Who says that work has to be a hardship? For those who love their jobs, the day to day becomes far less of a chore and more of a reason to get up and get their days started. A lot of this motivation can, of course, depend on your working environment, which is why the digital nomad lifestyle appeals to so many.
Working for or running your business from a skyscraper in the middle of a bustling city may make you feel like you’ve made it in life, but the real dream, surely, has to be the ability to allow some flexibility into the situation. City life may just get a bit tiring with the extended hours, lengthy travel, inflated prices and the huge number of people to have to contend with every day, and the temptation to get away might seem ever more appealing with each year that passes.
We are collectively starting to take a look at what makes work less of a daily daunting task and more of a vocation that can actually be enjoyed, with workplaces trialling four-day working weeks at the same pay, and plenty of other benefits being introduced to encourage workers to enjoy and be more productive within their working days.
The rise of the digital nomad
We’ve all been on holiday and, at some point, wished that we could just stay forever, but what if that dream could be a reality? That’s what many people have asked themselves, and many have actually done. A step further than moving abroad to a single location, a digital nomad is someone who takes their job on the road to combine travel with the ability to earn as they go, enabling them to travel for far longer than a sabbatical would allow.
While the pandemic forced most desk workers to relocate, some took the opportunity to take it a little further from their at-home office and upped sticks entirely, embracing a digital nomad lifestyle completely, whether working from a sunny island location or a remote spot on home soil. In the US, the number of digital nomads with a traditional job grew from 6.3 million in 2020 to 10.2 million in 2021. That’s an increase of 42%, and this is on top of the number of digital nomads with traditional jobs almost doubling in 2020 compared to 2019.
Whether you’re new to this way of living and working, or you’ve been embracing this way of life for some time, it’s important to know that it can be done on your terms. If the pandemic taught us one thing, it’s that life is too short to not go out and get what you really want.
If your current employment situation just doesn’t allow for you to up sticks and take your remote working to further flung destinations, then you may be considering setting up something from scratch. There are plenty of jobs that can be taken on the road, providing you can access the Internet and have a phone, laptop and anything else you need to run your business. If you need to create your own website (a vital asset to any up and coming business in today’s market), set up some social media pages, build your clientele and register your business then do these well in advance so that when you head on to pastures new, you are well equipped with all the resources you need to create a substantial profit while you travel.
How to live the digital nomad lifestyle in luxury?
Provided you are earning good money while travelling, or perhaps you have a good chunk to keep you in good stead while you journey, there’s no reason that you can’t enjoy the finer things in life while on the road. By taking your profession with you – whether it’s freelance work, administration, travel blogging, copywriting, website building, accountancy or other – you can be sure that your skills are being used and fine-tuned, while giving you scope to enjoy more of your free time doing the things that you want in amazing places.
From high-end rental cars to luxury accommodation and top-notch experiences to fine dining and more, there are plenty of ways in which you can live a luxurious lifestyle while living as a digital nomad. Many exotic countries offer extended stays in lavish accommodations with beautiful beachfront locations providing all you could want and more from a working holiday or longer stay.
With a chance to get a taste of everyday life in a particular country or escape from the stresses of life on home soil, it’s no surprise that so many are enticed by this way of living. The flexibility that this way of life provides truly is the luxury element of it all, so whether you’re planning on taking up life as a digital nomad, whether on a temporary or permanent basis, you can sure that you will find a way to make it not just work for you, but enjoy a more fulfilled life as a result.