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How to Become a Digital Nomad

I’ve lived in and worked from more than 50 countries around the world as a digital nomad since 2012.

I’ve taken the lessons that I learned on my journey and from helping other people become digital nomads and put them together into this free digital nomad guide for you.

Digital Nomad Getting Started Guide Contents:

What is a Digital Nomad?

Digital Nomad is another way of saying, “a person who works online while traveling.” It’s a lifestyle choice made possible by the existence of the internet.

The digital in digital nomad refers to the idea that many jobs, especially knowledge work like programming, graphic design, and online marketing, are performed on a computer.

Unlike in traditional jobs, the people performing these jobs often do not need to be physically present in one specific location. Instead, they are able to work from anywhere, so long as they have access to a reliable internet connection.

A nomad is someone who moves from place to place, instead of settling permanently in one location. In the case of a digital nomad, the nomad part refers to taking advantage of the freedom of being able to work from anywhere.

So, instead of only working from their office, home, or a coffee shop in their home town, a digital nomad thinks, “If I can work from here, why can’t I work from Bangkok? Barcelona? Or a beach in Brazil?”

Who Can Become a Digital Nomad?

Anyone can become a digital nomad. There is no official certification or qualification for becoming a digital nomad, but this guide will help you get started.

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How Do Digital Nomads Make Money Online?

If you want to become a digital nomad with the freedom to travel whenever and wherever you want, then you are going to need a way to make money that doesn’t tie you to one specific location.

By definition, digital nomads make money by working online, but just because digital nomads work online doesn’t mean that they are all doing the same thing. 

There is a common misunderstanding that all digital nomads are computer programmers or social media influencers.

In reality, there are many different ways to make money online and types of jobs that you can do as a digital nomad.

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How do Digital Nomads Afford to Travel Constantly?

It’s a common misconception that travel has to be expensive. The reasoning usually goes something like this: “Last year I went on vacation to Las Vegas (or London, Disney World, etc) for a week and spent $5,000! There’s no way I could afford to live like that full-time!”

The truth is that traveling full-time probably costs less than you think, and it may even cost less than your current lifestyle at home.

There are a few “secrets” that digital nomads and other experienced travelers know and use to minimize their costs while maximizing the amount of time that they are able to travel.

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How to Find and Book the Perfect Airbnb Apartment as a Digital Nomad

As a digital nomad, you will generally have a much better experience if you stay in a private apartment or house, rather than a hotel, guesthouse, or hostel.

One of the major benefits of renting a private apartment is that, unlike hotels, apartments tend to be spread throughout the city, not all clustered in one or two main tourist areas.

This gives you a much better opportunity to experience the place you are visiting as a local, instead of as an outsider.

As a bonus, there’s a good chance that your apartment will be hosted/managed by a local who can give you a head start on finding the best places in the neighborhood.

Apartments typically have more space than even high-end hotel suites, and apartments almost always come with kitchens. Even if you are not planning to do any serious cooking, it’s nice to have space to prepare coffee, tea, breakfasts, and simple snacks.

I recommend using Airbnb for booking apartments. There are plenty of alternatives, but I like using Airbnb for the following reasons:

  • you can use the same website anywhere in the world
  • the cancellation and other policies are clearly spelled out, and
  • most important – you can read real reviews from other travelers and communicate with the host before you book.

Here’s the exact process that I have used to book hundreds of nights in Airbnbs all over the world since 2011:

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How to Meet People While You Travel and Avoid Becoming a Lonely Digital Nomad

Loneliness is a common complaint among digital nomads. It’s also the cause I’ve heard cited most frequently from former digital nomads who decided to pack up and head back home. And the fear of being lonely is one of the main reasons stopping aspiring digital nomads from taking the leap.

But being a digital nomad doesn’t have to be a lonely lifestyle.

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5 Reasons to Become a Digital Nomad in 2022


The world is reopening for travel, and there are more opportunities to work online than ever before. Here are five great reasons to take advantage and become a digital nomad now:

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