Today my “office” is located in the UNESCO World Heritage city of Melaka, Malaysia. A few days from now, it will be in Singapore. Later in the week, it will be on the island of Borneo. I am a digital nomad and I never get tired of the view from my desk because it is always changing.
You might have heard the term “Digital Nomad” before, but what does it really mean? The basic definition of a digital nomad is someone who utilizes technology (that’s the digital part) in order to make it possible to work wherever they want (that’s the nomad part).
Digital nomad workers can be found in many different careers including writing, graphic design, web design, translation, SEO, marketing and many more. All that a digital nomad needs to earn an income is a laptop and a decent wireless connection. They are free to live anywhere in the world and work while they are traveling by logging in from internet cafes, trains, hotels and even tropical beaches. They make their own hours, so it doesn’t really matter what time zone they are working in.
Most digital nomads are freelance workers of some type, working for many different clients around the world. Some have their own online start up businesses or make money from selling advertising on their websites. They might also generate income from the sales of Ebooks.
Digital nomads travel in many different ways, some moving through cities quickly and others staying in each location for weeks or months. Some people might have a home that they use as a base and then venture out on trips, while others (like us) might have no home and live full time on the road.
It’s hard to believe, but sometimes traveling full time can be cheaper than it would be to pay rent, bills and shopping while living in one place. Many digital nomads have figured out that if they are earning dollars, euros or pounds and they are traveling in regions such as Southeast Asia or South America, their income goes a lot further. This is why you will see many digital nomads choosing to travel these cheaper countries, as they can either travel frugally and save money or spend the same as they would back home and enjoy a higher standard of living.
This type of job wouldn’t have been possible 20 years ago, but the prevalence of high speed internet and the evolution of small portable laptops has made it possible. As a result, you no longer have to choose between traveling the world and pursuing a career. You also get to enjoy the many other perks of being able to live and travel absolutely anywhere in the world you want and earn a living while you do so! Take a look at all of the amazing adventures that we had in our first year as digital nomads.
If you want to make this lifestyle happen for you, read our guide for getting started as a digital nomad. You can also check out the other posts in the Digital Nomad Lifestyle category to learn more about what the location independent life is like. If you have any questions, just let us know.