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The Pros and Cons of a Digital Nomad Lifestyle

Living life abroad will mean you will face a wide range of time vampires that you never knew existed; that is the price you will pay for living a lifestyle that most people envy yet are too afraid to live.

Perspectives Matter

In order to keep your head up and your spirit high, you’ll need to have the right perspective.

  • Can you be a patient, methodical, opportunistic, self-motivated hustler?
  • Do you have a strong sense of purpose, goals, and what you want from life?
  • Can you adjust to situations quickly and compassionately?
  • Do you have decision making skills, planning skills, and the discipline to abide by them?
  • Are you able to tough it out if your laptop dies right before your bank card gets jammed in a machine at the Laos border during a visa run? (That probably won’t happen, but it happened to me in 2014).

If you answered yes to most of these, you’ll fair much better when we look at the following pros and cons of living life on the road.

In reality, for every pro (glass half full) there is a con (glass half empty) so be mindful of how you perceive these pros and cons. Don’t let an over-eagerness force you to skim over hidden complexities and take them head on.

The Pros and Cons of the Digital Nomad Lifestyle

AKA Going “Pro Hobo”;

  • Work from anywhere! (You’re pretty much homeless!)
  • Make your own schedule! (Crappy routine at best, responsible for your own success, and liable for your own failures)
  • Short work days! (Added pressure on executing the 80/20 rule effectively)
  • Choose to live anywhere you want in the world! (Struggle with visa requirements, timezones, generally meet clients face-to-face less often)
  • Make new connections! (Have less time or ‘presence’ for existing friends and family)
  • Unlimited earning potential! (Financial security is less predictable)
  • Finally time to start that side project! (Remove time from proven, repeatable income)
  • Hooray, palm trees and wanderlust! (Deal with periodic loneliness, unpredictable weather and infrastructure challenges)
  • Cheaper cost of living! (Cost benefits only while you’re living statically in one place, travel can be expensive)

This an excerpt from Digital Nomad Escape Plan: From Cubicle to Chiang Mai, Thailand. Download it today, and keep it for later.

Have anything to add? Let everyone know in the comments.

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