The world of work is changing at a speed that has been unheard of up to now. With the advent of the internet and with the skyrocketing computational powers of modern hardware, we are seeing a paradigm shift where lifelong careers at a single company are becoming relics of history. Employees are clamoring for flexible work and the companies are giving it to them.
Perhaps even more importantly, we are seeing the emergence of gig economy where no professional works for a specific company in the old-fashioned employer-employee sense.
Freelancers provide services needed and then move on.
Digital nomadism is taking all of this to the next level and it is all about really experiencing the freedom that people who work for a living could never experience before.
But, is it the right choice for you?
What is a Digital Nomad?
In order to even start talking about whether digital nomadism is for you, we should probably say a thing or two about this concept, just in case some of the readers haven’t heard of it.
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The shortest possible definition of a digital nomad would go something like this:
A digital nomad is a person who travels the world while doing their work remotely due to the nature of their work that is 100% doable online.
In other words, as long as your job only requires you to have a computer and an internet connection, you can become a digital nomad.
Digital nomads usually work as developers, digital marketers, web designers and professional bloggers.
You can also travel the globe as a freelance writer, as it is also perfect for this kind of lifestyle.
Of course, there are other types of work that can be done from a hotel somewhere in Bali, but these are the most common vocations for digital nomads.
Digital nomads often take advantage of the fact that life is cheaper than where they are from, which allows them to work less in order to make enough for a decent living.
Now that we have defined what the term digital nomad entails, we will go through some pros and cons that will (hopefully) help you decide whether this kind of life would suit you personally.
The biggest pro for the life of a digital nomad is the incredible amount of freedom you get when you unmoor yourself and start travelling the world while doing your stuff over the internet.
One month, you are visiting the incredible monasteries in Romania and the other you are in Samarkand.
One week you sit atop a high-rise somewhere in Shanghai and you are paddling a lake in Alaska the next.
You also get to meet some incredible people as a digital nomad, since you are really living where you are.
You are not a mere tourist and you get to know the place you are visiting. Before you know it, you will have a network of friends and business connections all around the world.
Turning to a lifestyle of a digital nomad also enables you to realize how much of your life is unnecessarily complicated and how much we all suffer to get our hands on something as trivial as possessions.
When you stop accumulating possessions and start living life for the sake of it, many things get much clearer.
It should also be pointed out that this way of life also boosts your creativity and most digital nomads actually agree that they would never be as successful in their careers if they didn’t travel the world incessantly.
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The most glaring con of turning to a life of a digital nomad is that it is hard to form lasting relationships when you are constantly on the move.
All of those fantastic people you meet start to blend into one another as you rarely spend more than a few months in one place.
When we are talking family life, things get even more complicated.
Unless your partner is ready to share the nomad lifestyle with you, the chances are you will not be able to keep the relationship going.
Raising children as part of such a lifestyle is near impossible, as the constant uprooting would wreak havoc on their emotional lives.
Providing them with any kind of formal education when leading such a lifestyle is wishful thinking.
Some digital nomads also discover that it can be difficult landing certain clients who want to meet in person and are not comfortable giving their accounts to someone who is sitting under a palm tree somewhere.
In the end, it will come down to where you are in your career and life in general.
For some people, the freedom and the new experiences will be too much to resist.
For others, the uncertainty of it all and the incessant travelling make this kind of lifestyle something to pass on.
Ultimately, the decision is only yours.
AUTHOR: James D. Burbank has spent almost 20 years in the world of business, mostly in marketing. He is always looking out for new trends and ways in which the world of business is changing.
If you have the time, check out his business-oriented blog called BizzMarkBlog.