Becoming a digital nomad

08 Nov 2023 06:00pm
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When I first heard the term 'digital nomad,' I thought it referred to people who moved from place to place selling digital items like watches, calculators, and such.

Don't laugh. No one on this planet knows everything, except for the keyboard warriors who always seem to be in the know, and I am not one of them.

Over time, I began to understand, learned a bit, and even tried my hand at being a digital nomad.

From there, I was frequently asked how to become a digital nomad. Is it enjoyable? Is it worthwhile? Can you make a living from it? Recently, these questions have been asked more frequently.

I believe this was influenced by the increasing publicity about the digital nomad work culture and its appealing lifestyle.

Actually, being a nomad was not something new. Since the Stone Age, people have practiced a nomadic way of life. Even after establishing permanent settlements and building villages and cities, the nomadic way of life has continued for some.

In films and comics, we often encounter hero characters who wander and whose only job is to fight bad guys before meeting and falling in love with a beautiful maiden.

Oh yes, they were all handsome. It is not known whether, in the past, those who were not handsome were not allowed or deemed unfit to wander.

Unlike nomadic heroes, digital nomads do not need weapons like daggers, swords, spears, or arrows as travel supplies.

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What is needed are backpacks, laptops, smartphones, and related devices.

If you want to be a nomad abroad, you need to prepare a passport and visa, depending on the country you are going to.

And remember, each country has its own rules. All of this needs to be taken into account. Because the main basis of digital nomad work was the internet, the most important thing to examine wherever you went was the quality of your internet connection.

If you only get one bar or half a bar all day and night, forget about it. Furthermore, if there was no signal at all, but if there were many 'bars' where people get drunk and socialise, that could be a problem as well. Not everyone can work in such an environment.

Money was also important—in fact, very important. Accommodation, food, drink, and transportation all require money.

Unless there was a sponsor, it is important to ensure that the sponsor has money as well.

In this day and age, many sponsors were only interested in seeking publicity.

When it comes time to pay, their excuses are as numerous as the sand on the beach. It must be remembered that being a nomad and a digital nomad were two very different things. Anyone can become a nomad.

It does not require capital. In fact, the less money you have, the greater your potential to become a nomad. On the other hand, in the case of digital nomads, the word 'digital' is more powerful than 'nomad.'

This means that to become a digital nomad, you must have a thorough understanding of the digital world.

If you need help opening an email or if you only use the internet to read celebrity gossip, you'd better just lie down in your room and watch lizards crawl on the wall.

It should be mentioned that not all jobs can be done by nomads. For now, it is limited to those whose tasks involve the use of computers and related equipment.

For example, designers or content providers, software engineers, online teachers, fashion designers, graphic designers, journalists, photographers and videographers, virtual assistants, web designers, writers, freelance lecturers, and a few others.

I have never heard of farmers, teachers, headmasters, district officers, and the like working as digital nomads.

If a mosque's donation box thief is indeed heard of, moving from one place to another and stealing, that is something else. But they are not digital nomads; they are nomads who are often caught by digital devices, namely CCTV.

Is it enjoyable? For those with a free spirit who dislike being tied to office hours and who find being told what to do or repeating orders boring, becoming a digital nomad is certainly the right choice.

You can travel freely, work while lounging around, meet new people, and learn new things, all while earning an income.

That's why now, all over the world, it is estimated that there are more than 35 million individuals who have adopted the digital nomad lifestyle, and that number is growing rapidly.

What's not enjoyable? If you hear questions like, 'Can I come with you, bro?' or if you hear the phrase, 'It's okay there, dear, you work, I won't bother you, I'll go shopping,'... whoosh!