Being a digital marketer has a lot of advantages over other, more traditional forms of work. Among these one of the most notable is the fact that you'll be able to work from anywhere. That in turn gives you the freedom to travel and explore all while still earning money and if you're like many people, then you may be interested in using that freedom to become what is known as a digital nomad.
This is someone who travels the world and stays in hostels and cheap hotels and works online in order to afford their adventures. This is an amazing way to see the world and to live life to the absolute fullest and its one of the only ways you can truly enjoy freedom.
But its not perfect and its not for everyone. For starters, working online while travelling presents some unique challenge. You'll struggle to find WiFi at times well actually this is an ongoing issue Sometimes you'll want to go out with the group of people you've just met but you'll be forced to stay back and work.
Then theres the fact that you'll never be able to take a long warm bath, to maintain relationships, or to sit down and play chess with family.
No, this is not for everyone. But there is a way you can enjoy a life of adventure and travel even without going full digital nomad.
The Halfway Option
The solution is to take lots of smaller trips rather than going on one, unending journey. This might mean that you go on 5-10 holidays in a single year and work while you're there but that you come home in-between. Or perhaps it might mean you go on three month-long trips.
This is a real option when you live in Europe, like I did for 10 years. It is a little more challenging since moving down under.
Using these strategies, you wont miss your family so much, you'll still have opportunities to grow your business and you can come home to recharge your batteries in between amazing adventures.
This is something I did a lot. In the last couple of years I went to Portugal, Italy, Germany, Scotland, Austria and Greece, all on different trips. While living in France I travelled the country extensively and before that living in Switzerland, I often went to the mountains and stayed in chalet. During the days, we hiked up mountains and found areas that were completely still and quiet. During the evenings, we worked by the fire with a few drinks and with views of mountains in the distance. I am not a skier but it was great. I was lucky enough to head over to Baden Baden in Germany to design some programs. It is one of my favourite places in Europe. There are few better ways to work!
Another option you could take, would be to go on more local trips. Instead of travelling to other countries, how about visiting amazing places near you. Now that I live in New Zealand, we take long weekends to see some of the most amazing scenery in the world… think Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and Avatar
Or how about working in a different, exciting locale every day,
There are tons of ways to explore your freedom as a digital marketer that don't necessarily have to do with giving up your home and creature comforts!