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A Checklist of Things To Do Before You Become a Digital Nomad

Becoming a digital nomad is a popular decision for people that want a unique lifestyle. Being able to travel anywhere you want and earn money virtually anyway is appealing, especially if traveling is something that you love to do. While the lifestyle isn’t for everyone, there’s no doubt that more and more people are beginning to see the benefits of becoming a digital nomad. They’re also starting to see that becoming a digital nomad is surprisingly lucrative and not as difficult as it seems at first. After all, there are an increasing number of online-only jobs these days thanks to the explosive popularity of remote work.

But saying goodbye to your home can be a difficult thing to do, especially if you’ve only recently decided that you want to move somewhere else and become a digital nomad. So without further ado, let’s take a look at some of the things that you should do before you say goodbye to your current home and convert to a nomadic lifestyle.

Take care of any administrative tasks before you start traveling

There are a number of important tasks that you need to complete before you decide to start traveling. For instance, you’ll want to ensure that your passport is valid for at least several years and that you have a valid visa for wherever you want to go.

There are a lot of different things to consider here because each country is different, and your personal circumstances are likely different from other people that have become digital nomads. As such, there’s not much personal advice to offer here, but here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Make sure you handle any bank-related responsibilities, such as potentially changing your address or letting your bank know that you will be traveling more often
  • Consider getting an international driving license if you plan to drive in your new destination. This is usually only available to certain countries, but you’ll want to check out your options anyway.
  • Think about if you need health or travel insurance.
  • On the topic of health, make sure you are vaccinated if there are any concerning diseases in the country that you plan to visit.
  • Make sure you have some form of accommodation in the place that you are traveling too. While it can be tempting to just find something when you’re there to live a truly nomadic lifestyle, it’s safer to find accommodation first.

The last thing you want is to be forced back to your home country because you forgot something important like renewing your passport. Make sure you handle these tasks first so that you have an easier time in the future.

Do you have a lot of belongings that you need to get rid of?

Switching to a nomadic lifestyle usually means shedding off all of your belongings. The most you’ll want to keep with you is a bag of essentials and your work-related materials. This can include things like a laptop, a smartphone, and a few peripherals. As such, you’ll need to find a few ways to get rid of your current belongings.

There are a few options here. One solution is to consider using a self-storage service so that you can quickly store all of your belongings somewhere and come back to them in the future. The alternative is to store them at a relative’s home, but you generally don’t want to do this unless you only have a few things. Storing boxes and boxes worth of your stuff at someone else’s home isn’t exactly being kind to them! Of course, if they really don’t mind then this can be an option too.

Lastly, you’ll also want to consider selling things you don’t need. This is a great way to make a little extra money before you take on the digital nomad lifestyle. But whatever you do, make sure you get rid of your belongings.

Make sure your work is reliable before you set off

Working remotely is exciting, but one of the worst things that could happen is losing your job or your clients. This is extremely difficult to deal with, despite how easy it can sometimes be to find a job to start working online. It’s best to have multiple clients that you work with, or even to find a stable job that can offer some level of security. The more secure you are, the easier it’ll be to establish a safe nomadic lifestyle that you can enjoy to the fullest.

 

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