I've been living the nomadic lifestyle for a little under a year now. And I've got no plans for going home (and back to an ordinary full-time job) any time soon! I just love this lifestyle. Living in a constant state of travel, and earning money as I go...it's literally my dream come true. I feel hugely fortunate and thankful that I've been able to make it a reality.I thought I'd share some suggestions for easing the transition into full-time travel, and making the digital nomad lifestyle a wholly enjoyable affair. Hopefully, the coming post will help out anyone else considering this awesome way of life.
It's time to actually make your new digital nomad lifestyle happen. There's no time like the present! It's all too easy to stop, hesitate, and fail to act on our ambitions. Before we know it, a year, and then two, and then 5, drift by. We find excuse after excuse and eventually feel like it's too late.
If you have any looming desire to give life on the road a shot, then I wholeheartedly encourage you to act upon it as soon as possible. Like most people, I hate the idea of getting to the end of my life and looking back on it with any semblance of regret. Digital nomadry is a daunting prospect. There can be a host of genuine hurdles to overcome to get there!
Okay, let's say you've finally made it to the road. Congratulations! You did it! Now the fun really starts. Get ready for one long learning experience to head your way. One of the main things I've had to get a handle on is my finances. I was lucky enough to get a job writing blog content before I left for my travels. It's ideal: the work is almost always there to be done. I just need to log on, choose the article I want to write, and then a week later I'm paid for it.I recommend sitting down and working out a budget for the road. Know how much money you can earn, and how much you're expecting to pay. If you can save up some money in advance, then even better.
Redirect Your Mail
Make sure you remember to redirect your mail when you leave. It's one example of a practical thing to think about in advance. I was silly and forgot to change all of my addresses over before I left. This led to a bunch of correspondence going to my old address. Now I've got my mailing address set up for my parents' house. My letters get sent there, and then either my mum or dad scans them and sends them through. This system works great, but only because I'm lucky to have a lovely set of parents to help!
Stay In Touch With Home
Living on the road can get lonely. It's one of the many challenges of travelling for a long time. However, there's something even more daunting about the prospect of travelling indefinitely. Like, I literally don't know when I'll see my family and friends at home again! Sure, it's nice to know that I could hop on a plane if I needed to. But I have no actual plans to do it any time soon. Feelings of homesickness and loneliness are only natural when you're a long way from loved ones.
Expect a fair dosage of it- especially after the first couple of months, when the initial rush wears off.
To remedy the situation, I recommend making a regular habit of calling home. You may not need much persuasion! Get it scheduled in the diary, though. Knowing when you'll next talk with your best friend, or your mum and dad can take the sting off those feelings of isolation.
Time to Start Living on the Road Full Time
There you have it: my top tips to ease the transition into living on the road full time, and make the most of this amazing experience. I've not looked back since transitioning into digital nomadry. I love the newfound freedom and control I have over my life. It would take an awful lot to convince me to go back to the ‘olden days' of location-based living.
Essential Tips for Living on the Road Full Time
May 02, 2021