With an overflowing amount of wanderlust in your heart, you may have considered the digital nomad life a time or two. Especially if your full-time job already aligns with the travel lifestyle such as a freelancer, social media expert, or blogger.
Yet, committing to full-time travel takes more than a solid Skype line, steady wifi, or knowing how to make money on the go. Here are a few telltale signs that you’re ready to hit the road or take to the skies full-time.
1. You Dig Minimalism
Unsurprisingly, it’s rare that a full-time traveler is anything but minimalistic. After all, it gets old lugging around mounds (and pounds) of personal items. In fact, one of the most common travel tips is simply to learn to live with less—in other words, pack light!
It’s amazing how much you can do without, really. According to a popular travel blogger, Nomadic Matt, it should be your goal to take as little as possible. His strategy is to write down a to-pack list, and then cut it in half.
If you already practice minimalism or subscribe to this way of thinking, you’re well on your way to crushing the travel lifestyle.
2. Your Routine Is Mobile
Ask anyone experienced with long-term travel and they’ll tell you that traveling isn’t always glorious. You’re not constantly on a majestic mountain top or immersed in a quaint seaside town festival.
Sometimes, you don’t get to shower or eat when you want. And this goes for both hardcore road trippers and those who take to the sky.
So, take an honest look at your personal self-care routine. Do you require loads of time, electricity, or water to get ready each day? Are you revving up your treasured espresso machine each morning or will any cup of joe do you?
If your routine is fairly simple and flexible enough to take on-the-road, you might be ready to travel full-time.
3. You Can Take Your Job on the Road
As mentioned, knowing how to travel full-time means knowing how to make enough money to support a peppy on-the-go lifestyle. Naturally, this has something to do with the fact that traveling costs money.
The big question is whether or not you can take your job on the road. Now more than ever, a wave of first-time entrepreneurs are hitting the road in pursuit of a location independent career. And many are incredibly successful!
4. You Know How to Stick to a Budget
Along with opting for remote work, it’s important to be a top-notch budgeter when you want to travel full-time. Plenty of travelers have ended up in bad shape because they failed to stick to their budget. And ending up “in bad shape” is literally on no one’s to-do list.
Maintaining any kind of lifestyle means that you have to be mindful of your expenses and your income. Budgeting can help you to be accountable to your checkbook, knowing exactly what you can spend and what you need to make.
No matter if you opt to use cash or a credit card, the most important thing is that you are in control of your finances. If you’re an expert at sticking to your budget, you’re already a step ahead of most Americans—and, ready for full-time travel.
5. You’re a Social Butterfly
Building positive connections play a large role in your remote career and travel success. Undoubtedly, networking is a large part of this. Yet, the term “networking” often has a selfish what’s-in-it-for-me connotation.
When it comes to living the traveler’s life, however, perhaps a better way to approach this is to build your community or your tribe. Remember that although traveling can be a solo endeavor, it’s never a solo experience.
6. You Can Learn from Others
As with most things in life, traveling takes practice. Sure, anyone can step onto a train, plane, or bus and make their way cross-country. But to do it under budget, in comfort, and filled with epic experiences requires some know-how.
Which, is why possessing the ability to learn from others is such a vital skill. Some people don’t thrive in an environment of constructive criticism. Others devour personal feedback.
If you’re the type of person who loves discovery and adventure, traveling could be for you.
7. You WANT a House on-the-go
Rather than looking into getting renters or homeowners insurance, would you rather opt for travel insurance? Or even better, insurance for your RV? Of course, insurance is not exactly the sexiest part of traveling, but it’s the best way to safeguard your financial future—and your house on-the-go.
If you’ve ever dreamt of owning your own RV or houseboat, you’re probably a traveler at heart. Furthermore, if you’re ready to actually take the leap—having weighed your pros and cons—you’re undoubtedly ready for full-time travel. Some people even sell their house and car, committing fully to the house on-the-go lifestyle.
8. You Love Adventure
Plenty of people assume that being an American also means being adventure-loving. And that may very well be a part of “the dream.” To be a full-time traveler, though, loving adventure is an absolute must—no matter where you’re from.
Keep in mind that traveling full-time doesn’t always have to mean scaling the side of a mountain or wrestling alligators for fun. It can also mean slow travel or leisurely travel where you engulf yourself in a particular culture for a certain amount of time.
Adventure can come in different forms and in various doses. If you are wild about all aspects of adventure, being a full-time traveler may be in your stars.
9. You Devour Travel Info
Maybe you’ve been researching the best travel podcasts. Or, perhaps you were trying to find the newest post about the top Airbnb deals from your favorite travel blogger. It could be, of course, that you’ve simply been looking up anything even remotely travel-related.
If this sounds like you, then you’re on the path to being a traveler full-time. When you devour travel information, it’s a pretty strong sign that the road, skies, or seas are calling to you.