4 tips for digital nomads

Catherine Jones —

Digital nomads are defined as « individuals that leverage technology to work remotely and live an independent and nomadic lifestyle. » In the past few years, this trend has been increasing exponentially and is now widespread. You’ve probably seen a couple of digital nomads on social media - sipping their coffee in Paris and working on their computers in a laid-back setting.

For me, this way of life focuses on experiences overseas and on being in the present moment. In the last month, I’ve visited five countries: Ireland, England, France, Germany and now The Netherlands.

What I’ve learned is that even if working abroad is often idealized, it comes with a fair share of obstacles! It’s not always as glamorous as it looks on pictures and on the media. In my opinion, the most important thing to sustain this style of living is balance. Therefore, thought I’d share my best tips so far on working abroad and on adjusting to this lifestyle.


Be passionate about your work

What encouraged me to take a leap of faith and work remotely is that I love my job. Most of my work can be done online. Yet, it takes a lot of discipline and focus to sustain this lifestyle. If you don’t love what you do, you’ll have a harder time resisting going to the beach or socializing instead of working.


Organization is key

You need to have a calendar to manage your itinerary, your flights, your accommodations, and your workdays. If you want to have a good time, you need to have a system that works and that is stress-free. These strategies will help you divide your time between traveling and working.


Check the Wi-Fi

If you work remotely, I assume most of your work is done online. Therefore, you need to make sure you always have access to a fast and accessible wi-fi. Between countries, the internet situation can vary a lot. Beforehand, always make sure you’ve done enough research and that you have the resources you need. If your accommodation doesn’t offer a fast connection, I encourage you to look at co-working spaces!


Commit to daily routines

When you are traveling, you can often get caught up in the adventures and the spontaneity. However, when you are traveling long-term it’s important to think about your mental and your physical health. An example of this would be having a morning routine – working out, meditating, and answering work emails.


Finally, the most important step is enjoying yourself and getting out of your comfort zone! Working abroad is an incredible experience and will offer you possibilities you wouldn’t have thought of before, you just have to be open to them.


See you around the world!