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By NomadicAdmin
#251
Before diving into the life of a Digital Nomad it makes sense to do some research into the challenges of your new life. We gotchu. Digital Nomadism is a super cool way to explore the world indefinitely, make your dollar go further, and meet amazing people.

Here are some common challenges that Digital Nomads usually face. Have you had other challenges as a Digital Nomad? Share them in the forum. Help a nomad out.

1. Loneliness
Digital Nomads can often experience loneliness. There are a lot of things you can do to combat this (like joining groups and forums like this one!)

2. Discipline
But you can have it all and answer a few emails on the beach and you’re done right? Hmmm no, because SAND. And also, most digital nomads don’t work only 1 hour a week (or 4 hours a week). A lot of nomads are entrepreneurs, freelancers, or remote employees who have a lot of stakeholders that they need to be accountable too.

When you’re meeting other travellers and hanging out, having to cut a day short to go work can really be put a damper on your fun. Having the discipline to do it is a real challenge that you should be prepared for. Spending a few days a week at co-working spaces can really help you be in an environment that you can focus on. It also provides…

3. Wifi & Internet Access

This puts the “digital” in “digital nomad”. Unfortunately, you’re hooked on the wifi. When you’re booking a hotel room and it says “free-wifi” don’t get too excited, because you really have no idea how good it’s going to be. Trying to do certain types of work on dial-up speed or working on a deadline? Welcome to stress-ville, population, one stressed out Digital Nomad.

What do you find are the biggest challenges of life as a digital nomad?
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WiFi & Internet Access is definitely a struggle. I combat this by upgrading my usual accommodation for somewhere nice enough to work from home most of the day. I find I actually save on the endless coffees and cross off my to-dos quicker. It doesn't help with loneliness though!

Building contacts is another one that I find to be difficult. Back when I worked in an office I felt like I was drowning in LinkedIn requests and networking events. However, now that I am travelling it is a little more difficult to build contacts on a day-to-day basis.
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By laurie_awe
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The biggest challenge for me has been figuring out where to park where they won't bug me. Much of my traveling has been done in a pickup with a campershell. This next excursion I plan to upgrade to an RV. To solve the internet issue I invest in a Verizon JetPack. Only trouble is you have to pay by the data you use. But at least you know you will have reliable service most places you go to, in the USA which is where I am doing my traveling now. Next year I will invest in a Passport.

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