WHAT DOES IT REALLY MEAN TO BE A DIGITAL NOMAD

LILY QUARTON-PARSONS

SEPTEMBER 13, 2019

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Digital Nomad - a buzz word that seems to be at the fore-front of every millennial’s mind, but does it really mean sipping cocktails on a beach and working in coffee shops?

There is no one singular definition for a digital nomad, there are many different types. However, there are a few key things they all have in common;

  1. Frequent change of destination

  2. Often being outside of their home country

  3. Earning a living while working online

In short, a digital nomad is those who work remotely, who instead of working in a regular office prefer to use coffee shops, gardens and artisan cafes. Remote jobs allow a greater level of flexibility, allowing you a greater work/life balance. As a result of this, you are much more likely to focus greater detail onto important projects, rather than being handed banal tasks that assist in the cohesion of your office block.

Working for oneself, travelling the world and meeting interesting like-minded individuals, all while working for yourself? Sounds like a dream…


Albeit this could sound almost too good to be true, there are a number of career paths that align themselves perfectly with the ethos of a digital nomad.

  1. Marketing Specialists

    These individuals are the driving power behind researching market trends on local, regional or national levels. As a result, being in the country you are researching is not paramount, due to the universality of the marketing world. Digital nomad titles could range from being a Social Media Specialist to a Communications Specialist.

  2. Business Analyst

    For the business analyst, a working day focuses around directing strategy through existing data and ultimately presenting the best direction for a business to take to gain growth. Digital nomad titles in this field could include Data Specialist or Project Manager.

  3. Statistician

    These individuals adore the quantitative, and can assist in making sense of data and using this to predict trends. Digital nomads in this career path could be referred to as Data Analysts.

“The remote jobs continues to boom - Millennials consider flexible work arrangements a top priority in overall job satisfaction.”

So, we have your attention. You have the outlined skills, the drive to succeed and an in date passport. What else could you need to succeed as a digital nomad?

Knowing how to use a computer or Mac, and being able to type fast and string together coherent sentences is enough to get you started. Having a productive mentally and an ambitious character is also crucial. Being a digital nomad is not all travel and enjoyment, it involves a lot of hard work and discipline.

But the rewards you will reap from not only broadening your mind through travel, but also through through becoming an independent go-getter will be worth all minor stresses. You have to keep yourself accountable. Being a digital nomad really is a unique life path, one of which is very achievable in our modern times. And now in this digital age, it’s so easy to take this path.

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Works Cited

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  2. Webworktravel

  3. image @thenoisetier

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