Alright, so I was thinking a lot about chasing a digital nomad lifestyle as a long-term option. I experienced only a few trips where I was actually a digital nomad and I simply love it!
That lifestyle offers so many advantages that it’s hard to list them all. I will try to list the most significant advantages I find living this way of life.
Don’t get me wrong, there are also some disadvantages, but we will talk about it in a different post.
So, let’s start!
1. Ultimate Freedom
This one should be obvious, but many people who I talked to have a goal of having an ultimate freedom in their life. Yet, they are still working on a boring 9-5 job they don’t like and hoping something will come up soon!
I’m sorry to tell you this, but if you don’t work toward your goals nothing will happen.
You can’t expect someone will give you a dream job or something will change in the following years because nobody will give you anything as you’re entitled to nothing!
This is a harsh truth, but sooner you realize it, the better.
If you’re stagnant and static, you will find yourself doing the same job bragging about life for the next 20 or more years.
Digital nomading offers you an ultimate freedom as you can pick the project you like and you can work on it whenever you want.
When I was in Ko Lanta, I started to become interested in travel writing, so I started to work on a few travel writing projects to fund my trip. It was fun to work on something you love to do as it doesn’t feel as a work anymore.
I could easily work for 5 – 6 hours per day, especially because I was working in a tropical coworking space called KoHub surrounded with many like-minded people.
You can just leave the “office”, rent a motorbike and cruise around the island. Or if you love to swim or watch the sunset, you have a freedom to do it.
There is no one who will tell you when you need to work. The most people are working on deadlines, which is perfect as you know when you need to be done with the project.
It’s up to you to organize your working hours and activities. The most important thing is to get the things done.
There will be days when you wake up and just don’t feel as working.
And guess what? That’s perfectly fine!
Explore the island, hang out with friends, do the things you never did before, grow as a person. Do whatever you want!
So yeah, if you want to be a free person who can always grow with each day and experience new things, then you should consider about digital nomad lifestyle.
2. Surrounded with Other Digital Nomads
If you’re a freelancer who is chasing a digital nomad lifestyle or you already been on the road for some time working remotely, there are huge chances that you’re looking for coworking spaces.
Coworking spaces are literally everywhere!
It’s a shared office where other digital nomads/remote workers come and do their productive work. There are so much different setups and it’s up to you to choose the best fitting one.
In Ko Lanta, the choice isn’t huge as there is only one coworking space, but this one has everything you need to have a productive and focused work.
The great thing with coworking spaces is a community of nomads. You can find people from the farthest parts of the world. You can hear their stories and experiences and be motivated by to chase the same experiences.
Damn, one girl climbed to Mt.Everest, visited Columbia and did other crazy stuff. One guy canceled his returning ticket and start chasing digital nomad lifestyle.
You can read the adventures of the guy who canceled his returning ticket and start chasing digital nomad career here. There are some crazy stories!
There are some crazy people there and being surrounded by them makes you a bit crazier. In a positive way, I mean.
These ideas you hear and experiences you have, change you as the person. You become a better person and professional.
You can even go alone on the trip as you can be sure you will meet many positive and like-minded people in coworking spaces.
If you’re doing this for the first time, I warmly advise you KoHub as it’s a very small coworking space with intimate groups. Also, there are some activities every day that will help you connect with people.
Also, your drinking capacity will increase drastically!
Don’t be surprised to be drunk or feeling a *bit different* from time to time.
3. More Focus and Productivity
It’s undeniable! You’re simply more focused on the projects and overall more productive.
My advice is to spend your time in coworking spaces, but you can work from cafe or hotel. No matter where you’re working from, you’ll be more focused as you’re aware that you’re far away from your home and you need to sustain as much as you can.
The money will be the motive as it can lead you to extended travel!
I’ve never been so focused and productive than during my time in KoHub. I worked for two clients and invested the majority of the time in my business.
The clients were always happy and satisfied with the work.
The interesting thing is that I have never seen so much improvement in my business than in the period of my stay in Ko Lanta!
It’s hard to not focus on the work when you’re surrounded with other nomads who’re working hard to succeed. Some of them even work for 12+ hours daily.
The environment simply pushes you to work hard, but it’s worth it at the end.
Before I started with digital nomading, I was working but didn’t have a definite goal, so my focus and productivity would vary from day to day.
Right now, I just know what I want in my life, so it’s easy to be on point!
4. Enables You to Explore the World
The majority of people are looking to travel, but they are limited because they only have a few weeks per year of free time.
I heard so many stories: “I want to travel, but you know, I don’t have a time…”
Everyone has their own choice and I respect that. If you want to travel full-time and explore the places you already dreamed of, then digital nomad lifestyle is your thing!
Digital nomading enables you to work location independently. When you start with the career, you can’t expect to visit just any place you want as some places are more expensive than others.
For example, South East Asia is very affordable for starters.
Spending one month in Thailand was a way cheaper than spending one month in Croatian coast!
When you land your first client and do the quality job, it becomes very easy to land another project. If you want to spend a few months on the road working, especially if you’re a starter, you should work for a few clients probably.
To put the things in the numbers, you need to earn around $1,000 to live comfortably in SE Asia for one month. You can budget and live for smaller amounts, but it comes with the experience.
Digital nomading is a very effective way to explore the world as you’re not going on a vacation, but you’re actually going to live in some country for some time. That’s a huge difference!
That’s a huge difference!
5. Personal Growth
Traveling in general changes you as you’re able to see the things from different perspective. The thing with regular traveling is that it’s hard to see different perspectives if you have only a week or two on a vacation.
There is not a huge chance that you’ll experience a life as a local. I bet you’re going to party and make the best of your vacation. You were working for a year to get these two weeks free, right?
You were working for a year to get these two weeks free, right?
You will still have the benefits and you will grow as a person, but imagine living in a foreign country for a longer period of time.
Imagine hanging out with the locals, trying their food, learning their language and tradition, trying their homemade drinks and more. You soon started to see the life from a whole different perspective.
You soon realize why they have the particular perspective about the world. That way you become more empathy person which means a better understanding of people and world around you.
Everything is about the progress as a person.
When you become a better person, you do not only benefit yourself! All the people and world around you will benefit too!
What Do You Think About Digital Nomad Lifestyle?
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