Six Hidden Downsides Of Being A Digital Nomad – Forbes


The digital nomad lifestyle seen on social media can be captivating, especially if you’re stuck in a 9-to-5, sitting in a cubicle under fluorescent lights in a work environment you don’t like. After all, who doesn’t want to work from exotic, sunny locations, or meet new, fascinating people from all over the world, assert their independence, and find better work-life balance?

As someone who’s been nomadic since 2014, lived on four continents, and traveled to more than 40 different countries, I’ve acclimated to the nomadic lifestyle. Through personal experience though, I’ve learned there are things one should take into account when deciding whether being a digital nomad is right for you, because the picture painted on social media doesn’t tell the full story.

The following hidden downsides are ones to consider before you start your journey. Your ability to handle them will determine if being a digital nomad is a viable career lifestyle — or if you should instead take an extended vacation.

Plate Discipline

In the Dominican Republic, baseball players learn the phrase “No one walks off the island.” Dominicanos learn to hit any pitch — balls, strikes, curves, knuckleballs, whatever. However, once they’re drafted by a Major League Baseball team (and get off the island), their new coaches lecture them on “plate discipline,” i.e. they can no longer swing at the bad pitches.

Like Dominicanos who get off the island, digital nomads need plate discipline to be successful long-term. They have to learn to say “no” to bad pitches, and stay productive once they’re nomadic. This is a hard truth. Do you have the discipline to stay focused and hit deadlines, even while meeting new people and visiting exciting locations?

Perception And Envy

You’ll photograph amazing things traveling abroad that you’ll want to share on social media with your friends and family back home. Doing this could cost you.


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