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Tips For Making The Digital Nomad Lifestyle Possible

Tips For Making The Digital Nomad Lifestyle Possible

The digital nomad is becoming more and more popular in today's society. This lifestyle proves attractive to those individuals who no longer want to get caught up in the rat race of life; who wish to work and live on their terms, who rebel against the stagnating and repetitive lifestyle of living in one city and working out of one office.

Thanks to the internet connecting us all, it is now possible to work from just about anywhere in the world. The opportunity to spend your life traveling and experiencing the world is a very attractive one to many. At Exchange4free, we wish to assist you in seeing your digital nomad dreams become a workable reality. For this reason, we have put together a list of tips for making this lifestyle not just possible, but a success too.

    1. Have a Work Schedule:

    While you are no longer subject to a regular 9 – 5 working day, it is essential to develop a schedule to ensure you are as productive as possible with your work. This also enables you to block out the hours of the day dedicated to work and work alone, and provide you with the rest of the day to be free to live and explore your new surroundings. While your new life may be flexible and free, some routine in the time that you work each day and when you are available for online meetings, client calls and to respond to emails will assist with providing your clients optimum service. A set work space where you can train yourself to focus on work and work alone for a few hours, will also be a good idea – this space is probably not at the beach!

    2. Don't Rush Your Travels:

    The allure of being able to travel from one place to another at any time may be great. However, in order to save both money and energy it is a good idea to stay and settle in one place before moving on to the next. Fast travel is both expensive and physically and emotionally draining; it also reduces your productivity. Allow yourself the opportunity to really get to know the place you have arrived in – get to know the locals and develop relationships with them – do not underestimate the importance of human connection. Once you have really explored that place, you can make plans for your next stop.

    3. Take Breaks:

    We all need weekends! The optimum work week is said to be four days of work, followed by three days of rest. Although you do not have to take these days off over the weekend, make sure that you have consecutive days off in your work schedule to relax, rejuvenate and explore! Make sure that these days are also in line with your clients requirements – because they are who are making your new lifestyle possible.

    4. Take Advantage of Apps:

    There are apps for everything these days. Download the ones that are most helpful for your travels – apps such as currency converters, language translators, wifi locators and taxi apps.

    5. Research your New Home: Before traveling to a new temporary home town, make sure you have done thorough research regarding all aspects of life in that place. There is more to living in a new home than visas and currency – the culture, laws, infrastructure, safety and customs of the place will also play a big role in how you experience your time there. Its good to be a bit out of your comfort zone, but it is still essential that you can be productive in your work and safe in your new environment.

    6. Connect:

    Use social media to find and connect with other digital nomads and expats in your area. As exciting as your new lifestyle is, it is normal to get homesick and miss the things of your culture and other people who can relate to you. By connecting with others who are like you, it will help you transition into your new lifestyle. It is also a great opportunity to make new friends in your new home.

    7. Save Money on Your International Money Transfers:

    Do not transfer money using your bank. By doing this, you open yourself up to several additional costs such as outbound sending fees (from your home bank account), inbound receiving fees (into your new account), commissions and often unfavorable exchange rates. Plan ahead and use Exchange4free to transfer your funds between countries. You can do so either via the easy to use online platform or via downloading the app from the Google Play or iTunes store (Exchange4free Money Messenger). With Exchange4free you will pay no commissions and no fees on all amounts. You will also receive the guaranteed best exchange rate for your transfer.

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