A modern-day nomad is an individual who travels and works remotely a least 6 months per year. Digital nomads are location-independent entrepreneurs or remote employees who usually have a job or company that implies online work. It cannot be understated that digital nomads are growing in large numbers. In addition, the lifestyle of a digital nomad is a huge motivator for those who want a fresh new start. Ninety-two percent of people who opt for this style of living are happier. It is estimated that by 2035, there will be 1 billion digital nomads, per Fleeting Life. Also, digital nomads are not lonely travelers. In fact, exactly 50 percent of them travel with family.
Given all this, what makes a digital nomad tick? What sort of traits do they possess? For starters the following infographic will explain their character traits:
You’ll often find them open-minded, travel-addicts, independent, embracing change, etc. If one of these traits describes you, then you are probably itching for your next great adventure.
In the next sections, we will discuss how to travel light, what are the ideal family-oriented destinations, and the keys to a successful digital nomadic family life.
The Pillars of Having Harmony as a Digital Nomad Family
A digital nomad family has to have an omen or a set of keys for a successful family life. They can be narrowed down to these:
- Quality time
Everything that happens within a group of family members starts with good communication. About not keeping secrets, and learning to be sincere and ethical human beings at all times. It is paramount to create a family environment that allows for everyone to express themselves.
Spending time together should not be about staying at a fancy hotel, and paying for expensive tours. It should be about the sum of the experiences spent together rather than a sum of the things you did. It is about making those moments special.
Respect and honesty go together. Parents must model positive behaviors and learn to exhibit resolve in the face of adversity. When this model of behavior is done right things go much more smoothly in this digital life of a nomad.
Taking the Necessary Provisions and Setting Money Aside
Embarking on a brand-new journey with your family requires patience. Depending on your housing situation, you must be financially solvent to adapt comfortably in the new host country.
Nevertheless, you may want to consider leaving behind a lot of goods. Whether it is furniture, clothes, vehicles, or a property – and anything that doesn’t fit in maximum 2 suitcases. The rest goes to charity, garage sales, or friends and family.
You do not want to burden your trip with too many suitcases. Pack some bags with a few sets of clothes and a few pairs of shoes. You can always buy more if you need. At the end of the day, you will probably end up saving more money when you buy different wardrobe in the host country.
Finally, calculate approximately how much the cost of living is in the new location, and allocate enough money to last you at least six months. Dealing with local immigration authorities will be a vastly different experience than what you are used to.
New Caledonia – An Ideal Destination for “Digital Nomad Fams”
You will find on the web tons of sites and reviews of places to visit or live in. What most of these top destinations have in common is great weather, food, environment, and lots of family-friendly opportunities. This is the criteria that digital nomad families want for themselves and their loved ones.
One exotic location that is a hidden treasure in the Pacific is New Caledonia. This blog post by New Caledonia Travel emphasizes the numerous benefits of the French territory. Advantages:
- Kid-friendly attractions
- Sandy beaches and lagoons
- Culture and language
- Community values & international schooling
When you are traveling with children or teenagers you want the new location to have activities, and different options that are tailored to their interest. Though, visiting New Caledonia requires knowing some degree of French. Then again, children acquire language rapidly, and having them exposed to something different will certainly enrich their experiences.
You have probably heard of great beaches, and color-filled lagoons in the Caribbean. And yes, there is plenty of culture, great food and music. New Caledonia is like visiting France for the first time, and experiencing all the wonders of the country. Except this is a tropical paradise.
Other Digital Nomad Cities
New Caledonia is just the tip of the iceberg. As it turns out, there are other cities across the globe that peek the interests of digital nomads. The site Packsmith showcases these popular cities for the digital nomad lifestyle:
- Chiang Mai, Thailand
- Quito, Ecuador
- Valencia, Spain
- Lisbon Portugal
- Porto, Portugal
The post corroborates that Chiang Mai is a top destination for digital nomads time and time again. Great eating places, affordable short-term rentals and affordable cost of living. Overall, the city of Quito is budget-friendly and has the U.S currency.
When you travel to the old continent, Valencia is the place to be: an old 15th century port town. Access to WIFI is everywhere, great cuisine (paella), and extraordinary ocean views from the heart of the city. Rent is higher than other places, but still worth living the experience.
Lisbon offers a balanced work and life for newcomers. Second, Porto has unique hiking trails in the mountains, public food markets and is close to the Spanish border. Eating out is half of the cost in this Portuguese city compared to the rest of Europe.
With all these options in mind, where will your next adventure be? Would you be willing to throw away the comfort zone and become a digital nomad family?