Before we begin, let's define what it means to be a digital nomad. Simply put, a digital nomad is a remote worker who provides value from anywhere while staying connected.
While there are many different ways to live the digital nomad lifestyle, what we're going to be reviewing here is how to become a full-time RVer who lives, travels, and works from the road
Remote working is becoming a big trend, which gives rise to the digital nomad culture. And with the progression of technology paired with 68% of millennial job seekers saying an option to work remotely would greatly increase their interest in specific employers, remote working is only going to trend upward in the coming years.
People are leading more towards a life of freedom as opposed to the traditional 9-to-5 office job. And let us tell you, it's definitely possible.
We're wanderers at heart. We've been fulltiming in our Airstream and DIYed truck camper since March 2017. It's been a dream in the making for many years.
When we're on the road, time seems to slow down. All of a sudden a week feels like a month and a month feels like a year. We see and experience so much; it's a feeling very unlike living stationary. It took us awhile to adjust to the 'living, not vacationing' mindset. But once you get accustomed to the road life, it's hard to revert back to 'reality'. You'll find yourself planning your next stop and looking for things to do in that area.
We completed our first tour around Unites States in July 2017. We wandered 10,700 miles in 100 days while successfully working from the road.
We learned a lot from this experience and want to share it with you. So if you're someone who dreams of becoming a digital nomad, this page is for you.
Here are seven tips on how to become a digital nomad:
Let's dig into each further below, equipping you with the knowledge and information needed to become a successful remote worker from the road.
"Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway." – Earl Nightingale
"You think effectiveness with people and efficiency with things." – Stephen Covey
No matter how effective you are at work, there's a definite shift from working in an office environment to working anywhere and everywhere. Just because your environment changes doesn't mean your routine has to. Below is a list of tips that helped Justin become an effective digital nomad.
Creating the @HubSpot Training Day deck. Can't wait for @INBOUND! Come learn w/ me & @sujanpatel 👉 https://t.co/IoHKi1pZTq #unboundinbounder pic.twitter.com/vFGEHOZq5Z— Justin Champion (@JustinRChampion) July 23, 2017
I do my best work when I #remotework 🚐💨 #getoutside and soak in the creativity from the #nature around you #unboundinbounder pic.twitter.com/K71aV1VrVH— Justin Champion (@JustinRChampion) July 30, 2017
"If you haven't found it yet, keep looking." – Steve Jobs
Forty percent more U.S. employers offered flexible workplace options than they did five years ago (and it's only going to trend upward). If you have the training, skills, and credentials, then below is a list of websites that can connect you with remote working opportunities.
"If you can't advertise yourself, what hope do you have of advertising anything else?" – David Ogilvy
Don't expect the jobs to come and find you. Think of yourself like sheep; you'll blend in with others around you unless you take the time to make yourself stand out from the rest of the herd. Below is a list of suggestions on how to make yourself stand out and land a position that allows you to live a digital nomad life.
"Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world." – Nelson Mandela
Education should be free (or moderately priced) for all. Everyone has the right to open their minds and expand their growth. Below is a list of websites that offer free education that will give you the skills and credentials needed to land a marketing-focused digital nomad position.
"Proper planning and preparation prevents poor performance." – Stephen Keague
Confidence is achieved through preparation. When downsizing to live a life on the road, it's important to not acquire things you don't need. That being said, below is a list of must-haves for every digital nomad:
Love when @NationalForests are close to cell reception. Makes remote working that much easier #unboundinbounder pic.twitter.com/PZY6CGZRRR— Justin Champion (@JustinRChampion) April 5, 2017
"Start today!" – Anthony 'Civ' Civarelli
We understand it takes time to become a successful digital nomad. It took us a little over two years to make it a reality, but you have to start somewhere. If this is a lifestyle that you want to try out (and trust us, we LOVE it), then start today by making small alterations in your lifestyle choices, like downsizing your belongings to get into the traveling mind frame.
Another suggestion is to keep up with the latest trends in digital media. Below is a list of resources you should consider checking out.
Final thought: We believe in you. Don't give up even when the dream seems far away. Remember, it can take time to make the transition into becoming a digital nomad. Make steps towards your goal to keep it alive, and it'll happen for you.