Digital Nomads and the Global Landscape of Opportunities
by Dan Radak
Since the primordial mists of recorded history, there have been people wandering the highways and byways of the world.
Today, traces of these adventurers are still present, although much has changed.
Traveling does not involve a bag full of maps, and months on the road.
Digital natives need only a few resources: a laptop, internet connection, and sufficient amount of money to support this exciting lifestyle.
They take advantage of the favorable climate and digital winds in their sails.
Indeed, it has never been easier to hit the road and visit alluring destinations across the globe.
The new dawn
Modern technology advances by leaps and bounds and creates a global ocean of opportunities.
People, money and goods float around it freely, fostering the state of interconnectedness.
Language barriers have also been breached, as the English gains traction worldwide, gradually becoming a true international code.
More and more people work remotely, from the comfort of their homes, taking advantage of flexible working hours and telecommuting.
Others decide to go an extra mile.
They are not satisfied with working in the same cubicle every day and with pushy bosses looming over them.
More importantly, they go on to do something about it and make a positive change in life.
Namely, they embark on adventures towards unknown horizons in pursuit of a better standard of living.
Others simply try to travel as much as possible and ignite the inner flames of inspiration, imagination, and motivation.
Either way, we are given a unique chance to blend business and pleasure into a force capable of transforming our life.
In other words, we no longer have to cope with tedious 9-5 lifestyle, which turns us into corporate zombies.
Growing out of your life
In a nutshell, digital nomads are individuals who recognize the momentum and grasp the opportunities this brave new world offers.
They escape the vicious loop of daily obligations in order to achieve a fresh start in life.
There is something utterly rewarding and uplifting about leaving the old life behind and turning a new leaf.
You get to meet new people, immerse in vivid cultures, and broaden your horizons.
Few things can rival this experience in terms of nurturing your personal growth.
The best thing is that you do not even have to start from scratch.
Numerous certifications and diplomas are internationally recognized and give you a head start in a new place.
Hence, many people manage to climb up the career ladder abroad.
The global migration of talent is underway, which also indicates that you better prepare for both domestic and international competition.
This brings us to the point that nomadic endeavors are no cakewalk.
Packing your belongings is just the tip of the iceberg, albeit it certainly helps to pack light.
For instance, you have to strike a fine balance between work and leisure.
For some people, this is a struggle, not something that comes naturally.
After all, you have to get away from the hustle and bustle from time to time, lock yourself in a hotel room, and perform work duties.
Ball is in your court
Of course, there are those who are more versed in maintaining concentration and are able to work in busy restaurants and lobbies.
In any event, you want to dedicate more time to the things you love, not waste it with poor planning and traveling hassle.
This is a daunting task as digital nomads change places quite often – every few weeks or so.
First off, you have to familiarize yourself with the new destination ahead of time and figure out where will you be staying.
Internet connection is paramount, and without it, you are lost like a ball in high weeds.
Apart from that, cheap accommodation and nice environment are top priorities.
Thus, it does not come as a surprise that places like Bali rank high for digital nomads.
Alas, freedom to choose where you want to live is something you acquire with hard work.
That is why some nomads lower their expectations at the beginning and work their fingers to the bone to move ahead.
Moreover, bear in mind that one must come up with a budget and ensure that expenditures do not exceed it.
The numbers game is not always simple, even with personal finance apps for your smartphone.
Tools of the trade
There are also some essential tools that need to be in every digital nomad’s arsenal.
Its heart and soul is a laptop, especially when coupled with a portable charger.
It is a true lifesaver since you do not want your battery dying on you when you need it the most.
That being said, the experts from the innovative company Orange argue that an average smartphone can cover all your communication needs, provided that you always have a Wi-Fi network available.
It works like a mini laptop and can be connected to other devices, like monitors.
As you may know, Skype app is a popular choice for staying in touch on the go, although there are many other platforms that work like a charm.
And with the rise of tools such as Dropbox, there is no need to carry around a bunch of flash drives, external HDDs, and other pieces of clunky equipment.
Once you get a hold of all the requirements, you can work while dipping your toes in the turquoise water of tropical paradise or watching a pristine night sky in a lake cabin.
The possibilities are endless and borders are almost nonexistent.
Just remember that the decision to go on a nomadic adventure is a big one, as it changes your life completely and demands lifestyle adjustments.
Work and travel
Long before they settled in urban and rural environments, humans were nomadic species.
Instead of vanishing, this way of life has been breathed a new life with technology.
It has opened a whole new window into a world of global communication, enabling digital nomads to give the “work and travel” concept a whole new meaning.
So, strive to regain control over your life, get the job done, and enjoy the nomadic lifestyle at its digital pinnacle.
Find your perfect place under the sun and soak it in.
Once you get the show on the road, not even the sky will be your limit.
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