The Nomadic Designer

The Nomadic Designer: Tips And Tricks To Work On The Road

Javier Cuello a UX designer shares some insights from his four years of travel and work that will be useful for anyone willing to try a nomadic lifestyle, too.

Whatever People Think It Is, It Is Not That

People get the wrong idea about “working and traveling.” Perhaps, some of them imagine plenty of beaches and a lot of comfort and freedom. But the part about having a lot of freedom is true. The perks of such a lifestyle outweigh the difficulties, but at the same time, not everyone would be willing to handle it.

In case you are considering trying something similar, it might help to be aware of some personal characteristics that would be helpful to have.

  • COMFORT WITH BEING ALONE
  • BEING ABLE TO ADAPT TO NEW CONTEXTS EASILY
  • FLEXIBLE BUT ORGANIZED

Before Packing: Find A Remote-Friendly Job

If you’ve decided to give it a try, then, as a minimum, plan your start, and don’t leave home without at least one or two months of contracted work. This will keep you busy for the first part of your trip, so you’ll only have to worry about settling in a new place.

Choosing Your Next Destination

  • RELIABLE ACCESS TO INTERNET
  • TIME ZONES
  • WORK FACILITIES
  • DESIGN ECOSYSTEM

Packing And Gear

If you already have a job and know where you are heading to, then you are ready to pack! Someone once said that before starting a trip, you should take half the things you plan to carry and double the money you have budgeted. While the last thing is not always an option, packing light is doable!

Where To Work

Javier Cuello says “ I have worked in all kinds of places: buses, trains, coffee shops, airport lounges, libraries, shared rooms in hostels, private rooms in hotels – sometimes anywhere I can set my laptop horizontally.”

A couple of websites could be useful when you’re looking for a place to work — namely, Workfrom and Places to Work.

Things To Keep In Mind When Living On The Road

  • TAXES
  • MANAGING YOUR FINANCES
  • VISAS
  • HEALTH AND INSURANCE
  • GETTING CONNECTED
  • PREPARING TO BE OFFLINE

Final Thoughts

Becoming a nomadic freelance designer have the flexibility that any freelancer has. And also you get to meet new people and see new places all the time. And it’s not as expensive as you might think. If you control your budget, traveling could be cheaper than living in a big city.

The nomadic lifestyle is not right for everyone, but the only way to know for sure is to try. Neale Donald Walsch once said that life starts where your comfort zone ends. If you can afford to take the risk, go for it and enjoy a part of life that might not last long but will give you a life-changing experience, teach you new things and change the way you see the world forever.

Via: smashingmagazine


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