How to Be a Nomad Without Leaving Your Country

We write a lot about overseas travel here at Nomad Era. While we do believe that every corner of our world deserves to be seen and that international travel is one of the most enriching experiences you can have in life, we understand that living abroad even briefly is not for everyone. If you are the type of person who craves travel but would rather explore more of their home country this article may help you.

Unlike many of our generic travel articles this is not a list, but rather observations out team has made through our own experiences and encounters with people who have traveled around their home countries.

First and foremost, COVID-19 aside, this is a relatively easy undertaking. You don’t need a passport. You don’t need to apply for a visa. You never need to go through customs and immigration. There is no language barrier or cultural barrier. Most importantly, there is no knowledge gap. You know your country. If you live in Oregon in the United States and you’ve never been to Vermont you still know what to expect. If you’re from Western Cape in South Africa you can visit Gauteng and understand it almost immediately. If you have spent your whole life in Bogota, Colombia then a trip to Medellin won’t startle you. We all have a deep knowledge of the countries we’ve lived in beyond the regions we’ve actually visited.

So the good news is that you have the knowledge you need to roam your country freely, but if you’re reading this I’m sure you’re wondering how to actually get started. Well, the answer to that question is either very easy or somewhat difficult depending on the kind of lifestyle you want to have. If you want to be a backpacker living out of your van as you drive across the country using your cellphone as a hotspot for you to do work on your laptop then you can probably get started within a week with very little effort. There are countless remote data entry and customer service jobs that require absolutely no experience or degree to get hired for, and they certainly pay enough for your gas money and for you to grab a few meals in the cities you visit along the way.

Now let’s say that you want a slightly more luxurious lifestyle. Maybe not true luxury but certain a hotel room or an Air BnB is your preference. You may also want to have a good meal every once in a while at a nice restaurant and have a few drinks as well. That’s a bit harder to get set-up for. We’ve written a few articles and lists on how to have a good, stable income while working remotely. The fastest way to get started if you have a marketable skill is to generate a small client base to do freelance work for. Make sure your clients either commit to working with you on several projects or that their individual projects last long enough to result in you getting paid long enough to renew or replace your client base. If you are brand new to freelancing you may struggle for a bit, and you may not be able to go from a stationary life to a 100% nomadic one immediately but if you are diligent and deliver good work you will eventually build up a solid book of business based on your reputation.

There are obviously countless different ways that you can achieve the lifestyle you want, and there is certainly a wide gap between living in a van and staying in a new hotel every week. So what if you are someone who doesn’t actually want to be a freelancer, an entrepreneur or take an entry-level remote job that you aren’t interested in? What if you don’t even want to stay in an AirBnB or hotel and you just want to be able to travel and visit your friends or family in different cities. Well, there is one final way that we’ve seen very few people have success with, but it is undoubtedly possible. You can always save and invest money, become a minimalist and trading options or forex.

This is obviously extremely high risk but we aren’t joking around. Multiple people here at Nomad Era have had mostly great success in trading, but we’ve also had some fairly devastating losses. It’s not going to become a career for us but we do know people who have turned day trading into a full-time career. There is a steep learning curve and markets can be incredibly volatile and are impossible to predict with absolute certainty. If you believe you have what it takes and enjoy a high level of financial risk, you can always reduce your cost of living and focus on trading for your daily income.

We hope this helped you decide on how to move forward with your goals. Feel free to let us know if you have any ideas that we have left out of this article.

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