We have recently discussed 8 ways to become a nomad girl. But today let’s focus on the digital nomad lifestyle, such as the ongoing travel and everyday routines. From our experience and from the experience of other nomad girls, who we have been actively interviewing, we have outlined several basic points:
1. Slow travel
As you start the digital nomad lifestyle you should be prepared to balance your work routine, control the living costs and plan your daily trips and adventures. From our experience many digital nomads opt for a “slow travel” concept where you stay at one place for at least 2-3 months before moving to the next location. Here is why:
– You are able to save money (by spreading the flight costs for at least two months);
– You do usually need some sort of infrastructure to sustain the digital nomad lifestyle and usual work routine. So, before relocating to another place, it is convenient to spend 2 months at one place;
– It is easier to make friends. You have spare time and energy to go to networking events, meetups and explore the nearby locations like a local.
Costs of living can differ in different parts of the world (to get an idea, read “5 cheapest places to live for digital nomad girls”). But such lifestyle also allows you to live in much cheaper countries (like Thailand or Spain) and reap off the benefits by working with your usual well-paying clients. As the result, you are able to spend less money and sustain the same level of lifestyle. Plus, the sun and the beaches 😉
3. Urban locations
The internet is our main stress all the time. We must say: it is not always fancy cocktails and palm trees. Very often you have to run around looking for a good internet connection and speed. This can be very stressful, sometimes demotivating and unproductive. So, before you go to a specific place, city or country be sure to read forums and facebook groups. You can also ask the girls on our Facebook group.
4. Work environment
Many people prefer to use coworking spaces and cafes which have good internet connection, more or less nice coffee, and like-minded community. But, some of us also prefer working on our own, really concentrating on work stuff and being productive. If you do want to have some personal time, it is better to book a single room in advance, rather than a hostel or a couch.
5. Daily Routines
The digital nomad lifestyle usually requires us to have flexible work routines but you also need the stability to focus on high-quality work. From our experience, most digital nomads adjust themselves to their remote client’s schedule. Hence we usually travel on the weekends.
India, Thailand or Brazil might be the tempting options on the list of destinations for #nomadgirls. But it is very important to consider safety and health issues before you start living in a particular area. It is always a good idea not to be alone all the time (if you are traveling solo). Research the forums and Facebook groups beforehand. And, of course, you can connect to locals on many facebook groups and forums.
We are pretty sure that lifestyles of different nomad girls will vary in terms of the amount of travel, work, and activities. Some of us like hectic and fast travel, but most prefer stability, daily routines and extended periods of time working rather than traveling.
Nevertheless, digital nomad lifestyle is unique and exciting. It allows you to click the RESET button whenever you want, explore the city like a local and start your life “from scratch”. Our community is very fortunate to build and design the life the way we want it to be and to do the work and activities that we have always dreamed about. So, we encourage you to try and see for yourself! 😉
Share your thoughts and questions in the comments. We would love to hear your experience!