There are so many reasons why people leave their jobs, whether it’s due to personal circumstances or the work itself. Some reasons can include:
- Feeling underappreciated
- Feeling overworked and burnt out
- Poor mental health
- Toxic workplace culture
- No engagement
- Lack of growth opportunities
- Bad management
However, now more than ever, people are quitting their jobs because they want flexible work options that allow them to work remotely. As a result, many people are starting to think about the digital nomad lifestyle and whether it’s the right choice for them. Well, as someone who made the same decision, I’m here to tell you that it is the right choice!
I went through so many of the challenges that others face in their lives. I dealt with separation, job loss, and burnout. Yet, when I was at rock bottom and forced to reevaluate my life, I realized that there was a whole world out there that I could experience without being tied to all the things that kept me down. So, I got my bike, let go of the things that tied me to my home, and embarked on a journey that would forever change who I am, how I feel, and how I see the world.
But I know that not everyone will have the same experience that I have. Maybe you feel unfulfilled in your current lifestyle, or you can’t stop feeling burnt out and exhausted at work, or your job just feels like there’s nothing pushing you forward and there’s everything pulling you back. Whatever the reason, really take some time to reflect on where you are, how you’re feeling, and if you need to take action to give yourself a better future. Only then will you know if you’re ready for the next step.
How to Quit Your Job
So, you’ve given it some serious thought and are ready to quit your job and pursue a better life path for yourself. First: give yourself a pat on the back! Be proud that you have the courage and capacity to take life into your hands and turn it around into something happier and fulfilling. However, you’re still faced with the question of how to quit your job and travel. Here’s how you go about doing that:
1. Make sure you’re able to quit
Don’t quit when you have nothing saved up or don’t have a backup plan in case things go awry. If you don’t have either of those things, it might be worthwhile to stick with your job for a bit longer until you do.
2. Start looking for another income source
Ideally, you’ll want to have this secured before you quit your job. If you plan to become a digital nomad, try to find a remote job that pays enough to fund all your necessities while you travel.
3. Give enough notice
If you can, it’s best not to leave your job on a bad note – especially if they can act as a great reference. Most jobs require you to provide at least 2 weeks’ notice that you’re moving on, but double-check your contract in case it differs.
4. Ask for a reference
As previously mentioned, having a reference letter from your employer is a great way to help secure another job in any situation, but especially so for remote jobs. If you’re on amicable terms with your employer, ask if they’d be willing to write a reference letter for you.
5. Return all company property
This may not apply to you, but if you have company property (such as keys, cards, computers, phones, etc.), you’ll want to return them as soon as possible. You don’t want to find yourself in Bali on the phone with your ex-employer because you forgot to return their laptop.
What is a Digital Nomad and Why Should You Become One?
The term “digital nomad” is used to describe a person who isn’t tied to any particular location. This person has a remote job that allows them to travel anywhere and still be able to work – as long as they have a reliable internet connection. This is why you’ll find many nomads working from coffee shops, public libraries, or anywhere that offers wireless internet. Typically, digital nomads also have passive income streams that help fund their lifestyle in the event that they lose their remote job.
In this technological age, it’s become highly desirable to be a digital nomad (I would know: I am one!) because you can live freely, travel the world, meet new people, and live a fuller, healthier life than one spent confined to a cubicle in a dreary office. Becoming a digital nomad means:
- You’ll be more productive and motivated to do things.
- You’ll enjoy a life of freedom that’s unrestricted by a physical job or location.
- You’ll learn how to adapt to new circumstances.
- You’ll meet new people and potentially make longer-lasting friendships.
- You’ll be able to focus on your personal development.
How to Become a Digital Nomad
The path to becoming a digital nomad isn’t easy. It’s full of challenges and setbacks, and it requires you to have a strong mindset that’s focused on your goals and dreams of a better life. That said, with so many digital nomads following their dreams nowadays, it’s so easy to get tips and tricks from people who have already faced those challenges and persevered. I’ve learned a ton of things throughout my travels about being a digital nomad, but I’ll summarize the most important ones below.
Plan, plan, and plan!
When embarking on a significant lifestyle change like this, the most important thing to do is prepare yourself. Not only will you be hopping from location to location, but you’ll also be dealing with language barriers, new laws and regulations, different prices, and potential culture shocks. You’ll need to get into the right mindset so that you won’t crumble when all of these changes hit you. Know that this journey you’re preparing for is something that many people don’t even dare to dream of. It’s a huge step! Make sure you’re ready to take it.
A few things you should do beforehand are:
- Prepare for potential worst-case scenarios
- Research your destinations and familiarize yourself with the basics of their languages, culture, rules, etc.
- Save up an emergency fund
- Create a realistic budget and stick to it
Inform any close friends and family members
If you’re like any other person in the world, you’ll have friends and/or family members who may not want you to just up and leave the country. Spend some time with the people closest to you and tell them your plans. It’s always important to have a reliable support system when facing the challenges of being a digital nomad.
Get travel health insurance
Travelling isn’t always the epitome of the dream life; you can fall ill, get into accidents, and you’ll also need to stay on top of your checkups and immunizations depending on the countries you visit. Your health should be your number one priority as a digital nomad, so do your research and get a good health insurance plan that will cover you in all of the locations you go to.
Create relevant social media channels
If you’re living the dream life – why not document it and potentially earn more money from it? Social media is filled with like-minded individuals and users who dream of living the nomad life. By sharing high-quality photos and videos of your travels, you can increase your following and open opportunities for brands to sponsor your content. Currently, the best social media platforms for digital nomads are TikTok and Instagram.
Reduce debts, expenses, and any ties to your current location
As a new traveller, you’ll want to ensure that anything tying you to your current location is kept to a minimum. This could mean selling your car, putting lump sum payments into your student loan, or paying off any debts you owe to other people.
Find a remote job
You’ll need to fund your lifestyle somehow, and the way to do this is by getting a remote job! Take some time to think about your skills and whether you can offer them online. In this post-pandemic world, finding a work-from-anywhere job has become so much easier.
Below is a list of some remote jobs you could take on:
You can also sell your services independently through freelance marketplaces like Fiverr or Upwork. Alternatively, you could create your own website and advertise your services online, just like I have!
Join a digital nomad community
Joining an online community of like-minded individuals can be a massive help when you’re just starting out on your digital nomad journey. They can help you understand the challenges of the lifestyle, what it’s like working on the move, and offer tips for locations they’ve already been to. It’s also a great way to make connections that can open doors for new opportunities, friendships, and more.
There is so much to learn when it comes to living the digital nomad lifestyle, but it’s a journey well worth taking. I don’t regret making the decision to travel the world, and I hope that this blog post helps you take that step too, if that’s where your heart wants to be.
As a nomad who used to be lost, I understand that the prospect of making such a huge decision can be scary. If you’d like to discuss your situation one-on-one, don’t hesitate to reach out to me! I can give you advice and help you get started on your own path to becoming a digital nomad. I also sell a great catalogue of products, including backpacks, bottles, luggage tags, suitcases, and many more things you’ll need for your travels.