Imagine a life where your workday begins by ordering an exotic smoothie at your desk at a beach bar.
Sound appealing? MailOnline Travel spoke to two digital nomad experts who explain how to make it your reality.
They reveal their best tips, from planning and applying for visas to avoiding loneliness.
If you dream of becoming an adventure worker, their advice will help you make the transition.
Do you dream of being an adventurous worker? MailOnline Travel spoke to two digital nomad experts who explain how to make it your reality
It takes at least two to three months to organize “all the logistics involved in relocating as a digital nomad,” says technology expert and digital nomad Michael Moore, from obtaining visas to booking a place. long-term accommodation.
Establish a virtual address in your home country that allows mail scanning or forwarding so you have a fixed address for banking, taxes, voting and more.
“For bank accounts, find options that allow registration and management online from anywhere,” he adds. “Digital banks like N26 provide this service.
Also go shopping.
“Invest in a lightweight, durable laptop that’s powerful enough to handle your workflow, plus a battery backup,” Michael, founder of Dedicated to vinyl, suggests. “The lighter the better for frequent travel.”
Have stable mobile Wi-Fi such as Solis is also essential, he says. While cloud platforms like G Suite or Office 365 allow you to access files and tools from any device.
He adds: “Download useful apps like Grammarly, Trello and Slack, which allow you to work efficiently on the go.”
Justin Chia, expert in data analysis, web3 and tech, and founder of Justjooz.comrecommends purchasing blue light glasses and noise-canceling headphones, for better concentration and fewer distractions.
Where you live may be determined by the visas open to you
Justin Chia, digital nomad expert
Carefully research the visa requirements for each country you intend to visit, making sure you apply for the one that suits your needs and length of stay, says Michael.
Where you live may be determined by the visas open to you, with some places offering “digital nomad or freelance visas that offer longer-term options beyond a tourist visa.”
He adds: ‘If you plan to stay in one place for an extended period of three months or more, look into obtaining the appropriate long-term visa. This will allow you to rent an apartment, open a bank account, etc.
“Be prepared to provide evidence of remote work or self-employment, such as contracts and client letters, when applying for a visa. Some require minimum income thresholds. And always have travel medical insurance that covers the duration of your trip or visa period.
ONCE YOU’RE ON THE MOVE…
Experts recommend creating a virtual address in your home country that allows mail to be scanned and forwarded.
Michael Moore, technology expert and founder of Devoted to Vinyl
Once underway, Michael suggests staying in each destination for at least one to two months.
He says: “Anything less than that and you will be in a constant state of transit, which can be exhausting. »
Another factor is taxation.
He explains: ‘To avoid tax residency problems, limit yourself to spending no more than six months maximum in a given country per tax year.
“Consult with a knowledgeable accountant regarding expat taxes and implications for digital nomads.
“You will likely need to continue filing taxes in your home country.
“Research the tax laws of the countries where you earn income. You may have to pay taxes in these locations based on specific rules and thresholds.
“Look for favorable tax bases like the UAE, Malaysia or Cayman Islands to start a business or become a resident.
‘Services like Striped Atlas allow you to incorporate a U.S. business remotely, which may provide tax benefits.
INSTALLATION AND MAINTENANCE OF YOUR NEW PROFESSIONAL LIFE
Justin advises establishing a work schedule that “works with co-workers at home” and avoiding “odd” work hours.
“Start with your existing network and make it known that you’re looking for remote work,” says Michael, who suggests using LinkedIn, social media and alumni job boards.
Justin says you should also make sure your resume shows your remote working skills.
Once you’re up and running, Justin recommends creating a work schedule that “works with your coworkers at home,” avoiding “odd” work hours and using coworking spaces to “help separate your work from your free time”.
WELL-BEING AND AVOIDING LONELINESS
“Even though life as a digital nomad offers a lot of freedom, it can also feel lonely,” adds Justin. “Deeper connections to people and places bring more joy than constantly moving”
Establish a daily morning routine “that keeps you feeling grounded” – exercise, meditation, journaling – and maintain it even when you travel.
This is what Michael says, adding: “Determine working hours and stick to them. Working all hours can quickly lead to burnout without defined free time.
“Common living spaces provide an integrated community. If you’re going alone, stay in social hostels or use apps to find local language exchanges.
Experts suggest scheduling video calls or staying in touch with friends and family and making new friends on the go.
Justin adds: “While life as a digital nomad offers great freedom, it can also feel lonely.
‘Deeper connections to people and places bring more joy than constantly moving.