Top Things to Consider When Travelling and Working Remotely
The digital nomad lifestyle is becoming a norm, now more than ever. Who wants to show up at the office at 9 in the morning when they can join their team digitally? And who won’t prefer to work from the location they like and at the time they want?
If you are someone who wants to be free of the traditional office environment and prefers working for assigned deadlines, you could give digital nomad mode a try. But don’t get excited too fast!
Grabbing your MacBook and hopping on to the next plane to Nepal to work your graphics designing gig while going up Everest might not be the best way. There are a lot of things that you need to consider before starting this lifestyle.
Here are the questions you want to ask yourself before you pack your stuff and go full digital nomad.
Do I Have the Finances?
The first thing is to have the money to support this lifestyle. If you want to go off-the-grid, you need to have a respectable bank balance. You cannot be a full-on nomad without having a starting capital for your new life.
Once you have that, the next thing is to have a stable remote job that can help you live the life you want. Only after you have taken care of these two things, should you go for this lifestyle.
Where Do I Want to Go?
Next, where do you want to go?
There are countless places where you can go and the decision depends on you. What you need to make sure is that the place is within your budget and you can get the amenities that you’ll need to live and work remotely. This article can help you with this important decision.
Where Would I Live?
This is the big question. It is not possible for most digital nomads to get a suite in the nearest five-star. People live in RVs and camp on the side of the road in their Overlanding vehicle but ‘apartment on the wheels’ can only be so comfortable.
The solution to this problem is linked to the next problem.
Where Would I Work?
We all know that you can do remote work from your bedroom but that is not a very efficient approach. If you are living thousands of miles away from your office, working from a shared workspace would be the most feasible option for you!
If you get accommodation at one place and shared working space at another, you’ll still have to go to your ‘office’ on a regular basis. So, the best solution is to find a facility where you have working and living spaces under one roof.
Shared Accommodation and Work Space Providers
Luckily, many businesses have seen the potential of this niche and are providing a lot of services for digital nomads. Here is a short review of some of the best service providers that digital nomads can rely on to get accommodation and coworking spaces.
Co-living aka Co-working is a new concept that is very similar to living with room-mates only without the contractual commitment. As the name suggests Co-living is a communal style of living where people rent out a fully furnished room for at least 30 days while sharing the rest of the amenities such as offices with other digital nomads, sometimes leading to surprising collaborations.
According to hostelgeeks.com’s Selina CoWorking Review, Selina is a perfect example of a brand that allows such a style of living. If you are looking for a way of living that allows you to work from wherever you see fit, then Co-Working is the perfect solution to the new-age digital nomadic lifestyle.
If you want a make-shift arrangement for living and working remotely, Agoda can make that possible. It is basically a metasearch engine for hotels, vacation homes, and flights. You can use it to find accommodation and then team up with other digital nomads to use it as a shared accommodation and workplace.
The concept is good but if you don’t find like-minded people to share the property, it is not feasible. In addition to that, if you travel a lot and don’t stay in a place for a long time, this may not be the right solution for you.
If you want to avoid the hassle of finding accommodation and arranging for food and other things, this can help.
Hostelworld is an online platform where you can find a hostel at the location you want to go to and get accommodation there. Some hostels also provide coworking spaces so if you find one of those, that will be a plus.
Couchsurfing is a solution for the digital nomads who are not very stable financially.
The members of this website post if they have a couch, bed, or room to spare in their home. If you want accommodation in that area, you can contact such people and live with them. It is intended to be free for the ‘couch surfers’ but some people will have you as paying guests.
Couchsurfing can serve as your solution until you find a better alternative or get stable enough to afford one.
If you want to start a nomadic lifestyle, the first thing you need is a stable income from a remote job that can pay your bills. The next important thing is finding the right accommodation and coworking spaces for you. Hopefully, this article has helped you figure out what kind of living styles are currently available and which one suits you best.