Traveling the world is an incredible experience and part of what makes it incredible is the risk, which is why we bring you these safety tips for life on the road.
Travel itself doesn’t always have to be dangerous but if you’re properly on the road for a while and experiencing the countries authentically, then you’ll likely be visiting some of the rougher parts of town, staying in cheaper accommodation and climbing mountains.
Generally, you’ll be taking some chances.
While this is part of the experience, it’s very important to mitigate that risk however you can.
Here are some tips that will help you do just that…
Do Your Research
Before you visit a place, make sure to do your research and learn what the areas to avoid are.
This way, you can make sure that you don’t wander into the more dangerous areas without at least recognizing that that’s what you’re doing!
Don’t Flash Your Cash
Or any other valuables for that matter.
Digital nomad will need expensive computers and phones but it’s always a good idea to make sure you keep them hidden away whenever you can do.
Certainly don’t get them out in the street.
Stick to Well Lit Areas
Head for the well-lit roads if you have a choice and move toward crowds!
Staying at a hostel becomes a lot safer when you have made friends with the other travellers there.
It also makes the travel more fun – so it’s very much worth doing.
Have Backup Cash
Keep a backup stash of cash slipped into a boot, or perhaps in a safety deposit box. While you’re at it, you should also make some other backups too: a back up of your passport for example and even a back-up phone that you can use to call for help.
Always Let People Know Where You Are
Keep in touch with at least one person back home and make sure they know where you’re heading at any given time.
This way, if you don’t get in touch for a while, they can send or at least look into whatever might be going one!
Have a Fake Wallet
Here’s an idea: carry a fake wallet that is stuffed with a tiny bit of cash and some old, defunct cards.
This way, if anyone ever tells you to hand over your wallet, you can do.
If you’re going to be hiking up a mountain, don’t make the mistake my friend and I made and go in trainers and a t-shirt!
Start Your Own Business and Work From Anywhere
Starting a business is always going to be somewhat challenging and it’s not something that will always go precisely to plan! We all know the statistics about how many businesses fail in their first year…
But if your objective is to start a business that you can run entirely online and then maintain while you travel, then you’re adding on an additional layer of challenge.
How can you make this a success?
Here are some tips and ideas to help…
Start Slow and Transition
The first tip, is to start slow and transition to working online.
A lot of people make the mistake assumption that becoming a digital nomad means quitting their job and going ‘all in’ on a new business idea.
It doesn’t have to though!
Instead, why not start your business in your evenings? You can work a few hours after work or even at the weekends.
Then you can see if you’re able to generate enough income from your idea and you can tweak and hone that business model to get it just right.
Only once you’re making enough money, should you then consider quitting your job and seeing if you can go it alone.
Take the Path of Least Resistance
Too often, we will be overly ambitious when it comes to starting a business.
I have spoken to countless people who tell me they’re working on an app that’s going to make them rich and normally it involves setting up some kind of online community and working with multiple service providers.
And these guys don’t even know how to program yet!
Look, it’s great to have vision but if you want to make money in a way that is reliable enough to earn while you travel – and in a way that is ‘hands-off’ enough to give you the time to do so – then you need to be a little more realistic and straightforward.
You know what? Running a boring business is more effective than running an exciting one! Sell socks through a wholesaler, be a copywriter, do data entry! Just don’t get too elaborate and adventurous or you’ll spend countless hours only to find that you never actually breakeven…
A good tip is to ask someone you know who is already proving successful and to see how they work.
In all likelehood, their business model will be very simple! How about checking an online community like #Nomads in order to find more ideas and tips for working online?
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