6 Reasons you should travel and work if you can

Overview…

The difference between travelling and Digital nomad travelling is mainly down to the time spent away from ‘Home’ When you’re out on a Gap Year or just fancy going and seeing the world then you almost always set a time limit and that’s more than often judged by the amount of dollar in your pocket. A Digital Nomads idea of Travelling is more of a test for how long can I last whilst travelling and a lot of this comes down to how much work do you have and how willing are you to work abroad 5/7 Days in order to fund your Travelling.

Delve deeper into some of the ways you can earn whilst travelling to make your epic journey last that little bit longer


Simply sick of the same old same old

Don’t get me wrong, some people like routine and the comfort of their own bubble and i have no problem with this, i’m not a Jahover knocking on your door telling you to open your eyes but simply showing you what there is to hopefully inspire others to experience it for themselves. I personally can’t have the same day to day get up, go to work, visit local touristy places and repeat so i’ve made it a mission to visit a different City every month, some places i’m going back to but with a completely different mindset, I’m not going out for an extended holiday but to challenge myself into living like a local, the urban Bear Grylls surviving on my freelancer wage and eating bamboo to get by. It’s going to be tough and probably not very glamorous but that’s part of life.

Having something different daily, weekly or monthly is fantastic to the soul, it keeps our minds and spirit on their toes not knowing what’s coming round the corner. Not just for the health benefits but for pumping those happy cells throughout your body.

You’re the boss

You might already be fulltime freelance or a boss at a thriving agency but you’re not the boss of where you can go as you might always need to be grounded. Going fulltime Digital Nomad gives you a sense of what our ancestors might have felt, voyaging to unknown lands to find better settlements, we’re kind of doing that but in a modern sense, finding where the optimum place is to work whether you like cheap places, great internet, nightlife, quiet life, sun, sea, snow, whatever it is. Being your own boss whilst freelancing means you choose the time you work, you choose the clients and where you work.

Having this much freedom means you have a lot of power so be careful, not meaning to quote a classic SpiderMan film but there’s a lot of responsibility with what you do with that freedom, saying no to work is difficult but sometimes essential, you have that privilege when you’re your own boss.

 

Pick up New & Useful Skills

Once you’re up and running as a digital nomad you learn so much about yourself and new skills/Life hacks you can take with you. When you’re deep into a months stay in Florence, Italy and currently surviving on street pizza that seemed cheap at the time but is actually costing you half your food budget for breakfast ( you gotta try breakfast pizza, dream) then you learn to cook and prep like a boss pretty quickly.

Buying in local produce and meal prepping really helps you save the pennies and experience new recipes, or if you’re a live to eat person like me then you can have treats on weekends, checkout some of the awesome recipes our DNL team have cooked up previously. I normally prep and eat like a peasant Monday- Thursday with £25 food budget then go somewhere fancy on the weekend to feel like the prince I really am.

Aside from cookery skills, there are loads you’ll pick up without knowing, Language is a big one and fantastic to get around with if you know a little. Trying is always key, it’s internationally known that if you make an effort it goes a long way and often gets you into better positions. There’s so many websites and easy to use apps out there to help you get around and hopefully some will stick, i’ve used quite a few but Babbel is super easy to pick up whenever you’re free, there’s a lot of waiting around and time to yourself freelancing / travelling so use the time wisely! Others you might want to consider would be Duolino and this Google Translate Chrome Extension

Communication skills are so valuable especially if you’re relying on this as a job. Speaking with other Nomads and learning the way other people do things in their life and job could really help. I remember I was introduced to a site called ProductHunt a couple years ago and it’s my go-to now for anything to make my work life more streamlined and to better help my productivity.

 

Make New Connections / Friends

I love my little bubble of hometown friendships and clients but with most of them flying around and some staying home, I don’t feel like I need to look after the pubs of Leamington Spa anymore, yes there may be a drop in price for larger considering I’m gone but what I’m saying is you can always come home. Nomading in general or travelling puts you in the position that every single person that’s also travelling is in, you rock up to a Hostel/Airbnb, check in and the first thing you do is head straight to reception or bar and scope out to see if there’s anyone you can strike a conversation with, chances are they’ll be super friendly.

A friend and I once went to Pisa, Italy and our dorm roomie bowled in with a backpack the size of the country he was from. So we started chatting to the Ozzy and to hear some of the stories of where he’s been where he’s going were truly inspiring and it made us change our plans last minute. We still keep in touch to this day.

It’s not just friend connections but also potential work that you can find, you might be in a dorm with your next developer or graphic designer that can help on a project. Chances are with all of you in the same place for the same thing, it’s going to be a match made in heaven.

 

TRAVEL TO NEW PLACES

One of my main reasons along with the blessed fact I don’t have to be in one place to do my work is I can see somewhere online, hear a story from a friend or just spin the globe and randomly pick a place and go, it doesn’t matter if you don’t have any work planned out there when you have continuous freelance work from other people around the world.

It’s a great chance to fully submerge yourself in the culture and take the chance to find work. I don’t believe in holiday’s in the traditional sense, I think every day should be a holiday and if you’re not doing what you love then you’re just wasting your time until you do.

I’ve set out a handful of places I really want to visit all around the globe ( or flat earth for those who are 2 cakes short of a picnic ) but I would never do them one after another, you need excitement and to constantly chase the next buzz, +  majority of the time when you’re travelling on your digital nomad spree, you’ll meet other like-minded people that invite you out or mention somewhere you have to go, you never know what’s around the corner.

 

great for the soul

Ok, let’s get spiritual. Your body and mind is a complex multitude of nerves, organs and aura’s that you need to feed just like you feed your appetite. I’m not overly religious (continually changing views ) and I think this is due to it being forced on me through school but I can see why people are, it’s a reason and a purpose. Travelling and doing what you enjoy with other high energy designers/creatives really gives you a sense of fulfilment which can’t be matched and only really likened to a religious being! Give it a go and let me know in the comments below.

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5 Gadgets for a Digital Nomad in 2019

Overview…

There’s a hell of a lot of tech and gadgets out there that help a digital nomad with their daily work life and general navigation to keep them safe, in check and healthy. I’ve been through a fair few sites and tried even more products so here’s a little list of my favourites so far for digital nomad gadgets in 2019!


Roost portable laptop stand

Using a laptop daily or just generally being stuck at a desk or screen for more than your daily dose of hours a day can really put strain on your neck and back, if you don’t have the right posture like myself you’ll want to invest in one of these bad boys. I say invest as you’ll certainly be paying for it down the line with the amount of back massages you’ll have

TENS SUNGLASSES

Following in suit to creating a better, healthier you through tech, check out these UV protection sunglasses every avid travelling digital nomad should consider. I’m not saying it’s going to change your perception but it genuinely is mad how much they make everything look like a real-life instagram filter which just brightens your day, there’s a reason why they’re called ‘tens’ and that’s because they make everything look tens times better.

Personally i rock around with these for general use

Another side note:

If you’re a pretty big deal in the influencing sphere on social channels and need your hands free most the time then check out these beauties from Snapchat

noise cancelling headphones – sony

I can’t stress to you enough how crucial having noise cancelling headphones are, you can grab a cheaper pair if you’re that way inclined but for me personally having pure noise cancellation when you’re on a busy train, bus, plane or when there’s a loud neighbour snoring next to you in a 15 person room hostel it’s pure bliss, just close your eyes and transform yourself to anywhere else.

skyroam global wifi

Majority of places you’ll be going to will have Wifi you can pick up whether it’s the Cafe, hostel, airbnb or coworking space but if you want 100% access to Wifi wherever you are without the stress of logging in, throwing your email at randoms to get online or ordering ‘anotherrrr cup of coffee for the wifi password then the Skyroam global wifi box will do the trick.

At around $8 a month it does seem like quite an expense to take on so i would definitely suggest travelling around for a couple months first and see if you really need it. In the grand scheme of things you could always allocate this to $8 worth of time saved and invoices sent to possibly earn you more as you travel with ease.

universal travel adapter

All this tech and nothing to charge it with, you absolute twit. Luckily for you there’s some lovely people that make travel adapters in nice bright green ( other colours are available, or colour• depending on what side of the pond you’re from, forgot what i’m on about now..) Grab yourself a couple of these just incase as you don’t want to get caught short.

Standard applies for these with Power Surge Protection, Fast charge and multi USB outputs to make it quick and easy.

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6 Cheap Flight Websites for Digital Nomads

Overview…

There’s a few to pick from in the list below but if I’m honest, I would use a number of these to get the best travel deals, literally, every £ can count. £10 saved in the UK could be a whole day’s worth of food in Bali.

The below is a concoction of Emailer lists, Facebook Bots and Websites to truly keep up to date on the latest and cheapest flights, gimme a message or comment the savings you’ve made so far!


rome2rio

Rome2rio searches any city, town, landmark, attraction or address across the globe with thousands of multi-modal routes to easily get you from A to B. Use this quite a bit as the UX feels really nice to map out your plans whether it’s for a multi journey or a simple A-B.

nomadflights.io

Nomad Flights sends digital nomads emails with cheap flight offers. The aim is to help digital nomads with cheap one-way flights, visa run returns to neighbouring countries and flights for specific events like nomad conferences and escaping Chiang Mai during burning season. It is free to sign up for email alerts so start saving money today.

GOOGLE FLIGHTS

Google Flights has been updated to match the familiar material design, now common to most Google products. Search flights, explore new destinations, and keep track of price changes! We all trust and use google for random questions to finding great information so why not check out what you could save with these flights too

tomo cheap flights

Tomo is a Facebook Messenger bot specialized in getting cheap flights. You can save up to $700 per ticket and it’s as simple as a conversation with a friend. For those that have pretty busy nomadic lives and don’t really have a plan on where to go, these automated price alerts might spur you onto your next adventure. Don’t ignore the signs

kiwi.com

Kiwi offers a range of transport along with cheaper flights whilst checking against Skyscanner but the best thing about this site is you can set your destination to ‘Anywhere’ this for the go lucky types who really don’t mind where they go to next, you can grab some absolute bargains this way and discover places you hadn’t even thought of.

momondo flights

Momondo is pretty popular already so you may already use it but i’ve tipped this one above Skyscanner for its UX and how quick the site seems to search through hundreds of airlines to find you the best price.

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Top 10 Online Resources for Digital Nomads

NomadList

If you’re thinking about joinging the Digital Nomads then NomadList is for you. I was really impressed with how easy it is to navigate through and find out so much data and detail about a place before you get there. Not to mention they have an awesome Slack chat where you can speak with other nomads in the area you might want to go. If you want to search via certain aspects like cheap Visa or aren’t particularly picky about where you go then Definitely check out the Nomad List Collection

PlacesToWork

This website allows you to search anywhere in the world and find Cafe’s, Bars. Hostels and pretty much anywhere with an internet connection that you can work from. Once you’ve searched an area you can pick from a number of places and narrow them down by looking at how expensive a place is or how fast their internet is. This is a great way to scope an area out before you go to make sure you save time and money whilst Nomad Travelling.

 

Rome2Rio

I’m always linking Rome2Rio and NomadList together, first, I find a couple places that look awesome, cheap and has a buzzing atmosphere then I need to find out how to get there. Using Rome2Rio you can plot where you start and end whilst picking how you might want to travel, the website will give you a rough cost on each journey type whether it’s by Car, Bus, Train or Plane. Certainly one for mapping road trips. Add multiple stops if you want to really get the most out of it.

 

Monzo Bank ( Free )

Keeping cost down is pretty much key to extended travelling as a Digital Nomad, using an online bank is an absolute lifesaver at times as theirs no transaction Fee and a really simple app to keep track of everything. I use Monzo, i know there’s a gazillion others but you just got to go with what you feel is best.

 

Upwork ( Remote Jobs )

Having enough money to travel and live month to month is sometimes a little sketchy when you haven’t got aguaranteedd income. If you’re not lucky enough to land a couple contracts or retainers then you could also find remote work online by bidding for projects. You may have to bid low in order to get the project but done right, you could really thrive using something like Upwork

 

QuickBooks ( Invoicing )

If you’re trying to keep above board with your Tax and Income and not putting it away in a Swiss account then i’d suggest keeping track of everything. Quickbooks Self Employed links up to your bank and tracks every penny you spend whilst travelling, if it’s business related then pop it down as an expense. Their invoicing tracks when it’s been opened and logs it straight away making it super easy on the go to take care of finances.

 

Skyscanner ( Cheap Flights )

Cutting costs and saving money can be so beneficial in the long run, you might think it’s £€$10 here and there but in a month if you’re travelling a lot it certainly adds up. I personally use SkyScanner to get the cheapest flights, look out for last minute deals and always go incognito to make sure you’re not being tracked as prices go up the more you look at flights!

 

Slack

Staying in touch is a must whilst travelling, whether it’s with Clients, Friends or Family you need to be in communication. I’ve toyed with a couple platforms and mobile apps before and it was a close call between Slack and Whatsapp. Yes, Whatsapp is pretty basic but with the Mac Client, it makes it so easy to keep in contact. I keep Slack separate for my Nomad Travels. Coming back to nomadlist, they have dedicated slack channels for hundreds of cities around the world so you can speak with other nomads on the ground in a location you’re going to.

 

HostelWorld

I’ve chosen HostelWorld over Airbnb purely through price. I think Airbnb is great and I’ve used it throughout for mini vacation breaks with friends but it’s quite costly compared to a hostel. If you don’t mind bunking up with other likeminded travellers then it’s definitely the way forward. Linked with your phone you can grab your reservation card onto your iPhone / Android to make it easy when checking in so you don’t have to think about printing anything out.

 

Super Cook

Bit of an odd one but one of the last things on Nomad Travellers minds is what can i eat. I use Super Cook when in a Hostel, usually they will have shared kitchens where you can make your own grub. Tick all the items you have/are going to get to figure out what you can cook, I’ll usually think about basics to buy then check the website to see what i could make that might last like a big chilli you could then pop in the fridge for the next day ( Hopefully it’s still there )