Did you ever dream of traveling the world? Seeing the endless tea fields in Sri Lanka, exploring the cultural heritage sites in Vietnam, or standing on the ancient grounds of Machu Picchu? Can you imagine that many 20-something-year-olds are doing exactly this without giving up their career?
The professional digital nomad is a new breed, they’re an explorer, adventurer and creative professional all rolled into one, gathering inspiration from the wonders of the world around them.
Below we’ve taken a look at three top professions that most easily allow you to pick up your laptop, pop it in your backpack and head off to pretty much anywhere in the world. As long as there’s an internet connection, you can earn enough money to live comfortably, build a career and, more importantly, pay for your travels:
Think about it, why does a copywriter, blogger or PR professional need to stare at the same four walls 9-5, Monday to Friday? All the work and communications is done online and over email, and with just a laptop, internet access and a few spare hours a day, you can let your fingers do the earning.
If you are a talented logo, branding, or packaging designer, crowdsourcing design websites like DesignBro.com are making life much easier for the ‘digital design nomad’ to get new clients. You can travel the world and when you are available, you just log in, upload your portfolio (which will need to be approved), and take part in contests that can pay your way around the world. Just like that, you become a digital nomad.
Are you any good in Js, C++, Ruby, or Java? In that case, count yourself lucky, all you need is your laptop, backpack and a pair of sunglasses and you’re set! With demand for programmers skyrocketing over recent years, you are bound to find a client that’s happy to work with you from a distance. The only difficulties you’ll face is deciding where to go and how long you want to spend there.
Besides having grown up in the design Industry, Christiaan has advised some of the world’s largest companies on their branding & packaging designs. Has been the resident judge for design awards, and has spoken at numerous global design & marketing events. Christiaan founded the London office of the award-winning Cartils agency, and has founded the DesignBro.com platform.