9 Jun · 9 min read
"a wanderer, one of a tribe of people who have no fixed abode."
Imagine yourself drinking your morning coffee, looking at the sight of the sea stretching beyond the horizon. Last night you talked to your colleague who has rented a small wooden house in the mountains, and she/he is all but euphoric about seeing a deer wandering in the woods. That story reminds you to do a final check-up on visa regulations in that country you always wanted to visit. You write that down and go to your work desk to join your team on a daily meeting to briefly discuss the progress made and the tasks for today.
The chances are that you are enjoying the thought of becoming a digital nomad.
If 2020 has taught us anything, it is that we should be flexible and search for opportunities beyond our current limits.
That also applies to the location constraints of our day-to-day jobs.
There seem to be over 35 million digital nomads across the globe. Another fun fact from research says that if the digital nomad community were a country, it would be the 38th most prosperous country based on gross national income per resident (source).
A digital nomad is a person who has a job that is not tied to a specific location, changes her/his residence from time to time, while most of the job can be done using devices with internet connectivity.
A digital nomad can be an employee of a larger organization, a freelancer, or even an entrepreneur.
Some say that being a digital nomad is not "a thing to do. " Other than that – it is a lifestyle.
That is a tough one since there is no empirical evidence of what personality characteristics, abilities, and skills contribute to being a successful nomad.
But for the time being, let's say that one should pay attention to these.
There is a "nifty" quiz that could help you better understand your preferences as a potential digital nomad.
It goes without saying that some jobs are more suitable for taking "to go."
The research mentioned above conducted on over 4000 English-speaking members of the digital nomad community reports Top 15 most commonly represented DN jobs.
Since we are in IT, the next question in line is – what makes a developer job suitable for nomadism?
A developer himself (source) says that there are 3 main reasons:
IT industry by default pushes the forefronts, so remote could very well be the future of work.
Most of the processes or products are on the cloud, so it doesn't matter whether their colleagues are physically next to them or not. Also, there is an abundance of communication platforms available.
The author says that being a developer can be a very "background job. "A person might not have to write code at any particular time of the day, and "all tasks and issues are (hopefully) logged and organized. "
(Besides that, a developer job is 👌 because it is ever-developing, high in-demand, and mostly well paid.)
If you are looking for a remote job, we highly recommend sifting through Clutch,
„Clutch is your data-driven field guide for B2B buying and hiring decisions.“
Or on DesignRush.
„DesignRush is your guide to finding the best professional agencies, categorized by their areas of expertise. We analyzed and ranked hundreds of agencies to help brands find top full-service agencies, web design companies, digital marketing firms & top technology companies.“
Those will be presented in a before vs. after manner. Things you should be prepared for before embarking on a different lifestyle and managing stuff once you are in a land far, far away.
Codemotion mentions "overcoming the mental block." This means ditching some of the thought patterns that you might have taken for granted. Things like quitting a permanent position, being flexible about living conditions, budget resources, possible changes in relationships with family, friends, or partners, etc.
A recommendation is an amount for at least six to eight months. This also means getting rid of unnecessary expenses. That will provide you with enough autonomy and security for situations where you don't have enough active income.
Almost every road has some bumps. You will outsmart them more effortlessly if you have a plan B (or C, if needed).
It is said that "the secret is to travel light." Bringing more stuff with you could further complicate the situation. If you realize that you miss/lack something, there is a good chance you will be able to purchase it at your destination.
Some say that "as a digital nomad, your budget should be your bible." Things to consider: living expenditures, cost of travelling, accommodation, activities you would like to experience, costs of working, etc.
To at least have an approximate idea of when and how you will do something. Make sure to leave room for improvisation and unexpected stuff.
Be it through meetups, events, or virtual meeting sites. Just cruise the internet, and you will probably find something that suits you.
It would be a mission-impossible to list all of the stuff you could learn or experience. Alfter some time, you could find yourself getting along just fine with knowing multiple languages.
Write letters, send gifts, or video-chat from an exciting place.
Be it through exercise, diet, "spending" time in nature, or taking care of your mental health.
Psst! Nomad List is a super cool website with a whole bunch of information that you will find helpful… and fun. Besides exploring places based on what they have to offer, Nomad List even has a dating app. 💘
If you ask those 4000 people who took the survey mentioned above, Croatia is the top-rated DN country in the Balkans and Eastern Europe.
Most of the cafes have free wi-fi, and the overall signal is pretty good.
Croatia is a small country. That means that you could easily explore the country without spending too much time on travel. Also, Croatia is pretty well connected to the rest of Europe.
Some estimates say that more than 80% of the population speaks English.
Also, we could be transitioning to Euro in years that come.
We do not joke around with what we eat. Disclaimer: Do not look at these if you are hungry.
From a digital nomad himself: “… there are few places in Europe which can offer the relaxed lifestyle of Croatia.” Indeed, we have developed a particular state of being and named it “fjaka”. More on that in A Guide to Mastering Dalmatian Fjaka. Some other insights in Croatian phrases.
Fortunately, as of past month, you can submit your application for the DN visa through an online service. 🥳 You can find more information from our Government. And some first-hand experiences on Total Croatia’s website.
If you want to keep up with the progress of the digital nomad community in Croatia, follow Croatian Digital Nomad Association. Formally founded just about four months ago, they have achieved a lot by pushing the forefront of development.
We hope that we have managed to tell you the story of digital nomads. Without further ado, here are some heartfelt pieces of advice from a nomad herself.
"You can't possibly know what you'll want in two or more months from now. If you think you do, it's quite probably just a reflection of what you want right now, based on who you are in this moment."
"There's a certain magic to just going with the flow — going to the next place with a new friend, following a sudden spark of curiosity for a certain place or experience, leaving the option open to just go back home when you feel like it."
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Author: Edita Krizmanić
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