How You Can Become a Part-Time Digital Nomad

How You Can Become a Part-Time Digital Nomad

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It’s always nice to spend some time at home, but it’s also true that there’s a mini-adventurer inside all of us who wishes we could spend a little more time exploring. Waking up in new and exciting destinations, mixing up the routine, and all-around having a different kind of fun? Sign us up. One of the problems why people don’t do this as often as they can is because, well, they think they’re too entrenched in their daily life to spend significant portions of the year somewhere else. But this isn’t the case, not in this day and age. Below, we take a look at how you can become a part-time digital nomad, and see more of the world all the while retaining your home life. Having your cake and eating it too, essentially. 

How You Can Become a Part-Time Digital Nomad


Get the Right Job

The rise of digital nomads has coincided with the rise of internet-only jobs. While we’re used to thinking of our employment as something we do in a traditional office, we only think this way because it’s the established way of doing things. Most jobs can be done from anywhere. For this, you have two options. You can either look at getting a job that is always location-independent (such as a freelance software developer), or you can talk to your present employer about doing your job remotely from time to time. If they’re forward-thinking, then they’ll probably be open to it.

Handling Your Home

All good and well working on a beach somewhere exotic, we hear you say, but what about your home and the bills and everything else? When it comes to traveling, your home isn’t a hindrance — it’s an asset. If you want to spend some time elsewhere, then you can rent out your property, and manage the bills with the income from the tenant. To get started, take a look at online resources like rent studies in your area; it’ll tell you what you can realistically expect to charge for renting your property. You’ll want to make sure you find the right tenants (people who are trustworthy/financially stable), but once you do, you’ll be able to travel knowing your home is well taken care of and the bills are being paid. 

Choose Your Destination

And now for the fun part: deciding where you’ll go! If you’ve never worked remotely before, then it’s important to remember that…work comes first. As such, you’ll want to look at places that have good internet access and a robust working (best if it’s digital nomad) culture. The fun will begin once you’ve finished your work for the day. There are some places that are better suited to first-time digital nomads than others, though how far you’re willing to travel will depend on how much you want to spend away from home. There’s a big difference between one month abroad and spending six months to a year away from your home. 

Whatever you do, enjoy the ride of working and traveling — you won’t regret it! 


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