Many digital nomads live abroad for their remote work, but when Cody Slingerland approached us with his comprehensive guide about how he lived as a digital nomad while still living in the USA, we were intrigued. Most people work remotely from Southeast Asia or Mexico, but you don’t need to leave the country to enjoy the digital nomad lifestyle. All you need is a reliable internet connection to be able to work from anywhere.
I Spent The Past Two Years Living As A Digital Nomad — Here’s How I Did It
In 2022, I decided to move out of my place, sell as much as possible, and travel around the U.S. to become a digital nomad — all without a converted cargo van or RV (like many travelers do). I wasn’t sure how it would work — or if I’d even like it. Two years later, I can confidently say that I’m happy with my decision. I’m not locked into a 30-year mortgage or tied down to a long-term rental agreement. I can go anywhere I want, when I want, and that is an incredibly freeing feeling.
How to Become a Digital Nomad
After living in North Carolina for over five years, I hit a breaking point. Travel was something I always wanted to do, but I always seemed to put it off. So, I decided to make a change and go without a permanent home. I decided to become a digital nomad.
Yet, as amazing as the past two years have been, they haven’t been without their challenges and drawbacks. That said, I wrote this blog post to summarize my journey — and to work as a guide for anyone wondering how to live the digital nomad lifestyle.
I am going to share, how I made the switch, how I got rid of all my stuff, where I stayed, how I got around, and everything else that makes up the past two years of my life spent living in a constant state of motion.
Why Did I Decide To Live A Traveling Lifestyle?
For years, I fantasized about traveling around the country and living a nomadic lifestyle. I considered buying a teardrop trailer and living in it for extended periods. I considered buying a pickup truck and a travel trailer and driving around the country. I even considered building a tiny home on wheels and using that as my location-independent home.
But these were all daydreams. Part of me wanted to wait until I met someone to travel with — and to experience this lifestyle together (which has yet to happen, #datingfail). Part of me was concerned about the cost, and how I would pay for travel, where I’d stay, and so on. And part of me was, I think, just…