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How to Become a Digital Nomad

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What’s a DM (Digital Nomad)?

Before one can learn how to become a digital nomad, one must learn what exactly a digital nomad is.

A digital nomad is someone who works on their computer while they travel. Digital nomads get to see the world and make cash money while they do it. If you’re curious as to how you become a digital nomad, you’ve come to the right blog post.

But first, watch this video:

Becoming a digital nomad is not the only way to travel. You can save up a bunch of money and then head out. You can volunteer and stay in accommodation for free. You can house sit. You can couch surf. There’re tons more ways.

This is just what has worked best for me.

Step #1: Get a WFH (work from home) job.

If you are wondering where the heck you can find a remote job, look no further than the list below.

What kinds of jobs do digital nomads have? Too many to name. There are jobs for photographers, bloggers, website developers, copywriters, social media coordinators…

Worried about not having enough experience? There are high-level director positions available to companies that simply need people to enter data. There is something for most people. From project-based jobs to salary positions.

Start looking here:

Step #2: You don’t gotta go to work. But you gotta put in work.

Becoming a digital nomad is not for everybody. You do miss hanging out with people all day in an office. And it can take a while to adjust.

You have to have the self-discipline to put in your hours every week. Being a digital nomad is not a permanent vacation. It’s a work-cation.

If you are easily distracted, this option may not be for you. It’s especially hard when you’re in countries like the Philippines when there are surfing waves knocking at your doorstep… Okay, not literally because that would be a tsunami.

I digress….

Set a schedule. Stick to it.

Step #3: Backup your shiz.

When you actually become a digital nomad, back up your computer.

Use a cloud based storage back-up program so when you accidently drop your computer in the Kerala Backwaters of India, you’re not totally screwed.

Backblaze is the best. I did my homework. It’s $95 for two years. If you buy with this link, I get a super small percentage. Thanks, mucho.

Step #4: Figure out where to go!

Need some inspiration? Click here.

How often should you move around?

Short answer: It’s completely different for everybody.

Long answer: For me, the cheapest and most efficient way to travel is to go somewhere at least for a month. If you travel too fast, too much of your money will go to plane tickets.

Another bonus? When you travel for one month at a time, most AirBnB rentals have 40-60% discounts for one-month stays.

What holds people back?

The hardest thing about becoming a digital nomad is committing and actually doing it. I would highly suggest not taking too much time to think about it.

I decided I was going to become a digital nomad, booked a plane ticket to Italy, and gave myself seven days to figure out what to do with everything.

Another tip?

Don’t do too much planning.

Who knows where you will want to go or how you will feel about a certain place once you get there. You might end up learning to surf in Costa Rica, and decide you want to spend another couple months riding perfect waves and learning Spanish.

Step #5: Get out of here!

Becoming a digital nomad is a great way to travel the world while making money. Make sure to COMMIT. Find a remote job. Stay places longer than a month.

Let me know if you have any other questions about how to become a digital nomad in the comments section. You can always use me as a resource.

Always in search of worldly knowledge and broader understandings, Kaitlyn has been freelancing while traveling since 2015. She's passionate about digital content, being environmentally friendly, and surfing. 16+ countries and counting.