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Live and Work the Life You Always Dreamed as a Digital Nomad
Have you ever thought that the work that your job requires you to do could be done from anywhere in the world? Well, you’re definitely not the only one – and some people have even jumped at the opportunity.
Living the digital nomad lifestyle is becoming more and more of a popular occurrence. A digital nomad is someone capable of working from abroad and remote locations due to the accessibility and advancements in technology and our devices. When mixed with a low-cost flight, it can make a mundane job seem somewhat desirable.
A change of scenery is something we all need from time to time so what better than island hopping or working in the Swiss Alps? If you’re a web designer, programmer or a blogger then all you would need would be a good WiFi single and a speedy laptop or suitable device, and you’re ready to work.
According to the infographic below from Hotels4U, 92% of generation Y workers will look for flexibility in the work place when considering their next job role – and when that generation also made up 190 million of all international trips in 2010, it seems like something businesses and workers should be seriously considering.
The rise of popular freelancing sites may also be a contributing factor towards the rise of the digital nomad lifestyle. People can pick appropriate freelancing jobs when and where it suits them, making it that little bit easier to fit both business and pleasure into their daily lives.
Check out the infographic below and ask yourself whether the digital nomad lifestyle might be for you.
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How To Become A Digital Nomad
With technology enabling us to work at any time and in any location, freelancers are embracing a new global lifestyle – as digital nomads.
What is a digital nomad?
“A ‘digital nomad’ is a professional who takes advantage of the digital tools at their disposal to foster a career while simultaneously travelling the world.” – Dan Robinson, Amped for Education
Skills and Attributes
- Confident social media user
- Web design
- SEO and marketing
- Software development
- Travel blogging
The World of the Digital Nomad
The digital nomad owes their lifestyle to key developments which have enabled them to travel and work simultaneously.
New ways of business
Generation Y workforce
In 2011 over 20% of all international flights were operated by low cost airlines. (OAG)
By the end of 2014 3 billion people worldwide will have access to the internet – up from 2.7 billion in 2013 (ITU)
92% of Generation Y workers (those born between 1980 and 2000) identify flexibility in the workplace as a top priority. (UKCES)
In 2013 67% of the global workforces were conducting business in a more actively collaborative way (UKCES)
On New Year’s Day 1985, the first mobile call was made by the Transportable Vodafone VT1. The phone cost £1,650 and weighed 4.5kg.
In November 2013 an estimated 11.8 million new seats were added to international airlines in 48 different countries (OAG)
1.9 billion people are espected to have smart connected devices (IDC)
57% of workers also reported an increase in the number of employees working from different geographical locations (UKCES)
Generation Y make up 190 million of all international trips in 2010 and this is expected to rise to 300 million by 2020 (UNWTO)
How To Become a Digital Nomad
Here’s how you can break out of the 9-5 norm and venture around the world:
Find a job that allows for remote working
In order to travel, you will need to find a job that will allow you to work remotely.
oDesk and Freelancer are arguably the best marketplaces for digital nomads.
Choose your new location
Evaluate locations by cost and working facilities available, i.e internet speed
Consultant Nomad List and Numbeo for locations suited to digital nomads
Find a place to stay
Once you’ve chosen your location, arrange your accommodation in advance
Airbnb, TripAdvisor, Couchsurfing, and Hostelling International are useful in finding accommodation
Plan your finances and update your passport, vaccinations, and insurance
Use comparison sites to find budget travel and source co-working spaces
Use organization apps like Focus Time to stay on task and track working hours
Scheduling apps like Cal and Sunrise will help organize meetings across different time zones
Stay in Touch
When wanderlust grips you, don’t forget about family and friends back home
Use social media like Facebook and Twitter, or free messaging apps like Whatsapp, to stay in contact
Professional no longer have to choose between their desire to travel and the need to work. So what’s stopping you from seeing the world?