Digital nomads: who they are, what they do and how to become one

Who I am
Martí Micolau

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Are you madly in love with travel and can't explain why? If the answer is yes, know that you are not alone ... indeed you share this "disease" with many "chronic travelers".
For a more in-depth diagnosis, we refer you to this article on the love of travel, which explains some of the main reasons that drive us to pack up and set out to discover the world.
But if what you are looking for is a prognosis ... unfortunately we have bad news: there is no way to heal.
Unless you start living and working from anywhere in the world, free from constraints and schedules.
Are you wondering how this can be done? In one way only: by becoming a 'digital nomad'!


  1. What is a "digital nomad"?
  2. What do digital nomads do?
  3. How to become a digital nomad?
  4. Where to find job offers for digital nomads
  5. Living as a digital nomad: pros, cons and useful tips
  6. User questions and comments

What is a "digital nomad"?

Un digital nomad is a more or less young person who has made a precise career choice, based mainly on the desire to experiment, the desire for freedom, autonomy and, why not, wanting to freely express their creativity. A person who has redesigned their life based on these priorities. They are individuals who use technology and the web to get their work done, and lead a nomadic lifestyle: whether it is working from home rather than in a foreign country, but also from a place like the library or the beach under the sun.

What do digital nomads do?

In the collective imagination, the digital nomad is the one who does nothing in life: but that's not exactly the case. The digital nomad is primarily a freelancer or a freelancer - therefore free from time constraints - specialized in a job that is born and dies with or on the web. Professions like the youtuber, the influencer, the computer programmer, the web designer, the web marketing expert, the SEO consultants, but also the accountant who works from home, and those who do remote work, fall into the category. The complete list of all professions would be too long to report in its entirety, therefore, it is possible to close the circle by stating that: all those who exercise a profession that, in order to exist, only need a PC and a connection to Internet.

How to become a digital nomad?

Digital nomads are those who offer their time and skills in exchange for a salary. To become part of the category you have to ask yourself a few simple questions: What am I good at? What do I like to do? Do people need it? Can I turn what I can do into a job? Once you have identified your talent it is possible to attend courses and, perhaps, have some experience here and there in order to make everything spendable in the curriculum. Before packing your bags and leaving, you need to be sure there is an entrance. Remember that there is no list of specific skills to possess, in order to become digital nomads, you have to be alone good in their industry, have a PC, an internet connection, e obviously speak english. Nowadays, knowing English is important, but for a digital nomad it is even more so. English is in fact the language that opens the doors to the world and ... the international market. This is why it is important to perfect the language, perhaps learning the technical language and training to conduct telematic negotiations with people of different cultures.
In this regard, different e-learning platforms or do-it-yourself learning apps and sites, such as the Babbel note, come to your rescue.

Where to find job offers for digital nomads

There are many companies that have finally embraced the culture of work remotely therefore, there is certainly no shortage of job offers: everything is in identifying your talent, and then availing yourself of the help of Google. For example, in the event that a web designer wants to work while traveling the world, all he has to do is type in Google the words "job offers + web design + remote", and in two seconds he will have at his disposal a good number of job offers.

Living as a digital nomad: pros, cons and useful tips

That of the digital nomad it is a choice of life which, like everything, has pros and cons, often sides of the same coin. For example, while online work gives you the much-needed freedom from constraints, on the other hand, not having a work plan or a pressing boss can lead to procrastination. The same goes for work colleagues, who may seem pressing and annoying but will begin to fail when you find yourself having to work 8-10 hours alone. So, in case you decide to undertake a profession that falls into the category, it is good to give yourself some rules, and follow some small advice:

  1. When you choose the means of transport useful to make the next trip, opt for the train or the bus: the extra hours it takes to get to the middle can be spent working. Of course it depends on where you are going.
  2. Nowadays Wi-Fi is practically everywhere, but it is always good to check that the hotel chosen for the stay makes it available to customers.
  3. Self-discipline and organization are fundamental, in order not to be absorbed by the charm of traveling, neglecting work. Set yourself goals.
  4. Setting daily goals is useful, even when you are faced with a particularly long or demanding job. Do not be tempted to postpone to the future: it could be further away than you think.
  5. If you manage to finish your daily goal, spend some time on activities like voluntary, you will feel more relaxed and less alone.

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