What Is a Digital Nomad and How Do You Become One?

first_img Don’t forget to share this post! Topics: Remote Working A striking landscape, like Crater Lake, is a normal office view for Justin and his wife, Ariele. After working in the National Park, they headed north to Portland and spent a day in Mt. Hood. Then, they drove through Redwood National Park. And next week, they plan to work in Yosemite National Park.Justin and his wife have been living, working, and traveling across America in a Ford F-250 with an Airstream trailer hitched to its back for the past two years. And their alternative lifestyle has helped them prioritize life experiences and close connections over material possessions. They’re modern day nomads. Or what most people call digital nomads.What is a Digital Nomad?Digital nomads are remote workers who usually travel to different locations. They often work in coffee shops, co-working spaces, or public libraries, relying on devices with wireless internet capabilities like smart phones and mobile hotspots to do their work wherever they want.With 34% of remote employees working 4-5 days a week out of the office, the digital nomad lifestyle could be an exciting possibility if you’ve caught the travel bug and want to break free from the shackles of 9-5 life. Below, we’ll cover the benefits, job opportunities, and realities of this alternative lifestyle.Let’s find out if it’s the right fit for you.Living the Dream? 5 Benefits of Being a Digital Nomad1. You’ll be more productive.There’s no time to waste when you travel to gorgeous places almost every day. Exploring your new surroundings will motivate you to get your work done as soon as possible. Adventure can be one of the best types of motivation.2. You’ll have more breakthrough ideas.Creativity happens when you mash seemingly unrelated concepts together to form a new idea. Neuroscientists call this synaptic play, and the more incongruent the concepts are, the more synapses occur in your brain. Working in a different place everyday gives you a lot of diverse experiences that you call pull from to make these creative connections. And when your brain is chock full of these diverse inputs, your ideas are much more inventive.3. You’ll become more adaptable.Constantly traveling to new places pushes you out of your comfort zone. And to adapt to new environments everyday, you need to be willing to engage with different people and cultures. This makes you more open to new experiences in the future.Traveling also improves your brain’s reaction to change. When you travel, the stress of navigating a foreign place sprouts dendrites in your brain. These dangling extensions increase your brain’s capacity and attentiveness during new and challenging situations in the future.In a nutshell, traveling strengthens your desire and ability to learn new skills.4. You’ll have more time to do the things you love.Even though work can be great, we still work to live, not the other way around. Finishing work faster gives you more time in your schedule to explore your surroundings, do the things you’re passionate about, and spend more time with loved ones.5. You’ll make lifelong friendships.Adventure and memorable experiences forge close connections between people. When you embark on your journey, you’ll meet other digital nomads and become friends with them. And if you travel with a friend or significant other, your relationship will be closer than ever before.Common Jobs for Digital NomadsToday, most companies embrace remote work. 43% of American employees spent time working remote last year, and this number will only increase. But being a digital nomad and working a few days at home are two different animals. If you want to keep your day job while traveling, you need to prove to your manager that you can handle full-time remote work before you can do work on the road. Justin Champion decided to work remotely for six months before he even asked to travel.If you’re looking for job, sift through sites that only list remote jobs, like We Work Remotely or Remote.co, and ask prospective employers if the role lends itself to your nomadic lifestyle.Freelancing is also a common role for digital nomads. Before you embark on your journey, though, you must be realistic with yourself. How will you be able to make a living? Answer the following questions to help you figure this out:What am I good at?What do I like to do?Is there a need for my skill?Can I do this job online?Once you know how you’ll be able to make money, you can enter the gig economy by marketing and selling your services on your own, or finding work on a freelance service marketplace like Upwork or Fiverr.Whether you chose to work for a company or yourself, becoming a digital nomad doesn’t mean pigeonholing yourself in a specific role. Your job just has to be fully digital. Listed below are some common roles that lend themselves well to a fully remote lifestyle:AccountingCustomer ServiceDesignEditingHealthcareITMarketingProject ManagementQuality Analyst (QA)Recruiting & HRSalesSoftware DevelopmentTeacher/TutorTranscriptionVirtual AssistantWritingAs you can see, there’s a lot of different industries and roles for digital nomads. Remote work is becoming commonplace, which is exciting and beneficial for the workforce. But that doesn’t mean anyone and everyone should be a digital nomad. It’s still a tough challenge. You need to be organized and disciplined, or you won’t be able to enjoy your travels — which is the point of the lifestyle, right? So how do you set yourself up for success?How Do You Become a Digital Nomad? 5 Things to Consider Before You Get Started1. Get rid of unnecessary expenses.Paying for things that don’t greatly impact your life is never ideal. That’s why you need to get rid of all the expenses that you won’t need living as a digital nomad. Things like gym memberships, subscriptions, and debt are all expenses that’ll bog you down on the road. And if you’re a freelancer, they’ll be even more of a burden because you might experience some periods of inconsistent income. Getting rid of these expenses and paying off debt will allow you to fully focus on your work and travels.2. Make sure you have income you can rely on for months in advance.Whatever lifestyle you pursue, it’s always smart to have safety net. You never know when an emergency will arise. This rings especially true when you’re a digital nomad because you’re mostly own your own. You can’t find solace in a warm, comfortable home or family, and if you’re freelancer, you don’t have the luxury of a consistent paycheck. To widen your safety net, you should sell any unnecessary belongings, move the essentials into a storage unit, sell or rent your house, and save as much money as possible.3. Get travel health insurance.Traveling can give you some of the best experiences in your life, but it not always a blissful, perpetual highlight reel. It’s still real life. You’ll get sick, have emergencies and accidents, and need regular checkups. You also need immunizations to enter certain parts of the world. Your health should be your number one priority during your travels, so make sure you buy a solid health insurance plan that’s valid in all the places you visit.4. Set yourself up for financial success.Ample funds are the key to successful travel. American credit cards will usually charge you a fee if you use it abroad, so ask your bank for an international credit card. You should also sign up for credit monitoring services that’ll alert you if anyone tries to steal your identity.5. If you travel internationally, unlock your phone.Most countries have different cell phone carriers, so if you want to bounce from country to country, you need to call your current carrier and ask them to unlock your phone. You’ll be able to use your phone in any country because you can put a different sim card in your phone from each international carrier you use.Once you square these things away, it’s time to start your new life on the road. But actually living life as a digital nomad is an entirely different ballgame than preparing to be one.7 Tips for Living as a Digital Nomad1. Make a budget.As a digital nomad, your budget should be your bible. And if you follow it, you can live quite comfortably. To create a successful budget, calculate your living expenditures, the cost of traveling to each destination, staying there, the activities you’ll do there, the costs of working, and how it all affects your savings if you can’t earn a salary for a while.2. Plan for the worst-scenario.When you live abroad, It’s crucial to have multiple backup plans in case of any emergencies. Nothing really ever works out the way it’s supposed to. Things happen. What if your truck breaks down? Or what if you get stuck in a foreign country with no backup plan? What’s your plan B and C? You need to set these processes in place to handle the inevitable bumps in the road.3. Join a digital nomad community.Digital Nomad communities like Couchsurfing and Nomadlist will help you learn the nuances of the digital nomad lifestyle, and reduce its steep learning curve. Fellow nomads will be happy to answer any pressing questions about your new lifestyle and any areas you plan to visit. They’ll also teach you how to work effectively on the road. And arguably the most beneficial perk of these communities is that you can connect with other traveling professionals, which can lead to new business opportunities, partnerships, and friendships.4. Make sure you have cell reception or wifi.If your employer lets you work remotely, show them and your team some respect by being available as much as possible online. Not having wifi or cell phone reception should never be an excuse for missing a meeting or failing to get an assignment done. The same goes for client work, if you’re a freelancer.To make sure you’ll always have internet connection, consider investing in a cell phone booster and a mobile hotspot mifi device. Cell phone boosters can detect the smallest shred of cell phone reception and send the signal to your vehicle. Mobile hotspot mifi devices strengthen your mobile hotspot service, so you don’t have to rely on a spotty, public wifi connection.5. Make sure you can communicate with locals.Knowing the language of the country you’re going to or knowing that they speak your language is crucial for successful travel. Assuming that there has to be someone who will understand English is a dangerous move. But if you must go to a place where you don’t know the native language or they don’t speak yours, use Google Translate or another translation app to navigate your new environment.6. Research your destinations.If you’re not living in an RV, find affordable housing on AirBnB or Couchsurf before you arrive to your destination. And make sure your lodging is near a hospital, emergency room or clinic in case of an emergency. You should also research the area to find safe neighborhood to stay in.7. Draw cash from ATMs.Airports are notorious for charging ridiculously high currency exchange fees. If you need cash, draw it from an ATM. Your bank will charge you a fee, but it’ll be much lower than the one at the currency exchange desk.Before you set off …If an adventurous lifestyle sounds appealing to you, then being a digital nomad can be one of the most rewarding yet challenging ways to live. But if you arm yourself with organization, discipline, and a thirst for learning, you could enjoy an exciting and fulfilling life on the road. Just ask Justin and Ariele Champion. They’re living the alternative American Dream. And they’ve never looked back.center_img Originally published Jul 2, 2018 7:00:00 AM, updated September 06 2018 In the Cascade Mountains of Southern Oregon, there sits a volcano with no peak. But what takes the place of a billowing summit isn’t a barren crater — it’s an electric blue lake, surrounded by pine trees and the jagged remains of the volcano’s collapsed mouth, which crumbled during an eruption almost 8,000 years ago.This place is called Crater Lake. It’s considered one of the most beautiful national parks in the United States. It’s also where Justin Champion, a Content Professor at HubSpot Academy, spent his work day last Thursday.last_img read more

iPhone 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max launched with triple cameras: India price and release date

first_imgAfter the iPhone 11, Apple announced the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max. While the iPhone 11 is aimed at general iPhone users, the iPhone 11 Pro models are for “Pro” users who want to get more done out of their smartphones. The iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max succeed last year’s iPhone XS and XS Max. The biggest upgrades come to the camera as they sport triple camera system, as well as a new A13 Bionic chipset. Apple has revealed the India prices and availability of the iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max as well.The iPhone 11 starts at Rs 64,900 for the 64GB storage option. The high-end iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max both start with 64GB internal storage that are priced at Rs 99,900 and Rs 1,09,900, respectively. The iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max will likely go up for pre-orders starting Friday, September 20. They will be available a week after that on September 27 in India.Earlier, Apple had shared that the sale will start from September 20 in India but then revised the date to September 27.The iPhone 11 Pro comes with a 5.8-inch OLED display, while the iPhone 11 Pro Max gets a 6.5-inch OLED screen. Apple is using a new OLED panel for the two iPhone 11 Pro models that is called a Super Retina XDR display, which offers peak brightness of 1200 nits and a 2 million to 1 contrast ratio.All three iPhone 11 phones are powered by the new A13 Bionic chipset. While the iPhone XR successor gets an extra hour of battery life, Apple says the 5.8-inch iPhone 11 Pro will get up to 4 hours of extra battery life, while the iPhone 11 Pro will offer up to 5 hours of extra battery compared to their predecessors.advertisementMuch like the iPhone 11, the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro also highlight new cameras. The Pro models come with triple rear cameras in a square-shaped module. All three cameras come with 12MP sensor which includes an ultra wide-angle lens in addition to a wide angle and telephoto camera.ALSO READ | iPhone 11 launched with dual cameras, Night mode and A13 Bionic SoClast_img read more

Herrera: Neymar can win Ballon d’Or

first_imgAnder Herrera has once again backed Neymar to win the Ballon d’Or one day after the forward’s impressive start to the season for Paris Saint-Germain continued.Neymar scored his second late winner in as many games this campaign, leading PSG to a 1-0 victory over Lyon in Ligue 1 on Sunday.The forward was heavily linked with a return to Barcelona during the transfer window, but ended up staying in Paris and has starred on his return. Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Herrera, who arrived at PSG in July, believes the Brazil international is a future Ballon d’Or winner –  a claim the Spaniard also made earlier this month .”I’m delighted to play with Neymar. I will not talk about his transfer window,” the midfielder said via L’Equipe.”Now, Neymar is with us. He is a fantastic player who can be Ballon d’Or, this season, in a year, in two years.”We are very happy. I hope he can play like that all season.”PSG’s win saw them move seven points clear of ninth-placed Lyon, although their lead at the top of Ligue 1 is just three points to Angers and Nice.But Herrera laughed off any suggestions the title was already won for Thomas Tuchel’s men.”No, there are only six matches. I just saw the table. There is Rennes, Angers, Marseille,” he said.”We respect a lot of teams and all opponents. We will always play with respect.”While Neymar has quickly turned heads after returning to the pitch for PSG, coach Thomas Tuchel believes he is yet to show his best this season.”He can still do better. It’s only his second or third game in four months,” Tuchel said via  L’Equipe.”He can do better and he will do better because he will gain in a physical capacity, but it’s Ney, he’s always decisive. He always thinks to play forward, to attack.”We need players like that in tough games like this to make a difference in one-on-ones.”PSG are next in action against Stade Reims on Wednesday and have now won their past four Ligue 1 games since a shock 2-1 loss to Rennes.last_img read more

New Army Chief of Staff Karunasekara assumes duties

Towards the end of the brief ceremony the Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake made a surprise visit to the location and extended his best wishes to the new Chief of Staff. Major General K. A. D. A Karunasekara RWP RSP VSV USP ndu psc, popularly known as ‘Amal Karunasekara’ was the Commandant of the Defence Services Command and Staff College, Sapugaskanda and the 15th Colonel of the Regiment in the Sri Lanka Light Infantry Regiment.Major General Amal Karunasekara joined the Sri Lanka Army as an Officer Cadet in the year 1981, and after the completion of his initial Officer Cadet training in the prestigious Sri Lanka Military Academy, Diyathalawa, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Sri Lanka Light Infantry Regiment of the Sri Lanka Army in 1984. Being a professional military officer with an excellent record of conduct, he has an outstanding career record spanning more than 35 years to-date.Major General Amal Karunasekara has followed numerous local and overseas courses in various fields of studies to enhance his knowledge and continuous professional advancement. Among them the advanced courses he followed in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, United States of America and the United Kingdom, to his credit. He has received a Masters Degree in Defence and Strategic Studies from the University of Madras, India and also a Master of Science Degree in Defence Management from the General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University, Sri Lanka. In addition he has also followed the course on ‘Defence and Stretegic Studies’ in National Defence University, China.He is a double staff qualified Military Officer at the Defence Services Command and Staff College (DSCSC) and Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, India. Director General General Staff (DGGS), Military Secretary (MS), Master General Ordnance (MGO) and several Senior Officers were present during the brief inauguration of office. In his extended military career, he has served in many Command, Instructional and Staff appointments from the elementary level up to the higher level to-date. Among several key appointments that he held were Director Military Intelligence, Director Infantry, Master General of Ordnance Branch (MGO Br) and Military Secretary of the Sri Lanka Army. The 51st Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Army, Major General Amal Karunasekara assumed office this morning during a simple ceremony at his office in the Army Headquarters.Members of the Maha Sangha performed religious observances and invoked blessings on the new appointment as the new Chief of Staff Major General Amal Karunasekara began signing a formal document to signify the acceptance of his new office. He has the honour of being the Commander of the first-ever Sri Lankan contingent of troops for the United Nations Peace Keeping Operations that was sent to Haiti in 2004.He has also commanded an infantry Battalion and an infantry Brigade during many military operations conducted against LTTE terrorists. (Colombo Gazette) read more