If you’re thinking of becoming a digital nomad and you’re unsure whether or not it is the right choice for you then don’t worry, you have definitely come to the right place.

Whether you’re looking to travel more or you want to switch up the industry you’re working in, living life as a digital nomad is a great option.

From travelling to far-flung places to working on your own schedule, being a nomad really does open you to some incredible opportunities.

If you are considering it, however, you need to ensure it’s 100% the path you want to take. To help, here are 14 things to consider before starting life as a digital nomad.

1. Do You Have Enough Money Saved Up?

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Working from a lodge in South Africa

One of the first things you need to consider when it comes to starting life as a digital nomad is whether or not you have enough money saved up. Although you will be earning money on the go, you need to ensure you have money saved up to start your journey and to keep you afloat during quiet periods.

For most, this will mean having at least 6 months salary in your savings.

When it comes to saving for your new adventure, you need to ensure you’re doing as much as you possibly can. Living life on the road can be incredibly expensive to begin with and if you’re not saving every penny that you have, chances are you’ll never be able to get started. A couple of things you can do to ensure you’re saving as much as possible before you start your journey include:

  • Set yourself a weekly or monthly budget that you can stick to
  • Selling your belongings and putting the money you make into a savings account
  • Putting all of your disposable income to one side (preferably with a direct debit into your savings account)
  • Reducing the number of times you’re eating out or shopping each week
  • Buying store-branded products when doing your groceries

2. When Do You Want To Get Started?

Once you have ensured you have enough money to get started, you need to figure out when you want to start.

Whether you want to get on the road as soon as you possibly can or you want to give yourself a couple of months to prepare, having a start date in mind will definitely help when it comes to planning.

If you’re unsure about an exact date, you may want to think about a period of time in which you would like to leave. It won’t be perfect, but it will at least give you something to work towards.

3. What Will You Be Doing For Work?

Thanda-girl laptop digital nomad travel bloggerOne of the most important you have to consider when it comes to being a digital nomad is what you’re going to be doing for work, as this is what will allow you to stay on the road for as long as it possibly can.

With so many incredible options to choose from, you need to be sure you’re choosing something that suits your skills and experience.

A few ideas of jobs you can do whilst working as a digital nomad include content writing, social media management, teaching English, web development, design, affiliate marketing or a customer service representative. Honestly, the opportunities are endless.

If you don’t have any skills when it comes to digital industries, you can still work as a nomad. Whether this means working in local schools or getting jobs in cafes, there are lots of ways in which you can work and live abroad.

4. How Many Hours Will You Be Working Each Day?

Alongside thinking about what you’re going to be doing for work, you need to think about how many hours you’re going to be working each day.

One of the best things about being a digital nomad is that you have complete freedom over your working hours and if you only want to work during the evenings, then that is absolutely okay.

If you want to work early morning, explore for the day and then come back to work in the late afternoon – that’s okay too.

As long as you’re working enough hours to pay your bills, you can work as much or as little as you want.

5. Where Is Your Starting Point Going To Be?

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Sunset by Cambria, California

Once you start to get into the finer details of your digital nomad journey, you need to think about where your starting point is going to be.

Although you may already have a rough idea of where you want to go, you need to ensure you’re thinking about all of your available options.

If this is your first time living and working abroad, you may want to consider going somewhere that has very little language barrier. Living alone can be incredibly difficult and if there’s a language barrier, that just adds to the difficulties you’re going to face.

The great thing about being a nomad is that if you don’t like a destination, you can simply move on to somewhere new.

6. How Often Will You Be Moving Location?

Speaking of moving on, you need to think about how often you’re going to be moving location.

Every single digital nomad is completely different and once you’ve been doing it for a couple of months, you will start to pick up your own habits. Whether that means moving on quickly or staying put for a couple of weeks, the choice is yours.

Read: Guide to Living in Prague, Czech Republic

7. What Locations Would You Like To Visit?

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Helsinki, Finland

Another important thing to consider is the locations you want to visit. Although you probably have a long list of places in mind, you need to think about the places that are going to be the most realistic in terms of your day-to-day life.

8. What Type Of Accommodation Will You Be Staying In?

Whilst you’re travelling from one place to another, you need to think about the type of accommodation you’re going to be staying in.

As you’re always going to be looking for a place to stay, you need to ensure you’re looking for the cheapest possible option.

Whether that means long-term renting an Airbnb or staying in a hostel for a couple of weeks, cutting costs is essential when it comes to life on the road.

Read: 9 Super Airbnb Host Tips to Maximize Your Listing Earnings

9. What Do You Need To Pack To Go With You?

ancient-arch-architecture-girl cameraUnless you want to pay lots of fees when it comes to luggage, you’re only going to be able to take one suitcase or backpack with you.

Whilst it will be easy to carry, you need to ensure you’re packing everything you need. This will mean thinking about outfits that can easily be re-worn as well as investing shoes that are going to be comfortable if you’re wearing them on a daily basis.

Don’t forget to consider all weather conditions, as you never know where your journey may lead you.

10. How Will You Ensure You’re Always Connected To The Internet?

Another important thing to consider is how you’re going to stay connected to the internet, as staying connecting is an important part of being a digital nomad.

Depending on where you’re going to be travelling, you may find that WiFi is hard to come by and because of this, you’re going to need to invest in SIM cards each time you travel to a new country or location.

When doing this, you need to choose a SIM card that has lots of data, much like the Smarty 30GB Data SIM.

11. How Will You Make Sure You’re Always Feeling Motivated?

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Tallinn, Estonia

Having the freedom to do what you want is definitely an amazing feeling, but it should come with a warning. If you don’t have anyone telling you what to do and when to do, chances are you’re going to find it hard to stay motivated.

With so many incredible things to explore on your doorstep, you’re going to need to ensure you’re making enough time to complete your work.

12. How Much Money Do You Need To Earn Each Month?

Another important thing to consider is how much money you need to earn each month.

Although it may differ depending on the season and the location you’re in, knowing how much you need to live comfortably is important.

If it helps, make sure this is the first thing you work out once you move to a new destination.

13. How Will You Ensure You’re Taking Enough Breaks?

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Although you need to have the motivation to work, you also need to ensure you’re taking lots of breaks.

Working on the go can be difficult and if you’re not taking days off from both work and travel, you’re going to suffer from burnout before you know it.

14. Do You Have A Contingency Plan?

Finally, you need to ensure you have a contingency plan. Although everything is likely to work out, having a plan will ensure you can stay calm should something go wrong.

Are you thinking of becoming a digital nomad? What do you need to consider to ensure you’re as prepared as you can possibly be for your new adventure?

Did we miss anything off the list? Let me know your thoughts and ideas in the comments section below.

Isabel Leong

Isabel Leong

An explorer at heart, the world is Isabel's playground. She enjoys seizing every moment exploring every hideout and doing the unimaginable, like bungee jumping in Phuket and couchsurfing in Europe. If she had wings, she’d definitely be soaring right now. Also a fitness trainer, if she’s not at the gym, you can find her doing yoga or rock climbing! Read more about her on belaroundtheworld.com/about.