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:
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!
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.
Many people (like you?) are attracted to the idea of being location independent and able to work from anywhere. But holding down a job, whether it’s one you’ve created for yourself or not, while being mobile isn’t necessarily easy. To keep it together and running smoothly, you have to be more on top of things than your average office worker.
Lots of folks lust after the digital nomad lifestyle, but being able to work from anywhere isn’t always a walk in the park. If you haven’t gathered from some of my previous journal entries, even I sometimes struggle with working while being on the go.
Don’t get me wrong. Being a digital nomad is the bee’s knees. But being on the road isn’t all sunshine, rainbows, and other stuff that looks good on Instagram. I have some legit complaints about the digital nomad lifestyle, and here are five of them: