Large is the number of people admiring the lives of digital nomads. It is a fascination for many people how some can manage to make money while traveling and live the lives their dreams. Being a digital nomad is, in fact, a nice thing, but it is never a bed of roses. It is not easy to leave everything behind to become a career traveler.
It takes a lot of grit and you can be sure it is not something you will be able to do for the rest of your life. At some point, you will come home and you will have to settle down. But if you admire the Life of a Digital Nomad, it is completely satisfying to become one, and you should go for it always. However, here are a few things you can expect as a digital nomad, and unless you are one, you will find it very difficult to relate-:
Too Many Cups of Coffee
The circadian cycle of digital nomads is usually distorted. This simply means that they lose the ability to have safe and reliable sleep pattern and this is because they grow through different time zones which ultimately will have an effect in their ability to fall asleep or stay awake. As usual, one of the best companions, when sleep doesn’t want to come, is some caffeine, and how best would you get it when traveling than through downing several cups of coffee? Besides, due to the travels, digital nomads are sometimes too exhausted, and since they have to work in order to continue with the travels, drinking lots of coffee is nothing but normal.
It is imperative for digital nomads to be online for most of the times, but this may not be possible when you have a very crappy Wi-Fi connection in the hotel or the dorm you will be sleeping in. This is one of the most frustrating things for a digital nomad. Either the connection is too slow, or it requires a password and the person responsible for the password is not around at that particular time. Perhaps they wanted to upload a video or write an article about the experiences they just had during the day, but the Wi-Fi is too slow that no work can be done. If you are not ready for Crappy Wi-Fi Connections or going without Wi-Fi for a couple of days, then you should probably put on hold your dream of being a digital nomad.
For most of the digital nomads, traveling to developing or third world countries is more appealing compared to traveling to developed countries which have been greatly explored. One of the challenges with such destinations is that they never have reliable electricity supplier. As such, power outages are very common and if you are unlucky, you may spend a couple of days without power. It means you will have to do without internet for a while and this may greatly slow down the projects you may have been working on. There is nothing you will be able to do about it since it is one of the consequences of being a digital nomad and it is something you will just have to get used to.
Weak Setups For Work
When you are working from your home or office, you can have any kind of set up you need. An expansive chair with an appropriate table as well as other tech accessories that will help you do your job effectively. Well, these are some luxuries you will have to do away with if you are a digital nomad. You won’t find good chairs or level tables where you can conveniently mount your laptop. You will learn to adapt and get used to what you have got because it is likely that things will continue getting worse and you won’t always have the kinds of setups you desire having.
Dealing With a Lot of Distraction
Being a digital nomad is not like having a fancy corner office designed for maximum productivity in a high-end building. As a nomad, it is imperative to develop exceptional concentration abilities because there will be a lot of distractions and if you are unable to concentrate, you will lag behind in projects, the money will stop flowing and you will have to go back home and get a job. Some of the arsenals compulsory for dealing with noise is doing most of the work in your room and also investing in a decent pair of Noise-Canceling Headphones.
Immigration Officials Can Be Very Mean
If you have all the required travel documents to a given destination and you have also met additional requirements such as getting certain vaccines, then you shouldn’t have any problem with the immigration. However, as a nomad, forgetting is a common occurrence and on one or two occasions, you will have to talk your past the immigration. You will learn that there are customs officials that are really good, and there are others that you may think are agents of the devil. I remember an incident when I was heading to Canada and I had not filled and submitted the Canada ETA form. The guys I talked to were so understanding and they even helped me fill the form and make payments right at the counter. But this is not the same experience I had when I went to Kenya and realized I didn’t have my visa. The officers were corrupt and once I told them I wasn’t going to give them any money, I was deported without a wasting any time.