Life as a digital nomad

 

The prospect of embarking on the nomadic life can be daunting. The average professional has been conditioned to believe that work should be in a fixed location, and in close proximity. Anything other than this, would be cumbersome.

But this week’s guest on the wisinomad Dialogue podcast series is João Mendes Reis, a Portuguese national, who with his girlfriend has been traveling around the world for the past 8 years. The couple has spent time traversing the globe finding themselves and spending time in different countries all over the world, they believe they have found their calling and have founded No Footprint Nomads, a platform for people who want to travel the world but in a sustainable manner. This is in addition to his other job teaching English online.

 

“He sees planning as an essential skill for all nomads, as each environment provides different challenges, and the duration in each country could further complicate any stay. Further, digital nomads will have to also develop schedules that maximize their productivity, as well as allow interaction with clients or colleagues.”


Although the couple has been living the nomadic life for eight years, their digital nomad journey is only 2 years old. João credits part of the transition to the frustration of securing employment and appropriate paperwork for each country they had moved to; citing an example of spending 9 months to find a job and a subsequent 9 months to get an adequate visa to start working in that job. As such, a digital nomadic life, would remove some of the challenge of working while traversing the globe.

 

The Digital Nomadic Revolution


João also sees a Digital Nomadic Revolution, which he sees as an explosion in the number of people who will work virtually, with some expecting proportions of up to 50%. But in the interim, he attribute his success in being a digital nomad to his doggedness—taking low-paying projects on online platforms such as Upwork—in order to establish a reputation.

Crucially, he sees planning as an essential skill for all nomads, as each environment provides different challenges, and the duration in each country could further complicate any stay. Further, digital nomads will have to also develop schedules that maximize their productivity, as well as allow interaction with clients or colleagues.


João’s interest in Africa comes because of the culture, and the Portuguese connection to the countries like Angola and Mozambique. Also important to him is the chance to contribute to the development of Africa by bringing much needed skills in critical areas. As one of his future nomadic destinations he values a program like wisinomad which strives to make a social impact, and has sustainability goals.

Listen to the third wisinomad podcast to learn more about what excites him about the digital nomadic life, and what factors he considers as he plans to move to his next destination.

To learn more about wisinomad, visit www.wisinomad.com, and send in your application

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