That slow depression building throughout Sunday morning, the dread growing and growing as the last day of your weekend threatens to expire. You know you should go to sleep because you’re up early tomorrow, but going to sleep means that you close your eyes, only to open them eight hours later and begin the monotonous weekly routine all over again.
So Monday comes all too soon once more. Same shitty iPhone alarm going off at an ungodly hour, same groggy rushed shower, same shitty commute using the same apps to keep your mind off the boring journey ahead. Same watercooler small talk, same Monday morning meetings, and same shitty pay cheque at the end of the month. Not quite what you had in mind for your adulthood. Time for a change? I think so.
There’s a new breed of people shaking up the status quo. People who worry less about the time of a meeting, and more about which time zone they’re in. Digital Nomadism is in it’s ascendancy, and it’s easy to see why. Our generation is fed up. Fed up with an awful job market, over priced housing and a life of middle management. Stupid people are becoming more famous, the Western media are fear mongering like never before and we all thought that life was supposed to be much cooler than this. And it can be. It is.
So What is a Digital Nomad?
A digital nomad is someone who isn’t confined by office space, office attire or office politics. They can work wherever they want as long as they have an internet connection. There are no set hours, often no boss, and you don’t have to call in sick to skip work because you want to go wakeboarding, knowing that you’ll happily pull an all-nighter tomorrow to make up for it.
Digital Nomads make their money online through blogging, affiliate marketing, social media, ebooks, coaching and a host of other ingenious methods. We’re location independent and we love it.
If the monotonous routine is getting you down, if you look back at your last five years and think ‘what have I actually done in that time’, then it’s time to shake it up. Here are five reasons why you should become a digital nomad:
The best thing about being a digital nomad is undoubtedly the genuine freedom. I’m talking full-blown, naked star-jumping, Braveheart style freedom. Anyone who has spent any time in a ‘real job’ will know what it feels like to be confined. Not being able to take advantage of that sweet deal to Paris ‘cos you don’t have enough holiday left, that sucks. It shouldn’t be that way, and it doesn’t have to be.
Freedom isn’t qualified by the sexy car you have parked out front. Imagine living in Thailand for six months, working on a beach, drinking $1 fruitshakes for breakfast everyday. You have an epiphany, you wanna learn Spanish in Colombia. No talking, no social media bravado, no false dawns – you’re off next week. Flight booked and salsa lessons organized. That’s freedom.
I have had one ‘real’ job in my life, I moved to Sydney, Australia and worked in a sales job. Great money, I thought, first time I ever made five figures in a month. But my mindset was wrong. If I make $10, 000, what’s the guy upstairs making?! Now that’s more like it. Now we’re getting somewhere.
As a digital nomad, you pocket the profit. Sure, we have expenses like anyone else, but the rest, that’s yours. You expand your little empire as and when you want, as the numbers increase so does your bank balance. Making someone else rich is not the grand plan folks. Remember that.
One thing to remember about being a digital nomad is that the vast majority of your work is international. You will constantly need to exchange between currencies to pay for your expenses abroad. Using banks is a very complex and expensive solution. Paypal is easy but lots of clients pay this way, but for yourseld the best way is to often use currency transfer services.
Once you make the leap to become a digital nomad, you’ll spend the first year having your mind blown. Cool young people doing amazing things all over the place. People starting NGOs, people making six figures in a month, people outsourcing to the extent they work an hour a week – madness.
In the confines of your ‘old life’, a successful person was someone who got promoted a year or two early, someone who saved the deposit for their flat a little quicker. Prepare to reset your success-radar. And for every one of these people you meet, network with, befriend, another door will open for you. The opportunities that come your way will never cease to amaze you now all you have to do is catch the right one and run with it.
The old fight club adage of “the things you own end up owning you” often rings true. Minimalism doesn’t mean wearing the same dirty jeans, and not washing your hair for months on end. Minimalism represents getting your house in order. The world is a big, sexy place – full of stuff cooler than you can imagine. Focusing on keeping up with the Jones’ distorts all that, big TVs are cool but at what expense? Get your shit straight, keep it simple, and prioritise accordingly.
Now don’t get me wrong. When I first made the leap to digital nomadism I was broke as a joke, but I was free, and I loved it. For a few years, I literally owned only what was in my backpack, I rented an apartment in Thailand and I hustled until I could upgrade my life. The first time I had a chunk of cash I bought an apartment in Bangkok, Thailand, outright and went out and bought the biggest TV I could find. I’m not knocking nice things, just don’t let them own you. Don’t put them on a pedestal, your life comes first, everything else is secondary.
Youth shouldn’t be wasted on the young, we should grab it, embrace it and use it. We’re mobile, healthy, ambitious and hungry. Living pay cheque to pay cheque, paying down credit card debt and over priced phone bills means you’re doing it wrong.
Never in history has a demographic like ours been so blessed with opportunity. We don’t need to come from a wealthy family, I sure as hell didn’t, we don’t need the right surname, right schooling or right skin colour. If you can speak English, and can access the internet then you literally have no excuses as to why your life isn’t meeting your expectations, no matter how lofty they are. In fact, the loftier the better. Take ownership over your where you are right now, and where you’d like to be.
Being a digital nomad means you can really live your life. You can volunteer in obscure places, you can watch the wildebeest migration, visit tribes, ride in hot air balloons and climb mountains. You can party till sunrise and you don’t have to feel guilty for it. Life is meant to be lived. Digital nomadism allows that in abundance.
So when people ask me about my lifestyle, here’s my honest, brutal answer. I hope I never get sucked back into the ‘real world’, I hope I never have a ‘real job’, you can keep it. You know why? Cos my ‘real world’ is f*cking awesome. Long live digital nomadism. Good luck peeps x
Before we start… blogging changed my life, I can’t believe just how much it’s changed, and how quickly! If you wanna know how I managed to make $1m+ blogging, buy properties in Thailand and London, visit to every country in the world, and never have to work in an office again then read this – here’s how to start a travel blog of your own… in less than 30 minutes. Dont be one of the crowd, life’s too short for that.