This world is crazy!
Can we build a time machine and go back to 2019! Please.
How was your life in 2019?
Lol, Well for me, it was amazing.
I was finally settled in my new life in China and started making friends, learning the language, and planning my Chinese New Year’s trip to Thailand.
Well, the Thailand trip still happened but, so did a worldwide pandemic.
I was fortunately/unfortunately stranded in Thailand for about two months with little savings and just lost my job because China shut most of the schools down.
While I was in Thailand, I meet a few foreigners working there and later learned this term called DIGITAL NOMAD.
I was so impressed with them, they were around my age or younger and enjoying life backpacking around Thailand.
I had a moment to talk to one guy, in particular, who gave me good insight.
He was from New Jersey and is a freelancer, he freelanced his PPC service and supported his self that way.
What he told me in the simplest form is to:
Then bomb! Welcome to Digital Nomad life.
Easier said than done right?
Well, Travel by Dai’s goal is to help you create the life you want and provide the resources, tools, and insight needed for that journey.
Like my favorite author, Paulo Coelho said, “People are capable at any time in their lives of doing what they dream of.”
How To Become a Digital Nomad
First, we have to establish the types of freedoms we should all have, but because of modern civilization, we do not.
In the journey of creating the life you want, you can acquire all three freedoms. The three freedoms are Time, Location, and Financial Freedom.
For me, what is most important is Financial and Location Freedom.
What is Time Freedom?
Time freedom is the ability to do what you want, when you want, and not restricted to a set schedule. You are in charge of your time.
Think of it like a 9-5 job. You are working Monday-Friday, including your commute time to and from work. You are restricted by time on what you can do.
You are indirectly being told what you can do out of 10 hours of your life.
For example, the time it takes you to get to work, the 8 hours of work, when and how long you can eat, how many breaks you can have, and the time it takes to decompress after work.
I know soul-crushing.
While living in China, I realized. I had financial freedom and location freedom( sort of ) BUT waking up at 6:40 am and getting home at 7 pm was getting old, but I did not mind it because my job was still fulfilling my purpose.
Fast forward of me stuck in Thailand, with small savings.
I worked online with Cambly for a few hours, woke up whenever I wanted, grabbed Pad Thai, a smoothie for breakfast, and heading over to the coworking place to work on my blog before the scheduled classes that I picked!
This gave me flexible time freedom.
An example of absolute time freedom is, picking when you want to work no matter the time of day or choosing not to do anything that day but still receiving an income
What is Location freedom?
Location Freedom is the ability to travel anywhere you want.
Think of this as having a remote job, you can work from home as a remote worker because your work is done on a laptop.
Although most jobs are conducted from home now I am finding they are still a bit limited.
My last job, before I went full-time blogging, was remote. Which I was happy about, but then I emailed HR to see how remote, “remote” is.
The answer was….. No… Only remote within the USA.
The stipulation was, I was able to work remotely within the USA.
I could travel between states but my idea of having a remote job and moving to Thailand was crushed.
TIP: When looking for a job, look for one that is location-independent. These employers do not care where you work as long as you are getting the work done.
What is Finacial Freedom?
Financial Freedom is the ability to experience and afford the lifestyle you want.
I think it is important the aspiring digital nomad know the different freedoms so that you aren’t stuck in a trap of working 12 hours in your dream country that you don’t have the chance to enjoy.
Disclaimer: I just want to say you do not have to achieve all 3 at once. You can work on each one at a time but just remember your goal and stay consistent
Different Way to become a digital nomad
Here we go! What are the different ways to become a digital nomad.
How to find a remote job?
In today’s age, it is extremely easy to find a remote job.
Just type in remote in indeed or Linkedin. The hard part about remote jobs is that most of the time they aren’t location independent.
They are usually remote from within your country but you can not work outside or live outside of your country and do work.
If you plan to just do van life and explore the USA then Remote is perfect
Here are a few websites to use to find remote work and location-independent work
Next, How to find a freelance Job
A freelancer is someone who obtains a skill and is now offering a service.
Freelancing is a good option for digital nomads and the most popular.
It is best to start freelancing as a side hustle until you can develop a clientele. The benefit of freelancing is you can work anywhere and you are your own boss.
The benefit of freelancing is there isn’t a cap on your income. You can charge whatever you want and manage your freelance business how you want to.
As a freelancer, there are a lot of different skills and opportunities you can offer and receive payment for.
If you are unsure of what you would like to offer, a good place to look is on freelancer websites and see what is already working.
Or, look for one that you are naturally drawn to if you do not know how to do any of the skills pick one that you are interested in and then learn how to do it. You can take courses from Udemy, Youtube or Skillshare.
Here are a few websites to get you started:
Last, Become an Entremperenur with an online business.
I know easier said than done and this can take time but the ROI is great!
There are different ways to become an online business owner such as becoming a content creator, start a podcast, dropshipping, blogging, and teaching online to name a few.
You are completely in control of your time and how much you can earn.
These are different sources of income that will help me afford the life I want abroad.
Best Destination For Digital Nomad
The destination is completely up to you but these are things I WOULD CONSIDER :
- Is the cost of living lower than your monthly income?
- Does the lifestyle of the country match your desire lifestyle?
- How is the Internet connectivity?
The most popular digital nomad places are:
- Bali, Indonesia
- Chiangmai, Thailand ( my favorite)
- Daang, Vietnam
- Playa del Carmen, Mexico
- Costa Rica
- Georgia (the country )
Travel Health Insurance to consider:
Visa options :
- Tourist Visa
- Remote Worker visa
- Volunteer visa
- Education Visa
I hope this post helped you on your journey and answered a few questions on how to become a digital nomad in 2021-2022.
Creating a new lifestyle is challenging and there is a lot of planning that goes into it. The things that help me are to, write it all down and create a 6-month plan to moving abroad.
If you are ready to move abroad and want to get organized with your move, then click here, Move Abroad Planner, is what I use to move from the USA to Thailand
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My top 5 favorite travel essentials I use for all of my trips!
My 5 favorite Travel Essentials
This is my number one go-to travel product. I have never gone on a trip without bringing my portable travel shelves! This saves you time and space. Also, very easy to use. To pack your bag, just hang the portable shelves up, load your clothes, close the bag, and put it in your suitcase. Once you’ve arrived at your destination you can open the suitcase and hang it in a closet, or over the door. You never have to unpack.
2.Clean & Clear Morning Burst Facial Scrub, Original, 1 oz – 3 pack
I have really sensitive skin and when I am in a new climate my skin tends to break out. I discovered this product back in 2008.. YES! I have been using this for such a long time because it really works for me. My recent trip to LA I forgot to bring it with me and broke out. After buying this, in two days my face was clear again.
I love this charger! Being able to see when the battery pack is about to die instead of guessing, is such a huge plus! My biggest fear is my phone dying while in a foreign country without knowing the language.
The screen flips out! This is the perfect vlogging camera. I take this on all of my trips. This is the camera I use for my youtube videos.
Clearly I like to optimize my space. This toiletry holder also has a hanging option with multiple compartments. It’s easy to take out for the TSA check. Just make sure all of your products are under 4oz
My 5 Favorite Travel Essentials