Being a digital nomad is a dream for most people. The reality is that there are plenty of challenges involved that not everyone will take on. The perks are worth the work, but what if there was a way that you could make living as a digital nomad easier? You would save time and money, and have more free time to do what you want.
There are many reasons not everyone can become a digital nomad, and not all of them are technical people. As someone who also wants to travel the world without the traditional hassle of working a 9 to 5, I’m thrilled with this.
Becoming a digital nomad is not an easy thing to do, especially for the first time. You will need to know how to buy a plane ticket, where to find the cheapest accommodation, what you should do to earn money, and a lot more.
Not everyone is good with time management
We are humans. We have so many responsibilities. We need time to sleep, eat, make friends, work, and carry out our daily activities. However, our life has become so busy that we often can not take the time to relax or unwind. Even if you have the time, you probably don’t have the energy to fully enjoy it. To make matters worse, you might feel guilty about all the things you have to do but have not yet done.
If you are a digital nomad, you are probably well aware of how time management can be difficult. Be efficient and productive at work, manage the time for your family and friends, and maybe even find time to enjoy yourself. You know that the time you have to spend on any task is always limited.
Not every place has a good internet
While it might seem logical to think that all places provide high-speed internet connections with a stable connection, this is not always the case. In fact, many remote areas of the world still don’t have high-speed internet, and this is not only a problem for the inhabitants who don’t have access to it, but also for the businesses that have to operate in these areas and those who rely on the internet for their daily work.
Not everyone can leave home with peace of mind for a few months
After a few months of travelling, most people eventually start to miss their home life. Some people become nostalgic, and visit the places they visited during their stay in their homeland. Others, however, begin to feel anxious and claustrophobic in the unfamiliar environments and get stressed about not being able to reach their loved ones.
For many people, the idea of traveling around the world on a whim is glorious, but for others, it can be very daunting. The fear of being unprepared or that the unknown will catch up with you is what keeps many people in their home country. And it’s easy to see why. The things that we take for granted in our daily lives don’t necessarily apply anywhere else. We may be able to access the internet where we are, but that isn’t the same as having connectivity in nearly every country around the world.
Not everyone can accept different foods
We’ve all been there. You’re at a restaurant, do not know what to order, ask for a few suggestions from the waitress, that one guy at the table next to you orders the same thing. Sometimes you’ll get lucky, but more often than not, you’ll be disappointed by your “choice”.
If you’ve recently traveled abroad, you’ve probably noticed that people in some parts of the world are more open to eating unusual foods than others. In Asia, there are plenty of people who won’t touch anything that isn’t spicy. In Europe, the lactose intolerant has it a lot easier—if they drink milk, they’ll drink whole milk. In the U.S., though, some people refuse to eat anything (or anyone) not native to their region.
It is all too easy to think that all people are the same and that our tastes are the same. But as you will find out, that is simply not the case. While some people may not like a particular food, there are plenty of others who will. It’s all a question of taste.
Not everyone can adapt new culture
In the past, many nomads used to travel for work and live in hotels. They would stay in a city for several months on end, such as a year or more, and they would stay in the same hotel or apartment. But now, everything has changed. There are no hotels in many parts of the world where a person can stay for several months on end. Instead, the nomad must look for an apartment or other living situation, make their own meals, and cook from scratch.
Being a digital nomad forced us to move around the world, to live in different cultures, and to do things we’ve never done before. These changes were hard for some people, but others embraced the new culture. The story of how we adapted to life as digital nomads is the story of how we kept our jobs, built our businesses, and made thousands of new friends.
Not everyone is good without face-to-face communication with friends and family
People these days are so disconnected from the people around them. That is because most of the people do not have any face-to-face communication with friends and family. It has become difficult for them to remember details of the family members because of their busy routine. Many people are not able to make conversation with their family and friends because they are not in the same place even when they call. That is why they are not able to share the ideas and thoughts with them.
Not everyone can balance work and travel
Finding the right balance between work and travel can be a challenge, especially when you work remotely. It’s not always easy to be on site and up to date on every detail of your business. With a team spread across the globe, achieving a work/life balance can be a formidable challenge. Yet, your business can’t thrive on the back of a remote workforce. It takes an integrated approach to get the best out of each of your team members, and everyone needs to be working in sync.
Not everyone is self-discipline
It may seem obvious to some, but there are those that think “self-discipline” is a common trait among digital nomads. The truth is that while we are traveling for a year and a half, there are some of us who have gone insane, there have been some who have become lazy and have started relying on their feet again.
Not everyone is good with an unstable lifestyle
The biggest myth behind traveling the world and starting a business in the digital nomad lifestyle is that everyone is ready to take the leap – that without a safety net, without traditional job security, you can do anything and everything that you want to do without the fear of disaster.
If you don’t enjoy moving around often, and you’re still fine with having a few cushy comforts here and there, then you’re probably doing just fine. But what happens when it gets to a point where you no longer like it? What happens when you prefer a more stable lifestyle? If you’ve been thinking about that for a while, and you’re finding yourself clinging to that old life, you’re not alone. It happens to everyone.
Not everyone is good to handle loneliness
Many digital nomads consider themselves introverts, but the truth is that they are usually not good at handling loneliness. The problem is that, for most people, loneliness is not a sudden and traumatic feeling. It develops gradually over time, and as with any other pain, it can become less painful to deal with once we become accustomed to it.
It’s a sad fact that many of us experience loneliness. This can be due to a variety of things: some of our friends may have moved away, we may be single, job-hunting, or it could result from never learning the skills we need to manage loneliness.
Not everyone is proficient with a computer
Everyone has a computer, or a smart phone, but most of us are not proficient with computers. There are different levels of computer proficiency, and the higher up the scale you go, the more you can do. Computer proficiency can mean that you understand what is on your computer screen, that you know how to navigate through a graphical user interface (GUI), or that you know how to use a program. Computer proficiency can also mean that you know how to use a computer as a tool to complete tasks, like answering the question “what is my latitude and longitude?”.
Not everyone can bring their kids with them
The biggest challenge for digital nomads is that they often miss out on seeing their children grow up. It’s not that they’re not trying—they just have so much to do and so little time. They are the ones who don’t want their children in the first place, isn’t it?! But what if it’s not so impossible. Many people are doing this now, and they have excellent results.
Not everyone can live a minimalist lifestyle
Becoming a nomad is a lifestyle choice that many people choose to make, or have chosen to make for one reason or another. However, this lifestyle isn’t for everyone. Why? Because there are plenty of individuals that have made the choice to live a minimalist lifestyle, and have chosen to live in the way they did for reasons that are often hard to understand. However, that doesn’t mean that the lifestyle isn’t worth exploring for reasons that are worth exploring.
There is a lot of “noise” out there about what a minimalist lifestyle is—and it’s true that conventional minimalism is not for everyone. For example, some people will not be able to give up the luxury of having a home. You may think, “How can I give up my bed?” But you can give up anything you want.