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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.

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1 9 Tips For Planning Work On The Road

Working on the road takes planning, because, as you change locations variables come up that are often not considered when you’re at home in your dining room or office, and everything is set up as you need and like it – unless you have children, then the rules change a little.

When planning your accommodation there are a few things you should consider and ask before arriving, as time spent trying to get ideal working conditions can be not only stressful but a huge waste of time.

  1. Sounds simple, but it can be surprisingly difficult to come by. If you are staying in a hotel ask about their business centres and costs / accessibility. Many places advertise Wi-Fi as an available benefit; however it is often weak and unreliable, or fantastic in the public spaces such as the reception, but impossible to use from your room. Foursquare is helpful to find public locations that offer wifi, alternatively use a wifi finder app (iOS, Android).
  2. Airbnb now has a business stay option as they’ve recognised that a lot of people like the ‘home’ factor when travelling, and that includes business trips. Ask your host for details about the space that they have designated as a business work area (Airbnb require hosts to fulfill certain criteria in order to be considered business hosts).Working remotely
  3. The physical workspace. It’s all very well to have the intent of working, but if your computer is perched on your lap you’ll not only have trouble concentrating but will probably have to spend a lot of time and money getting your neck, back and shoulders re-aligned. Ask for photos of the workspace, consider aspects such as tables, chairs, and light. They sound like simple things but really what you might need may not be what another person thinks of as a necessity.
  4. What type of environment do you thrive in? Are you happy to sit in buzzy cafés with noise, distractions and possibly a huge bill at the end from all the coffees and snacks you’ve consumed through the day? [Apps like coffivity offer ambient noise, without leaving the house] Or, do you need a quiet space in which to concentrate and work on your tasks at hand? Staying in towns or cities give you the option of libraries and co-working spaces, smaller and more remote places you’re less likely to come across such facilities, which ultimately means you’ll either have to work from your accommodation or in public spaces such as parks and cafés. There are plenty of hot desk or co-working spaces around the world, you just need to know where to find them, start with coworking wiki. Other options are desks near me, liquid space, rockit colabs and sharedesk. The benefits of office spaces are you have access to plenty of other people to talk to (if you want to), office equipment, internet that’s reliable and fast, meeting rooms and a kitchen with coffee and tea facilities, which in general are included for free.
  5. Batteries. What a blessing and a pain, invariably they die at crucial moments, just before you hit publish or send, in my experience! Investing in external battery packs for your phone or computer  or upgrading your battery capacity in your computer will help alleviate the need to be constantly ‘plugged in’. I’m also a huge fan of solar powered battery chargers which can be used anywhere the sun is out, which makes working in beach bars all the easier…
  6. Are you a consultant or coach, or do you have clients all over the world that you communicate with and you need to be online at specific times of day? Investing in a program such as calendly allow for easy scheduling, as long as you maintain the time zone changes as you travel! I also use a world clock app on my phone to help me keep track of time differences and zones as I move around the world.
  7. If you have colleagues or people you need to share documents or data with you need to make sure you have reliable platforms that can be accessed anywhere, by everyone involved, and at the same time. Nothing more tedious than being locked out of your own documents whilst someone is working on them, sending multiple documents and keeping projects organised with a centralised filing system. Have a look at basecamptrello, google drive, dropbox for business and Microsoft’s one drive.
  8. Storage and backing up data, work and photographs are also super important, and, alas I have experienced the crushing frustration of losing years of photographs, work, planning and information because of random events combined with not backing everything up properly [sob]. As a photographer friend says, if it’s not back up in triplicate it’s not safe. I use a mix of dropbox, external hard drives, I always have at least a terabyte at hand as I take a lot of high-resolution photographs. I also store data on google drive and Microsoft’s one drive, if I am based somewhere more permanently, for example, a year or so I also back up data to cds, something that I am not so keen on as they easily get damaged and they are yet another thing to haul around!
  9. And last, but absolutely not least I strongly recommend you refer to nomad list or read my handbook 101 ways to earn money whilst travelling, a guide to making money, or just working and covering your costs, whilst you travel, whether long term or short.

Looking for more inspiration? I highly recommend you read Tim Ferriss’ book the 4 hour work week. It has a huge range of ideas and inspiration to getting out of the office and into life as an entrepreneur. This book is a game changer.

Why is travelling good for your health?

Have a look at what my friends over at positive health wellness have to say on the subject with their piece, 8 reasons why traveling is good for your health.