Practical tips for digital nomads, travelers and for everyone else! A collection of (sometimes hard earned) lessons from traveling mainly in Asia.
is a common challenge for Digital Nomads. The lifestyle itself requires travel, rented housing, restaurant meals etc. While normal business conduct must be maintained with mobile electronic equipment, internet subscriptions, leased office space, printouts, copy and fax, postcards, SIM cards, data backup, customer service, company accounts and auditing, business administration, tax returns; maintenance of business registers, contracts and agreements etc …
Digital Nomad life is often performed in low-cost countries, so food and lodging may not be a problem. Local trips are mostly cheap, but international travel and the necessary electronics, not to mention possible obligations at home, still have the same big price lists. In addition, remote controls and work done by a Digital Nomad tend to be much less paid than if you would do the same work on-site home.
But Tony Robbins cites: "The crucial factor for success is never resources, it's ingenuity."
There are dozens of cheap flights websites and I've found out that the prices are not very different. Note that many low cost airlines only sell tickets on their own websites. The key to cheap flights to the resourceful Digital Nomad is flexibility when it comes to planning. Avoid the big travel holidays is a no-brainer – even knowing the big travel holidays can be a challenge in itself when you are in an unknown country.
Try changing your departure date a few days back and forth and you can find the same (or similar) flight significantly cheaper. If possible, try different airports for departure or arrival; It can be a lot cheaper – and a fun adventure experience – for example. fly to a smaller city and take a local bus or train to your final destination.
On the other hand, consider the end-to-end costs. A cheap flight that forces you to pay for an additional hotel night near the airport (which can also be expensive also in low-cost countries) may prove a worse option than paying a little extra for a more convenient scheduled flight. Also consider the risk of delays and your sensitivity to such! An important delivery and a complicated journey with many legs and close or insecure connections may not be a good combination. A fun adventure maybe, but with a possible additional cost for a missed delivery and a disturbed (ex-) client.
For hotel bookings, I always use expedia.com, they seem to offer the best rates, and their review system makes it easy to find good accommodation at a reasonable price. But be sure to check that there are a significant number of reviews.
This is obvious, but still worth mentioning over and over. There are only a few things you really need to bring. When you're ready – throw out half of things! Tony Robbins again: "… is never resources, it's ingenuity". So throw things out of your backpack and pack yourself full of resourcefulness! And you will be ready to go!
Private bills home
tends to pop-up when least expected! Despite careful planning and "considering everything", the annual payment suddenly appears out of the blue. Arrange the forwarding of mail to a trusted friend or relative, and perhaps deposit an amount with them for unexpected expenses. Much easier than if you're unexpectedly making an urgent international money transfer when you're in a somewhat forgotten corner of the jungle.
Insurance: Medical, Travel, Lost / Stolen Property etc.
This is of course not the most fun part when planning for your Digital Nomad career, but it is worth mentioning. What happens if you get sick? What if you have a fatal accident? What if you lose all your belongings, including passports, money, credit cards, laptop, etc.? Not very uplifting things to consider; but if it is unlikely you will be far better with a good insurance.
May be considered. After all, life is short … Digital Nomad does not benefit from an employer's provision in a pension fund – it is entirely up to Digital Nomad's initiative. Private savings or any other suitable means of creating assets that will generate sufficient and recurring income when necessary.