The life of digital nomads, who work online from different locations, is envious if you have wanderlust or want an alternative to working in an office. The digital nomad life has advantages, such as visiting new places and meeting new people. However, there are detractions to working and living on the road instead of in a single location. An online community of digital nomads recently divulged the downsides of their roaming lifestyles, and you may develop a greater appreciation for working from home or at the office.
1. Good Accommodations
Finding clean, safe, decent places to stay has become a game of chance for several digital nomads in the discussion. The properties available on house-renting apps are either really pleasant or terrible. To find the best places to stay at reasonable rates, look at the host’s profile, view all the pictures for postings you’re considering, read the reviews, and check their ratings before booking a reservation.
2. No Roots
Since digital nomads never stay in one location for long, setting permanent roots in a single place is difficult, if not impossible. The relationships developed aren’t necessarily lifelong, and no family members are nearby. The absence of a community of familiar people can feel isolating, and frequent traveling means not having a permanent, stable home.
3. Traveling Couples
If the digital nomad works on the road as one-half of a couple, this can add another complicated dynamic to life on the road. Traveling as a couple means being with your partner 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The constant closeness of the digital nomad lifestyle can be a challenge, even if both partners get along well with each other. There may be few opportunities for both people to have their own space.
4. Trust Issues
When living permanently in a community, it’s easier to discern who to trust and be cautious of. Digital nomads lose that advantage because they’re always meeting new people. Some new people may be genuinely friendly and hospitable, while others may be trying to lull the traveler into a false sense of security. It's important to remain vigilant no matter where you are.
5. Work Discipline
After arriving at a new location, digital nomads feel excited about being in a new place and want to explore their new surroundings. Setting aside free time to sightsee and explore is great, but work has to be a priority because there are meetings to attend and deadlines to meet. It takes a degree of discipline to put work first and leisure second.
6. Reliable Wi-Fi
Working at the office and from home typically means direct access to fast, reliable Wi-Fi service. Not all places have equal levels of technology, meaning Wi-Fi isn’t always the most dependable, which can be problematic when trying to work, as several commenters describe. Portable Wi-Fi devices are available but expensive and don’t always work in all locations.
7. Proper Office Furniture
An onsite office job means having a work desk and an adjustable chair. A home office setup may have the same thing or at least have furniture comfortable enough to sit in for several hours a day. Digital nomads have to make do with the furniture that comes with the location they’re working from, even if it’s uncomfortable and bad for their backs.
8. Healthcare Access
Accessing healthcare in the United States, even for the insured, can be difficult. Living and working in another country and trying to access healthcare is even more challenging because each country has specific healthcare mandates. Digital nomads must perform their due diligence in seeing if their existing health plan covers them outside of the U.S. and review the healthcare systems of the countries they plan to work in.
9. Work and Travel Visas
Knowledge of the visa regulations for various countries is critical for digital nomads, advises a traveling worker. Different countries have specific rules about the type of activities eligible under specific visas and limitations on how long a person can stay, depending on their visa type. This is the most important thing to know about as a digital nomad.
10. Maintaining Routines
Constantly being on the go defines the lives of digital nomads. Working from multiple locations and traveling between them makes maintaining a consistent routine harder. Keeping a schedule that includes task and time management, running errands, and household duties at each location provides much-needed structure for workers.
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