Travel Series: Pros and Cons of Being a Digital Nomad

I’ve been hearing from more of you that you have dreams to travel, work remotely, or even become a digital nomad for a season. So I thought it would be fun to dive into the pros and cons of being a digital nomad.

I’m sharing my honest take from life on the road across 35 countries… so you can decide if it’s something you would enjoy as well—and how to start a business that allows you to work from anywhere if so!

Listen to Episode 129 of the Bright Life Podcast: Travel Series: Pros and Cons of Being a Digital Nomad.

129. Travel Series: Pros and Cons of Being a Digital Nomad Bright Life Podcast

Pros and Cons of Being a Digital Nomad

First of all, let me say that being a digital nomad and having the ability to travel is something I NEVER wish away or take for granted. It’s one of the greatest blessings of my life! But, just like running a business or raising children, even the greatest blessings come with challenges to navigate. I want to be transparent about those to hopefully aid anyone who is trying to decide if this journey is right for them. With that spirit, full of immense gratitude, here is what stands out to me about pros and cons of being a digital nomad…

Pros of Being a Digital Nomad

An Abundance of Experiences: Working remotely allows you to collect unique experiences daily. Whether it’s trying different cuisines, exploring local cultures, or simply enjoying the beauty of a new place, travel becomes a constant source of cherished memories. I feel like I pack so many memories into very single week when I’m traveling, and love looking back on those when I’m home.

Seizing the Opportunity: We live in an era where remote work is possible, thanks to the internet. Seize this opportunity to work from anywhere and access endless online learning resources to enhance your skills or start an online business. I teach women how to learn copywriting because it’s the path that has allowed me to work from anywhere, and I believe in giving this freedom and flexibility to more women.

Exploring Multiple Destinations: By working remotely, you can visit numerous places within a short time. Instead of waiting years for a big trip, you can jump from one location to another, maximizing your travel experiences and life-changing memories!

Cons of Being a Digital Nomad

As I mentioned, taken with a grain of salt…

Living Out of a Suitcase: The convenience of working remotely often means living out of a suitcase. You’ll need to get creative with mixing and matching your limited wardrobe and adapt to a minimalist lifestyle. I sometimes have only one sweater for months at a time… and while it’s worth the trade-off to me, it’s definitely not for everyone!

Constant Adaptation: Working in different locations means adjusting to new languages, transportation systems, grocery shopping, and daily routines. It can be tiring and may not suit everyone’s comfort zone. Most of the time, I find it energizing, but after a long day… sometimes having multiple unfamiliar things to navigate can lead to overwhelm and exhaustion.

Inconveniences: Traveling comes with its share of inconveniences, from unexpected Airbnb surprises to unfamiliar systems and customs. However, these inconveniences can also become memorable stories over time. It’s all about knowing yourself, adapting your mindset, and understanding what you can (and can’t) tolerate.

Working remotely as a digital nomad offers a world of opportunities and unique experiences. While it may require adaptability and embracing inconveniences, the rewards, including the multitude of memories and the chance to live during this internet-driven era, outweigh the cons for me personally.

Whether you’re already on this path or considering taking the leap, remember that every inconvenience, lesson, and trial becomes a memory to look back on one day of a life fully lived. 💛

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