5 Essential Tips for Digital Nomad Safety

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We are constantly complaining about this new day and age. “Oh, we work a lot; we always have to stay longer hours at work; what happened to the good, old 9-to-5 jobs?” But a new day and age has definitely brought some things that are rather spectacular and that cater for everyone’s needs. One such thing is certainly the birth of digital nomads. These are people who use telecommunications technologies to earn their living and live their life in a nomadic way. They move around different countries and experience different cultures. Most commonly, digital nomads work remotely from coffee shops, public libraries and other co-working spaces. So, if you’re thinking of becoming a digital nomad and experiencing this lifestyle for yourself, there are some things to know about digital nomad safety.

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Meet people who do the same as you

There is a difference between being location independent and a digital nomad, even though you might not think so. Becoming a digital nomad is a great way to build a location-independent business, for example. This is why many people opt to go to digital nomad hubs where the cost of living is quite low, such as Bali or China. It’s also a great place to meet other digital nomads through different events and collaborate. If I may add, this is a great safety tip. Working with other digital nomads gives you the feeling of working in a group. This can definitely better your work and the whole experience.

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Get insurance cover

Of course, being a digital nomad requires a lot of traveling. Insurance is a great idea for digital nomad safety; it’s always better to be safe than sorry. You can choose from a plethora of insurance options; it’s your job to try and find the one that works best for you. You should definitely have travel insurance pertinent for the country you are visiting.

However, you should not overlook life insurance. If you ever wondered what term life insurance is this would be a good time to find out; it might be just the right fit for you. Paying fixed rates and knowing your loved ones will be reimbursed if something happens to you can provide a sense of safety and security wherever you are.

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Know the cost of living

Once you decide to become a digital nomad, it’s a great idea to know where you’re going. Certainly not every country is the same, and not everyone is digital nomad-friendly. For example, the cheapest countries to live in are India, Nepal and Pakistan (although they have their own issues regarding digital nomad safety). Of course, on this side of the spectrum, you also find popular digital nomad destinations such as Tunisia, Thailand or Indonesia. On the other hand, in Switzerland, Norway or Denmark you might need to spend more than you actually make. However, bear in mind that there are also great options such as Singapore; it can be either cheap or expensive.

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Know how to save money on accommodation

Living and working in another country isn’t always easy, no matter how well you can get around. Being a digital nomad means you don’t have a home of your own, so it’s good to save money on accommodation first. The most popular options are definitely Airbnb apartments, which are, to be honest, perhaps the best options.

However, it’s always good to know how much time you will be spending in a certain country. It may much more expensive to book an Airbnb for the whole month than renting a regular apartment. The final option is to find a roommate who does the same thing as you. Of course, it might be tricky to find someone you can live with. However, if you play your cards right, this is a great way to save money on accommodation.

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Backup your data

Every single job has its downsides, and the job of the digital nomad is not the exception. However, it’s still the most flexible way to live and work. First of all, you will minimize your stuff. You will find that living and working anywhere with a few things is quite possible. However, many fail to forget the simple things that can definitely make or break their digital nomad career. In order to fully experience every place that you go to, make sure that you always backup your data; you wouldn’t want to do the same job twice, would you? Your phone might get stolen or your laptop might not like the humidity in the Amazon. So it’s always good to have all your files backed up so that they could be reached at any time.

As you can see, there are a few tips that can make the whole experience of being a digital nomad much safer and more comfortable. Don’t forget what you need, bring only the essentials, and think outside of the box. These are the most important things, and everything else will come later. Good luck!

About Marie Nieves

Marie Nieves is a lifestyle blogger who loves unusual trips, gadgets and creative ideas. On her travels she likes to read poetry and prose and to surf the Internet. Her favourite writer is Tracy Chevalier and she always carries one of her books in her bag. Marie loves to share her experiences and talk about practical solutions. She is an avid lover of photography and regular author at several blogs.

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