I’m one month into this experimental lifestyle change as a digital nomad, here is what I’ve learnt (with images from the journey).
Selling your stuff isn’t so bad. I had years of stuff filling up my apartment. Clothes I hadn’t worn in years. I managed to downsize it to just 3 small boxes, which I’ve gave to a cool storage startup called LoveSpace. Once you realise that most of your ‘stuff’ is actually making you unhappy, you’ll cut down to the essentials.
Dress for function, not fashion. It’s a lifestyle very much built on function — a balance of work, health, travel, personal development… with this in mind, I packed purely for function. Oh and laundry is super cheap, you only need a few days worth of clothes.
What tools make you most productive? You’re going to be with them for hours on end, you need to enjoy them.
You’re going to be spending hours waiting for planes, trains, etc. How can you be productive? I use Audible, it enables me to listen to many new books without the trouble of carrying them around.
Data is cheap and readily available, make sure you’re connected — it’ll help you keep in touch, do more work & not feel thousands of miles away.
Working on the move isn’t easy, but it’s possible. We’ve spent countless hours searching for cafes with good wifi, decent coffee, good AC… sometimes it all goes smoothly, other times it’s impossible. It’s essential to be flexible.
Co-working spaces are available and they rock. This is Paper + Toast in Kuala Lumpur, a co-working space which had super fast internet and decent coffee. It was totally worth checking into here for a day.
You can live very well, for very little (in Asia). Luxury apartments, great meals & more for the same price as the commute in London. Let it empower you to do and be more.
Focus on health — there are swimming pools and gyms onsite in many hotels and apartments, it’s so much easier to fit a workout & healthy lifestyle in while being on the road.
Sometimes you need a day off to have some fun, no work allowed. It’s easy to get wrapped up in building businesses, working on content & writing books… but days off are essential to keeping things in balance.
This life isn’t for everyone, but I’d say it’s worth a chapter of anyones time. It enables you to grow on so many levels, live well for very little & experience true independence away from the comfort zones of the society we’ve grown up in.