You can’t beat the freedom of having an income you can bring with you as you travel the world on your own terms. Once you have a portable income that can easily sustain your travel lifestyle, you have complete control over your itinerary.
However, there are some things about the digital nomad lifestyle that can catch you off guard. For example, traveling long term as a solo digital nomad takes a lot of research. You want to make sure everything goes off without a hitch when you arrive at your new destination.
Here are some of the pros and cons you can expect to experience while you’re traveling solo as a digital nomad.
What Are the Best Things About Traveling Solo as a Digital Nomad?
Provided that you have a job where surprise projects rarely come up, you can go wherever you want whenever you want. As a solo digital nomad, you can:
- Set your own travel pace.
- Stay wherever you want.
- Enjoy complete privacy.
- Create your own itinerary for work and play.
- Experience where you are as fast or as slowly as your heart desires.
When you travel solo, your time is your own. When you travel with people, you are tied to a shared itinerary that can pull you in multiple directions and add unnecessary stress to your travels. When you go solo, you can take care of whatever work you need to do when you need to take care of it. You can also wind down from your work however you want.
What Can Be the Biggest Downsides of Solo Travel as a Digital Nomad?
Loneliness can be a real challenge as a solo digital nomad. If you have no one to talk to who can relate to what you’re doing, it can eventually suck the life out of your travels. Video calling friends back home can work for a while, but the emotional gap eventually becomes just as wide as the physical distance.
Depending on where you travel, communicating with the locals may prove problematic. Google Translate can help you out when you need to buy something or get help, but building lasting relationships can be almost impossible if you can’t speak each other’s languages.
If you need a group of friends where you’re staying, look online for digital nomad groups in the area to find like-minded people to meet up with during your stay.
Plan Ahead Based on Your Travel Preference.
The only perfect way to travel as a digital nomad is the path that works best for you, your work and your travel goals.
Whether you travel solo or with friends, you will have to deal with less-than-ideal situations. Plan in advance to mitigate the cons as much as possible before starting your journey.
Do you need friends on your travels? Look for people in your area online that will hang out with you and show you around.
Do you need to get away from your travel buddies for a little while? Plan for some solo time and discuss when to meet back up at a later time.
There is no “one size fits all” style to being a digital nomad. Researching online until your eyes glaze over will help take care of the necessities, but it will only get you so far. The only way to know how to live your perfect digital nomad lifestyle is to take the leap and adjust as you go.