11 Tips for Nomadic Adventurous Freelancers
Be prepared for your nomadic adventures with some tips to get you on track
We all talk of packing up things, choose a country, grab our laptop and start a life as a Digital Nomad. As exciting, adventurous and effortless it looks (and it could be), there are a few tips, suggestions, ideas that could help to inspire Digital Nomad and those already on the road. We are all individuals and we need different things as we travel and we all develop and choose our style while balancing working life
Your thirst for adventure and travel, just become enhanced when you get some systems in place. The following 11 tips will give you some small (and big) hints and hacks that you may find very simple but super helpful reminder. Let’s jump right in!
The following tips are for freelancers but can be mapped across to most location independent workers:
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11 tips & Hints for adventurous Freelancers & Location-independent workers
TIP 1: Schedule
Schedule your tasks, your meetings and your deadline, create a system that suits your style, write things down, use and set
alarms and plan in advance your days for each client, be clear about the best time frame and hours dedicated to work, time to travel that does not interrupt your system, Automate where you can. Schedule some time for everyday activities, cooking, shopping etc
TIP 2: Go deeper
Slow down, stop for longer in places. Go deeper into the place, the people, the
culture and get time to find your balance.
If you are not travelling for a couple of weeks; you don’t need to rush and stress
to fit everything you want to see, do experience. Spend long enough in a place
to feel familiar with it, find how things work better for you in terms of location,
time, space. Explore and try.
TIP 3: Community
Find communities of locals and ex-pats.
Connect with people. Find groups that live a similar lifestyle and others
that don’t. Keep your mind open, be curious and motivated. Exchange point of
views, tips and ideas.
TIP 4: Live Responsibly
Live responsibly and ethically. Respect and protect the places where you will
spend time, remember you are still a guest for as much as you will spend in
one location, you are still an outsider, be aware of the impact you have on people,
how you behave, how you talk, how you will be perceived by them.
Train your empathy and you will have a long, happy life on the road!
TIP 5: Be a Minimalist
Embrace a minimalist lifestyle, it will help you find your balance and cut out the
Once you will start packing all the necessary for your life in a small bag you will
realise how important it is to think carefully about every single item. Choose
things that can have different use and purpose. Opt for high quality, sustainable,
eco-friendly materials, clothes that represent you and you can transform
for other occasions.
TIP 6: Be Patient
Be patient, flexible and open-minded towards yourself and the environment and your clients.
It might take time to adjust to a new routine on the road, to find a place we like
and where we would like to spend time. Be patient, especially towards yourself.
Finding balance requires time and dedication, baby steps will take us there!
TIP 7: Experiment
Try and experiment! There are a lot of different options for staying, not only
guesthouses or apartments. Farm Stay, Yoga Retreats, Mountain Huts, Surf Retreats there are
endless options to try for long-term stays and the best thing is that you will meet like-minded
communities and have a lot more to share with people around you.
TIP 8: Visas & insurance
Make sure you are aware of visas, covid restrictions and check your travel insurance.
You don’t want to spend time through bureaucratic websites and offices. Try to
find information in advance, be prepared and ready, always have a plan B and
C (and maybe a Done as well!)
TIP 9: Routine
Define, keep and follow your daily routine. It will help you in finding stability
and balance and set boundaries for your working (and not only) life.
TIP 10: Be Curious
Go to places and countries you are fascinated and intrigued by. Learn about
the culture, the traditions and the basics of the language, history, customs, religion, food etc.
of the place where you will be staying. Be curious, exchange
knowledge, ideas, recipes with locals, make them part of your new life.
TIP 11: Get excited
Get Excited! the best, most helpful tip is probably just to ‘be excited, be passionate, have fun.
Follow your gut, always! The rest will come naturally.
Where do I stay as a location independent worker?
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Check out Nomad Stays for the best, Digital Nomads friendly affordable locations and tips and ideas from Digital Nomads to Digital Nomads on our blog.
Love Alice Pontini Freelancer, Adventurous digital nomad who loves to go off the beaten track, Tour leader.