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A Digital Nomad's Guide: Embracing the World While Working Remotely

Nov 1, 2023

Marley Mehring

Tips & Tricks


7 min

With the increase of online work after 2020, the lure of the digital nomad life is hard to deny for anyone now. But, what does that really mean?

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What are the logistics of it? Where do you go, for how long, how do you make friends? We cover all of that here, from the perspective of a certified digital nomad having worked remotely and abroad for the past 2 years.

So, how do you get started? The keystone to any digital nomad lifestyle is your work. You have to make sure you are open and honest with your employer about how you intend to work. This gives them the opportunity to tell you if they have certain hours they require you to be online, which could determine certain locations and countries you’re okay with working from. If you are one of the lucky ones who can work from any country, then make sure you double check your visa requirements. Based on your passport, how long can you legally stay in that country? What are the tax implications if you are working outside your home country? These are questions that can’t be answered here for you, as they are specific to each nationality and tax system. However, these are key to determine before deciding if you want to become a digital nomad and where you want to be!

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Okay, so you’ve now determined you have a job or a lifestyle that allows you to be a digital nomad completely. When you get to your first destination, what do you do? Our recommendation, if you are young and want to make friends, is to stay at least temporarily at a hostel. This allows you to meet fellow travelers who may be in town for as long as you are, which could facilitate making friends. Or, better yet, join a floq on Floqsta to see who is in your area and what like-minded people you can connect with!

Now it’s up to you to decide where you go and for how long. The beauty of being a digital nomad is not having to make any decisions and being flexible in your plans. Planned a month in Italy, but by the end of that month you’re not ready to go? No problem, extend your trip! It’s our recommendation to take full advantage of being a true digital nomad and spending as much time in as many countries as you can while you are able to!

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Lastly, the logistics of working abroad. We recommend one of three methods when sitting down to actually work: coworking spaces, local coffee shops, or the comfort of your accommodation. Let’s break them down. It is essential to book an accommodation you know will have reliable and good wifi, this way you always have somewhere in the city to go to for meetings, work, and just to be on top of things. The next cheapest option if you wanted to get out of your place and see more of the city is to explore local coffee shops. In most metropolitan cities in the Western Hemisphere you’ll often find cafes that are work and laptop friendly.

A quick Google search will tell you of any cafes near you with access to good wifi! Get a snack, a yummy coffee, and get your work done for the day while being in the same places the locals are! Lastly, if you plan to stay in a city for a month or more, we think it is worth it to look at renting a coworking space. If you have a heavy month of work upcoming, this is the perfect place to have reliable internet connection, good desks, and even sometimes snacks. Selina coworking is a popular and worldwide option that digital nomads across the globe love!

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There’s your crash course on being a digital nomad! If you’re reading this article, chances are you’re a fellow traveler lover and have gotten the travel bug, so take the leap and start working abroad! You will not regret it. Taking care of a few logistical basics to make sure you abide by local tax and visa restrictions is necessary in order to hop around the globe, see the world, all while working your job!

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