What I Wish I’d Known Before Becoming A Digital Nomad

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On July 5, 2016, I made a life-changing decision. I threw out the form I planned to fill out to renew the lease on my Manhattan studio. I really liked the place, too. But I had a bigger dream: becoming a digital nomad. A digital nomad is somebody who changes locations every few days, weeks, or months while working remotely. Most of us have a thirst for adventure, and we all have trouble answering the question “where are you based?”

“Nothing will turn your world upside down quite like becoming a digital nomad,” Kelly Chase, co-host of the Workationing podcast, tells Bustle. “While this transformation can be a really positive one, it's rarely an easy one. From maintaining relationships with people back home to dealing with visas, there are lots of unforeseen challenges that can come into play.”

The best way to face these challenges is to begin the digital nomad life with as much preparation as possible. Since this is a fairly new lifestyle that isn’t written about much, I didn’t have all the information I needed to prepare for all the strange things the digital nomad life would bring. So, to help you be more prepared than I was, here are some things I wish I’d known before becoming a digital nomad.