What Does a Digital Nomad Do, Exactly?
If you’re like most people, it feels like your vacations are never long enough. There are always more sights you wish you could see, more local cuisine to explore, locals who you’d love to meet and just more overall time you wish you could spend soaking up a destination before moving on. Digital Nomads do it but what does a digital nomad do, exactly?
Well, digital nomads get to enjoy a lot of those perks — they’re just not on vacation. The working nomad lifestyle is a growing movement, and you’ve probably heard about it in passing at some point. But while working while traveling sounds amazing, you probably have some questions about what, exactly, it all entails. Here’s what you need to know.
What is a digital nomad, again?
A digital nomad is a remote worker who travels to different spots, often around the world. Working nomads, as they’re also called, will sometimes do their work in private but also in co-living spaces, co-working spaces, public libraries, cafes, coffee shops, and even on beaches. As long as they can have a good wireless connection, they can work.
Every digital nomad has slightly different motivations for choosing their lifestyle, but most do it because they don’t just want to travel for short bursts of time before heading home. Instead, they want to truly immerse themselves in a new culture, inspire creativity and live like a local does.
Digital nomads don’t permanently relocate to a destination. Instead, they prefer to travel slowly by typically staying in one spot for at least a month (but usually multiple months) before moving on to explore a new place. As each time a digital nomad moves, they incur travel costs, have to adapt to a new environment and experience work inefficiencies which is why the most experienced ones prefer to travel slowly.
What does a digital nomad do during the day?
Everyone and every situation is a little different, but digital nomads generally spend a decent amount of time doing work, just like people who have more conventional jobs, but without a commute.
Working hours may be outside the norm if they are working with other time zones, or sometimes they may actually settle down to work from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., before calling it a day. A digital nomad may post up at the same coffee shop in their host city every day, work from home, or they may choose to hop around to different locations. The core thread that separates them from other travelers, though, is that they work while they’re traveling. If they don’t get their work done, the digital nomad lifestyle will end quickly which is why it’s so important for them to be responsible and conscientious with their work.
Afterhours, digital nomads will either cook at home to save money or spend time exploring the city they’re living in for the moment. That may mean trying out new restaurants, catching a local band, checking out the sights, going to a digital nomad meetup, getting to know their housemates or hosts (if they live with one), and generally trying to live like a local, but without the pressure to do everything in a week like most tourists. Each week night is like a school night, so don’t make the rookie mistake and expect to stay out late partying and then to be productive the next day.
What jobs do digital nomads do?
Digital nomads typically are experienced freelancers, company owners, or remote full and part time employees. They can be specialists in e-commerce, affiliate marketing, graphic designers, digital marketers, programmers, IT consultants, virtual assistants, lawyers, accountants, bloggers, copywriters, managers, and so much more. Basically, if your job is web-based, you can probably try living like a digital nomad, at least for a month to give it a try.
Where do digital nomads live?
Paying for a hotel room night after night can get expensive quickly, and the same is true for constantly renting Airbnbs. That’s why a lot of digital nomads will use housing services like NomadX that are specifically tailored to meet their needs. NomadX, for example, helps you find midterm affordable rentals for one to six months (and beyond) from local hosts in Portugal at prices nomads can afford. Some are room rentals that come with a host, while others are coliving spaces or full apartments for those who want privacy.
The digital nomad lifestyle isn’t for everyone. But if you’re craving more travel in your life, you can work remotely, and you really want to immerse yourself in new cultures, it’s definitely worth trying at least once and then deciding from there if it’s the life for you.
Read also: 5 Ways to Be a Digital Nomad Now!
NOMADX is a real estate technology platform developed to meet the needs of the rapidly growing global community of location-independent remote workers, or “Digital Nomads”.
As Digital Nomads ourselves, we know what the market is looking for: trusted, affordable accommodations in highly-attractive locations worldwide at 50% less than AirBNB. We also offer educational masterclasses to help master the lifestyle as well as community events to help foster new friendships.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dave Williams is the CEO and Co-founder of NOMADX with his base in Lisbon, Portugal. Dave is a US pioneer in the digital marketing, advertising, and ad tech industries as a serial digital entrepreneur over the past 20+ years with multiple exits in the early formative stages of the search engine marketing, social media, and ad tech industries.