Having the freedom that comes with going location independent can also come with a whole load of struggles. It’s nice to talk about all the working from a laptop on a tropical beach but let me share with you today seven ways you can make your digital nomad lifestyle alot harder for yourself.
Sliced by stuffing my motor bike into a barbed wire fence only the other day. OUCH !
Talking from very recent reminder of this one, see photo. Playing with motorbikes, especially in countries where they are famous for their crazy roads and high accident rates. I personally try my best to stick by my motto of, “If you stay off the motorbikes then you lower your chance of having an accident”.
Over my years I’ve smashed up a few bikes in different countries around the world and it can be an expensive habit if rental bikes and can sting or be painful or alot worse. Ending up in a hospital is also not the way you want to go. I’ve been lucky and although I have had probably close to 10 motorbike accidents over 8 years, mostly Thailand, I am luckey and have only ever had bumps and scratches. Just be careful is what I’m saying !
Quick Tip: If you do ever smash up a rented motorbike (let’s hope you never do). Get a quote from local repair shop on much to fix the scratches or totally twisted bike (if you have destroyed it you’ll most probably have to buy a new one). Then before having any work carried out, go and visit the place you rented the bike from, try and speak to the owner and be honest and tell them you’ve smashed up the bike and your gonna sort it out. Most of the motorbike rental places in south east Asia make more money than they do from renting the bike by charging extortionate prices if you even scratch their motorbike.
We all like a drink, but be careful. Booze is dirt cheap in SE Asia, the partying is top notch guaranteed and you will always have great times meeting some awesome people.
But it’s far to easy to get carried away.
If you’re just on a short vacation for a couple of weeks in Thailand, cool, party to your hearts content. But if you have the dream of travelling long-term you have to develop a certain discipline with alcohol because it’s extremely easy to drink too much too often in these tropical locations. When I look back at my first time travelling a one year round the world trip I am not proud to say that I spent over half of my years budget on alcohol.
Alcohol can massively chomp into your funds as well as potentially getting you into mischief.
Quick Tip: When my when my drinking became boarding on alcoholism I tackled it by using a combination of tricks. One was by saying to myself that when I went out drinking I had to drink 2 or 3 soda waters first before I hit the beer. This would bloat me a little and at least slow down or lower my drinking. I later started replacing beer with coca-cola, and slowly got back down to drinking alcohol occasionally. Then the coca cola got out of hand, but that’s another story.
Spending wisely, saving, budgeting, Blah blah. Being good with money is a good skill to develop for the long-term nomad, personally this is one of my weaknesses, I hate dealing with money but suprisingly, it is quite an essential part of long term travel. Most modern nomads are either working remotely or building there own online businesses and the entrepreneurial nomad must also take care about budgeting their business activities as well.
It is also easy to make investments in your business development that sometimes don’t work out as planned. Talking from experience, I know because I have got things wrong before and really messed up my finances which causes huge problems and can really jeopardize the whole lifestyle. Although I think that this part is directly related to the entrepreneur lifestyle, easy to make money on demand and just as easy to lose money on ideas that fail. The learning curve of an independent mobile entrepreneur is a whole other thing.
Quick Tip: Move away from renting guest house rooms and instead rent a house or an apartment, catch is you have to usually pay at least 3 months upfront. It’s works out a heck of alot cheaper in the long run and you get to properly experience the local culture.
If your nomading with your loved one, there can be challenges. I’ve seen married couple break up whilst travelling (not fun to be around) and I have also seen people meet the loves of thier lives and live happily ever after. I’m lucky to be in a happy long term relationship, but today is for the the single nomad men.
It’s so easy to slip into playboy mode whilst travelling, either with other forign travelers or locals. Too many times I have seen single wannabe nomad guys come out to South East Asia and get into some crazy situations with local ladies. Often it starts out playing around in the bars and then leads to some crazy places that you would not believe. Some of the guys I have seen them been slowly rinsed of all there dough and have to return home broke. Let’s call them ‘entrepreneurial ladies’, they have fine tuned there art of squeezing cash from passing foreigners and it is amazing how the most smart streetwise fellas can get squeezed of all there money by some of these devious little ladies.
Quick Tip: If you are single and looking for a bit of local lovin in South East Asia, stay away from the girly bars! Instead, check out the talent in the local libraries, supermarkets, off the beaten tourist track, anywhere but the bars. Simply put, the classy ladies don’t hang out at prostitute bars. “Oh, but she’s not on the game, she just works there as the cashier.” Come on lads, just keep your witts about you.
I must sound like a real party pooper saying, stay of the motorbikes, drink responsibly, spend your money wisely and be careful of the sexy ladies. Hey, I’m all about having fun and I dig a good party, but too much fun can totally jeopardize your location independent dreams. There is just so many fun things to do and experience form scuba diving to climbing, meeting great people and sharing stories. All of this fun, like with anything must be done in moderation if you want your freedom to last.
Quick tip : Just think work before play. If you have deadlines to meet or projects that you are developing, be strict with your self and don’t let the having too much fun spoil your location independent set up.
6. Being an Ass
Behave yourself. Just remember you are a guest in the country you are visiting. Respect the locals, the culture and generally just be a good person and try your best to avoid trouble.
Be an ass and if the locals don’t get you then fellow travelling foreigners will get you. An extreme example of this that comes to my mind, is about 5 years ago I was staying on the beautiful Kao Tho island and met loads of cool people. I was partying with this group of 15 people who were all lone travellers who had come together over a week. We had all became really good friends then one night, we were all walking along the beach and we saw a group of puppies. These cute little baby dogs were really fun to watch playing on the beach. Then out of nowhere this one guy (European) shouted watch this, and ran towards the dogs and kicked one of these little guys like it was a football. I just heard the yelp and saw the puppy go flying through the air.
Now I’m a big dog lover, and whether you like dogs or not, this is totally wrong and not cool in so many ways. When it happened my jaw dropped and before I had time to get my head around what had just happened, some other unimpressed people in our group had punched this guy knocking him to the ground where some of the girls in the group ran in and kicked the guy whilst he was on the ground.
Simple put nomading is not for ass-holes.
Quick Tip: It is probably safer to be an ass-hole in your home country and you are more likely to get away with it . So if you are the type of ass that thinks kicking random baby dogs is funny don’t bother chasing the nomad dream as you won’t last long.
All you travellers and nomads who are out there rocking the location independence your way, what is a seventh point you could add here. Alot of it is simple common sense. I’m leaving this one open to suggestions.
What do ya think ?
Comments below yo !