More and more modern-day nomads are taking on this new lifestyle, creating a trend amidst the travel addicts these days. Some call themselves ‘location-independent’, while others use terms like ‘digital nomads’. All sorts of lingo have sprung up revolving around the newly sought after lifestyle of working as you go. Regardless of where you are – in the Amazon jungle or sailing in the Arctic – with a laptop in hand and internet connection to connect you with the world, you can easily keep up with your professional life while traveling around the world.
Why become a Digital Nomad?
Who said work has to be boring? Who said work needs to be in an office? Picture yourself working on your laptop sitting at a cafe overlooking the Iguazu Falls, finishing up an article or having a business meeting with your clients. All these while the money rolls in. Isn’t that everyone’s dream job?
That said, making a living while on the road is not a bed of roses like many would imagine. Taking precious time off traveling to check emails, to work on articles and liaise with editors can be taxing on what is otherwise a leisure activity for others. Instead of completely getting away from work and soaking in nature and beauty, your mind might not be able to shut off even while traveling. However, with some excellent time management and prioritization, I believe adopting such a free lifestyle definitely overwrites any other undesirable traits it might entail.
Our Transition into a Digital Nomadic Lifestyle
Although we have yet to complete our transition into fully-fletched digital nomads, I can already see the difference it will make on the way we travel. I personally see more of the positive sides than negativities of the digital nomad lifestyle, and honestly can’t wait to plunge right into it. With our new Canon 450D SLR camera and tiny netbook Lenovo S10, we are almost constantly plugged in and connected to the world even while on the go. Writing from our hostel in Buenos Aires, I am already loving the baby steps we are taking into the location-independent lifestyle.
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