How to work remote and travel the world

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Digital nomad, remote worker. Whatever you call it, it’s having the freedom to travel wherever you want and live like a local in new places. While there are challenges to consider, the rewards of this lifestyle can be tremendous. 

Here are a few tips and tricks to know before taking the plunge. 

Do your research 

Know what you’re getting into and own your experience. Spend the time looking into different places to make sure your choice is the best fit. Make a list of amenities you absolutely need to work and live. Then make sure anywhere you choose will provide them. Here are some key items you need to consider: amenities such as a kitchen and space to work, WiFi speed, and a work visa. 

Community is key

Hundreds have done it before you and hundreds will do it after you. Take advantage of this and ask away: where to go, how to get there, what to bring. Online communities are invaluable sources of info from the people who live this way every day. Join a Facebook group, check out nearby collab spaces, or ask around to find other nomads near you. 

Recreate home 

Being in a new city doesn’t have to feel unfamiliar. So bring along those special items and find places that have hints of home. Many extended stay spaces come fully furnished with everything you need. But if the van life is for you, we get that too.

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Digital nomad FAQ 

What is the digital nomad lifestyle?

Working and living from anywhere while traveling (with the help of technology, of course). But don’t be fooled, this lifestyle has been around much longer than the phrase. And not everyone who follows it identifies as a digital nomad. 

What jobs do digital nomads do?

Everything from freelance bloggers to CEOs. If you’re self-employed or your company allows you to work from anywhere, then you’ve got the green light. Ask around to see what’s best for you. 

How much does it cost to live as a nomad? 

There is no right price. It depends on your destination and how you decide to “nomad.” Keep a budget of your daily expenses and adapt as needed. Trends show that this lifestyle is typically less expensive than your everyday life now. 

Are people becoming more nomadic? 

Based on our recently released survey results, this is a resounding yes: people want to try this lifestyle. Six in ten Americans are interested in being a “digital nomad” or working remotely on a long-term trip. With interest highest among younger adults aged 18 to 34, making up 74%. Followed closely by 69% with adults who plan to travel with their children. 

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