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How to Become a Digital Nomad and Travel and Work Remotely in 2019

For some, it’s the ultimate lifestyle. When you can travel from place to place affordably, take in some of the most amazing places on the planet, and earn your living at the same time, you’ve got complete freedom. When you travel and work remotely, you’re joining the digital nomad tribe, a growing group of freelancers, remote employees, and independent contractors who are taking full advantage of technology.

First, let’s define digital nomad. A digital nomad is someone who is able to both travel and work remotely, at the same time. You are actively supporting yourself through your remote job and moving from place to place freely, with no current address to tie you down. Since you’re earning your living while you travel, you don’t have to have a set timeline or any planned return date. You’re free to wander the globe. 

Find a solid source of income

The first step to become a digital nomad in 2019 is to find a source of income. One way is to start with a side gig and work to make it into a full-time job. Another option is to dive right in and find a full-time remote job (some that pay $100,000 a year).

If you currently have a job, discuss telecommuting options with your boss. 

It might make sense to rent an Airbnb for several months at a time | Submitted by Jenn Amenta

Pin down a temporary home

You can find some really great deals on Airbnb, especially if you’re flexible. For example, this studio in the heart of downtown Philadelphia that you can book from $11 a night. Choose a few destinations and see what’s available, and you could find some very affordable accommodations.

By booking through Airbnb, you’ll often also have the advantage of meeting your hosts who have great travel and sightseeing advice for their areas. 

See the country by train

Did you know Amtrak has USA Rail Passes for 15, 30, and 45 day journeys? Since almost all Amtrak trains offer free WiFi, you can travel and work remotely on the train. Crisscross the country and meet interesting people while you take in the unique views and vistas offered by train travel. 

Try a coliving and coworking space

You can book yourself into some gorgeous co-living and co-working spaces available all over the world. Theses are houses or complexes that have all the amenities of a home, plus areas for people to work. Many include work amenities like a dedicated Skype room, printers, and private office space. 

Coworking spaces usually have great WiFi | Submitted by Wendy Pochop

Bring your own hotspot

Take the stress out of trying to find good WiFi while on the road by bringing your hot spot with you. We run down some of your best remote WiFi options here. When you have your own WiFi, whether it’s your phone or a portable WiFi device, you take the guesswork out of your internet connection, and you’re always ready to work no matter where you are. 

Find a banking solution

When you’re a digital nomad, you’re going to need access to your money from wherever you are. It is important to set up an account with a national or international bank that you’ll have access to. You can also choose banking that is strictly online, so you can pay bills and manage your finances from wherever you are.

It’s also a good idea to set up a PayPal account, as many companies that hire remote workers pay via PayPal. 

Arm yourself with the right apps

With the right technology, you can easily travel and work remotely. Apps like Workfrom are designed for digital nomads and help you find a place to work no matter where you are. Software for remote workers like Skype and Slack are designed to help you get your job done effectively and efficiently. 

If freedom is your dream, travel and work remotely as a digital nomad. Use the above tips to help you live and work remotely and live an adventure-filled lifestyle. 

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