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The Perks of a Digital Nomad Lifestyle

The nomadic lifestyle has been gaining more traction over the past few years as more people look for more flexibility and time for personal endeavors. True enough, statistics on on Forbes reveal that 27% of American professionals see themselves going independent in two to three years.

So, what exactly is behind this growing trend? Below, we take a closer look at the perks of being a digital nomad.

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You’re given the gift of travel

From seeing more of the world’s beauty to immersing yourself in different cultures, traveling is inarguably one of the most fulfilling experiences you can reward yourself with. While most people wait months or even years to go on a trip, traveling is part of a digital nomad’s job description. As long as you have a laptop, internet connection, and an adventurous spirit, you can work anywhere in the world — be it a tropical island or a cozy new city. This is a good complement to your work life, as NBC news shares that traveling abroad  provides you with the mental benefits of relieving stress, becoming more creative, and boosting your happiness. Plus, you don’t have to worry about maxing out those vacation leaves.

You learn to appreciate the essentials

In our Pros and Cons of Full-Time RVing post, we shared how RVing teaches you to be less materialistic, as the small space means you can only bring the essentials. Becoming a digital nomad, however, takes this powerful lesson to greater heights. Since you’re practically living out of a suitcase, you discover the value of what really matters in life — connection, experiences, and other people. Moreover, you also learn to become more resourceful when you explore new surroundings, whether it’s finding a nearby coffee shop or simply saving during your travels.

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The city becomes your office

For digital nomads, the world isn’t just your oyster — it’s also your office. With this in mind, it gives you the opportunity to pick a destination that suits your lifestyle. For instance, Miami has a flourishing community, using new co-living areas and apartments with shared amenities. Consequently, numerous co-working spaces have also started sprouting up. Located at the heart of the city’s most diverse area, leading co-working firm Industrious’ Brickell office, sets you up for a rich cultural experience and a global network you can tap into — whether you want to rub elbows with startups or techies. Of course, the options are endless. Even in Southeast Asia, places like Bali are attracting digital nomads who are looking for a laid back, creative atmosphere amidst nature. All in all, being a digital nomad means you’ll have a vast and inspiring workplace no matter what city you’re in.

Work becomes more flexible

Although a 9-to-5 work schedule is standard for most offices, it’s easy for employees to feel trapped with this kind of set-up. To this end, working as a digital nomad means that you have more breathing room with your job, thanks to your flexible work hours. In fact, a PricewaterhouseCoopers study found that flexible scheduling increases productivity among workers, as they’re more focused on getting the work done than worrying about sticking to a timeframe. When it comes to living as a digital nomad, it’s safe to say that you get to experience the best of both worlds.

Pros and Cons of full-time RVing

Selling everything and driving off into the sunset for amazing new places has a certain allure. In today’s economic uncertainty, as well as increased social distancing, living as a full-time RVer might sound attractive to you.

But what happens after you start that drive? Here are a few things to think about:

PROS

  1. Great Locations – yes, it’s true. You will see some amazing things. Our advice? Make sure you get off the main highways every now and then. The best places are often on the roads less traveled.
  2. Flexibility – bad weather? Leave! Don’t like your neighbors? Move! Want to visit a friend across the country? Start driving!
  3. Never forget anything at home again! Why? Because your home is always with you.
  4. No (or lower)/mortgage or rent. We opted to buy an older RV rather than finance something. In addition to that, we like to boondock, which is free camping. This combination allows us greater flexibility and less financial stress. Keep in mind, if you finance your RV and plan on long-term stays at campgrounds, your costs may be the same as or more than what you are currently paying to live in a traditional home or apartment.
  5. No electric bills. This applies only if you upgrade your RV with adequate solar and batteries, but we highly recommend you do this. We go for weeks without ever having to run our onboard generator, and it especially comes in handy when you have those instances where you are somewhere and can’t run a generator or plug in.
  6. More time together. We have been married more than 28 years and we fell into the habit of being so busy with everything else and putting ourselves last. Since we have been RVing full-time, we enjoy more things – together – and our relationship is better for it.
  7. You become less materialistic. Let’s face it, you’ll be living in a much smaller space. That space can only hold so much, so you learn to decide what you really need vs want.

CONS

  1. Finding places to dump your tanks & fill fresh water. If you stay at campgrounds, this isn’t an issue. But if you prefer to go off-grid and boondock like we do, you have to plan and look for these places in advance.
  2. Getting mail. We use a mail service and it works well for us, but there are things you need to be aware of. If you have a package shipped to your address through your mail service and at a later date request it forward to your location, you have to pay to ship it. This results in sometimes paying double the shipping cost, just to get an item. You also have to factor in a time delay. If it is an item that you need to have in hand, submitting the request for shipment to your location and the additional shipping time does get inconvenient on occasion.
  3. Medical care. If you have certain health issues or prefer to go to a doctor that knows you, traveling full-time can be a bit problematic at times. This is true also for your pets.
  4. Constantly moving. A bit odd to put this in the con’s, because when you think about RVing, you think about traveling. But for some people, they want to travel, but not a lot. Because of the way we like to camp, this often means departing an area every 10-14 days, which is the standard time allowed on most federal lands.
  5. Connectivity. Internet and cellular connections can be problematic. Even with boosters, WiFi rangers and the like, there are just some areas where staying connected will be an issue. Be aware, that many campgrounds that advertise “free wifi” will often be subpar or be free for email only.
  6. Space. You will most likely be living in something smaller than what your current house or apartment is currently. If you come into full-time RVing with the mindset that it is a place to shelter you in-between your time outside, you will be better off.

Watch our Pros & Cons of Full-time RVing video:

Not ready for full-time? Check out our weekend warrior friends from Endless RVing as they discuss the benefits of being a part-time RVer!

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