The pandemic has made many people realize that our work can be done remotely. It is therefore attractive to think of adopting the lifestyle of the digital nomad, traveling the world while working from anywhere.
The good news is that several experts have already shared their advice and experiences for free on the internet. From podcast and ebook guides to apps that solve your visa problems, these are some of the essential online tools for newbie digital nomads.
Before moving on to the other names on this list, we would be remiss not to mention Nomad List and Nomadpick, two of the best sites for remote workers and digital nomads. We’ve talked about them many times before, and they continue to be the benchmark for those looking for where to live as a digital nomad, and the tools and resources to make it possible.
2. Nomadic Visa (Web): What visa can you get to be a digital nomad?
If you are going to travel the world while working from different locations, you need to be screened with your visas. Nomad Visa tries to be a simple place to search for the visas you can get, in categories like digital nomad visa, working holiday visa, tourist visa, starter visa and the coveted golden visa. You can also learn more about the differences between them.
Once you’ve filtered your needs, you can browse the results by card or list. Click on any country and the dashboard will tell you everything you need to know. Needless to say, Nomad Visa pays special attention to data related to COVID. You will find vaccination and quarantine requirements in all countries, along with their latest statistics on active cases, vaccine population, etc.
There are a few cool tools on Nomad Visa, such as the “work hours overlap” to compare different cities and see how your business hours will work out there. You will also find information on health insurance, VPNs, equipment and other things useful for the digital nomad.
3. Pipewing and Remote Clan (Web): communities to meet digital nomads and ask questions
Digital nomads are a global community in and of themselves, and to be a part of it, all you need is a laptop and a passport. But you still wonder how other nomads deal with things, want to meet like-minded people, and network for better opportunities.
Pipewing is a social network for digital nomads to meet other people in the place you are, or the one you are visiting soon. It shows a world map with people as pins. Click on a person, read their profile and send them a message to chat. You can also add posts to your profile much like a social network.
Remote clan is a question-and-answer board for remote workers and digital nomads, much like Quora, Stack Exchange, or Yahoo Answers. Once you become a member, you can share your experiences or comment in discussion threads created by others to start a conversation. The digital nomads tag is more useful to you, but there is enough remote working advice and discussion that everyone is interested in.
Pipewing and Remote Clan are both fairly new to the game, but already have a good number of subscribers to make them interesting. If you prefer chat rooms or want older forums, check out our other recommendations for friendly communities for digital nomads.
4. Become Nomad and Nomadtopia (Podcast): the best podcasts for information on digital nomads
What does it really take to live the lifestyle of a digital nomad? Listen to it from people who are actively doing it through two popular podcasts. With the global pandemic, both podcasts have obviously slowed down the frequency of their episodes, but they’re still releasing a new recording every month.
Eli David’s Become Nomad focuses on being a digital nomad while creating (or working for) a startup. Episodes are typically around 30-40 minutes long and cover a range of topics such as money management, lifestyle changes, meeting new people, the philosophies behind travel and work, and more. David has been a digital nomad since 2010 and puts all his experience into these episodes.
Amy Scott’s Nomadtopia caught our attention with her series “Grounded Nomads” During The Pandemic, interviewing digital nomads who could no longer travel. It comes with its own challenges and the series is worth listening to so you can be prepared for any future eventualities, especially other outbreaks. Even before that, Scott regularly interviewed digital nomads whose professions and lifestyles vary widely, giving you a great insight into how to be a digital nomad for the long haul. Read the excerpts before listening to an episode if you want to find someone who matches your view of remote working.
5. And.Co’s Anywhere (Ebook): Manual for digital nomads, by digital nomads
And.Co has established itself as one of the best tools for independent accounting and money management advice. It is only natural that many of their customers are digital nomads or are looking to embrace this lifestyle. So they created Anywhere, a free manual for digital nomads written by digital nomads.
The 150-page book takes you step-by-step through the different things you need to know to become a successful digital nomad. This will help you determine when you are ready to jump into this life, finances and taxes, wellness and personal care, tools and equipment, etc. All of this advice comes from experienced digital nomads themselves.
There are a few essential tips in this manual that are worth reading in order of the chapters written. For example, the third chapter deals with building a safety net for remote working, which is a vital step that too many people ignore when caught in the excitement of life on the road. Take your time to browse Anywhere so that you can actually go anywhere.
You can download Anywhere for free by subscribing to the And.Co.
Telecommuting is not the same as the digital nomad
All of these sites and guides will teach you how to travel the world while you work. But just because you were able to work from home during the pandemic doesn’t mean you’re ready to embrace the digital nomad lifestyle. You had lost the office as a “base” but you still had your home base. As a digital nomad, you are constantly adapting, and it’s not for everyone.
So before you jump in, give it a try. Take a month, plan to go to a new destination every week or ten days, but don’t do any work ahead of time. If you manage to do this while staying productive and happy, you will take one step closer to knowing whether the digital nomadic lifestyle is working for you or not.
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