Digital Nomadry

I was wondering how many of you consider yourself casual travelers vs. ‘lifestyle’ travelers. Also, are you travelers who travel for work vs. specifically “digital nomads”? Is there a difference? Yes? No? I’d love to hear your opinions.

In my case, I never set out to work nomadically, but I have often had the kinds of jobs where I can move around and still produce the work. Is there much difference between working from home, working from a coffee shop, in public transit, or if we think further…in another environment completely? Another city, another country?

When I went to Japan the second time, I tried to go with a working visa, or any other sponsored and legal means of working while being a tourist. During my first trip, I noticed my favorite hostel was on an ongoing recruitment spree of foreigners (it helps communicating with the travelers coming through from different countries, among other things), so I thought that would be a great solution for me. They offered the opportunity to work very few hours at a very acceptable salary, and encouraged foreign staff to BE a tourist and explore Japan in their many off-hours.

Alas, it didn’t pan out, but with more time to research and plan, it could have. My other ideas for working while traveling also all failed – not because it was impossible, but due to lack of time to thoroughly research, network, etc. However, if at the time, I’d had a freelance job (or jobs), I could have continued to work and travel independently. I indeed invested in a simple tablet that wouldn’t weigh down my luggage so I could continue some of the freelancing I’d been doing in Montreal before leaving the city. I created tie-ins with none other than the Tokyo International Film Festival so that when I’d arrive, things would fall easily into place though I had ZERO contacts in Tokyo.

It was kind of a glamorous-sounding job (I use “job” generously here, as it was not a paid gig, but one with ‘perks’ for doing the required work), but when I was actually IN it, not only did the tablet become near-useless, but I also felt like I didn’t really NEED to be in Japan to accomplish the tasks. It was definitely a telecommute-worthy job. And as proof, in late 2017, I returned to the same job op, and worked entirely from my home office (aka, Montreal). Yes, there were certain limitations, but overall the basic tasks could all be achieved without being onsite in Japan.


{ Okay, okay, you’re probably curious about this so-called glam job that wasn’t very glam. Shameless plug time, please visit where I’m not only a film critic but also now moonlighting as the webmistress. We are slowly expanding to cover a wider variety of cultural events, including music, local events, etc. Who knows, maybe in time, we’ll become an all-around entertainment hub! *plug, plug* *flaunt, flaunt* }


Meanwhile, back to what I was saying…

So if I could do this type of freelancing anywhere in the world, where would I go? Yep, probably straight back to Asia LOL. But if I could get more and more well-paid gigs, I could take a peek at many other locations. Some people have already made this a reality for themselves. If you are one of them, how are you doing it? Do you have one gig or many side hustles? Are you required to do check-ins online (or even in person)? Do you have strict deadlines? And while I’m asking questions, do you have a favorite type of gig? Favorite country/site? Do you consider yourself a traveling nomad or simply someone who is obliged to travel because of your career?

Yes, I ask a lot of questions 😉


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2 thoughts on “Digital Nomadry

  1. I am definitely a travelling nomad, or a gypsy, or someone who is homeless lol take your pick (although it was a decision that was made and not forced). So yes, for the past 13 months I have been travelling around Asia looking for a place to call “home” and settled in Gili Air where I will have been for over a year by the time we leave. I am still finding my feet with freelancing (I’m on Upwork where there is a lot of competition) but I just keep on trying. I do have the safety-net of my husband who is a Scuba Diving Instructor 😀 Wishing you all the luck for you to join me in your quest to be a travelling digital nomad 😀


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