This episode is with Kristin Wilson on the topic of why some digital nomads are coping better during this quarantine than many people.
We discuss the following topics:
- Daily life hasn’t changed much for us in many ways.
- Familiar with uncertainty and discomfort. (also just not having access to certain things)
- Minimalist lifestyle and low cost-of-living
- Multiple revenue streams
- Personal identity not tied to a job or company
- Comfortable using remote collaboration tools
- Pre-existing focus on mindset and mental health
- Less familial pressures at home
- Part of a global community
- Reality Check for many so called digital nomads.
We talk about why many digital nomads (not all, but many) are doing well and coping under quarantine better than the average person who came from a normal life and a 9-5 job. We also talk about how we can help those who aren't coping well or are having distress during this time.
Listen to episode 246 on iTunes, or your favorite podcast app on your phone.
Guest: Kristin Wilson
Her Course: https://digitalnomadbootcamp.podia.com/make-money-mentorship/ahqto
Previous Episode: TLAB 198 http://www.travellikeabosspodcast.com/episodes/ep-198-traveling-with-kristin-costa-rica-greece-college-and-creating-your-job
Discussion Article: https://medium.com/swlh/why-digital-nomads-are-coping-better-with-the-quarantine-96816511554d
What is a Digital Nomad: https://www.johnnyfd.com/2018/06/what-is-digital-nomad-how-to-become-one.html
Steve: Love this article! So many of my non-digital nomad friends are really struggling stress-wise and I couldn’t pinpoint why I’m dealing well with this insanity. And I’ve been feeling guilty that I’m handling it well. Kristin’s well-thought out article perfectly explained the “why”. Thanks!
Cory: Great article. Spot on with what was going on in my mind, almost to the point of feeling a bit selfish that I'm not really feeling much difference at all.
Kevin: Yep I agree too, we have a 6 and 4 year old and are in Tulum now after escaping the lockdown in San Diego. Its a shame that we can’t go to a restaurant or visit the gym or park but our life other than these services are the same. We still homeschool on the road as normal and work as normal.
Maya: Most of the nomads I know work in 3-4 locations a day... the coworking space for a couple of hours, work in your lunch spot, then a friend's house... Spreading work as they live their day, I was like that too before this whole thing started...
It also depends where you are during these times..
In some countries people can still take a stroll on the beach, in others- you can't leave the house unless it's for getting groceries.
Also a lot of my friends, who were used to nomading in hostels, had to spend 2-3 times more money on flats, as hostels shut down in many countries, so from a spending amount + being around people 24/7, they are now spending more money and alone 24/7.
I am happy for your fellow nomads for surviving this period better than mine LOL
Camille: This is why I also brought up the financial side of it. If you have to go back to your very expensive "home country" but it's not your home anymore and you don't have a place to live there, you're in bad shape.
Nathan: Mental health. Partial or total loss of income. Being in the risk group for COVID. Insurance companies withdrawing covid coverage. Worry that if they do go to the hospital, some countries may prioritize nationals over foreigners. Nomads getting kicked out of Airbnbs but also unable to legally move to another apartment because of quarantine. Concerns about family back home. Loneliness. Anxiety. Depression. Again, all kinds of mental health issues.
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