What are Digital Nomads – and how can you earn money while traveling?
Digital Nomads are people who are location independent and use technology to perform their job. We work remotely (telecommute), which is now economically possible due to cheap internet access, smartphones and voice over internet protocol (VoIP) to keep in contact with clients and employers.
We usually can be found working in most industries in the knowledge economy: marketing, design, IT, writing, media, tutoring and consulting, among others. They may either be remote employees or knowledge process outsourcing employees.
As a funny fact we can be found working in cafés in France, libraries in Argentina or office shares in Australia. While being a digital nomad sounds appealing, there are, as always, downsides. Though some digital nomads are actually rooted to their home offices, some prefer to travel and work at the same time, so carrying half an apartment while picking up souvenirs is impractical. In addition, some digital nomads may also be freelancers who must give up the comfort of a familiar office, desk and chair, as well as the stability and security that comes from a steady paycheck and employment benefits.
This is not for the rich only. Everybody can be a Digital Nomad. Even with family it is absolutely possible. With some restrictions of course.
Some years ago the typical Digital Nomad was in their 20s and 30s. Today, even people in their 40s prefer being a Digital Nomad. This is because they established at least some career and therefore own a bigger travel budget. Seeking for adventures on their own or with family is the most important trigger for those people. And remember this: Being a Digital Nomad with kids extends their experiences enormous!
The typical Digital Nomad prefer hostels to traditional hotels. But because we travel with more money this doesn’t mean that we keep away from luxury. Some Digital Nomads prefer hostels and spend their money to adventure trips. And some prefer traditional (even luxury) hotels, resorts, and adventure trips. So what type are you?
Digital Nomads prefer the long-term travel experience and work from everywhere at the globe with digital camera, laptop, mobile and internet. And this is where some luxury resorts comes handy. Being a Digital Nomad you are free to chose your working places. But you are dependent to get access to a fast internet connection. Luxury resorts just have faster connections than hostels, but you can decide. Work and travel – what an option! And way better than a one-week vacation.
The average Digital Nomad gets all the positive out from the hostel experience – and extends it with security and luxury while maintaining the valuable social experiences that take place.
Being a Digital Nomad is a high-tech modern lifestyle
Today we have a business world which was not possible just (!) 15 years ago. I can write a message sitting at Hawaii to somebody sitting at Bali – and it arrives just 1 or 2 seconds later! Hell, I am really old but I can remember times when you wrote a letter to another continent and it arrived 6 or 8 weeks later. All this is just 20 years ago. Now I can do business with people from Pakistan or Dubai in shortest time.
This means that I can collaborate with people – YOU are one! – around the world, and scale many kinds of traditional businesses to global proportions on the internet. Depending on time-zones 9-to-5 is retro and old-style. Having a local business is not a worldwide option. I can work from everywhere at this planet if I get internet access! With a laptop, a tablet or even with a mobile phone!