You’ve probably been living under a rock if you haven’t heard by now that being a digital nomad is all the rage. If the hefty 1.5 million hashtag searches and the plethora of digital nomad city guides aren’t any indication, 2018 is the year of taking your office to, well … anywhere in the world. Somehow, turning in assignments while sitting at a cafe on the beach in Bali seems much better than being in a cubicle.
Before you take the steps to become location-independent, there are a few things you should know. There are tons of online resources that help with the ins and outs of working from anywhere in the world. We’ve come up with a comprehensive guide on where to look for the best digital nomad tips. Keep scrolling to find all the best digital nomad tips!
5.) Get a Job! The Best Sites for Finding Work Opportunities
First things first: employment. Before you begin scouring the internet for your dream remote job, a good place to start is to determine what type of digital nomad job you can look for. Luckily, in the digital age, working remotely has become increasingly popular with many companies.
A great place to start is by asking your current company if your position can be transitioned to a remote job. If you’re more of the “quit your 9-5 and travel the world” type, there are ways to make an income on your travels. Whatever your career situation is, there are some great websites that are dedicated to remote job listings. With these sites, your dream digital nomad life is just an interview away!
- WeWorkRemotely – A job listing site that sends you customized listings catered exactly to your field of work. Are you a copywriter? Get copywriting listings sent to directly to your inbox so you’re the first to know. WeWorkRemotely specializes in listings in areas such as programming, DevOps & SysAdmin, marketing and customer support, to name a few.
- Pangian– A network of over 300 companies that post remote jobs available worldwide. Get customized emails sent directly to your inbox and find your dream job(s).
- Upwork– A popular platform for freelancers around the world. Looking for your next freelancing project? Create a portfolio on Upwork and have access to their 5 million-strong network of companies that are hiring. See a review on how Upwork compares to other sites too here >
- Workaway – Maybe you want to take a break from work for a while, or enjoy a unique cultural exchange while you’re abroad. Workaway is a popular platform that posts volunteer opportunities around the world. Many volunteer positions offer room and board in exchange for a few hours of work a day. Workaway is a great way to get up close and personal with wherever you’re traveling.
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4.) Getting There and Getting Around
Whether you’re moving somewhere to live long-term or doing short tourist visa stays in different cities, you still have to get around. These sites are great for shopping for cheap plane tickets, domestic travel and getting around new cities.
- Skyscanner – One of the most popular places to buy plane tickets. The best thing about Skyscanner is the go-anywhere feature, which lays out the cheapest places to travel to from the origin city of your choice.
- BlaBlaCar – It’s like Uber but for long distance, except you’d be road tripping with people who are already headed to your destination. Drivers list how many available seats they have in their car, and you hop along for the ride. Blablacar is a cheap and safe way to travel around European countries.
- Citymappers– If you’ll be traveling through major urban hubs, then you need to download Citymappers. Citymappers is the answer to all of your public transit woes and integrates all forms of public transit so that you don’t have to. Bus, train, you name it, Citymappers has the schedules of all of them updated in real time. You can pick the best route customized to your liking. More walking, less walking, subway only? Citymappers has all the options you need so you don’t get lost on your travels.
3.) How to Find Where to Live and Where to Stay
Finding a place to stay or live can be one of the more stressful parts about being a digital nomad. Living out of a suitcase can get old, and you need a place to rest your head and relax that’s comfy, close to everything you want to be around and, oh, that has reliable wifi.
To start, do a quick Google search for what the top apartment searching websites are in the city that you’ll be heading to. Websites like Idealista in Spain or WG-Gesucht in Germany are country-specific flat-sharing and apartment listing sites. Once you find out which one it is, start there. If you don’t want to stop there and want to keep your options open, then check out a few of these websites below.
- NomadRental– A website with curated service apartment rentals for digital nomads and remote workers all around the world. The platform currently works in popular digital nomad cities like Bangkok. Medellin, Chiang Mai and 16 other cities around the world.
- Airbnb– Airbnb is a popular way to find monthly holiday rentals, although the prices tend to be a bit higher per month. To ensure that you’ll have the privacy and accessibility to wifi that you need, check out monthly rentals on Airbnb.
2.) Coworking Spaces
Coworking spaces are steadily popping up all around the world, especially in cities that are major digital nomad hubs. You can always check out our digital nomad city guides to find out the best places to cowork in your desired city. Below, some online tools are listed to help you search for coworking spaces in your city.
- Croissant – Croissantis an innovative app and webpage that will do all the legwork of finding available coworking spots in the city for you. Instead of scrambling through a ton of Google results and running around the city, download Croissant and you’ll be able to find which places have workspaces available, in real time. Croissant conveniently allows you to check in directly from the app.
- Coworker – A network of over 7,000 coworking spaces in 125 countries, Coworker allows you to connect to coworking spaces based on your preferences. If you’re looking for large spaces for a team, a space close to the beach, or even female-focused spaces, Coworker lays it all out for you.
1.) General Digital Nomad Tips and Resources
Last but not least, for all of the other digital nomad tips, there are tons of web resources out there. You’re a digital nomad and you’re ready to take on the world and embark upon all of your adventures, but do you have questions? Most likely!
Digital nomad forums are a great place to ask specific questions that may arise and can connect you with other remote workers in your area. Don’t be afraid to reach out – you never know who you could brush shoulders with or what opportunities may come your way.
These websites have everything you need to know as a digital nomad, from city profiles to rent prices to job listings.
Facebook is a great place to connect with other nomads and ask all of the questions your heart desires, like about pesky visa laws, what to expect in a city, and more. For more city-specific groups search “digital nomad + city” to find it.
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