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Sooner or later your presence will definitely be noticed in the local community where you work, either through your appearance or by the way and the manner in which you speak. Your presence might not be really noticed if you are working remotely from a big city unlike when you are working remotely from a small town. The sooner you realize that you can’t completely hide your identity the quicker it is for you to blend in with the locals. Below are few tips that might help you in blending in easily with your local community while working remotely.

Cloth

The smart thing to do as a digital nomad is to research the dress code of the locals. In some part of the world, it might be termed offensive walking around with a bikini or short dresses that expose some part of your body. The colour of your cloth too is of great significance depending on the culture of the guys in your local community. Putting on black cloth might be seen as a sign of mourning the dead. Embrace the culture and dress code of the people in your local community, in no time you will be seen as one of theirs.

Learn the language

This is very vital if you work in a country that speaks in languages quite different from that of your home country. Therefore it is imperative you learn the language of your host community. You might find it very difficult making a purchase at the local store without the knowledge of your host community language .Master the short phrases in their language, at least the greetings.

Eye Contact and Body Language

This factor is often not considered important in blending with your host community, but it plays a vital role in getting you settled down. In some parts of Europe, it may be considered rude and supercilious staring at someone longer than five or six second, most especially when this act is not accompanied with a smile or greeting. While in some other parts of the world, maintenance of eye contact during at interaction is considered as a sign of honesty and respect. However, doing this in some Asian and Africa countries might also be considered rude and disrespectful. Eye contact is also acceptable in some Arabic countries but it not acceptable during a conversation with the opposite sex.

Personal space

Another factor that plays a pivotal role but often neglected is the distance of interaction with the locals. You should observe the way and manner in which the local greet one another, taking note of the gesture and facial expression accompanied with the greeting. Observe whether they kiss each other or shake hands while greeting. The mode of greeting may also vary with age and gender.

Volume of your voice

It is advised you keep your voice down until you have figured out the way and manner in the locals use their voice during a conversation. The locals might get so irritated with a loud voice, you may be considered as being arrogant for raising your voice. Above all try not to make any personal statement while in the midst of the locals it may be interpreted to something else.

Blending in with your local community is not all about completely losing your identity, it’s more of you being aware of your new environment which makes it easier for you to get accepted by the people. Take your time to study the culture and adapt to it. I guarantee you will enjoy working as a digital nomad from that country.

Being a digital nomad could be one of our life most accomplishing endeavor. why? It’s what we really love doing. However, our job comes with a lot of sacrifices, such has been on the road most of the time, no time for the family, no time to play with friends. We miss out on all these important stuff just because of the nature of your job, we do not need to feel bad about this. Why? Retirement can make up for them all. Yes, retirement, we are likely to spend three to four decades of our life on retirement, every of the decisions we make after retirement is very vital and key towards the kind of fulfillment we’ve always dreamed of in life. Therefore the need for proper planning. Below are some of the very important things you need to do before you retire as a digital nomad from India.

Prepare a balanced budget

You are most likely going to have a reduction in income due to retirement. The need for you to prepare a quarterly or yearly close balanced budget. Your financial independence is very vital your sustenance and upkeep after retirement.

Ensure Your Debts And Mortgages Are Fully Settled

Ensure all your debts and mortgages are fully settled, if you want to buy a car or a house, buy them now and pay in full before you retire. It could be very ugly settling debts and mortgages with your life savings after retirement.

Find New Hobbies

You might think you have solid plans for retirement. But how sure are you they will all pan out as planned? You need to develop new hobbies now, find new things you love doing aside from being a digital nomad. This will foster your reintegration into a new life, retirement could mean the new life.

Focus on your Health

You might not get the best out of your retirement if you do not take care of yourself now. Go for regular medical check-ups, eat good foods and be mindful of the things you eat. Most importantly, watch for your sugar level, diabetics, hypertension and terminal diseases which might develop now and begin to show symptoms later in life. This ailments are common among retirees.

Consider life insurance

Payment of insurance might be too expensive for you to afford after retirement. If you can’t afford it now, save for it and pay before retirement.

Project on how much your savings will worth on retirement

This is very pivotal to the planning of your monthly or quarterly retirement budget.

Consider Long-term health insurance

We never can tell, anybody can develop any sort of ailment at any time, we do not have control over that. But, we have control on how to mitigate them peradventure they occur, your health care insurance is the gateway to a better health now and also in the future.

Set up emergency fund

You never can tell what life will throw at you after you retire from the digital life. Set it up now while you can so that you won’t be forced from spending from your savings account which might derail you from your retirement goals.

Valid Investment portfolio

You might need to invest in properties, real estate or stocks now. When you retire that might be your only source of steady and stable monthly income aside your savings.

Create more time for family and friends

Yes, you are always on the move, but then create time for your family and friends. By the time you retire, they might all be too busy with life and you might become so lonely and bored.

Consider house planning

The cost of maintaining a bigger apartment while you and your wife or husband will be the only once around might be on the high side. Consider relocating to a smaller apartment to save cost after retirement.

Consider cutting cost to save more

What is the need for the vehicle parked in your garage in India while away in the US for work? .Since you are always on the move, dispose it and channel the fund to your savings or invest with it.

Marriage

Owing to the nature of your job as a digital nomad, getting a life partner while you are always on the move might be very difficult. Marriage can be very expensive as well, marry now and save yourself the stress and cost of marriage at retirement.

Do a Trial run

Take three or four months break from work. Model your life into that of a retiree, this will give you an idea about what your retirement life will look like

Lower your risk taking  capacity

Taking unnecessary risks might have a significant impact on your retirement. Reduce your risk taking capabilities in all your endeavour before retirement. Do not go on mountaineering without a guide, you might suffer a fracture, which might to using a wheelchair at a later age.

Set your retirement goals

Life begins after retirement, you need to set your retirement goals and adjectives now.

Decide where to live when you retire

For a digital nomad, nobody travel like we do. Having visited a lot of countries and places, you need to decide and make inquiries about a place you will love to live when you retire.

Boost your cash reserve

Save more and spend less. Save for your retirement days.

Set up college/trust fund for your children

Yes, this is really very vital for digital nomads that have children who will most likely be in college at the retirement age.

Reconsider your retirement date

If you are not so happy about your set retirement date, you may need to reconsider a new date. This is the beauty of your job as a digital nomad. You quit when you want to, there is no retirement age.

Above all, as digital nomads, we decide whether to retire or not. We just have to continue doing that thing that gives us a sense of accomplishment and fulfilment in life.

They say that a simple real story can inspire many others. So here we are, at Digital Nomads India, presenting yet another inspirational and interesting story of Jeremy Noronha.

Lets begin,

Here is Jeremy giving us a deep dive in his life –
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As a little kid, I used to hear stories and read articles of people who traveled the world for a living and I was always starstruck! That entire idea felt so distant being born into a middle class Indian family. I remember that I once wished and dreamed I could become a popstar and travel the world but on retrospect I was more in love with the freedom to travel the world, than actually being a popstar or the fame that came with being a popstar.

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Growing up in a family of academia with an uncle with a PHDs and having a principal for a mom in Goa, India, I had only 2 choices growing up, either I would grow up to either be an Engineer or a Doctor. Even being an accountant would make me a black sheep and an outcast of the family. The path of most of my life until recently wasn’t really under my control.

An average day during high school consisted of attending classes learning unpractical stuff I’ll never use in the real world from 8am to 3pm and then attending additional coaching classes until 8pm to get into universities that were pumping out millions of engineers, where most of them never wanted to down that path. Engineers that would be better off with a paintbrush or a guitar.

As February 2016 came to an end, I sat in class to answer my internal tests for the second semester of engineering. Midway into the exam, I looked around the class, looked at the piece of paper in front of me and it finally dawned on me that nothing that I was learning would actually help me in the real world, that I was wasting my time and this degree would never help me achieve what I wanted out of life. So I finally took the leap, walking out of the exam hall never to enter a class again.

After dropping out of college I studied used the free resources available on the internet. From auditing courses on Edx.org for the knowledge to Googling, “How do I ____?” with the goal I want to achieve in the blank. Reading, learning and then executing.

In March 2016 I started a travel blog at Think Travel Lift Grow, I was so bad at tech that it took me nearly a week using Youtube and Google to have the blog up, a process that can be done in 20 mins using a guide I wrote on my site. In the process however, I learnt how to build basic websites.

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At the end of April 2016, I finally left Goa with everything I owned in a single 50 Litre backpack and 200$ I had after saving Christmas and birthday gifts. I set off to Nepal.

Once in Nepal, I started building websites to make ends meets, I didn’t have a portfolio other that my basic blog so it would be tough to get clients online, also the competition was fierce.

I got my first clients not thanks to some “secret” or a “hack” but actual hard work. I typed cafe *city name* into Google and made a list of all the cafes, then filtered down to the ones which were active on social media eg Facebook. Checked off the ones that had a website and finally I was left with a list of cafes that understood the benefits of marketing on the internet and would benefit from a website.

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Now that I had a list, I then went cafe to cafe and tried to convey about how having a website would benefit them. At the end of the day, I had a client. At the same time, my friends and fans of my blog who now contact me everyday who have 10X-100X the level of skill I did are complaining about not being able to get clients.

It’s about doing the things most people aren’t willing to do, to live a life most people won’t ever get to live. I don’t believe there is a  “secret” to success it’s smart then hard work eg, instead of going to every cafe, I narrowed my list down to the cafes that understand the benefits of online marketing but didn’t have a website yet!

I did that for 6 months as I traveled, Nepal, Bhutan and Northern India. In the background I put a lot of work in my travel blog, I wrote a lot of helpful articles that would bring a lot of value to people! Learnt all the necessary skills in the industry to make it successful, eventually the hard work started to pay off as the blog started making enough to cover my expenses.

During the same time, I’m sure my counterparts would complain about their circumstance or about how they can’t get clients. Guess what? If you want something bad enough you will find a way. You have two options with everything in life, find a way or an excuse.

Currently I also work as a SEO consultant for businesses. Instead of entering this industry with fake promises, I kept my head down, was silent for over a year, learnt everything, put the work into my own blog and got my 13 month old blog on the first page of google for many queries and on the second page for competitive ones like “make money traveling” and then talked about SEO. We live in a time when everyone is fronting themselves without having actual results to back themselves.

It wasn’t all sunshine, rainbows and unicorns though, during the times I was building websites for cafes there was once a time when I was completely broke, my bank account was negative and all I had was a jar of peanut butter for my meals for 3 days. I could’ve given up and gone back to the shelter and umbrella of my parents but  I knew I would have to put in the work if I wanted to make my dreams a reality.

I stopped building websites around September by which time I had left India and made my way to Sri Lanka where I spent a month learning to surf. After that I made my way to Vietnam where I fell in love at first sight.

Fast forward to now, May 2017, since October 2016, I have spent 5 months in Vietnam, lived in different places, traveled the whole length of the country. Also visited Cambodia for a month and celebrated Christmas and the New year’s there! I’m in Laos as I type this and I am going to go back to Vietnam at the start of May and spend some more time in Vietnam as I loved it soo much.

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My thesis isn’t that everyone should “quit their job and travel the world” or that just leave everything and travel. My thesis and what I preach is to do what you love. Currently I love travel which is why I’m going to travel full time and live in different parts of the world over the years and maybe decades. If tomorrow I feel like I don’t really like to travel, I would just stop.

I started a coffee vlog on Youtube where over the next couple of years I’m going to go around the world drinking different types of coffee, from the best cafes and farms around the world and review them!

The internet has created more opportunities than most of us can even contemplate. I’m not lucky! I hate when people call me that, everyone reading this has the same resources I did when I started. You have the internet *the information highway* at your fingertips!

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I believe that life is the greatest adventure you will ever will have and it should be lead as such. So whether it’s asking that cute girl/guy in the cafe out on a date, climbing a mountain or traveling the world, you just got to try, push yourself out of your comfort zone and embrace the unknown.

— If the above story seems inspiring, do share with others. Happy Traveling. 🙂

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