If you can work anywhere, then why are you still here?

“You can work anywhere you have Internet, right? So, why are you still here?”

This was the question that hit Pieter Levels on the head and changed his life. In the following 12 months he launched 12 startups including the now-famous NomadList.

As some of you might know, hearing Pieter‘s story was the inspiration for me to go on my own digital nomad journey. Unlike many location independent professionals, I decided on the lifestyle first and then worked backwards to achieving it. The experience so far has been amazing and I want to inspire others to do the same.

I know, you probably have some excuses about why you can not or do not want to travel but I’m here to show you that there’s a good reason for all of us to travel. Let’s get into a few of them now.

#1. Live like a King and Still Save Money

You probably already know that there are certain locations where the cost of living is much lower but don’t be fooled! You don’t have to live like a poorpa to enjoy a lower cost of living. Hell! If you couldn’t care less about about saving money, you can always spend the same amount as you would back home but instead of living conservatively, you can elevate your standard of living to crazy new heights and basically live like a king.

Let’s take Bali for example. I’ve met a variety of successful expats who brought their whole family over to live on the island. Don’t get it wrong, these families aren’t eating cheap Nasi Lemak off the streets of Ubud or living in bamboo shacks. Many of these families send their kids to Green School, an amazing eco global school, work out of coworking spaces with fast Wi-Fi like Hubud and eat a variety of food in classy restaurants around the island.

That being said, if you are on the most conservative style, your dollar (euro, pound, etc) will still go quite far. I can guarantee that if you take a western salary to somewhere like Chiang Mai or Bali you can still enjoy the same lifestyle as back home but you’ll be able to save money at the same time. You won’t have to commit to a rental lease or buy any furniture either. You can still enjoy your usual standard with as little as a one month commitment on a fully furnished apartment.

#2. Connect and Grow your Network

Too many people still believe that the location independent movement is dominated by folks taking an extended holiday with their laptops. From our experience, this is simply not the case. In the short time we’ve been away from home (about 4 months as I write this), we’ve met an amazing amount of location independent professionals and business people, the likes of which it would often be impossible to meet back home.

The global community of digital nomads is growing and each year, new initiatives appear that help to connect them. Especially if you choose to work in the cities, you will find many serious-minded business people to connect with.

For some, travel is an escape but for the majority of us, we’re just being sensible. It’s a no-brainer really. If you’re serious about your business, why wouldn’t you want to lower your expenses?

I must admit, I chose to do this predominantly for the lifestyle but given the amount of connections I’ve made, I would recommend to anyone working in digital or seeking to build an online business to come and at least meet a few people and see what it’s all about. You never know who you’re gonna meet.

#3. Go Outside your Comfort Zone

Fear is good. Like self-doubt, fear is an indicator. Fear tells us what we have to do. – Steven Pressfield, The War of Art

If you’re too scared to travel then you should definitely do it! If you’re scared of something, it’s a clear indicator that taking action will result in personal growth. You never know what might happen when you spend time in each location but that’s the beauty of it.

I always say, if you have the opportunity to travel then go do it! The great thing about living and working remotely is there’s no commitment. If you hate it after one week, you can always go home – just don’t plan too far in advance. The worst that can happen is that had a new experience and that’s it. In reality however, you will likely get more out of it.

So what do you say? Will you come travelling with us?

The global community of nomads is waiting to have you to join us. Trust me when I say there is something in this movement for almost everyone.

All you need to do is ask yourself the question at the top of this article, “If you can work anywhere, they why are you still here?“. Listen to your answers. What’s holding you back? Are they simply excuses? Are you afraid? Whatever it is, make sure you question your assumptions and don’t let fear hold you back.

A grand adventure is waiting for you. Will you come join us?

Until next time,

Christopher Dodd