Pros and cons of embracing digital nomadism for Singaporeans
Traveling full-time, not being tied to any particular place or schedule, working when you feel like it – digital nomadism sounds like a dream. But the reality of adopting this sort of lifestyle is that it comes with its own set of stresses, many of which may not be readily apparent at first. That said, there are some very compelling reasons to become a digital nomad, if you’re in the position to work remotely and love to travel. Check out the pros and cons you should be aware before booking your one-way ticket.
- Travel opportunities
The ability to travel whenever and wherever you want is the biggest perk to this lifestyle. The stress of managing your personal leave days and crossing your fingers for approval is non-existent, so you’re able to just pack up and go to a destination that’s calling your name – stay for as long as you’re able. A very attractive premise, to be sure.
- Freedom to work from wherever you choose
Becoming a digital nomad doesn’t mean a permanent state of vacation, though. You do still have to work for your income – just not in a traditional office. Whether you prefer working from bed, from a coffee shop, or from a co-working space, being a digital nomad means working from whatever environment is most comfortable for you.
- Financial freedom
To become a digital nomad usually means that you have sold assets like a house or apartment, a car, and other big-ticket items, or that you no longer have to worry about long-term leases and the bills that come with them. You’re able to use that income and apply it wherever you see fit.
Travelling full-time means that you’ll often be collecting new experiences and learning about new cultures – a sure way to feel inspired anew often. Even if this type of inspiration doesn’t directly affect the work you do, it will keep you feeling fresh, invigorated and ready to tackle your to-do list.
- Career Stagnation
Depending on your professional situation, it may be that you find it difficult to be promoted or given new responsibilities if you’re working remotely full-time. Make sure that you’re still visible to your company – schedule regular video chats with your superiors, be extremely communicative via email, and do your best to remain indispensable.
Once you’ve packed up and headed out on the road, you’ll quickly realise that answering certain questions – especially when crossing borders – may become difficult to answer. Where do you reside? Do you need a work visa? Do your best to be prepared for these types of questions – as a Singaporean passport holder, you are able to travel to many countries without a visa, but be sure to know what the length of time you can stay without a work visa, and do your best to plan your travels as far in advance as you can so that you don’t find yourself unable to answer if people question you about your residence.
- Finding Good Workplaces
For most of us, an Internet connection is crucial to do our jobs. Though WiFi can usually be found in most parts of the world these days, sometimes the connection is bad, frustratingly slow or goes down unexpectedly, with no quick fix in sight. If this occurs where you are, it may mean that you’re unable to work for hours – or even days – on end.
- Finding Balance
Constantly travelling to new destinations means that you’ll want to go see, do and eat – not work. But work is something that you’ll have to make time for as a digital nomad, otherwise the lifestyle won’t be sustainable. Becoming an excellent time manager who is able to stick to a schedule will be crucial to success.
Though the lifestyle sounds glamorous, it definitely has its pitfalls – but if you’re up for the challenge and excited about the prospect, then by all means, book that ticket.