5 things you need to know before you become a digital nomad

In recent years, advancements in technology have brought about drastic changes to the world of work. Hallelujah! Enter the age of the ‘digital nomad’, every hard-working, travel-loving woman’s favourite 9 to thrive.

Digital nomads have it made. Not only do they get to roam the globe, they get paid while doing it. Whether working remotely, freelancing, or running your own business, the key for every digital nomad is connectivity. So what exactly should you know before jumping on the digital nomad bandwagon? Here are Travel With Jane’s top 5 things tips:

1. Work and play

One of the hardest parts of travelling and working is establishing a work routine around being in vacation mode. One minute you’re sat working at a bar, the next you’re on a beach, cocktail in hand. While having an office with breathtaking views is great, keep your hustle hat on and make your clients a top priority. Before embarking on your adventure, plan a routine and have a schedule – remember you’re not going to get paid by doing nothing. So, work hard, play hard.

2. Back-up plan

While most hotels, bars, shops and cafes have WiFi, there will be hiccups along the way, probably when that important project needs to be completed within the hour. Power outages, no WiFi, a broken laptop, these are all factors you need to consider when on the go. Portable WiFi, solar-charging devices, a second phone or tablet are crucial components of any back-up plan – because technology can and does fail, so remember to have a plan B.

3. Slow and steady wins the race

Being a digital nomad is fabulous and of course you want to see as much of the world as you can. But be sure to align your travel plans with your workload. The longer you spend in a destination, the more time you have to work at a steady pace and explore your surroundings. If you plan to stay somewhere for just one day, make sure you’re on top of your to-do list first – otherwise you’ll find yourself under the pump and unable to explore.

4. Rid the extra stress

If you’re serious about pursuing the life of a digital nomad, don’t leave your home base before sorting your debts. Sell or lease major assets like your house and car and pay off any outstanding debts. This way your experience will be less stressful, and you won’t be forced to pack up early due to financial issues back home.

5. Make sure you’re covered

Finally, be prepared for the worst. Life as a digital nomad is like any other, unexpected things can happen and it pays to be prepared for whatever life throws your way. A travel insurance policy is an absolute must – and one which covers the entire duration of your trip and includes all the countries you plan on visiting. A major reason is serious medical emergencies, a double nightmare when quality overseas medical bills can rocket sky high. Taking care of your mobile office is important too, so rely on good travel insurance to cover your lost or stolen devices, laptops, cameras and other important gear. As a digital nomad your devices are your bread and butter after all.


Kate Webster is a travel journalist – writer and photographer who travels the globe in search of vivid imagery and compelling stories that capture the essence of the places she visits. Born out of a life-long love of travel and fascination with the world around her, is Kate’s inspiration behind her writing and photography.