The lifestyle of a digital nomad is satisfying but also presents some challenges. Having a remote job allows the freedom to travel as desired across the country or around the world while earning a living. But this lifestyle also requires a certain amount of flexibility and commitment. To decide if a modern nomadic lifestyle is right for you, we have compiled a list of some of the pros and cons that common for us and for our nomadic friends who also work remotely.
- No Commuting On average almost 2 hours are lost each day while commuting to and from work. Working a remote job eliminates the commute time giving you more time each day for the things you enjoy.
- Flexibility Remote jobs allow the flexibility to work the hours you want or when it is convenient. And working remotely provides us with more interesting job opportunities anywhere in the world.
- Travel A digital nomad is able to travel the world, expand their horizons, and experience places in a way you can't when time is limited by a fixed job. A nomadic lifestyle lets you experience different cultures, ideas, sights, and meet new people. A recent study suggests experiencing new cultures and environments increases creativity. Location independent, digital nomads are to work from anywhere.
- New Experiences A nomadic lifestyle provides opportunities to meet a lot of interesting people, and experience cultures in a way that is impossible while on a vacation. A nomadic lifestyle allows digital nomads to connect with other remote workers; gaining insights into different types of businesses and industries while increasing your business network. This lifestyle not only lets you learn from "colleagues" with remote jobs but also to get new perspectives by learning about new locations and cultures.
- Greater Earning Potential Remote workers have the opportunity to earn more and have more flexibility than people who have fixed job locations. Software developers who work remotely are able to earn up to 40% more than software developers who work from a fixed location. In addition, a modern nomadic lifestyle means fewer fixed expenses - no car payments or mortgage to pay and owning fewer possesions could leave you with more extra cash each month.
- Endless Travel Opportunities Digital nomads can work from anywhere so their travel opportunities are only limited by their interests and imaginations. Do you love to ski? Spend a month in the Swiss Alps working and skiing. Or surf first class waves in Australia. Your work and travel opportunities are endless with location independent jobs.
- Get a Different Perspective on Life When you travel meet new people from different cultures you get a new perspective on the world around you and realize there is more to life than working for possession. How you live your life is your choice.
- Less Social Support Living a nomadic lifestyle means you must be self reliant. When things go awry you must draw on your inner strength to manage the situation by yourself.
- No Safety Net Digital Nomads must be aware that is impossible to have complete control over every aspect of your life and circumstances may require you to face adversity head-on by yourself.
- Life Isn't Always Picture Perfect The idyllic views in pictures are beautiful but people who choose a nomadic lifestyle must realize what they can't see in those pictures are the struggles with Wi-Fi connections in remote locations, finding suitable places to live in new locations, insanely hot weather or monsoon rains, sand in your keyboard, mouse, in your clothes, and sand everywhere. You can work from home where there is air conditioning and Wi-Fi or you can choose the adventurous life a nomadic lifestyle provides.
- Missing Social Events A nomadic lifestyle may mean you might miss important events and family rituals - births, weddings, reunions, and funerals.
- Loneliness Leaving family and friends can be hard but the same technology that allows you to work from remote locations also allows working nomads to keep in touch with family and friends via Skype, Facebook, and Facetime.
The beauty of having a remote job is it all depends on you. You can work from home in your pajamas, work in a co-working center in your city or a city on the other side of the world, you can work while traveling or you can choose a true nomadic lifestyle and be fully location independent making your home wherever you travel for as long as you want.