Have you ever dreamed of taking your family on a long trip to a special destination? Has your dream expanded into hoping that you could STAY at that destination and not have to return home right away? It does not have to live in dreamland, you can make it happen like our family of 6 has. Read on to learn more about becoming a Digital Nomad Family.
A digital nomad is a person who works remotely online, therefore, has the flexibility to live anywhere in the world. As a digital nomad you can be location independent, which is often one of the goals of wannabe digital nomad.
The key to being a successful digital nomad is to have a way to earn income online and being comfortable not having a ‘set’ address. Many individual travelers call themselves digital nomads. They travel when they want, where they want.
I currently work as a digital nomad teaching English as a second language to children online in China for a company called VIPKID. Read more about how you can earn money teaching English online here.
A digital nomad family needs to account for more than one person traveling and finding accommodation. For example, it is a very different experience finding 6 plane tickets last minute to travel to Southeast Asia, than only one ticket for yourself.
As a single digital nomad, you would have that freedom!
The term ‘digital nomad family’ represents any combination of one or two parents and their children. They usually travel full time and find places to stay for longer periods of time.
For example, when we took a vacation to Orange Beach, Alabama a few years ago we could only stay for 7 days before returning home. At that time, we were not digital nomads. My husband only had a small amount of time off so we needed to cut our vacation to one week.
Living now as a digital nomad family, we often stay for 1-3 weeks in new destinations. This allows us time to see the things we really want, make more memories, and experience many more new adventures!
My husband no longer needs to take paid time off, he just works wherever we are! It’s great!
Spending more time together away from the distractions allows for some fantastic memories. You can grow closer as a family just by living and working in such a close proximity to each other. We no longer have to send Daddy off to work every morning, he works nearby while we play and cook lunch to eat together every day.
Maybe your dream is to lay on a beach for an entire afternoon watching your kids build sand castles. You’ll have a glass of wine (or drink of your choice) in hand while you look over at your partner and realize that life is good…..great….amazing. Oh wait, that’s my dream!
Living a life as a digital nomad family may not bring you to 'dream land' every day, but you will have a better chance of achieving your dream if take the steps to becoming location independent.
Do you ever get frustrated with the long cold winters, or humid hot summers? Maybe you love autumn in your area but could do without the snow in the winter. A benefit of being a digital nomad family allows you to travel to the nice weather areas when it’s the right season.
Have you ever taken a vacation and came home being hard on yourself because you spent way over on your budget? Or, have you spent a week camping with your kids and wished you would have saved enough to rent a boat to take the kids waterskiing?
Living as a digital nomad allows you to spend less on ‘home’ expenses so you have the extra money to use to live the life you want. To take the kids to Legoland Florida because you happen to be in the area for a week.
Experiential learning is some of the best type of learning that there is! I do not remember learning how dolphins often hunt together while I was in school growing up. However, when we were in Avila Beach we witnessed first hand a group of dolphins surrounding a school of fish and working together to catch their prey.
Traveling full time as a family often involves having to seek out community. Meaning, as a digital nomad family you will want to make connections online with other families so you can try to meet up.
Staying connected to like-minded people is a huge benefit to most families. It allows you to feel supported and understood. You learn tips about places that expats are welcome in a particular city or country, classes or schools available for your children, if there is good internet connection where you are headed, or if there is a Rally or some meet up of fulltime families.
Attending summits, meet-ups, rallies and conferences for full time traveling families is also another great resource. If you are interested in meeting families that travel internationally then I suggest following the Project Worldschool Family Summit that congregated in Guanajuato, Mexico, February 2018. Family Adventure Summit is another great opportunity for you to meet in October 2018 in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico for their annual summit.
Those that travel in an RV around the United States with their family may want to make it to a Fulltime Families Rally. They are often held in many different locations throughout the year. We found ourselves at our first Fulltime Families Rally in early 2018.
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