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Digital Nomad: What Is It And How Do I Become One?

If someone had told me 5 years ago that there would be a lifestyle that allowed me to travel and work, I probably would’ve laughed. It took me a while to understand that the norms we are presented everyday are only norms if we accept them as such; that you can truly dream up any lifestyle and live it.

For the last 4 years, travel has been a priority for me. Financially I plan for it and on a daily basis I dream about. In the last 2 years it went from being something that happened maybe once a year to a full-time lifestyle.

Two years ago I was offered the opportunity to move to Sydney, Australia by the company I currently work for, JobAdder. It took me all of about 2 seconds to say yes and before I knew it I was setting up a life free of long term material commitments such as rent and car payments. At the time I just thought those choices made sense because I wouldn’t be living in the states for a year. Ultimately those choices are what have allowed me to continue to live this nomadic lifestyle. 

What is a digital nomad?

Digital nomads come in a lot of forms. From my experience, being a digital nomad who works full-time for a company is actually the rarer of the forms. Most that I’ve met while working in New Zealand, Bali and Colombia are freelancers or entrepreneurs. This doesn’t mean that the full-time working for a company type don’t exist. In fact, more and more companies are offering this type of remote work (more on that below).

To be a digital nomad you basically need a computer and a decent WIFI connection both of which are pretty easy to obtain these days. There are tons of cities around the world that are becoming well known digital nomad hubs. And many more cities following suit, check out these up and coming digital nomad friendly cities. 

I heart coconuts! Bali is my top pick for a digital nomad life.

How do I become a digital nomad?

This is a question I get asked a lot. I am very fortunate to have fallen into this lifestyle because the company I work for supports it. And while I’m not an expert on becoming a digital nomad, I have a come across a lot of resources that can get you started.

Here is a comprehensive list of job boards that focus solely on jobs that are completely remote. I also follow a few travel bloggers that have written about finding work abroad. Where in the World is Nina writes about how to find work while traveling. Check out her article about where to find freelancing opportunities. Also visit the Work to Wander page for more ways to work abroad like teaching English and teaching courses online.

Nomadic Matt also publishes a lot of articles on how to find work abroad. Check out this list of 15 Ways to Earn Money When You Travel.
Have an idea for a business but not sure where to get started? There are SO many digital nomad retreats nowadays that will allow you to work on your business and travel at the same time!

I hope this helps! If you truly want to travel and work you can make it happen, trust me! If you have more questions about being a digital nomad or becoming one, contact me!


By echmelik, April 25, 2017
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Hey there! I'm Erin.
Welcome to Have Compass Will Travel, an adventure and lifestyle blog that follows me from one adventure to another while I share the tips and tricks to living a life of more with less. I'm Erin, a Chicago native who has traveled to over 20 countries. In the last two years I set myself free of material commitments such as rent and car payments to live a flexible lifestyle that allows me to travel, work and save money!
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