The Next Adventure? Digital Nomad Life!
Not much of a secret anymore, is it?
I’m becoming a digital nomad!
You may have heard the term tossed around, but in case it’s new for you, a digital nomad is someone who is professionally location independent + uses technology to perform their job.
As an online-based entrepreneur, the idea of being a digital nomad is something I’ve dreamed of since before it was cool (uh oh, hipster alert!).
Ever since I was in elementary school, I’ve wanted to live outside of the United States, where I grew up. I’ve wanted to travel more + experience more of the world, but never just a few weeks at a time, and not just with a tour group.
I wanted to experience what it was like to live as a local would, seeing their country through their eyes, not as just another tourist.
As a digital nomad, I can see places I’ve only dreamed of + meet people I never would have met otherwise (even with the magical science of the internet).
What does being a digital nomad look like?
It’s a bit different for everyone, but my version of digital nomad life will be this:
1. No Home Base – Here in Austin, Texas, I’m moving into a new apartment in December 2019.
In early 2021, my apartment lease will end + I won’t renew it. I will sell all of my furniture + bulky items (hello, Subaru + swanky cast iron pots), and live out of my suitcases.
2. No Debt – My goal to become 100% debt-free is still alive + well.
The focus is to be debt-free going into my digital nomad life, taking even more stress off the whole process.
I’ve talked to numerous digital nomads who travel while still being in-debt (usually credit card and/or student loan debt), but personally, I hope to put that to rest before the journey begins. And yes, I have a plan.
3. Order Amongst the Chaos – While I will be “traveling full-time,” that doesn’t mean I’ll be changing locations often.
The plan is to stay in one place for at least a month at a time (or longer, if the place is great + my passport will allow it). That helps to keep costs + logistical stress down (two key factors that can make digital nomad life unbearable).
The current plan is to progressively change time zones, going from the US to Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Indonesia, through various European countries, Scandinavia, and a final stop in Iceland before coming back to the US.
The emphasis here is that is the PLAN, but hey, things change, right? Once the adventure begins, everything is optional.
4. Choose Carefully – This goes for locations, possessions, + clients.
Thankfully, my current client roster (I have space for one more!) includes fellow entrepreneurs that have done the digital nomad journey before (including one who is still doing it) + they’re incredibly supportive.
For possessions, my minimalism will be put to the test. I plan to keep one box of personal items (things I want to keep but don’t need to travel with) at my Mum’s house. Otherwise, if it doesn’t fit in my suitcases (one large checked back, one rolling carry-on, + one computer bag), then it’s gone. Sell or donate, all will go to a good home.
When it comes to location, there’s a lot of factors when choosing where to go: price, comfort, safety, culture … but first and foremost, a digital nomad needs strong wi-fi.
Once my 3rd book is released, I hope to have some overseas events with readers too!
… but WHY!? What’s so great about being a digital nomad?
Frankly, I have no idea, since I haven’t been a digital nomad before.
From the digital nomads I’ve talked to, the lifestyle has its perks: freedom, flexibility, exploring new lands + cultures, and especially shedding the false stories + self-sabotaging beliefs you’re still hauling around with you.
There’s something about simplifying your possessions + your attachments that causes unexpected shifts inside of you.
Your new life is going to cost you your old one. It’s going to cost you your comfort zone and your sense of direction. It’s going to cost you relationships and friends. It’s going to cost you being liked and understood. But it doesn’t matter. Because the people who are meant for you are going to meet you on the other side. And you’re going to build a new comfort zone around the things that actually move you forward. And instead of like, you’re going to be loved. Instead of understanding, you’re going to be seen. All you’re going to lose is what was built for a person you no longer are. Let it go. – Brianna Wiest
If you enjoy your life the way it is now, that’s awesome. If you don’t, change is always an option.
Sometimes, you reach a point in your life where the only change that is going to push you forward is a BIG change.
That’s where I’m at, and I’m excited about what comes next.