5 Rookie Mistakes To Avoid When Becoming a Digital Nomad
Mistakes To Avoid…
Good day, guys, how are you doing today? Because of the covid we are now stuck at home in Malaysia and we can’t travel anywhere but it will not last forever and you want to be ready to travel the world as soon as the borders open.
Being a Digital Nomad and being able to travel the world and work abroad is awesome! However, you need to beware of a few things before to get started.
My name is Roman and I am originally from France, and I am pretty sure that you can hear my accent. Before we begin please let me know where you are watching this video from in the comment below – I’d love to hear from you from all over the world.
In today’s video, I want to talk about the top 5 most common mistakes that a lot of newbie Digital Nomad makes. This is the first video of a 12 videos series so make sure you subscribe and hit the notification bell to not miss any of them. So let’s get started.
Traveling way to fast
The first mistake most digital nomads make is to travel way too fast! And I get it guys! Traveling is exciting and you probably want to see it all. That is the ultimate freedom as you can go wherever you want whenever you want.
Keep in mind that at the beginning, building a business online takes time and you are not going to be productive if you keep jumping from one place to another all the time.
Trying to spend at least two weeks minimum for each place that you visit will allow you to take a few days to gather around, meet people and look for new places to eat.
You may think that you are going to miss it out but in the end you probably will not enjoy it as much as if you are taking your time.
Wrong place Bro/Sis!
Many people choose the wrong places based on a book or tourism recommendation. Hey Bro, hey Sis! You are not a tourist! You are a Digital Nomad! And it is very different!
If you are only aiming for touristic places you will be surrounded by people that may not have the same travel value as you have and may get bored very quickly.
Another important thing as Digital Nomads is obviously a good internet connexion. In 2015, I thought that I had it all figured out! I chose to begin a youtube channel that actually never starts and you want to know why?
My friend and I went cycling touring in Mongolia, across the Gobi desert all the way to the Pamir Highway in Tajikistan. That sounds awesome right!
But, I did not think about the internet connexion before leaving. In fact, there is no connexion in the middle of the desert ahah can you believe that ! (no water either by the way) ahah ! and even in small villages internet connexion was extremely poor. When I reached China I did not get a VPN and could not even open my youtube channel.
Being in remote places is awesome but you also need to choose places based on your needs. We love good food, we love the beach ( we miss the beach right now) and people to connect with and share our experiences.
Choose the right place!
Not putting the right work systems in place
Productive systems are the bread and butter of any remote worker. In this context, successful digital nomads put the right routines and work mechanisms in place before celebrating the lifestyle.
As an example, before committing to a full-time digital nomad lifestyle, work remotely in a neighboring city for a month or two or even from your city. You will be surprised how much you can learn and the things that you can discover.
The challenge resides in building systems that work anywhere in the world & If your routine works there, you’ll have a solid base to succeed as a digital nomad.
Of course it will take a lot of time and practice but you will quickly learn from your mistakes and you will build a solid routine that will make you successful.
Thinking It’s as Easy
With those stunning photos taking over digital nomads Instagram accounts, it can appear that this lifestyle is easy, enjoyable, and beautiful at all times.
In reality, there are a lot of challenges to the digital nomad life and here are 3 of them:
Loneliness: This is one of the most common and talked about challenges among digital nomads. Lucky for us we are traveling together but if you travel solo, living such a unique lifestyle means that not many people will “get you” especially the one that has a sedentary life.
Striking a Balance: It can be difficult to balance between work, travel, new friends, old friends, all while still exploring a new country & many digital nomads find it very hard.
Missing Big Life Events: Missing friends’ weddings, the birth of new babies, nieces, or nephews – good news, bad news – when you are on the road these are things that are going to happen all the time and you are gonna have to deal with it.
Being Digital Nomad for the wrong reason
A lot of people think that when you become a digital nomad life is going to be easier and that you do not have to worry about income and that you do not need to work your ass off every day.
Sorry to disappoint you but if you want to become successful in the Digital Nomad world you are gonna have to move your ass!
You’re gonna have to think about not spending the whole night getting drunk and spending a lot of money and instead waking up early in the morning so you can schedule your day and save money to carry one the lifestyle that you love so much.
We are now been living in Kuala-Lumpur- Malaysia for the past 3 years and started this YouTube channel last year in August, and because of the covid situation we have not been able to travel as much as we planned but we have been working our ass off every day for the past 9 months and now our goal is maybe to be able to explore more places and live this lifestyle as our full-time job.
I really hope this article was valuable to you and that you have learned something today and please let me know in the comment, say hi as well, and tell me what you are strangling with or the things that you are concerned about the digital nomad lifestyle.5 Rookie Mistakes To Avoid When Becoming a Digital Nomad Click To Tweet