If you’ve been thinking about becoming a digital nomad, of traveling the world while you work online, I’m sharing a massive list of resources to help you get going. I’ve been nomading for almost a decade on and off (I’ve come to realize my sweet spot is keeping a base, which I return to every few years or sometimes months).
I’ve learned a lot during this time and I’ve used many of these resources. There are some resources that I haven’t used but have heard of. I’m sharing as many as I can so you have options to do your own research and choose what’s best for you.
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I’ve divided the resources into four categories (Digital Nomad Lifestyle, Supporting Yourself, Health & Safety, and Logistics).
DIGITAL NOMAD LIFESTYLE
Finding Short-Term Accommodation
Outsite (20+ locations on 4 continents)
Selina (50+ locations on 5 continents)
(Also, once you’re in a location you can use Facebook Marketplace to search for apartments and of course pound the pavement and connect with people to find available listings.)
Meetup.com You can find meetup groups and events specific to your interests and hobbies. For example, I joined several writing meetups and events when I was in Lisbon, Portugal.
Search for and join Facebook groups for the location and ask about accommodation/read comments/connect with people. For example, if you want to go to Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, search for ‘nomads in playa del carmen’ or ‘expats in playa del carmen’, etc.
The groups are great for connecting with people, but also they’ll often post meetups and events you can attend.
More tips on meeting people in the nomad community:
It’s also easier to meet people when staying in hostels and also co-loving (like Outsite).
Co-Working spaces throughout the world may sometimes have a community vibe and activities specifically for nomads. This is especially true in digital nomad hub cities like Bansko, Bulgaria, Chiang Mai, Thailand, Lisbon Portugal, etc.
SUPPORTING YOURSELF (FINANCIALLY)
There are three main ways to work online and support yourself while traveling. I’m sharing resources for all three options.
Option #1 Turn Your Current Job Remote
Option #2 Find a Remote Job
I curate a list of remote-friendly companies that are hiring. Find the list >>HERE<<
In addition to my list, here are a few platforms for finding remote work:
Tips for Getting a Remote Job
Did you know most job openings are never listed publicly? According to Matt Youngquist, the president of Career Horizons, upwards of 80% of all job openings are not advertised. So, the best way to get a job is through networking.
How to network for a job: A Successful Job Search: It’s All About Networking
LinkedIn is one of the BEST ways to get a job. If you feel shy using the platform, here are tips for messaging a LinkedIn recruiter
OPTION #3 Start to Freelance/Location Independent Business/Start a Side-Hustle That You Can Grow into a Full-Time Business
Excellent book —> The Freelancer Manifesto by Steve Roller
Because I’m a writer, I’m also specifically sharing a few tips for freelance writing
The Upside Down Model That Will Transform Your Pitching: Blog post on Side Hustle Nation. It features an uncommon way to find writing clients and pitching opportunities.
10 Freelance Writer Website Examples Examples of freelance writing portfolios + a portfolio creation tool.
Demand is high for Skilled Writers in the Tech Industry. Want In? [free email course] by Kimmoy Matthews of Keeping up with Kimmoy & Tech Copy Expert.
Side Hustle Resources
Podcast with tons of ideas and interviews with people who’ve grown side hustles into full-time incomes: https://www.sidehustlenation.com/side-hustle-show/
HEALTH AND SAFTEY
Health/Travel Insurance for Digital Nomads
Article featuring 5 Safety Tips for Female Digital Nomads, written by yours truly 🙂
Mail Forwarding Services
Banking and Finances
Popular nomad banking resources. Based on your home country, you may or may not be eligible for each of these accounts. Do your research.
Digital Nomad Visas
As of March 31st, 2022, there are many countries offering some type of digital nomad visa.
Latest Countries to Offer Digital Nomad Visas:
(This is just the latest countries to offer some form of nomad visa. Search online to find the full list and also to contact the relevant embassies for further information. )
Caribbean Islands Offering Digital Nomad Visas
Antigua and Barbuda
The Cayman Islands
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