3 Signs You’re Destined to Become a Digital Nomad
When I was growing up in a small suburb in North Texas, I always dreamed of traveling. My single mom, an elementary school teacher, took my brother and me on the most fun and interesting summer vacations she could afford. Often, we’d head down to Galveston, a beach town on the Texas coast. I was always fond of our summer vacations, but I also knew I wanted more. The whole world was out there, and I dreamed of exploring it.
I made it a goal to move to England after I graduated high school. I didn’t know how I would do it, but the idea was always present in my mind. Through a lot of hard work and some very good timing, that opportunity presented itself to me just as I was ending my senior year. I finished out my last few months, convinced (sort of) my mom I’d be fine, and flew across the pond for the first time in my life.
The details of all that transpired between then and now are worthy of hundreds more posts. The main outcome, though, was my quest for achieving the life of a digital nomad.
Through the ups and downs I endured on my journey to accomplishing a completely location independent lifestyle, I came to recognize three signs that I can look back on with a little more insight now. These three traits that I now see in myself are what I consider to be “classic” signs that the life of a digital nomad might just be for you.
1. You are INSANELY independent.
I see this quality in myself as an outcome of my upbringing. I was a “latchkey” kid. I spent a lot of time on my own growing up, and I enjoyed it. I could occupy myself for hours and hours on end planning dream trips, teaching myself new skills, or reading travel memoirs.
If you truly value your alone time, rarely feel lonely, and see time on the road as appealing, you would likely do well at hopping from city to city or country to country.
2. You love to research.
This is a big one. I can’t count the number of hours I’ve spent researching a million different things at once. When planning a trip where I’ll be working remotely, I have to think about things like access to internet, internet speed, backup internet, cost of living, spending money, making money, locations, flights, visas, insurance, weather, politics, and the list goes on and on. The thing is, I love researching about all of that stuff. I can do it all day, every day, and never run out of useful information to learn.
If you love to research, planning a trip around the world probably doesn’t sound too intimidating to tackle.
3. You have a very high level of self-confidence.
I’m not talking about ego here; self-confidence is different. Growing up, I relied on myself to make a lot of big things happen in life. I knew that if I truly wanted something, I needed to find a way to accomplish it. I taught myself that I truly could do anything if I was willing to put in the work. Learning that gave me a sense of self-confidence. I knew that I could find a way to move abroad after high school, I knew that I could do it alone, and I knew that I’d make it back in one piece when the time was right. And I did.
If you are confident in your ability to make things happen and consider yourself to be an action-taker, you would likely excel as a digital nomad.
Living a nomadic life, even temporarily, is an amazing opportunity to experience. Of course, it isn’t always easy, and the multitude of decisions and actions it requires can sometimes seem overwhelming.
With that being said, if you connect with any of the three signs listed above, chances are, you’d be able to accomplish becoming a digital nomad if you put your mind to it. Your independence, love of research and planning, and self-confidence are the perfect trio to open up a brand new way of life.