The definition of digital nomads consists of two essential characteristics. First, a digital nomad is someone who travels constantly. There are no limits to this, the only important thing is to travel without having to overthink when and where. Also, a digital nomad is a person who works using technology to perform his or her functions.
One of the myths most associated with the term is to treat digital nomads as tourists. We can constantly see advertisements of people on a beach working with their computers, but that is often not true. In daily life, the beach is not always the best place to perform work tasks. What is true is that this type of advertising exemplifies the freedom that a digital nomad can have.
If you're still reading this article it's because you're interested in being a digital nomad. Don't worry, below we summarize some of the benefits, challenges, and tips for you to finish deciding if being a digital nomad is really what you are looking for.
At Imagine Apps we are committed to the remote work modality for the development of our activities. Adding the flexibility of schedules that we offer to our collaborators makes us one of the most attractive companies for people to start in the world of digital nomadism.
We also provide our staff with the necessary tools so they can develop their work in a 100% virtual way, so we are proud to say that we have workers from different parts of the Latin American region such as Colombia, Peru, and Mexico.
Natalia Castro and Miguel García, COO and Project manager at Imagine Apps, shared their impressions about being a digital nomad and their experiences traveling and working at the same time:
Natalia: Life is very short, work should not impede doing what you love the most. I am motivated to be a digital nomad by the fact that I can organize my work and be flexible with the times as long as I can deliver.
Miguel: I like to get to know new places all the time. I enjoy learning about the culture, language, and customs of each place I visit.
Natalia: I have had several. One that I remember; for example, in Nuquí Chocó there is only a signal for Movistar, a telecommunications company, and I am Claro, so it was extremely difficult to accommodate me well. I had to ask for data from people who live there and I had to enter meetings by cell phone because there was no wifi. It is also difficult because if it rains then the signal drops and it rained there every night. However, this was not an impediment and I was able to accomplish everything.
Miguel: It is a challenging experience and requires planning, adaptation to constant change, and focus. The most common anecdotes that arise are related to the problems associated with the unstable connection of some places, additionally, it is important to take into account if the change of schedule affects your itinerary.
Natalia: The internet, the limited time to get to know a new place and share with the local people, many meetings.
Miguel: Time difference and schedule crossings.
Natalia: Clearing your mind, living happier and calmer, visiting communities, sharing with new people, working with renewed energy, gaining experiences, and making contacts, forces you to organize yourself very well.
Miguel: You can transform your life during the process, as you work in parallel to grow personally and professionally.
Natalia: The same, it would only be affected if something extraordinary happens, but within the normal, the point is to adapt to work according to what you have to do.
Miguel: It is important to take into account the objectives you have, so you should make a good planning and be aware that you will not be able to travel at an accelerated pace since you will be working remotely and you will have to dedicate the same amount of time to your work activities and make the most of your free time.
Natalia: I would tell them to learn to manage their time very well because it depends more on that. How organized you are to meet your goals and at the same time enjoy a trip.
Miguel: We must put aside the limitations and fears that society imposes. If you have a dream you must work to materialize it. It is not easy, but seeing them materialized will be worth it.