Yes, I’m aware I’m getting about 5 years ahead of myself here but I’ve been thinking a lot about the concept of becoming a digital nomad once I’ve been a developer for a couple of years. For the few of you who won’t know, it’s basically working around the world pursuing jobs like in computing, IT, sales, marketing etc which can be done remotely- which is traditionally home working. Digital nomads pick a country/city then move there for a month or three before moving on to somewhere else like a mac book carrying vagabond. Chiang Mai in Thailand seems to be ground zero with expats seeking a lower cost of living but still with things like wifi. Have a read of this and this and tell me you’re not even a little itty-bit tempted!
I love travelling- although I haven’t been able to for the past few years for health reasons. I spent 5 months in China doing tefl and there isn’t a day that goes by without me thinking about how great it was. I’ve also been to the USA and a good chunk of Europe. Aside from a return trip to China and Berlin, I’d like to see Taiwan, Japan and India. So becoming a digital nomad would seem to be the perfect solution, right?
Unfortunately, the more I think about it, the more I don’t think it’s for me. I like my little flat. I have a dog and a mother that I care about deeply and, as time ticks by, I get a bit more edgy at the thought of nipping off round the world for a few years ‘just in case’ something were to happen due to mum’s age. I also don’t make friends very easily and don’t see the ones I do have very often. I’d be throwing that away for more transient acquaintances. I also like working with people. I enjoy office banter and silliness. I wouldn’t get that squirreled away in some hotel room or on my own in a sea of strangers in some co-working space abroad. I also live in the UK and there’s so much still to see. I’ve not been to the Orkneys or Shetland, Nottingham Castle, Cornwall or Cardiff.
I think my perfect solution would be the opportunity to go abroad for a month or two every year. That way I could get the travel out of the system while having my home comforts waiting for me. Only, I don’t know if I could knuckle down and concentrate when there’s so much to explore. So, unless I couldn’t get a decent office located job and it had to be remote working, I think I’d rather go for something more conventional.
What are your opinions about remote working and becoming a digital nomad? Inspired? Put off? Do you know someone who does it already? I’d love to know.