever you are or to travel for or around work. Location independence is not necessarily reliant on the internet or technology, while digital nomads do. For example, destination wedding planners. Other examples of location independent work include coaches, photographers, writers, buyers, designers, and teachers.

Why would you want to be location independent?

The beauty of location independence is being able to be free of the Monday to Friday 9-5 grind. To be able to work under your own conditions.  As Wandering Trader, Marcelo Arrambide says “design your own tomorrow”. Which is exactly what digital nomad or location independence the travel lifestyle enables you to do. Whether you spend the morning diving with whale sharks, exploring temples, or paddling mountain rivers. You can spend your afternoons  coaching clients, or writing articles,  your work schedule is yours to manage.

In the end, what does digital nomad or location independence mean for travel?

One thing to remember, being a digital nomad or location independent doesn’t mean you have to travel all the time. You can live in your hometown, create the same amount of freedom other digital nomads or location independent entrepreneurs have. So, while travel is great fun, life changing and hugely rewarding, it’s not for everyone, especially if it’s  all the time. The idea behind this lifestyle is that it’s your own design, specific to your needs at that moment.

Why do people love this type of travel?

The positives of this type of travel, life and work balance? Digital nomads or location independence often result in a slower travel. Base yourself in various cities or countries for 1-3-6 months (or whatever works for you). Use the time to dive deep into the culture, food, and explore, slowly. Build a framework for your stay, whether it’s going to the same fruit shop or working at the same café. You build relationships and familiarity which help you integrate into the local landscape.

How do I meet people and work? I won’t be in my normal office or work environment where I know people and they know me?

Why does this happen? Whether you’re traveling alone or in a couple, for extended periods of time, you’ll want to meet like-minded people. Locals and / or fellow nomads or entrepreneurs. Co-work locations are popping up all over the place. Which is making it easier to find a base to work from, outside of cafés! Co-work spaces are creating fantastic opportunities to meet interesting people. (Read my post how to manage work on the road for tips on working whilst traveling). They create a space to strike up connections, brainstorm new ideas, bounce concepts off new and often neutral people. Meet fellow entrepreneurs who understand your experiences, whether your industries are related, or not. It’s always good to get a pair of fresh eyes on projects.

Finally, what will you choose?

So, what’s next? You need to plan how you want to work, travel and set goals. And, not goals that you’ll read once and forget about. Now that you’ve got an idea of what it means to be a digital nomad or location independence. Which will you choose, and why?

 

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