Tips for Transitioning to a Life of Regular Travel
12 Jan 2022
About 93 million people around the globe travel full-time. If you’re thinking of becoming one of them, you’re not alone. The COVID-19 pandemic has introduced a remote lifestyle to more people than ever. As a result, some individuals who have lived a mostly stationary life up until this point have decided to be more nomadic.
Whether you want to travel the world, drive across the country, or live in an RV and go wherever the road takes you, there are plenty of perks to a life of regular travel.
But, some important tips will make the experience easier and more enjoyable. Whether you’ve already packed your bags or you’re still thinking about it, let’s cover some of those helpful tips.
Establish Travel Skills
Certain things will take some time to get used to when you’re travelling. You’ll eventually develop certain routines and rituals, but when you’re first starting out, feeling out of your element can cause extra stress.
So, make a point to learn those skills early on. Some of the most important “survival skills” for the frequent traveller include:
• A willingness to talk to strangers
• Reading a map or knowing how to follow directions
• Sticking to schedules (especially when flying)
Even things like learning how to pack a suitcase properly can make a big difference in your efficiency. You’ll have a more enjoyable time packing if you invest in the right suitcase for your needs, create a packing list, and pack strategically. Over time, you’ll learn little tips and tricks about how to make the most of your suitcase space. Until then, it’s something you should keep practicing so you’re not stressed about packing 30 minutes before you’re scheduled to go somewhere.
Speaking of stress, being able to manage it on the road is another thing you’ll have to learn quickly. There are times when things will seem uncertain, or you might get off schedule. If you’re driving a car or RV, you might have to deal with the occasional maintenance problem. If you fly a lot, you’ll have to handle delays and people from all walks of life.
Stress-reduction techniques like mindfulness, meditation, and even journaling can all help you to stay relaxed. Plus, they can be done from almost anywhere. Find what works best for you and you’ll be able to make the most of every experience.
Strike a Healthy Work-Life Balance
Because more people are working remotely, the term “work-life balance” has become more popular and important than ever. Striking a healthy work-life balance is crucial for your mental well-being. Unfortunately, when you’re working and living in the same place, that isn’t always easy.
If you want to consider yourself a digital nomad, finding ways to successfully live and work on the road should be your top priority. First, make sure you’re always set up with a productive work environment. It should include:
• Reliable Wi-Fi
• Reliable power source
• The right equipment
• Cloud-based storage
You can also strike a healthy balance by separating your work life and personal life as much as possible. Try to set aside certain hours of the day solely for work, and don’t let them overlap into your personal life. Additionally, try not to work in areas meant for other things. For example, it might be tempting to work from your bed, but you’re probably not going to be as productive. If you travel with friends or family members, try to avoid common areas like an RV kitchen or “living room” where there are too many distractions.
A digital nomad needs to have excellent organizational and planning skills. You can’t work on a day-to-day schedule and still have a healthy work-life balance (and steady income). Make sure you’re able to plan ahead and know exactly how you’re going to succeed with a career on the road before taking that leap.
Enjoy the Benefits
One of the biggest tips to keep in mind is to enjoy this unique experience. A life of regular travel isn’t for everyone. But, if you’ve made that decision, soak up the benefits. Will there be times of stress and uncertainty? Yes. But, the benefits of being more “nomadic” often far outweigh the risks.
You’ll live a more minimalistic, clutter-free life. You’ll be closer to your family if you’re travelling with them. Most importantly, you’ll see and experience things that not many others do. Plus, it’s a cheaper way to live with no mortgage or lease agreement to have to worry about.
Most importantly, a life of regular travel allows you to live or visit almost anywhere. That can help you to feel inspired and motivated. It can boost your confidence, allow you to see the beauty in everyday life, and even improve your mental and physical well-being.
Is that suitcase packed yet? Keep these tips handy as you hit the road, and enjoy everything a travel lifestyle has to offer.