10 Mistakes To Avoid When ‘Digital Nomading’

I’ve made nearly all of these, so you don’t have to

Kerry Needs


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1. Booking too short a stay

If you are either running a business, or working for someone else, I’ve found that it is much better to stay in one accommodation for a month or more. One of the most disruptive things you can do as a remote worker, is constantly move from week to week.

I once went to Las Palmas, and thought I would find somewhere easily, but I didn’t know that Carnaval was coming up — and a lot of places were booked out by locals. If I wanted an affordable stay, I had to move from week to week, which was pretty disruptive.

2. Staying somewhere too isolated

You’ve found the perfect place, but it’s a way out of town. Think about your mode of transportation. Are you miles away from the nearest supermarket? If you aren’t driving, you’re gonna have to lug back big bottles of water and do minimal amounts of shopping (unless you love to get your food delivered).

It’s also important to think about this from a safety aspect. If you’re walking home on your own at night, and it’s a 20 minute walk from your bus stop, you might want to take a quick hop onto Maps and check if your route is well-lit.

3. Ignoring covid

Of course, we all know that covid hasn’t gone away, but it’s important to keep in mind that everyone has different boundaries when it comes to covid rules.

Perhaps you’re moderately cautious, and you’re staying with someone who is very cautious. Perhaps you’re vaxxed, and you stay with someone who is unvaxxed.

Will you be sanitising areas after you use them? Will others? Does their vaccination status matter to you? How close will you be when sharing a room or kitchen?

Consider having a discussion about it before you move into your Airbnb or guest home, because everyone is different and you might be uncomfortable or might make someone else uncomfortable.



Kerry Needs

Freelance Copywriter | Experiments in #lifestyledesign, #productivity and #flow. Occasional #poet. Get in touch: www.kerryneeds.com