7 Travel Tips for Digital Nomads

Digital nomads are the pioneers of the modern age. Traveling the world, armed with only a laptop, they seek remote landscapes, combining cultural experience with the future of work. Here are seven tips to help digital nomads stay productive and enjoy travel.

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We asked guest contributor Kristin Messina, co-founder of YonderWork, an international community experience for remote workers combining travel, co-working and professional development, for her thoughts on staying happy and productive as a digital nomad.

Digital Nomads Plan Ahead

Travel planning can be a laborious and painful process. But it can be even more stressful if you're doing it last minute and you don't do your research. Some countries may require you to have a return or onward ticket before you can obtain a visa or get on a plane. Others may require documented proof of certain vaccinations. If you do your homework beforehand, you can save yourself a lot of frustration before your trip begins.

Digital Nomads Pack Smart

For the digital nomad, a reliable connection to the internet is about as important as drinking water. Being fully equipped will allow you to stay powered, connected and productive. The first thing you will need is a universal power adaptor. Make sure to get a local SIM card when you arrive; it will not only help you communicate and navigate but you can use it as an internet hotspot for your laptop. If your phone is locked (check with your provider) you can use your SIM with a USB WiFi dongle instead. And, while antiquated, a USB stick can come in real handy if you're in a time crunch and need to print a copy of your passport from the local print shop.

World Nomads can provide cover for your digital gear if it's damaged or stolen, as well as medical help and medical evacuation. 

Digital Nomads Use Apps

There are a plethora of helpful apps out there that can help you adjust quickly to new environments. Triposo has offline country guides which give you all of the basics including key phrases in multiple languages, currency conversion rates, and offline maps. The Google Translate app is also great, especially its ability to translate menus and signs in real time. Use Uber or a local taxi app to get to your next destination safely and without the need to haggle. With WiFi SweetSpots you can measure the speed of your WiFi before you sit down at a coffee shop or before you check into a hotel. iScanner is also a great app for scanning your receipts or important documents.

Digital Nomads Travel Slow

As a digital nomad, you are combining travel and work, which makes it important to find a proper work-life balance. A great way to get the best of both worlds is to take your time and travel slowly. It will allow you more time to get work done, immerse in the local culture, and enjoy life without having to pack your stuff and start anew every few days.

Digital Nomads Find a Community

This is the most important part to ensuring success as a digital nomad, something we at YonderWork are all about. Loneliness on the road is one of the most common complaints of digital nomads. Traveling solo for a long period of time can get old quick if you don't have traveling buddies to meet up with or local friends. But by traveling slowly, and being proactive about meeting others, you can integrate into the local community or build a network. A good place to start is by joining a Facebook or social media group in your area and then identifying some events you can attend.

Digital Nomads Divide Their Work and Living Spaces

Trust me, you don't want to work out of your hotel or villa all day. Get up, get out, and find an external environment to get your work done. Defining a workspace separate from your living space will boost your productivity and also help you set boundaries between work and leisure time. At YonderWork we use coworking spaces for the added benefits of skill sharing, networking, consistently strong internet, and sparking creativity.

Digital Nomads Work When They are Most Productive

Of course, this depends on your work requirements, but if you can set your own hours, then work according to your own body clock. If you are not a morning person, sleep in and maximize your efficiency in the afternoon and evening hours. This will work wonders in allowing you to get more out of each workday.

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  • eitan said

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    What works best for me is Koocam.
    it's the perfect way to travel and "work"
    I teach my hobbies, and sells my knowledge in any field
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