Life is what you make it, isn’t it? That what people tend to tell others when they’re having a bad day or feeling indifferent… It can come off as indifferent depending on the tone of which it was said, but if you really think about it, it’s very factual.
If you’re a fellow book junkie, then you can see the similarities in how your life plays out in the form of a book. We’re all just one of the main characters in our own book (life), right? The only thing about our books (life) that makes them so unique is our genres and chapters.
Some people have genres and chapters of life that are full of passion and romance, while others have genres and chapters of life that are very intuitive and informational. Then you have the best books of all… the travel books! If you feel like your life identifies more with travel books, then you are not alone!
To live a life of travel is to live a full life, especially if you can make money to continuously fund your travels! In your book of life, maybe you have a few chapters that you want to fill with travel but don’t know quite where to start… If you want to fill those chapters with information on how to live a life of travel, here are some essential tips on how to make money traveling the world as a digital nomad.
Chapter 1: Understanding the Digital Nomad Lifestyle and If It’s Really For You?
Before you can become a digital nomad, it’s important to first understand what it truly means to live the digital nomad lifestyle and then determine if it’s a lifestyle you want to live. By definition, a digital nomad is someone who makes money through various jobs over the internet. So, in short, as long as you have access to the internet, you can do any type of job and make money.
In adopting this lifestyle, you’re going to see destinations you never thought you would get to see in your lifetime. You have the freedom to travel wherever you want, but remember you’re going to need to travel to destinations with good telecom structures in place so that you can work.
Understanding that you have to work is one of the biggest misconceptions about the lifestyle. People think digital nomads are just going on one big vacation but there’s definitely work involved.
It’s also important to understand that you’re going to be away from friends and family for extended periods of time and it gets lonely sometimes. But you also have a flexible schedule, you’ll get to experience new cultures, and you’ll get to see the world in a new light.
Some people aren’t comfortable with certain aspects of the lifestyle, and that’s okay but it’s important that you’re not only informed about the wonderful aspects about it but also the questionable aspect of it as well. It’s not until you’re fully informed that you can make a well-educated decision.
Chapter 2: Preparations
As you can see, adopting the digital nomad lifestyle is a major life decision to make, but if you do decide to adopt the lifestyle, then there are going to be some things you’ll need to do to prepare yourself.
It takes money to live a life of travel, so you’re going to want to give yourself about a year to save money for your travels. You’re, of course, going to be working during your travels but just to give yourself a safety net in case you hit a financial burden, you’ll have enough money save up to carry you through.
#2 Let Your Job Know
You’ll want to let your job know what your plans are just in case they have remote work opportunities available. If they do, this will be a secure source of steady income for you doing what you already know. You want to check this because most digital nomads end up having to quit their jobs.
#3 Learn Different Languages
Because you’ll be traveling all over the globe, it won’t hurt for you to learn a foreign language or two to help you during your travels. Greeting words like “hello” and “thank you” are great starters but you’ll also want to learn how to say “I’m sorry” and “Where is the bathroom?” in a foreign language as well.
Chapter 3: Earning As a Digital Nomad
As mentioned earlier, working as a digital nomad means working jobs that are based online. Here are a few jobs that you can have great success with as a digital nomad.
#1 Online Business Store Owner
Being that most people do the majority of their shopping online these days, it only makes perfect sense for you to open your own online store. The awesome thing about it is that you can sell whatever you want! Maybe you’re crafty with knitting… you can sell your handmade products in your store.
If you feel you’re not too tech-savvy to do this, don’t worry, there is are website builders that allow you to easily build your website, even if you don’t have any experience in web design!
Those foreign languages you learned over the year while you were preparing may literally pay off! According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the translation field is growing at a rapid rate. It’s projected to grow up to 18% percent by the year 2026 and the work spans across multiple industries too. So whether you’re more comfortable in the healthcare industry or educational system, there will always be jobs in translation for you to be successful in.
Not too many people have a way with words when speaking but are word wizards when it comes to putting words into written form. There are tons of industries that need writers every day to write for blogs and in print form. You just need to determine the topics you feel most comfortable and passionate about most and start seeking jobs that allow you to use your skills.
#4 Social Media Manager
The beauty of working as a social media manager is that it can be done from a computer or a smartphone, as long as you have internet access! Maybe you’re well-versed in all things relating to social media, have a strong following, and know-how to influence an audience… If that sounds like you, then you have the makings to be a great social media manager.
Are you a digital nomad? Have you travelled the world while earning money? Please let us know as we are always seeking out more advice and top tips to share with others.
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