Ahh, the digital nomad life. It’s one that many dream about but only a few actually pursue; well, at least until recently. Before the pandemic, the only people who really seemed to embrace this way of life were young, single go-getters who wanted to see the world. However, 2020 changed all that. As more people shifted to a work-from-home model, more families also started to see how easy it was to just pack up and go. The thing is, even though things are a lot better overall, many people don’t want to be stuck behind a desk all day, especially now that they know they can have their cake and eat it too. So, if you’ve been toying with the idea of becoming a digital nomad family, you’ve come to the right place. Here are a few things you need to consider.
If your current job is okay with you working from anywhere, then you’re already one step ahead. However, if they only permit you to work in house or from your home without going abroad, you need to find a way to support yourself. You can consider becoming a freelancer and offering your skillset on online platforms, like Upwork, or you can look for a job that allows you to work from anywhere. Some of the most popular remote jobs are teaching, writing and digital marketing.
If you have children, they need to continue their education online. In addition to online schools, you can also create a curriculum that is in line with your state’s requirements. If your children are in high school and want to go to college, they can also attend online while traveling. Most online universities are fine with their students traveling, especially since many of the students are military and stationed overseas. So, once they decide which college they want to attend, you then need to think about tuition. In addition to a college fund, which you may have opened when they were born, they can also consider applying for scholarships. A quick online search will reveal a variety of scholarships your child can apply for, including ones based on financial need and excellent academic achievement.
If you plan on traveling to one location, then finding housing probably won’t be too difficult. You can find a lot of online rentals that allow you to rent long term. For example, look at all of these apartments in Paris, France to choose from.
However, if you’re planning on moving from one location to another, then you need to start planning early. You can work with relocation specialists in each destination, or you can also search online for unconventional travel ideas or short-term rentals. In some international locations, like Portugal or Italy, there are plenty of expat groups you can join and ask about housing.
Passports and Visas
If you plan on going overseas, you will need a valid passport. Make sure it’s valid for at least six months. Depending on where you’re going, you’ll probably need a visa as well. It’s important to note that each country or destination has their own set rules for entry, so you need to double check with each place you want to visit prior to departure.
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