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How to become a digital nomad

Written by Contributor, on 9th Dec 2019. Posted in General

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If you’re seriously contemplating becoming a digital nomad you must remember that you will need to relinquish several of your material possessions back home, before embarking on that journey.

Many people who successfully embrace this type of life never want to go back and live the old way. They often fall in love with some countries and/or cities, making it their home for a certain time period, before moving on. Let’s share with you some important points that will help you adopt this lifestyle with ease. If you’re keen on learning more about how to become a digital nomad, feel free to visit the linked-to web page.

Get rid of or reduce your debt

There is no point starting travelling all over the world if you have plenty of local debt to clear. It will soon become very taxing on you, as your mind will be constantly elsewhere. Hence, the ideal way to kick start the digital nomad life is by reducing and downsizing your debt. If possible, leave your home country completely debt-free.

Get yourself a comprehensive travel insurance for emergency situations

It is inevitable that you will face some or the other problem during your travels, at some point of time. Hence, make sure that you take comprehensive travel insurance before starting this journey. This insurance should cover your entire time away from home, and all health related incidents or emergencies that might possibly occur. Please keep in mind that health care is very important and not all countries provide the same kind of healthcare services that you might be used to at home. Hence, covering yourself with insurance is always a good idea. Furthermore, as digital nomadism is quite mainstream these days, many insurance companies offer such insurance policies to interested people.

Rent out or sell your home

If you are planning to lead the digital nomad life for a considerably longer time period, it would be better that you rent out or sell off your home before leaving. There is no point letting it rot while you’re away. In the event that you get some tenants, hire someone locally who can deal with them on a regular basis and take care of payments. Using some property manager is also an option if you wish to approach it the professional way.

Move all your belongings to a storage unit

It would be best that you hold a garage sale and get rid of everything that you don’t require. The things that you cannot absolutely part with should go into a storage unit. Make 6 months’ advance payment for that space so that you don’t need to worry about anything while you are on the move.

Network with people of the destination city/country before leaving

You can make use of specific web services such as Facebook groups, nomad list and couch-surfing to network with people of your destination city/country. It would be critical to have some familiarity with the area as well as its people prior to your arrival, as that can help you acclimatize quickly.

Apart from these things you should also find some way to earn regular income during your travels, use a credit card without any international fees, hire someone to take care of your pets while you’re gone and find some place to stay before your arrival.

 

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