Many people are excited to live as digital nomads, as this affords them the opportunity to earn money and build a career, while also being able to be free to roam the world.
However, as much as it is enjoyable to not be stuck in the office, there are many people who have to come back after failing to live a sustainable lifestyle as a digital nomad. This is due to some common mistakes that you can avoid so you can live a successful digital nomad lifestyle.
One thing to consider is that many digital nomads do not know how to balance work and travel. It is scary to think you are not living a conventional life, and that employers or clients will not want to work with such an uprooted person, so they overcompensate and work every single day.
It’s important to take a moment to look around and enjoy the sights at least one day a week.
More people, though, have the issue of taking too much of the adventure in and moving around a lot. Travel time, planning logistics, and an overindulgence in fun activities can drain too much work time. It is recommended to settle in one spot for a month, giving a sense of stability.
Many of the mistakes that are made happen before you ever embark, though. It is important to speak to others who are doing the same thing, as there are many legal and logistical hurdles like visas, work permits, insurance, and more.
Also, budgeting is important, and many cannot budget at home, let alone in the unknown territory of a foreign country. Make sure that you are saving enough money, even if you are just playing with the idea of becoming a digital nomad, months and even years beforehand.
Overall, these mistakes are avoidable with the correct forethought and planning.