This is probably the most difficult question to answer, because it’s really subjective and different rules apply to different people. There are however high level concepts which you need to consider when planning your move into becoming a digital nomad. Let’s get this started!

Talk to digital nomads about how they did it

This may seem obvious, but one of the best ways to learn something is by talking to people who’ve already done it. You can not only learn from their mistakes but also build up a wealth of knowledge about how different people have
achieved their goal and then apply which suits you best. Alternatively you can take bits of advice from the different people you speak to and build up your own unique plan. Join our quickly growing digital nomad forum and get chatting.

This leads me onto the next step…

Plan as much as you can

I’m going to be honest, I rarely write a plan down, but if you want the process of becoming a digital nomad to be as smooth and problem free as possible, then a plan would help. Whether it’s high level or in depth, it will be useful and
will help you map out the path to becoming a nomad which in turn will make the process more manageable and successful. Examples of what you should plan:

  • How you are going to work (it has to be location independent)
  • Where you want to visit
  • What types of places you want to stay
  • Who you want to meet and work with
  • Contingency in case something goes wrong
  • What you are going to bring (probably best it all fits into on suitcase or large backpack)
  • Banking while you’re away

A lot of this stuff you will discover as you go along so don’t be too rigid, its a working plan which you can loosely stick to and adapt as you go.

Location independent work

The not so magic key to being a digital nomad (unless you’re rich already) is to work as you travel. The best way to do this is to work via the internet so you can earn money in your home currency which in places like Asia or South
America get you a lot more for your money once converted into the local currency. Not all nomads need the internet however the majority do for communication and getting paid at least. As you can imagine there are many types of location independent work. Types include:

  • Self employment
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Contracting
  • Freelancing
  • Business ownership
  • Remote work

Where are starting your journey

Once you have work sorted (or at least a plan) then you should have a better idea of how much you will be earning per week or per month. You can then use this information to guide your travels. For example if you will be earning little to begin with, then it might be wise to start off in a country which gives you great value for money e.g. Thailand. However if you already have a successful business providing you with a larger amount of money then you will have a many more countries to chose from. Money doesn’t necessarily have to dictate the countries you visit, it could instead affect your standard of living. For example for ¬£500 per month you could live like a king in Thailand or alternatively on a shoestring in Australia. You need to weigh up which is more important to you, the countries you plan on visiting, the standard of living or a combination of the two.

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