We live in interesting times today. The internet has made it possible to combine work and life in new ways.
This gave birth to the digital nomad movement.
A digital nomad is someone who travels the world while making money on the internet.
And I don’t mean that you travel around the world backpacking and look for an interim job here and there for a while to be able to travel further.
No, a digital nomad earns money through the internet and has chosen to travel the world as he has the freedom to do so, because all he needs is an internet connection and laptop to earn money.
Digital nomads believe that more people should challenge the societal conditioning that makes us believe there is only one way to work and live.
While the world is busy trying to convince you otherwise, digital nomads want you to pause and think about what it would be like to have complete control over how you live your life.
Discover the top 7 reasons to become a digital nomad below:
REASONS TO BECOME A DIGITAL NOMAD
For most, the main reason for becoming a digital nomad is freedom.
Digital nomads don’t care what people think of their lifestyle. They attach more importance to the quality of life they lead.
When you adjust to a life you should be living, you give up the freedom to be yourself.
Instead, why not create the life you really want to live and give yourself the freedom to be who you really are?
What could be better than having the freedom to live your life the way you want?
If you become a digital nomad, you can realize your dream of traveling around the world without limits.
By creating a lifestyle and online business that you can take anywhere and work on anywhere, you can travel as much as you want and see more of the world than you ever dreamed.
If you have an insatiable desire to see the world, as a digital nomad you can make this dream a reality.
3. LET GO
Another good reason to become a digital nomad is that it gives you the chance to let go of what is holding you back in life – physically, emotionally and spiritually.
You will notice that this happens automatically.
Most digital nomads don’t have many physical possessions anymore. This minimalist lifestyle helps to let go of the control that your possessions have over you.
You learn to live a simpler life without complaining. If your apartment doesn’t have a microwave, it’s not the end of the world
It is also an opportunity to free yourself from the negativity that many of us carry within us.
If you are busy and focused on building this beautiful life for yourself, you will not have time to complain about unimportant things.
When you travel and when you consciously put yourself outside your comfort zone, your outlook on life will change.
You are not thrown off balance by small, trivial dramas that can otherwise bore us so much.
You no longer feel that owning a big house / a nice car / trendy clothes or the latest smartphone determines your place in the world.
And the hardest, but perhaps most important, is letting go of people who don’t support, motivate, or inspire you…and that’s okay.
4. BUILD YOUR OWN LIFE
There are many ways to be a digital nomad.
Every digital nomad has their own idea of what their dream life looks like and follows their own path to realize it.
They create their own trajectory based on what works for them, what they like and what motivates them.
If there is a buzzword for this, namely “lifestyle design”, ie designing your lifestyle on your own terms.
A great reason to become a digital nomad is that you can build your work around your life, not the other way around.
You can work as much or as little as you want or what you deem necessary. You can decide for yourself when and where you work.
Don’t get me wrong. You still have to work hard, but you do something you love and you design your own way of doing it.
So if you want to work 12 hours one day and schedule a yoga class in the afternoon break the next day, that’s entirely up to you.
If you want to travel once a week, once a month or once a year, the choice is entirely yours and no one else’s.
5. FINDING YOUR HAPPINESS
The fifth reason to become a digital nomad is more philosophical in nature.
I’m sure you’ll agree that after all, we’re all looking for happiness in life.
Most digital nomads find that letting go of their baggage and embracing a life of freedom makes them happier.
You become more satisfied with the life you have.
When you’re content and fulfilled with the life you’ve built on your own terms, you’ll have that happiness, that inner peace that you’ve always been looking for, right?
6. YOU ARE NOT ALONE
When you first start out as a digital nomad, it’s quite a challenge.
If you don’t know other digital nomads, you can also feel very isolated.
But hey, you’re definitely not alone!
There are multitudes of digital nomads. Some have been traveling the world for years with the money they earn on the internet. Others have only just started and are still figuring out how everything works.
What’s even better is that most digital nomads are wonderful people who love to share tips to help each other.
On the internet you can find many blogs of digital nomads who share their adventures and often also explain how you can become a digital nomad yourself.
If you have a conversation with them or read their blogs, you will often find yourself thinking, “OMG…I totally agree!!”.
This is because there really are a lot of people who think like you and are part of the incredible global digital nomads communicity.
7. BECAUSE YOU CAN
We are lucky to be able to live a life that our parents’ generation could not even dream of.
The internet has revolutionized the way we work and what was impossible then is now within reach.
If you are willing to learn and work hard to become a digital nomad, this lifestyle is 100% achievable.
So what’s stopping you?
Becoming a digital nomad is not an escape plan, it is a plan to organize your life.
It’s not about taking a sabbatical year or taking a break from the ‘real’ world. Well, it’s about creating your dream life in your real life.
There are many digital nomads. You can follow them online. You’ve probably come across them already.
So don’t let anyone tell you that it would be impossible.
BECOME A DIGITAL NOMAD YOURSELF
I mainly got to know this lifestyle through Mick van Zadelhoff who runs the website DeModerneNomaden.nl .
He has been traveling the world as a digital nomad for over 3 years and earns money through the internet in various ways. He has written an ebook about this that will help you if you want to become a digital nomad yourself: