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How to Become a Female Digital Nomad

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“If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine. It’s lethal.” – Paulo Coelho

I became a Female Digital Nomad out of necessity. Necessity to explore and out of fear that 20 years from now I would be filled with regret. And as luck would have it, the planets aligned and I became a location independent worker after years and years of wishing I had the opportunity to travel.

As I’ve said before, I think working remotely is the key to a happy and successful work/life balance and I could scream from the rooftops how much I believe in its mystical *powers*. So let me give you a brief outline how to become a Female Digital Nomad. Because, let me tell you, the hardest part is 100% buying the ticket. Everything else, you figure out as it comes!

Hi, I’m Chelse! I am a Digital Nomad obsessed with traveling the world and seeking adventure beyond the 9-5 office life. When I turned 25 I decided that I was going to stop making excuses and do what I’ve always dreamed. I went from having 0 stamps in my passport to 7 countries in 7 months. I encourage anyone who wants to live a Digital Nomad lifestyle to just buy the ticket first, and figure out the rest later!

Why More Companies Are Embracing the Digital Nomad Work Culture

Attracting better talent has never been more lucrative for businesses and why the Digital Nomad work culture has never been more within reach.

We’ve never been more accessible than we are now. Coworkers, clients, employees, and potential business relationships have never had more access to each other, thanks to incredible advances in technology. Technology grants us the ability to be in constant communication, and with that, many companies and employees are inquiring if an employee must spend 40+ hours a week in the office in order to be successful.

Those seeking the Digital Nomad lifestyle aim to challenge those antiquated requirements by spending part-time of full-time working remotely, often from exotic corners of the world.

Traveling new landscapes and seeking adventure beyond the cubicle of course has an appeal to employees, but what makes this arrangement attractive to companies and employers?

Attracting High Quality Talent

If your company doesn’t have an unlimited hiring budget, most hiring managers have to get creative with incentives to motivate top candidates to work at their respective businesses. Many young adults view perks like having a healthy work/life balance to be non-negotiable when it comes to choosing new opportunities.

Kristin Messina, the Founder of Yonderwork, an international traveling experience for professionals says work flexibility is essential in 2016:

“Flexible hours is now the #1 desired job benefit in the United States and 92% of millennials polled desire the ability to work remotely (oDesk) so I think more companies acknowledge that they need to consider remote working to attract and retain top talent. I think we will see this trend continue to grow over time as employers continue to realize the benefits of remote working.”

Hiring the most qualified and inspiring employees often leads to an energized staff brimming with new ideas, which greatly contributes to the success of the business as a whole.

Not being in a physical office full-time means you have the ability to hire anyone in the world. If your operation is based in a rural area, you may still have a shot at hiring the candidate you’ve had your eye on, but who is unwilling to relocate from their current fast-paced city.

Higher Productivity and Less Turnover

When your employees are happy, they are your best ambassadors, and are 12% more productive and often go above and beyond what’s expected of them. And, of course, happy employees keep turnover rates low.

One of the most common frustrations of today’s work culture is the time it takes to commute to and from the office. Just think, instead of spending up to 2 hours a day commuting, your employees could be spending that time devoted toactually working by working from home.

Other benefits for employers include saving money on office space and office supplies.

From The Telework Coalition‘s Wired Working As A Lifestyle Report:

  • Businesses saved an average of $20,000 a year for each full-time employee who worked remotely.
  • Employee productivity increased by an average of 22% when remote working was allowed.
  • Remote working reduced employee turnover by 50%.

Why More Innovative Companies Are Letting Their Employees Become Location Independent

Increased Network of Experts All Over the Country and Beyond

By having employees cultivating their lives beyond one permanent city, working remotely offers advantages of reaching potential markets and customers. Having a “man on the ground” promoting your brand from all corners of the globe is especially fruitful for salespeople or affiliates.

You now have the capability to obtain knowledgeable insights from competing or potential markets, making your niche that much more competitive worldwide.

Clearly, working remotely is the way of the future. Just ask these companies who are thriving from embracing this new culture:

Amazon

American Express

Adobe Systems

Apple

Kaplan

Buffer

Upworthy

SXSW

Alternatives to Working Remotely Full-Time

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Yonderwork Founder, Kristin Messina, also advises that for some companies, it’s simply not feasible to allow employees to become full-time nomads. But there are alternatives that are just as exciting! She goes on to say,

“The transition to a remote working culture doesn’t happen overnight. I would advise companies who are considering remote working to do a test run. Set expectations up front (starting with how, how often, and when you will communicate) and then allow remote working a few days a week or for a specific project. Monitor your results so that you can build on what is working and you can tweak what isn’t. Remote work and travel programs like YonderWork offer a great trial platform. For two-months, employees work alongside other remote workers and learn about best practices and the communication and collaboration tools that are available to support success in remote working.”

 

What I’ve Learned from the Digital Nomad Work Culture

After two months of living the Digital Nomad work culture and almost two years of working with The Modern Connection, I can confidently agree to all of these benefits. As a millennial, our generation is job-hopping more than ever and having the flexibility to work and grow beyond the office walls has inspired me to thrive as an employee and I am happy to call The Modern Connection home.

I think work perks such as working remotely has incredible potential and is the ~*way of the future*~ that modern businesses will have to adapt to – or fear being surpassed by employees or clients in favor of companies who are trailblazing in unique ways.

Hi, I’m Chelse! I am a Digital Nomad obsessed with traveling the world and seeking adventure beyond the 9-5 office life. When I turned 25 I decided that I was going to stop making excuses and do what I’ve always dreamed. I went from having 0 stamps in my passport to 7 countries in 7 months. I encourage anyone who wants to live a Digital Nomad lifestyle to just buy the ticket first, and figure out the rest later!

7 Female Digital Nomad Quotes to Inspire Your Next Adventure

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Hi, I’m Chelse! I am a Digital Nomad obsessed with traveling the world and seeking adventure beyond the 9-5 office life. When I turned 25 I decided that I was going to stop making excuses and do what I’ve always dreamed. I went from having 0 stamps in my passport to 7 countries in 7 months. I encourage anyone who wants to live a Digital Nomad lifestyle to just buy the ticket first, and figure out the rest later!

Free Ways to Live Abroad – Yes, Really!

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Free Ways to Live Abroad

For you, living abroad is the dream, otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this. I understand this need for adventure and travel because I have it too, which it why I put everything in storage and traveled roughly 8,000 miles away to Chiang Mai, Thailand on my journey to becoming a Digital Nomad.

Of course, the Digital Nomad lifestyle isn’t for everyone. Maybe you’re looking for a more temporary option, or you want a lifestyle that allows you to immerse yourself in a culture for longer periods of time. Regardless of your wishlist, if there’s a will, there’s a way.

Here are my favorite free ways to live abroad.

TEFL

TEFL stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language. Becoming a TEFL teacher is actually much easier than you might think. English fluency is one of the most highly-demanded skills in the world. Explore parts of the world you’ve always imagined such as Europe, Asia, and Africa and make a difference in students’ lives. This is one of the most common ways for twenty-somethings to live abroad, and I’ve met several TEFL instuctors who say it’s the best decision they’ve ever made.

In fact, I met two American TEFL teachers on their way back from Jakarta and Kaula Lumpur who each spent 2 years teaching English. I was astonished… two years? Did they ever miss home? Of course they did, but the man I met returning from Kuala Lumpur said something that really stuck with me: “Of course I miss my comfort zone, but one day I’m going to wake up and have no regrets about all the experiences I’ve had, and that, is probably the greatest feeling you can wake up to everyday.”

Damn. And that just destroyed all my worries about being homesick.

AuPair

Being an aupair is one of the most romatic jobs you can think of, right? Living in a magical country, working in the day, exploring a new city at night. At least that was always a dream to me after watching this movie. You can make that dream a reality by applying to many aupair agencies and programs such as Au Pair World. About 3 years ago I actually went through the application process through that company and although it didn’t work out, I only have good things to say about that company.

Many cities already have large established aupair communities so you can meet fellow nannies in the city you live in. Spain has a huge Au Pair culture and if making fellow Au Pair friends is a requirement for you, be sure to ask your agency or potential host family what the scene is like in that city. They know the area best and will be honest with you.

To see if the Au Pair life is the life for you, check out these blogs from real life:

AshleyAbroad.com

TheFunnyNanny.com

UltimateAuPair.com

AuPairConfessional

WWOOF Abroad

This fun acronym just got even fun-ner. Want to hop across the globe living on vineyards, olive groves, goat farms, or even beekeeping homes? Then your answer is definitely to WWOOF it.

Different from this, fans of The Office:

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WWOOF stands for World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms. In exchange for free housing, you volunteer on an organic farm for just a holiday, or long-term. You get to set your own dates and choose the host country you’d like to live and volunteer in.

There’s a huge community of current and past WWOOFers, and a lot of them exchange tips and stories in the r/WWOOF subReddit thread.

Work on a Cruise Ship

International cruise companies like Norweigian and Carnival are always actively recruiting young adults to live and work at sea. I’ve personally noticed these two cruise lines heavily using social media to find new talent and to promote their interview round ups in large cities. I lived in the Carnival port city of Charleston, South Carolina and I know of many occasions of large-scale hiring for basic positions.

Have a special talent such as performing? Audition to be an entertainer on board. I know an aquaintance who worked for Norweigian Cruise Lines and always posted the most incredible photos from his adventures – hiking Macchu Piccu or surfing in Hawaii – because of the opportunities that came from working for a cruise line.

Royal Caribbean Career Opportunities

Disney Cruise Line Careers

Princess Cruise Line Career Opportunities

Carnival Career Opportunities

SilverSea Career Opportunities

House Sit or Swap Homes

Yep, the movie The Holiday, is real! Well, sorta. If you do have a house to offer up, there are various websites that provide online classifieds for owners to advertise and meet potential sitters.(homeexchange.com,homexchangevacation.com or homebase-hols.com)

Or, if houseswapping isn’t your jam, join the online community of House Sitters

TrustedHousesitters.com $60 annual fee

MindMyHouse.com $20 annual fee

Nomador.com $89 annual fee

Although you’ll likely have to shell out some cash for a reputible agency, the amount of money you will save by not renting a home, hotel, or Airbnb is completely worth the upfront cost. And be sure to do your research on visa and immigration requirements beforehand!

With all of these free ways to live abroad, there’s really no excuse not to pursue living abroad if you really want to. Have you taken any of these routes to live abroad for free? Share your experience in the comments below!

Hi, I’m Chelse! I am a Digital Nomad obsessed with traveling the world and seeking adventure beyond the 9-5 office life. When I turned 25 I decided that I was going to stop making excuses and do what I’ve always dreamed. I went from having 0 stamps in my passport to 7 countries in 7 months. I encourage anyone who wants to live a Digital Nomad lifestyle to just buy the ticket first, and figure out the rest later!