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?”

How can I become a digital nomad?

Anyone can become a digital nomad. There is no official certification, qualification, or other formal process for becoming a digital nomad. 

If you’re not yet a digital nomad, and you are looking for help finding a job, becoming a freelancer, or launching a business that allows you to work remotely so that you can become a digital nomad then keep reading this Digital Nomad Guide to learn more.

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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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