Don't fall for the "dark side" hype

Hey Freaking Nomads,

Have you ever come across those viral articles claiming to expose the so-called "dark side of digital nomadism"? You know, the ones with dramatic headlines like The REALITY of Digital Nomadism: It's Not What You Think! or I Tried Digital Nomadism for One Day and It Was a Disaster!

Look, I get it. While some of the titles may seem ridiculous, I agree that digital nomadism isn't always all sunshine and rainbows. There are challenges, a ton of them. But these articles often feel like sensational clickbait, desperate to discredit our lifestyle and maybe even make folks at home feel a little better about themself by putting us down.

Take this piece in The Guardian that recently resurfaced. It starts with the author "being inspired [to become a digital nomad] by influencers who were running businesses from beaches in Bali." Now, while there's nothing wrong with being inspired, wasn't there a deeper motivation to become a digital nomad rather than an Instagram aesthetic?

Many people mistake traveling while working remotely for a vacation or, worse, a social media fantasy. These articles talk about disorientation, language barriers, and missing creature comforts. But thatโ€™s just the reality of digital nomads who step outside of their comfort zone every day because that's what traveling (and not vacationing) is truly about.

The truth is: digital nomadism isn't for everyone. But it absolutely can be for anyone who's open to the experience and comes prepared with the right reasons and expectations. And while these articles try to paint it as a fake Instagram trend, just remember that there are over 35 million of us who have been living this life, some for decades!

So, if you're thinking about taking the plunge or sometimes question if you're on the right path, don't let the haters scare you off. Do your research, set realistic expectations, and enjoy this incredible adventure! The world is your oyster, fellow Nomads, and it's brimming with possibilities.

See you on the other side ๐ŸŒ”

Irene Lidia

P.S. I know this is a controversial topic, but hey, we are Freaking Nomads after all! We'd love to hear your thoughts on the "dark side" of digital nomadismโ€”both the good and the bad. Share your opinion by replying to this email ๐Ÿ“ฅ

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@martinalusini: "Well, I fell in love with Bali. It was not love at first sight, but with time I started understanding it and loving it. Howโ€™s working from there? Itโ€™s probably the first thing it comes into your mind when you think about working remotely: amazing weather, relaxed vibes, beautiful beaches, surfing spots, lots of co-working and cute cafes to work from. The hardest part for me? To find accommodation with a good Wi-Fi ๐Ÿฅฒ๐Ÿ˜…"

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