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I think you will agree with me that there is so much hype around digital nomading that it is difficult to decipher what is the best way to get started.
If you are still wondering if digital nomading is suitable for you I think you will appreciate this post. I am going to help you understand what it is and how you can get started.
The important thing that you need to consider is if it is suitable for you right now or sometime in the future.
If you are a parent of very young children it may be a good fit to adopt a nomadic lifestyle.
However, if your children are already in elementary and/or high school there is much more that needs to be considered other than food, clothing and shelter.
Let’s spend some time looking at what it is in the first instance before we run ahead of ourselves. You may even also consider becoming an ultrapreneur in the process.
Digital Nomading Meaning
The art of travelling around the world while making a living remotely or online via the Internet is the best definition for digital nomading.
There are many people who work remotely from a single location all year round but they are not digital nomads just remote workers.
Some small business owners would travel for 6 months of the year while running their business. They then remain located in their home country for the other 6 months.
I guess that can be considered digital nomading part-time as they do travel for 50% of the time. Others do a similar set up for varying portions of the year.
Let’s not be too picky about who should be in or out of this category because the purpose of digital nomading is that it gives you that flexibility or location independence.
The reason people embark on this career path is that they want the flexibility of getting the best of both worlds.
Why remain in an unhappy place when you can live your purpose?
1. Digital Nomading Jobs
One of the key elements that differentiate the digital nomad from the location independent entrepreneur is that the digital nomading lifestyle can be either an employee or an entrepreneur.
An entrepreneur would tend to set up a location independent business simply because they want to live a nomad life.
All they would need is access to the Internet from a cafe or coffee shop and an email address so they can adopt the digital nomad lifestyle.
So let’s spend some time looking at the kind of jobs that would lend itself to this lifestyle. Bear in mind that these jobs will need to be timezone agnostic.
- Video Editing
- Graphic Design
- Project Management
- Product Management
I am only supplying a shortlist this time as there can be many more that can be added.
The idea here is to get you thinking of what roles are possible for you. One day you could be in Thailand and the next day you can be in Japan.
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2. Digital Nomading Salary
When it comes to salary the honest truth is that there are no hard and fast rules as to what is a minimum wage.
Obviously, it depends on the company that is hiring you and where they are based.
If you decide to generate an income of your own the gold standard across the digital nomad world is within the six-figure range.
An income of US$120,000 a year seems to be a comfortable range to allow for accommodation, leisure travel, daily expenses and savings for a rainy day.
Many people who get into digital nomading say that they don’t even need that much money. They choose to live in cities with a low cost of living.
Everyone is different in terms of their goals and objectives so spend some time researching and make a plan that is suitable for you.
3. Popular Digital Nomading Cities
As part of your research you would need to spend time mapping out the countries and corresponding cities you would like to visit.
Of course, you can decide to be spontaneous in your approach after arriving in a country. You still want to do some prior research for your safety and security.
Here are some popular cities in no special order:
- Berlin – this city continues to make the short list as one of the best cities to do your digital nomading and it is by far not the lowest in cost. In fact, the cost of living in Berlin is very close to $3,000 a month. If your annual income is $120,000 then paying 3k a month in Berlin is not a problem. It ranks high on the list because of weather, safety, air quality, Internet, fun, peace and nightlife. See more here.
- Valencia – with good air quality, safety, Internet and weather Valencia made it to the list. Although it is part of Europe their healthcare system is not as good as other parts of Europe and the cost of living comes in at $2,400 a month. You can see for yourself here. While the summer temperatures can be as high as 35 degrees things start cooling off again from September onwards.
South East Asia
- Bali – over the last 10 years Bali continues to become more and more popular as the destination of choice. I have spent some time in Bali itself so I can tell you that it is a lovely destination. Unlike Berlin, the cost of living is much lower ranging from $1,200 to $1,500 a month. The key difference would the more tropical climate and the healthcare conditions would be not as great.
- Chiang Mai – no topic on digital nomading would be complete if a city from Thailand was not included. Simply because the cost of living in most Thai cities continue to be so low and their healthcare systems are amazing. You can easily live there for less than $1,000 a month. You can also avail of a coworking space in Chiang Mai for less than $100 a month. Check it out here.
- Ko Samui – one of the lowest cost of living but the most beautiful places to do your digital nomading is Ko Samui. the costs can range from as low as $260 a month to as high as $1,500. The added benefit is that this is an island off Thailand so a very relaxed pace of life if that is your scene.
- Ho Chi Minh City – the healthcare and Internet access in Vietnam may not be as good as it is in Thailand but if you are on an adventure you might as well visit Ho Chi Minh City. I spent some time in Vietnam and I have to say it is very different from Thailand. It can also be a low-cost destination depending on where you decide to go. It is well worth the visit and the experience.
Santiago – which city has great nightlife, good air quality and is great for start-ups? Santiago in Chile of course.
Your trip around the world will not be complete without a visiting South America.
They may not have the best healthcare but if you focus on the great experience that can be had and what you can learn it will be worth the trip.
Cape Town – rated number one many times as one of the top places to visit by New York Times, Cape Town continues to lure many who are looking for an entrepreneurial atmosphere.
Apparently, it is a big city that has the feeling of a small town and you can experience a wide variety of outdoor activities in one place.
If adventure is your main objective then take the plunge. In terms of cost, it is rated cheaper than Europe but not as cheap as South East Asia.
One of the cheapest cities to live in the United States as a digital nomad is Cedar Rapids in Iowa where the average monthly cost is just under $2,300 per month.
The population is a mere 130,000 and the best International carrier is United Airlines.
The best time of year to be here if you don’t like the cold weather is April through to October. They have great Internet speeds of 31MBps.
4. Digital Nomading Community
When one thinks of becoming a digital nomad or a location independent entrepreneur the first thing that comes to mind is being alone.
The truth is since digital nomading started back in 1983 it continues to progress in leaps and bounds to a certain extent. There are more events happening every year to cater to this market.
Freedom X Fest, Nomad Summit and Nomad Cruise are among the popular events that occur to build and encourage a community spirit.
There are even a number of popular forums, I know I said forums, for digital nomads. They have been created to build camaraderie and support the digital nomading community.
The popular ones include Nomad List forum, Digital Nomads Forums with over 6,700 members and a Google Plus community for digital nomads called Digital Nomads Abroad.
If you are looking for a more structured community where you will receive coaching. Or even recognition, awards and success in your digital nomading lifestyle then check out this free video.
5. Make Money Digital Nomading
At this point, you are probably wondering if it is even possible to make money as a digital nomad entrepreneur? Actually, the answer is yes.
This can be achieved by doing the following roles as an entrepreneur:
- Web Design
- High Paying Affiliate Programs
Depending on where you are on your journey you may prefer not to embark on digital nomading on your own.
You can instead get assistance from a coach or mastermind group. You can even get started writing blog posts as a blogger.
Feel free to grab the digital nomad workbook and join me on the journey of becoming a location independent entrepreneur or digital nomad.
6. Digital Nomading Ideas
You may want to spend some time understanding the intricacies of the digital nomading journey. All this before you take the first step. That is totally fine and understandable.
The truth is that becoming a digital nomad is still considered a very new way of working. Only because it is not being done by the masses.
If you want to take the entrepreneurial route it is going to be as scary as starting a business. You will need to decide if your why is big enough for the journey.
You will need to have the right mindset and you will also need to find your purpose and passion. The last thing you want to be is unhappy.
Unlike starting a business digital nomading can be less risky. You can choose to use a structured path to achieve your goals. A path where you can receive coaching every week.
So, if you are still interested in taking the leap then check out the digital nomad workbook. If you need help outsourcing a few projects check out my VA Packages here.
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7. Digital Nomading Tools
As this new way of life does involve working you will want to consider the cost of ‘doing business’. Include it when you are looking at the cost of living.
Whether you decide to be designing, writing, coding or editing you will need software, hardware and/or applications. These will help you to get your work done efficiently.
Here are a few of my favourites:
- Filmora – great for audio and video editing. Especially if you are an amateur on a MacBook.?
- Evernote – don’t leave home without it. I love the way I can start writing a blog post on one device and continue on another.
- Grammarly – who has time to remember all the correct spelling and proper grammar when you are a blogger. Let someone else handle that task.
- Buffer – even if you decide to bootstrap as an entrepreneur the free version of Buffer will help you get started
- ConvertKit – the money is in the list. If you are not building an email list then you are leaving money on the table
- Canva – a great tool for creating all the images you need for your social media marketing campaigns. You can even create documents
- Xmind – all creatives need somewhere to write down their ideas. So Xmind is the place where my ideas come to life and even fall into place.
If at any point you just want to ask a quick question to someone in your shoes check out the Reddit digital nomad thread with over 31,000 readers.
Chances are someone else already asked a similar question to yours. So the answer may be staring you in the face.
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41 thoughts on “7 Secrets To Digital Nomading Success”
I need to keep this in mind for sure. I always want to find ways to earn more money. I’ll check out these courses.
That’s great Amber. Thanks for stopping by.
This is a great breakdown of the beginning steps to becoming a digital nomad. This is my ultimate goal. As a mom of a 5-year old, I haven’t quite figured out the practicality of it; Although I know there are many young families world schooling. I love that the first two tools you mentioned were the right mindset and passion. Those two things are key to success!
Danica, so glad that you have a goal to achieve the success that you need. Passion and mindset can take you places.
It’s a good thing this has been discussed. I’ve wanted to live this kind of lifestyle not because I want people to see my travels, but because I don’t like to stay in one place. We’re lucky my husband and I made working from home work for us. We may not be digital nomads but we can travel whenever and take our work with us. I’ll be looking into the other tips to make our jobs more profitable.
That’s so cool Wendy. Time flies fast and life is short so do take action on your dreams to travel. Thanks for your feedback.
Such an in-depth article, I honestly wish I had something like this a few years ago, I would have taken it up in a heartbeat, unfortunately circumstances won’t allow me to become a digital nomad now but I will certainly be sharing this with a few friends!
Dee, circumstances may not allow you now but hopefully, you can still become a digital nomad in the future. Thanks for stopping by.
Very detail article. I am new at blogging, wishing one day I could be successful on digital nomading
You will only be new for a little while. Just set a goal and put a plan in place to achieve these goals.
This is great info, I just got Filmora for my editing and still getting around it so far so good.
That’s excellent Joan, I’ve used it for over a year now and it is so easy to use.
“digital nomading gives you flexibility” I can say that it does. Been doing it in major cities in the US. New York, Atlanta, San Antiono, Orlando
That is great Keshia, maybe one day you can also experience digital nomading in other countries as well.
This is great resources! My friend has been digital nomad for 2 years now and she is blogging and traveling the world but for last 6 months, she has been stationed in Southeast Asia. She told me that throughout the travel she met lots of successful digital nomad.
I’m glad your friend is experiencing success with digital nomading in Southeast Asia. Thanks for sharing.
A very interesting read because I don’t know much about any of this. I’ve never considered myself a very techy person but I know someone who would love to read this article – I will pass it along to them! Thanks!
Okay Traci, thanks for stopping by and sharing this resource with your friends.
I’ll have to check this out. I’d love to learn more about being a digital nomad 🙂
That’s great Lindsay. It would be great to hear about your progress over the next 12 months.
I’d like to finally earn some money online, so these courses seem to be very useful to me. You always explain so complicated issues in such a clear and easy way. 🙂
Thanks Natalia, I really hope that my explanation is simple enough for most people.
Oh that’s a lot of money. I had no idea. And 3000$ in Berlin!! That’s quite good!! Let’s move there 😉
Okay Esther, I guess you’ll be moving to Berlin soon?
Wow! This is so informative article! I want to know and learn about digital nomading! And actually I am not really familiar with this. Thanks for this!
Gladys, it’s great that you are interested in digital nomading. You can download the free workbook to get started on your journey.
I always wondered how people became a digital nomading, this is something I am interested in this for the future and will have to reference this article
Sure Tiffany, feel free to bookmark this article for future reference.
It’s such a dream of mine to be a digital nomad. I’ve got a job that would allow me to do that, but I have a hubby and kid, and my hubby has no desire for it. Otherwise I would say we should pack our bags and head to the airport.
Carli, your child will grow up so maybe one day you may still be able to fulfil your dream.
Hey! thanks heaps for all the great tips! I am a photographer and I am looking at traveling more for work while exploring the world! I am from Santiago and it’s a great city to set up shop for a few months, just avoid winters because the air quality is not the best then … other than that it’s a great place! Thanks heaps for a great post packed with so much info!
That’s Awesome Fran. Do you have any room in your suitcase for me? ? I wish you all the best on your digital nomading journey.
This is a very detailed book about digital nomads.. I’m quite curious as well on what other strategies I could get from this material. Hoping that I could continue on into my love for blogging. It sure is a lot of work, but I’m sure it comes with a very rewarding outcome!
Yes Sandra, it does involve a lot of work. You can become a digital nomad blogging and use it as your source of income. The reward will be worth the effort.
Being digital nomad blogging that would be something! I need to check out that book:)
Ohmummymia, yes indeed and why not be a blogger who is also a digital nomad?
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