Remote working was virtually unheard of only a few decades ago. Having a full-time job usually meant working in the same place every day, with a fixed schedule and the same group of colleagues.
With the internet having become more widespread, it is now much easier for people to work remotely.
Over the past few years, a whole movement based on working remotely while traveling the globe has emerged. “Digital nomads,” as they are commonly known, typically have jobs which allow them to be fully remote, such as translation, computer programming or writing.
Here are five major benefits of the digital nomad lifestyle:
1. You can live almost anywhere you like
You can base yourself anywhere that’s equipped with electricity and a reliable internet connection. There are even websites that rate top digital nomad destinations, for example Nomadlist, you can see it here.
Looking for something more fantastic, if you’ve always wanted to live by the ocean, or in the shadow of a mountain, now you can.
There’s no need to live in an overcrowded, polluted city just because that’s where all the jobs are.
Also read: Top 5 Cities to Live as a Digital Nomad
2. You can make time differences work for you
Some digital nomads are lucky enough to be able to set their own schedules and work whenever it suits them.
Others need to work fixed hours, especially if they need to be available to take calls or participate in video conferences.
However, even if you fall into the second group, you can make the time difference work for you.
When you’re a night owl, try living somewhere which is 10-plus hours ahead or behind your home country, so that you can work until the early hours while still being able to take calls and contact your team.
3. You don’t have to put up with colleagues
One of the biggest problems you might have at work is dealing with annoying colleagues, whether they won’t stop talking when you’re trying to concentrate, or they have a taste for stinky egg sandwiches which they eat at their desk.
Working remotely usually means working alone, from the comfort and privacy of your own home.
If you do get lonely, you can always use a co-working space to meet other digital nomads; unlike traditional working environments, it’s totally up to you.
4. You can move around regularly
As the name implies, digital nomads are free to move around as much as they want to.
Many stay put in one place for several months, or even years, but others choose to relocate more often.
As soon as you feel the need for a change of scenery, you can book your next flight and go.
Lots of nomads even travel with carry-on luggage only, to make it even cheaper and easier to work while on the move.
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5. You have much more free time
People with regular 9-to-5 jobs usually have to commute. That means a lot of wasted time, whether they’re waiting for delayed trains or crawling along the freeway in rush-hour traffic.
When you’re a digital nomad, going to work can be as easy as walking downstairs and setting up your laptop on the kitchen table, which can save many of you up to two or three hours per day.
You can use that extra time to catch up with friends, pick up some new skills–like hiking or Mandarin–or just wake up later in the morning.
Also read: Essentials for a Safe, Enjoyable Hiking Trip
Remote Work Isn’t for Everyone
The digital nomad lifestyle is definitely not for everyone; it wouldn’t suit those who have time-management issues or need to be close to family and friends.
However, it can be an eye-opening experience for those who struggle to fit into traditional workplaces or who want to see more of the world without being limited to a few weeks of vacation time per year.
Why not give it a try?