8 Things You Need to Prepare for When Becoming a Digital Nomad

8 Things You Need to Prepare for When Becoming a Digital Nomad

Shlomo Freund  05/10/2020 8
8 Things You Need to Prepare for When Becoming a Digital Nomad

Covid-19 is making everyone stay at home and work remotely if possible.

However, for digital nomads working remotely is a personal choice that they chose to have. Not only this, it's a reality they would like to have. Although it's possible to just jump into the water and start traveling, it's best to prepare for this event, especially financially.

Jimmy Leys, the founder of Planeta Explorers, a nomadic community for digital nomad families, says: When becoming a digital nomad, at the beginning people are excited and happy. But when it all doesn’t work out financially the experience changes into a stressful and unpleasant situation. 

Jimmy continues: Sometimes you notice that people are struggling when they’re not too keen to join for a beer anymore for example. Some will tell you the reason, others are not too open about it. In general, it works out so much better for people that prepared for their digital nomad adventure.

So, what kind of preparations should you make when becoming a digital nomad? 

1. Your Income Sources

You need to figure out how will you survive. What's your source of income? It's seldom the case somebody is going for a long term traveling only their savings. You need to either have a job with a company that lets you work remotely or generate income as a freelancer or your own company. 

2. Lifestyle Level and Expenses

Now, even if you do have an income, many digital nomads failing to adjust their income level with the lifestyle they chose for themselves. They would go to eat at an expensive restaurant 2-3 times a week, rent an expensive apartment in the city center, and generally spend more than they can afford. They end up going back home because they couldn't make it work for them. If they would just budget and match their expectations to reality, this lifestyle could have worked for them. 

3. Length of The trip

What are your limits in terms of time? Think of family commitments limitations, work, or budget limitations. Plan ahead your time as much as you can.

4. Taxes

When you work remotely, it's not always a clear cut where you need to pay your taxes. You need to find that out, especially if you are about to be a digital nomad for a long time. So, speak with a tax advisor and find out. 

5. Visas

Every country has its own visa policy. Now, while there are more and more countries that issue a digital nomad visa, there aren't too many of these yet. So do your research on how long you can stay in each country and plan when you need to leave a place and move to the next one. 

6. Passport

Don’t get to the airport and discover that your passport just expired. Actually many countries require travelers to have a passport that is valid for at least 6 more months. 

7. Health

For visiting Some countries you’d have to carry specific medicine to others you’d have to get vaccines. You might need to take these vaccines a few weeks or even a couple of months before you leave. So, search well and take care of your health. 

8. Flights & Accommodation

Flights and accommodations are a major expense when traveling. It's best to research the available flights to a place and how much renting a place would cost in advance. Many would book an Airbnb for a few days when landing in a new place and then look for longer-term accommodation for themselves. In places where there is already a large digital nomad community, like Chiang Mai in Thailand, there is a market for apartments of short-term contracts per month or weeks.

As you see, many of these points are related to finances and money. So, planning towards your digital nomad adventure can be crucial for this lifestyle to succeed for you. 

Jimmy Leys summarises it well: Preparation is already half the job and decreasing the stress level. 

Download my quick-guide: "How to be a digital nomad and feel financially stable?" It will show you how to prepare for your digital nomad journey and feeling financially stable.

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  • Shelley Hill

    Countries are requiring everyone to properly wear a face covering. I don't want to travel with a mask.

  • Rob Cully

    Thanks for taking the time to share your expertise!

  • Welcome Rob! Where are you now?

  • Rob Cully

    In reply to: Shlomo Freund 

    I am in Manchester.

  • Is Manchester it a good place to stay for digital nomads?

  • Marisa Blaney

    Covid-19 will stay for a while so it’s about improving your chances of surviving like you said. I won't book a hotel or Airbnb if they don't have a refund policy.

  • Harry Jones

    Thanks for the tips

  • Welcome Harry, where are you now? How is the lockdown in your area?

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Shlomo Freund 

Financial Coach Expert
Shlomo Freund is a location-independent entrepreneur and has been for the past 15+ years. His lifelong passions for finance, investing and travel lead to the creation of his current business, Free Financial Self, which helps people organize their finances to reach financial independence faster. 
This allows them to live, work and enjoy life with friends and family both wherever and whenever they like. The end result? Armed with a strong, customized roadmap built around financial and personal lifestyle goals, an increase in individual happiness

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