How to become a digital nomad in the fastest possbile time
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Happy Friday, freedom seekers!
I’m excited to bring you this week’s edition of the Inspired by Freedom Newsletter.
When I put out content on my social media platforms, I ask myself, “do I not sound like a broken record?”, repeating the same things I’ve said over and over.
Then I remember the words of Gary Vee (not the exact phrase) - “keep repeating your truth, it may resonate with someone the 50th time you say it.” And those instantly put the question to bed.
None of this is with the intention to “show you how perfect life is”, in fact, it’s not. But it’s to inspire you to live fully while you still can.
I published a video some days ago on my YouTube channel, which I titled “The digital nomad blueprint”. It’s a series of steps you need to take in order to embark on your digital nomad journey in the fastest, safe and sustainable way possible.
Step 1 - set a timeline
Need 3 years? Set it. Need 12 months? Set it.
Remember, any goal without a timeline is simply a wish. Having a timeline allows you to see things as if they were real or at least close to being that.
Step 2 - learn a digital skill
Being a digital nomad hinges on one thing - being able to work remotely. “Work from home” is not the same as “Work from anywhere”. The latter is the goal.
There are countless skills you can learn - from marketing to social media, copywriting, and web development to professional skills in specific tools - like Salesforce (listen to this episode by BeachCommute).
Even if you don’t have any skill right now, that’s why we set a timeline in step 1. With some of these skills, you can go from complete beginner to landing your first remote job in just months.
Step 3 - Save some money
Even if you have a job that pays you regularly, things can go wrong on the road pretty fast. In that video, I shared an experience of how I went from having all these savings to going broke in the cause of a few days - although that was my fault - having some cash stashed somewhere will save you a lot of stress and embarrassment
Step 4 - Stay close to home
I see a lot of people booking a flight and heading straight halfway across the world, not knowing what awaits them as a first-time traveller, then end up being disappointed, or worse, contracting a strange disease or infection, only to head home in a few weeks.
Don’t make that mistake.
After selling all my belongings, ending my apartment lease, and getting rid of my car, I knew I couldn’t get this wrong or I would be basically homeless. So I booked a flight to Mexico City. It was a 3.5hr flight away, close enough that if anything were to go wrong, I can quickly head back home. It had a big digital nomad community that I could tap into straight away and prices were decent.
Only after spending a few weeks in Mexico City did I have the confidence to venture out even further.
At the end of the day, all these steps outlined above are just from my personal experience. The journey is going to be different for everyone But if you’re in the process, and need some help, I’ll be happy to help.
Photo of the week
I met Abdul while waiting in line at a restaurant in Tirana. I invited him to join my table when I realized I had an extra seat. We’ve become friends for life.
Jeremy had been a long-time subscriber of my YouTube Channel. I was walking downtown Tirana on a Friday evening when I heard someone yell my name. He told me he’d been watching my videos for a while and it was the reason he decided to come to Albania.
These stories are some of the reasons why I love travel.
Interesting podcast episodes I listened to this week
Digital Nomad Experts - Learning a new digital skill
Zero to Travel - Living your best travel life with Jubril Agoro
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