Six Hidden Downsides Of Being A Digital Nomad – Forbes
The digital nomad lifestyle seen on social media can be captivating, especially if youâre stuck in a 9-to-5, sitting in a cubicle under fluorescent lights in a work environment you donât like. After all, who doesnât 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 whoâs been nomadic since 2014, lived on four continents, and traveled to more than 40 different countries, Iâve acclimated to the nomadic lifestyle. Through personal experience though, Iâve 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 doesnât 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 â or if you should instead take an extended vacation.
In the Dominican Republic, baseball players learn the phrase âNo one walks off the island.â Dominicanos learn to hit any pitch â balls, strikes, curves, knuckleballs, whatever. However, once theyâre drafted by a Major League Baseball team (and get off the island), their new coaches lecture them on âplate discipline,â 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 ânoâ to bad pitches, and stay productive once theyâre 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
Youâll photograph amazing things traveling abroad that youâll want to share on social media with your friends and family back home. Doing this could cost you.