There are so many jobs you can do remotely these days that. Providing that you’ve no other commitments, there’s little to stop you spending your life on the road. You can visit as many exciting and exotic locations as you like. That said, there are some do’s and don’ts for digital nomads you should know first.
Whether you want to be a digital marketer, travel blogger, life coach, graphic designer, or virtual PA, you could be working while swinging from a hammock on a tropical beach. This certainly beats staring out of your bedroom window on a wet Wednesday morning in Widnes (sorry Widnes!). However, there are a few steps you need to take before you can throw caution to the wind. Don’t quit your job, turn over your manager’s desk, skip out of the office just yet.
To keep yourself right, take a look at these five do’s and don’ts for digital nomads.
Do check if you need a visa
First up on this list of do’s and don’ts for digital nomads is ensuring you are welcome in your destination. Your passport might confer 6 month’s visa-free entry to some nations, but not necessarily. If you fancy the Caribbean though, how does a 12-month working visa for Barbados sound?
Don’t forget to check where your embassy is
It’s always wise to know where your national embassy or consulate is at your destination and this information is easily found online. In the unlikely event you end up in trouble, consular officers can provide assistance with legal support, temporary passports and even pay for repatriation.
Do learn the language
If you’re fluent in the languages of your destinations, that’s great. If not, you’ll benefit from knowing at least a few key phrases that allow you to say hello, ask for directions and order food. Download a free language app like Duolingo and get practising those accents!
Don’t forget to research your accommodation
Next up on this list of do’s and don’ts for digital nomads is all about where you sleep. Don’t choose to stay in the first, or the cheapest, place you find online. Be sure that you’re moving into a safe and secure neighbourhood by thoroughly researching ratings and recommendations from locals and visitors alike.
Do consider distance learning
Last up on this list of do’s and don’ts for digital nomads is about making sure you continue to learn. Boosting your CV with a formal university qualification can enhance your career at home and abroad. Remote learning means you can easily fit studying into your travel plans. For instance, taking a digital marketing degree with online educators ARU Distance Learning means you can earn as you learn and apply your new skills right through to graduation and beyond.
Follow these five do’s and don’ts and you’ll have a smooth, safe and steady start to your career as a digital nomad. As you close your laptop for the evening and sit sipping a cold beer while watching the sunset, you can bet that life will seem pretty sweet.
But one last thing – don’t forget your toothbrush!
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