How do Digital Nomads roam the earth and get paid to do so?
An FKD Feature exclusive

Nomadic living in ancient human civilization consisted of moving with the seasons and following animals as they migrated for winter. To these people, it was natural to venture and not have ties to one specific place. Now, people often live in the same town or city, and when we do leave, it’s seen as a bigger, more monumental change. Having ties to a specific place and placing value in an area evolved as human culture developed.

However, nomadic living is coming back, especially with millennials.

How did Digital Nomad become a career?

With social media becoming a normalized part of our lives, millennials have found a way to use social platforms to create profits that they can use to support themselves while traveling full-time. These digital nomads have found that they can support their traveling habits by writing reviews for resorts, engaging in paid event photography, creating personalized small businesses, becoming brand ambassadors and receiving sponsorships from travel companies. Travelers are getting creative and discovering that being paid while traveling full-time is possible.

Let’s meet a Nomad!

Digital Nomad Sarah Gallo from Connecticut started traveling full-time in 2013. On her first trip, Gallo conquered her fear of flying and went to Argentina for her final semester at NYU. Gallo walked out of her last final and never looked back!

Since then, she has set foot on every continent and traveled to 82 countries. Like other digital nomads, Gallo has multiple sources of revenue to support her professional traveling career. On her website, Gallo has links to working with her as a sponsor or brand ambassador. She also mentors new clients through her ebook and the ‘how to’ program for another source of income.

Gallo has worked hard to create an online following, with 37.9K Instagram followers, and an equally impressive Facebook following, she has joined the ranks of some of the most popular nomads. What’s impressive about Gallo is her constant positivity and the encouragement she gives her followers that they, too, can travel the world, making her a true role model for all wanderlust souls.

The ups and downs

A perk to this lifestyle is the constant flexibility. One can work the hours that suit them. It is not a nine-to-five life, and while that fits certain working people, some yearn for the freedom to travel. Gallup’s State of the American Workplace published in February 2017 revealed that more Americans work from home and for longer periods of time. Remote working styles are becoming more mainstream and office life may soon diminish to the point of no longer being a necessity.

There are downsides to being a nomadic traveler. Income can fluctuate dramatically month to month. One month, a digital nomad might have a high profit due to their product sales, but it is never a constant salary. Nomadic life is not easy, and building a web presence takes time and travel can become grueling. The key to this lifestyle is to find a balance between working online and being able to enjoy your ever-changing surroundings.

Take away

Most people dream of leaving office life to travel the world and experience different, vibrant cultures, but the insecurity of leaving stability is what stops us. Nomads are very brave. Travel on its own can be overwhelming. To live a minimalist lifestyle, staying in uncertain lodgings, and having your income change is not easy, but travel is vital to being a human as it advances your outlook on the world. Maybe soon, we will all go back to nomadic and communal living.

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Posted 09.04.2017 - 11:00 am EDT