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Challenges of a Digital Nomad

September 27, 2022/4 minutes reading

For many people, the idea of living a nomadic lifestyle sounds like an amazing way to live. You can work from anywhere in the world, and you never have to set foot in one place for too long. However, the reality of being a nomad can be quite different, and it can be a difficult experience at times.

A female nomad working at her desk.

Cost of Living

It can be expensive! Let's face it - the life of a digital nomad isn't cheap. You have to pay for things like internet connections, transportation, and accommodation when you're not based in a particular city or country. (Some of these costs are unavoidable, but most are not.) All of this can add up to a pretty hefty bill, and it can make it more difficult to make ends meet when you're just starting out as a nomad. When you're not based in one particular place for any length of time, you often have to find short-term accommodation (usually in hostels or other shared spaces) while you look for a more permanent place to stay. This can be quite costly as well. Then there is transportation, even if you're just taking the occasional flight from one place to another, you'll still need to pay for your tickets. If you tend to move around a lot for work reasons, this can really start to add up after a while.

An individual performing accounting on a calculator.

Securing Income

It can take a while to build up a steady income! Being a nomad is a great way to earn a "nomad salary" – i.e., an income that fluctuates quite a bit as you travel from one country to another. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it can make things difficult if you're not used to this type of lifestyle. It takes time to build a loyal client base. It takes time to build your brand and to establish yourself as an expert in your field. And it takes time to develop your skills to a point where you're actually able to earn a decent living as a freelancer or consultant.

A female influencer digital nomad thinking about her future.

Freelance Fluctuation

It's not always easy to do what you love... not every job can be a good fit for a digital nomad. If you're already working a full-time job and you want to try your hand at being a digital nomad, you may find that the transition isn't as easy as you'd hoped it would be. For example, if you have a regular office job where you're employed full time and have a stable schedule, it can be difficult to manage your time effectively as a freelancer or consultant who's constantly on the move. You may end up working long hours on a regular basis just to make ends meet, which can be tiring and stressful. Fortunately, there are a lot of online resources that can help you make the transition from being an employee to being your own boss a lot easier.

A male influencer sitting on his couch working on a laptop.

Drifting Focus

As a digital nomad, you never really know where you're going to live next or what you'll be doing for a living. This can make it hard to keep your long-term goals in sight when you're constantly distracted by the short-term issues that pop up on a daily basis. You might end up drifting aimlessly from project to project without making any real progress with any of them. This can lead to feelings of self-doubt and frustration over time. You can prevent this from happening by setting clear goals for yourself and working hard to achieve them on a regular basis.

A female nomad struggling, and holding her forehead.

Solitary Lifestyle

Living on the road isn't always glamorous... The life of a digital nomad can be very solitary and isolating at times. You'll spend a lot of time on your own as you go from place to place in search of work and inspiration. This can make you feel very alone and cut off from the rest of the world. The good news is that there are plenty of ways you can improve your social situation and build your network of connections while you're on the go. If you're having trouble finding new ways to meet people and develop new friendships, try using some of the popular social networking tools that are designed specifically for digital nomads. You can also sign up for group classes and local networking events in your area to find like-minded people and build your network that way.

A man working at a shared work spacing.

Work-Life Balance

Finding the perfect work/life balance... It's important to find a balance that works for you and that allows you to enjoy life without putting undue stress on your body or mind. This is especially important as you get older and start to develop a chronic illness such as diabetes or arthritis. Try to create an ideal daily routine that involves some physical activity as well as plenty of free time to rest and relax. This will help you maintain a healthy mind and body that will serve you well for many years to come.

A female influencer digital nomad with her baby.

Home is Where the Heart Is

There's no denying that having a place to call home is an important element of a happy and fulfilling life. This is especially true for digital nomads who don't have the luxury of having a physical location where they can store their belongings and spend time with their friends and family. Having a stable home base that you can return to regularly can help you maintain a sense of stability and security that will help you overcome the many challenges you'll face on your journey as a digital nomad. But don't let this idea distract you from pursuing your dreams. Stay focused on your goals and maintain a clear head at all times so that you'll be able to achieve the success you deserve.

A man working in his home office.

The Road is Long

Like any lifestyle being a digital nomad comes with its challenges, but for some people, these are the perfect components to achieving happiness. Not all of these challenges apply to every nomad and don’t forget that there are variations of digital nomading from backpacking, to van-life, to yachting around the world that will fit your personality. Finding the perfect match will give you rich experiences that dwarf any challenges mentioned above.

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