I love my location independent lifestyle, but I had a recent interaction that made me really think long and hard about what defines being a digital nomad. Here’s what happened:
Lots of folks have been asking me what it’s like to be a digital nomad. And I’m not quite sure what to say.
We finally did it. We made the plunge. We went full nomad.
Six years ago, I was perched on my tiny Italian balcony, smoking a cigarette (when in Rome!), trying to figure out how to start freelancing.
I beat the Las Vegas heat by heading up to Montréal last week. I ended up with two full days to myself (sans client meetings and traveling) to explore this beautiful Québec city that I hadn’t visited in 15 long years. And I also experienced the digital nomad’s worst enemy: connectivity issues!
Seeing the world and making money while you’re doing it sounds great and all, but it isn’t for everybody. Even many folks who’d love being digital nomads may not really be able to hack it.
I’m writing this from a friend’s gorgeous home in San Francisco’s Potrero Hill neighborhood, and earlier tonight, we sat around over some Bay Area brews, rapping about how to travel and work while managing to have some fun.
While I talk a lot about freelancing and entrepreneurship, there’s another path to being a digital nomad or just being able to work from home. Yep, I’m talking about location independent jobs.
I first became obsessed with the idea of careers you can do anywhere when flat broke and unable to land a job while essentially stuck in Italy. Then people were calling these “portable careers” (and now it’s known to many as being a “digital nomad“). But whatever you call being location independent while still making money, this lifestyle isn’t a unicorn. It does exist, and this can be your reality too.
This is a question I’ve been wrestling with. Am I ready to take the plunge and fully go nomad? But the better question: are you?
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