- August 22, 2018
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The basic hacks to start as a digital nomad
More people are choosing to switch from the standard work life to a digital nomad lifestyle.
As a result, there is a proliferation of online guides that help get to grips with this new way of living and organizing one’s life.
I have also contributed to this body of knowledge in both Spanish and English,
Because You can also read: Why being a digital nomad isn’t for everyone?
Many others are also seeking a good starting guide for this exciting journey which I cover here.
What advantages and disadvantages this lifestyle has and other doubts that are worth investigating.
We would all like to have the possibility to travel around the world, while making a living online. But It’s not as easy as it sounds.
So before you run off to leave your job and embark on an adventure, of which you’re unsure, read this post.
You should continue reading the following interview that addresses some of these question.
Today I wanted to talk to a digital nomad, to help us in such an end. He’s Jordan Flagel a very young digital nomad.
Jordan is a Canadian geographer has been practicing this lifestyle for 8 years, so he is a excellent source of information about it.
Jordan has a small venture, called Treexploration, which promotes a type of sustainable tourism, through conservation and exploration in: Belize, Guyana and Jamaica while alternating his work with Wifi Tribe.
I did a post earlier, talking about the concept of digital nomadism (in Spanish), so with this updated post I hope to address more doubts about it.
Well let’s do it! When you decide Becoming a Digital Nomad and/or frequent traveler, for you …
What the main challenges that one has to be? Can you easily adapt to new situations?
Do you have enough self-discipline? Or what other skills?
The main challenge is finding or creating a job that allows you to be mobile, to work from anywhere.
I myself am easily able to adapt to new situations, partially from my personality, and partially because of my experience living in 8 different countries.
Alongside many different cultures and languages, before getting a remote job helped with this.
I have self-discipline, again partially from my personality and experience with sports training and working in difficult conditions.
Discipline and the ability to adapt and “go with the flow” are the most important skills to have as a digital nomad.
What are the main questions a digital nomad should ask before starting?
- Step 1: Is my ideal job an ideal remote job?
- Step 2: Can I get done what I need to get done while working remotely?
- Step 3: Do I have enough discipline?
- Step 4: Can I handle the unforeseen?
- Step 5: Will I hold myself accountable?
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How did you decide to be part of a coliving experience and what has been the best so far?
I wasn’t sure if I wanted to join a coliving experience, I have traveled on my own for more than 8 years.
But I was going to be nearby one of the locations and thought I would try it for a month.
It ended up being one of the best experiences I ever had! I continued in Colombia and it continued to be just as good, if not better.
The community, the learning opportunities from other members in the community, the fun, the camaraderie – it is all incredible.
How are you going to make money? Any motivation tips, best financial tips, digital nomad communities, quotes or rituals for those cases?
I make money mainly by writing. I write for different publications and for WiFi Tribe, the coliving group I work with.
For motivation I would say the key is perseverance and flexibility – go after what you want, but keep an open mind as to what you want; it may change.
The best digital nomad community is WiFi Tribe. Their community is second to none!
The best quote I can provide about being a part of a digital nomad community:
“It’s like being in university, except you have money and enough experience to understand how special the experience is” – Jordan Flagel
I know, We do not know the future, but there is something clear.
The digital nomadic concept is growing, and strengthening thanks to I dare say, the generational change imposed by the millenials and that is deepened with the centennials, who bet on remote work and freelancers, far from the traditional…
Where do you see this lifestyle in both 10 and 20 years on the world?
I think the digital nomad concept will continue to grow and evolve. I think eventually a majority of people will work online, in service/technical positions using the internet as the main medium.
This is where I see it going, but we can definitely not predict the future, particularly the leaps in advances.
Nobody predicted the pervasiveness of the internet or the invention of the smartphone.
What are some of the most curious things you’ve seen as a digital nomad?
A live goat tied to the roof of a car in Mauritania. A black jaguar in the jungles of Guyana. Pink river dolphins in the Amazon.
A choreographed circle dance in Morocco. The Azure Window in Malta before it collapsed.
The Bosphorus in Istanbul. The entire country of Thailand dressed in black after the King died.
The Petronas towers in Kuala Lumpur. The architecture and sculptures of Bali.
What’s your fav location and which will likely be or your next locations a few years?
My favourite location is Barcelona and the rest of Spain. I love the food, the countryside and landscape, the culture, the relaxed atmosphere, the weather, the wine, the beaches, the mountains, the language (but Latin American Spanish is nicer, I think).
The next places I want to visit are Iran and Ethiopia. I hear the people in Iran are the most welcoming and inviting people in the world, and the food looks great, the tea is amazing, and the rugs are famous.
I know a lot of Ethiopian people in Canada, they’ve inspire me to visit for the amazing food, strong culture, beautiful people, deep history, and unique landscape.
In what ways do you think travel has changed you as a person? What transformation has been on you?
Travel has made me less shy and more outgoing. It has made me more open. to saying “yes” and to going on adventures.
It has made me realize things tend to work out if you let them, and worrying is often pointless.
It has helped me grow as a person, to understand different cultures, differing points of view, and has broadened my horizons.
If you’ve come this far, it’s because you consider the nomadic lifestyle to be your thing.
So if you have any doubts to be resolved, don’t hesitate to leave your opinions in the comments box below.
Or, if you want to know more about Jordan’s work and have more information about his next scheduled trips, you can visit his website.
¡Nos leemos parceros!