Thinking about being a Digital Nomad?
High schoolers know the standard questions as they approach graduation: what are you going to do or what do you want to do?
Don’t worry about how to answer such silly questions. Most of us never really know what we want to be “when we grow up.”
Instead, think about the possibilities ahead of you. Perhaps you have been considering some kind of career that allows you to work remotely. The idea of working in your pajamas or while exploring a new country sounds like the dream.
The digital nomad life is definitely becoming a new norm. For those of you interested in this type of lifestyle, you can check out the incredible infographic Reservations.com put together highlighting 11 of the best remote career options available today.
If that’s something that calls out to you we have some tips for how to navigate whether this could be something for you.
Is it for me?
Just because it is the cool new thing doesn’t mean being a digital nomad is for everyone.
What you first need to think about is what possibilities exist for you. There are all kinds of jobs out there in all kinds of places.
From flying an airplane in the sky, to a fancy desk in sleek corporate offices, each job has its own particular work environment that comes with it. So maybe consider what is best for you when it comes to how you best get things done.
Where do you want to work? What kind of space do you want to spend your days in?
If you need physical interaction with others or want to work outside, remote jobs aren’t necessarily going to be the best option. That doesn’t mean you can’t travel and work, it just means maybe there’s a different job that would be a better fit for you.
There are other jobs like traveling nurses that still give employees the opportunity to explore a new place while taking care of others. What’s most important is figuring out what your priorities are.
On the other hand, for those of you who already know you prefer to manage your own schedule or if you really want the liberty to move whenever you please, remote jobs can be an excellent fit.
Thinking about your personal tendencies can help you figure out if it’s the right type of lifestyle for you. If you are extroverted and active and highly disorganized, then a structured, busy job in an office might be a better solution. Take some time to examine your personal motivations and preferences to figure out your path.
What to consider when figuring out if it’s for you?
Interaction vs Isolation
Discipline vs Distraction
Commute vs Work from Home
Okay, so you think it’s for you?
As when you start trying to decide what to study, it can be a bit overwhelming. That’s why taking the time to think about your options and self reflect can be really useful.
Considering your interests and abilities is key in finding which path will be the one for you.
There’s no need to stress, it’s all just a part of the process. Don’t forget to ask for help from those around you and remember that paths often have turns along the way. So seeing what’s beyond, requires us all to take the small steps to get further down our road.
About the Author
Kristen Klepac is a freelance writer partnering with Reservations.com. She is also currently learning French and adores words, uncovering new flavors, and exploring new places.