It’s no secret that working from home has an endless list of benefits. For busy moms and dads, working from home might mean getting to spend precious quality time with kids during the day. For multi-taskers, perhaps the flexibility of a remote position allows for the juggling of a second job or other responsibilities. For me? The best part about working from home is that “home” can be anywhere I want it to be. Enter: the age of the digital nomad.
People try to put us down / Just because we get around / I’m not trying to cause a big sensation / I’m just talkin’ ’bout my generation / Talkin’ ’bout my generation
If you’re on the internet, you’re probably no stranger to the fact that millennials have been getting a lot of shit lately. Apparently, while we’ve been brunching on avocado toast, we’ve also managed to ruin the diamond industry, the real estate industry, cruises, paper napkins, wine corks, and golf in its entirety, to name a few. Now, I surely can’t speak for an entire generation; maybe some of us do have our priorities mixed up. But when I look around at the accomplishments of my fellow #millennials, I don’t see laziness or entitlement. On the contrary, I see a generation of hard-working, goal-oriented innovators who are exasperated with the 9-5 routine and won’t settle for less than the life they envision. As a result, we’ve become the physical embodiment of the age-old adage, “work smarter, not harder.” We’ve used the technology of our time to our advantage, pioneering a new(ish) way of life.
While the concept of nomadic life is definitely anything but new, more recent advancements in technology have allowed us to pursue these lives of travel *AND* be contributing members of society. That’s right – you can have your cake and eat it, too. For example, as I type this, I’m rolling down Highway 285 somewhere along the border of Texas and New Mexico in a bus with eleven other folks from all corners of the globe. In the last two months, I’ve crossed the country three times, living out of my backpack (okay, two backpacks) and sleeping under the stars. And I’ve been getting paid to do it! I know, it’s hard to believe. But if you’re skeptical, why don’t you just step into my office?
Or my other office?
Or my other other office?
See, behind the screen, I’m a bus-drivin’, mountain-climbin’, cross-country tour guide on the perpetual Great American Road Trip. When the opportunity came along for me to pick up this seasonal gig leading groups of travelers through both cities and national parks across North America, working remotely provided both the flexibility and the financial support I needed to make that dream a reality. Tour guiding might be my dream job, but it’s not always the dream salary for a girl who’s got school loans to pay off! While this lifestyle surely isn’t for everyone, it is one that more and more people are pursuing every day. So I guess what I’m trying to say is if you’re sick of staring at cubicles and you’re whimsically convinced that there’s more to life than the same old day-in/day-out, I have one piece of advice for you:
Get a job, hippie! …A remote job. 😉