How to Become a Digital Nomad for Beginners

by | Nov 14, 2022 | Digital Nomads, Tips for Beginners, Travel Tips

The term digital nomad has been a rising topic in recent years. The pandemic has taught many of us that you can work from anywhere in the world, just as well as in the office. It is predicted that we will see more and more digital nomads on the rise, so hop on the bandwagon. All you need is your laptop and the right attitude! So, are you ready to start your digital nomad adventure and live your life to the fullest?  Follow our beginner’s guide to becoming a digital nomad to start your nomad life. 

Everything you need to know about becoming a digital nomad 💻

  1. Basic Information about a digital nomad
  2. Things to keep in mind when being a digital nomad
  3. Insider tips
  4. Top 10 destinations for digital nomads
  5. How to become a digital nomad

Basic information about a digital nomad

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Travel the world while working

Being a digital nomad is becoming a lifestyle recently. But first, do you know what it is? Check out the information below to learn more about it.

What is a digital nomad? 

For those of you who are not yet familiar with the term digital nomad, a digital nomad relies on digital technologies to get their work done, is not reliant on a fixed location, and travels the world simultaneously. A digital nomad and a remote worker are two different things, even though they both rely on digital technologies to accomplish their work. The main difference between a digital nomad and a remote worker is that a remote worker does not travel and could just be working from home. So, if you are a remote worker and have the possibility to work from anywhere, why not become a digital nomad? If you can get your work done just as efficiently as in the office while being elsewhere, why not take the plunge to just do it? 

Why is it becoming more and more popular? 

Many companies have slowly come to the realization that as long as you have the necessary tools to get your work done, it doesn’t matter where you are. Not only does this save costs on office space, but many companies are now transitioning to being fully remote or offering their employees the opportunity to work remotely for a certain amount of days in a year. Not only bad things should result from this pandemic, but take this opportunity now that you are working remotely to do something great. 

Things to keep in mind when being a digital nomad

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What you should have as a digital nomad

Working while traveling the world sounds pretty great, right? But it takes a certain type of person to live it to its full potential. There are things you need to remember when being a digital nomad because without knowing the challenges you may encounter, it can be difficult to enjoy your nomad adventure. 

1. You need self-discipline 

Since you are not in an office and no one is looking over your shoulders to ensure you are doing your job, you need to have a certain level of self-discipline and hold yourself accountable. There is no one there pushing you to do your job. 

2. Plan properly 

Without proper planning, you can easily run into complications. Make sure that wherever you travel to have what you need to get your job done as efficiently as possible. You will most likely need an internet connection, so make sure you do your research! Being a digital nomad, you are reliant on the internet after all, so what would you do without it? Plus, if you tend to have a lot of meetings throughout the day, make sure you have a designated space where you can peacefully hold meetings without any distractions. Here’s how you can plan the perfect digital nomad trip for you. 

For beginner digital nomads, we recommend joining coworking trips with JoinMyTrip planned by experienced TripLeaders. So for your first journey, you don’t have to worry about all the small things as they are all organized for you to ensure you have the best possible experience remote working in a different location!

3. Be organized

As mentioned previously, you are responsible for doing your job. When you are working remotely, it is super important that you have good organizational skills. Maybe you want to be able to chill on the beach during the daytime for once instead of going after once the sun is down after work. Organize your time wisely. If your company allows it, maybe take a 2-3 hours break during the day to explore and chill in the sun and then make up for those lost hours later on in the evening. 

4. You will be tempted not to do work 

We get it, you are in this amazingly beautiful country, and you just want to get your work done quickly and go out exploring as soon as possible. Be responsible for your actions! A lot of beginners seem to underestimate this, but you are there to work at the same time. Show your boss that you can get stuff done no matter the location. 

5. You might never want to go back to “normal” life

Be warned, once you get a taste of what life could be, you will never want to go back. 😉

Insider tips

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Become a digital nomad

So, now you want to become a digital nomad? Let’s learn about tips and tricks you need to know to make your work as a digital nomad much easier.

1. Get a portable Wi-Fi hotspot

Instead of finding places with an internet connection, take matters into your own hands and get your own portable wi-fi hotspot. This is a must if you are to be a digital nomad. You can purchase a pre-paid sim card in almost all countries with a certain amount of GB. Once you have the pre-paid sim card, install it into your portable wi-fi hotspot, and wallah may there be internet! This way, you could work anywhere, even at the beach. 

2. Stay a minimum of 2 weeks in the location

Since you are working simultaneously, you will quickly realize that you will need more time to discover a place than on a normal vacation. We recommend that you stay for at least 2 weeks, if not longer, to explore the location freely as you want.

3. Take advantage of the digital nomad community and never stop learning

The beautiful thing about being able to work from anywhere is that you also get to meet different kinds of people with different professional backgrounds. There is so much to learn from one another, someone can teach you about finance and another about social media. Or, you could simply have a chat with them, and you already learn so much. Create connections and never stop learning. Who knows, maybe the connections you make may come in handy later on in the future. 

Top 10 destinations for digital nomads:

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Digital nomad destinations

As a beginner, it is best to start with one of these top 10 destinations for digital nomads; this way, it is easier to find all the necessary tools and space you will need for your nomad life. As the destinations are already popular among digital nomads, you can be sure that the destination is well equipped for beginner digital nomads. You will most likely find other digital nomads here, where you can learn some tips and tricks. 

How to become a digital nomad

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How to become a digital nomad

Now that we have gone over the most important basics you need to know to become a digital nomad, here are three simple steps to get started.  

Step 1: Create your plan 

The first and foremost is, of course, having a plan. Where are you going to go? For how long? Are you planning on going alone? Where will you be staying? What are your expectations? What do you want to do? Maybe you need to convince your boss. There are so many aspects you need to take into consideration when becoming a digital nomad. You want to be able to see as much as possible but also be able to live and work there for the duration of your time there. It will be your second home, so think of all the living necessities you might need. 

Step 2: Get all the necessary tools 

Now that you have your plan set and ready to go, you will now need to get the necessary tools for a fully functioning workday. The tools may vary from person to person, depending on their job. Someone may fully survive with a laptop, but others may need more, such as a printer, scanner, etc. Of course, maybe you wouldn’t want to be carrying a chunky printer around, but in that case, make sure you have a print and copy nearby.

Step 3: Just do it 

Lastly, book that trip! You have your plan and are well-equipped. The first trip may be a bit nerve-wracking, but once you get a taste of the digital nomad life, you never want to go back to sitting at an office desk or being at home all day. 

We hope our beginner’s guide to becoming a digital nomad helped kickstart your incredible adventure!  Let us know in the comments where you would love to travel to as a digital nomad! Start packing your bags and your laptop, and maybe take some travel mates along! JoinMyTrip is the perfect place for beginners to start their digital nomad adventure with like-minded digital nomads and remote professionals. Here you will find many cool yet unique coworking group trips.

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