Hacks & Tips

Hmmm, relationships. To be sincere with us all, relationship is more than just what most us of take it to be. While some see it as a journey, others see it as a way to out of loneliness. Irrespective of what our opinions are on relationship. One thing that I know, which is for sure, is that relationship requires, hard work, commitment coupled with a lot of sacrifices.

Relationships can somewhat be quite complicated even for partners who live the conventional kind of lifestyle, not to talk of we Digital Nomads. An average digital nomad will be on the road for at least nothing less than 8 months in a year. This is not to scare us, it’s just a clarion call for us to fasten our belts and look for a way in which we can make our relationship work most especially while we are on the move.

Travelling and moving around from one place to the other with or without our partner has the tendency to make things south. While on the road there it is very possible we lose touch of romance, intimacy and some other fun stuff that come with a happy relationship.

Does this now mean that being a digital nomad, does not really give room for a relationship? NO, with my few years of experience in the industry in an active relationship, I do hope that some of the insights I’ll be sharing with us in this write-up should point our relationships in the right direction. Below are some of the ways in which you can spice up your relationship while on the road.

Be Open and Honest With Our Partner

Being open and honest is one of the key ingredients needed for any successful relationship. When going on a trip to Thailand, we must always let our Thailand be Thailand. We should not be found wanting taking pictures in some caves in Brazil when we ought to be in Thailand. Lies can really pull some bad strings in any relationship such that if care is not taken, such a relationship might crash without notice. When it comes to being open, we must be very open to our partner, because this might be the only way to make our partner see what we really are going through. Our partners should be the first to know when things are not really making sense. He or she must always be aware of our locations at every point in time.

Be Time and Date specific

Most of the time, our partners will definitely miss us (for those of us that who do not travel with our partner), so the need for us to keep with date and time. When we fix 5 pm to do FaceTime with our partner, we shouldn’t for no reason be excused. When we fix a date to return home, we shouldn’t for no reason compromise, even if at all we want to miss out on a date, we should come up with tangible reasons, and we must be sure to notify our partner beforehand.

Always keep him/ her in the loop

Obviously, most of us might live in countries other than that which our partners reside, time zone differences might also have some roles to play here. The need for us to always keep our partner in the loop and fill them in on every single detail when the time permit. Above all, we must be good listeners. Through effective listening, we tend to discover some things about our partner which sometimes might not be communicated directly.

Try doing things together.

This might sound kind of impossible, but it’s however very possible, watching a movie via Netflix at the same time, reading the same book, or playing online games together with your partner if he/ she is type that loves playing games are some of the activities that could foster high level of intimacy between us and our partners.

Learn to express love.

This is one of the most important things we need to continuously do for our partner. With or without distance, we should inculcate the habit of expressing love to our partner. Doing this brings about:

  • Unending Romance and intimacy
  • It keeps the fire burning.

We could express love to our partner’s in a numbers of ways. Some of which includes but are not limited to the following:

  • Sending of postcards
  • We could also arrange for flowers to be delivered at her doorstep
  • While going on a trip, we could leave notes, stating how much we care about our partner in places where he or she could easily stumble on it. Under the pillow may possibly not be a bad idea, under the coffee machine might also be cool. Just be sure to place it in places where it could easily be found by her after your departure.

Rules and boundaries must be clearly stated.

Some folks may not like the idea of their partner’s going to parties, having guest around or going on dates while away. These are some of the things that should be sorted out before setting out on a trip.

Here are some other ways in which we could spice up our relationship, while on the road.

  • Always make her feel important
  • Always keep in touch and be consistent with it.
  • We must always be mindful of the fact that we are not single anymore. We shouldn’t be found doing things singles do, you guys should know what I mean. LOL.
  • We shouldn’t be too distracted with work, there must be hours of the day, dedicated to having fun with our partner.
  • We must learn to keep to our words. we must try as much as possible to let our NO be NO
  • Finally the most important. There should be an agreement when it comes to spending. Spending out of budget could really upsetting at times. Anytime we decide to spend out of the budget, let’s be sure to fill our partners in before doing such.

There are no singles ways to make a relationship work, what works for me, might not apply to your relationship. But, I strongly believe that some of the points raised in this write up should help spice up our relationship and make it more fun.

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 remote photographer, you need not be near the camera in order to take the perfect picture. The camera can be digitally or remote controlled or can even be designed with a sensory system. This means that a picture will be automatically taken when the sensor picks up any type of movement in front of the camera. Now, with the introduction out of the way, we can move on to more important things such as how do remote photographers actually get clients?

Pictures are always worth a thousand words

If you’re looking for serious clients that will stay loyal to you no matter what the picture crisis is, you need to pull up your socks and stop looking your photos as a job. You need to look at them as if they’re telling your story – your photography story.

Marketing 101 – Do your own thing

If you’re not getting as many clients as you initially thought, don’t opt for the copycat photographer image. Many photographers copycat their competitor’s marketing strategy. After all, if it works for them, why won’t it work for me? Because your competitors are marketing their own photography story. It’s as simple as that. And the pictures you take will say the rest.

It’s not just pictures – it’s a captured moment in time

Ever thought you can capture time in a bottle and treasure it forever? If you’re a photographer, you can with the simple click of a camera button. The image you captured there is a moment in time and can be held onto forever. It’s just like a split second in time of a memory in the making. That’s what you do – you create a way to capture time that can be treasured forever. It may make you feel like a pioneer, but if the pictures don’t tell a story, you give that time captured a way to escape…

Don’t conform to “it must be like this” or “look like that”

The main reason clients would want to make use of your photographing services is the fact that they also have a say in the way their pictures look. They need to know they’ll be in for an original experience every time. If you take photographs of families, keep the “could you stand up straight” or “make that smile a little bigger” to a minimum. The ones in the photo need to feel comfortable and natural. As much as it may be about the picture, it is about the memory that picture creates. And you are in control of that memory so give them a great one to remember!

If someone wants a photo taken, whether in action or not, they want it to stand out from the rest. That’s why you need to make your photos stand out – the best way of getting clients.

As digital nomading becomes more of a popular and lucrative career choice among youngsters in their 20s, it has also started turning heads among the older generation. More and more professionals who work office jobs are beginning to understand that they too can become digital nomads. Their kids are on their way to becoming independent, they have bought that house they always wanted and they have climbed the professional ladder to a high position in their company.

So what could be stopping them from beginning their life as a digital nomad?

Digital nomads at 40 vs Digital nomads at 20: While many youngsters and millennials take their time figuring out what profession they want while being digital nomads, people over 40 have the advantage of a practiced skill set and years of experience to offer. They are more likely to get freelance work and know what their work is worth.

How to pick a career: Many digital nomads work in the fields of writing, photography, social media management, digital marketing, web design, graphic design and IT. It is fairly simple to find freelance work in these areas as they are constantly in demand. However, there is an online market for nearly anything these days and once you find your niche, the work will begin to flow.

Money: For a nomad, experiences are far more important than material things. If you are willing to spend your savings on travelling, you definitely have the right idea about digital nomading. Your savings will also be a buffer till you begin earning a steady income from freelancing.

Motivation: Do smoothing you’re passionate about. It seems cliched but the only way you will be a successful digital nomad is by doing what you love. Being your own boss is a matter of discipline and self-control and your source of motivation is solely your work. So make sure you are completely invested in what you choose to make a living out of.

Planning: Your planning begins long before you actually begin working as a digital nomad. Extensive research is required in all spheres of you future life: your destination, the market you will cater to, your reach online, your major competitors. It is wise to begin planning as early as a year before you set out being a digital nomad.

Networking: Other digital nomads can be a great resource for information and tips. There is a major network of digital nomads online and they are always willing to help each other out. Talking to others who made a decision to become digital nomads will give you answers to many questions you might have before starting out.

Being a digital nomad at 40 is hardly any different than being one at 20. In fact, you have time and experience on your side. If fear is the only thing holding you back, it is something you need to approach practically. The foremost thing to remember is that it is not impossible. If you find that the lifestyle does not suit you, you can always come back to the old life. But if you do take the leap, it will only give you rewards, even if after a while.

While many people quake at the idea, travelling with toddlers can be an adventure in itself. If you’re a digital nomad (or nomads, if you’re a couple travelling with toddlers), your schedule is going to be a constant juggling of work and your child’s schedule. But it doesn’t need to be as daunting as it sounds. With a little preparation, you can make sure your child enjoys travelling as much as you do.

Flights
Control your child’s food intake before flying: Sure, your kid needs snacks and feeding them small amounts can seem like an easy fix to keep them occupied but the last thing you need is for our child to want to go to the bathroom just as your flight is taking off. Also, control how much sugar they consume before flying. A hyper child is going to be everyone’s problem.

Add plenty of games to your phone or tablet:
Sometimes screen time can be necessary for you child. A long flight demands plenty of distractions and your child can only watch so many movies. Keep games and picture books handy on your tablet or phone so they do not get bored.

Travel by night: Picking overnight flights will save you a lot of trouble — your child will sleep, you can sleep peacefully too, and your fellow passengers won’t have a thing to complain about. Also, your child’s sleeping patterns won’t be disturbed, and he’ll be well rested for when you reach your destination.

Pick the aisle seat: The window seat may keep your toddler entertained but it won’t work for long stretches. Instead, pick the aisle seat for easy access to the bathroom, which is a far more important requisite on long flights.

Working

Scheduling around your child:
Your toddler is always going to be your first priority on the road. However, it is not impossible to work while travelling with your child. Nap time will always give you a stretch of uninterrupted time to work. Early bedtime for children means you can squeeze in an hour or two of work before you head to sleep yourself.

Making use of small pockets of time: A lot of time during the day goes in supervising your toddler. Early mornings before your child wakes up or long meal times when your toddler is taking his or her time to finish eating can be useful hours that you can get work done in.

Kids clubs or babysitters: Many places offer kids’ clubs, where your toddler can make new friends while you work and supervise at the same time. If you are living at a homestay, you can ask your host to babysit for a couple of hours or ask if anyone will be willing to do so and that you can pay them for their services, while you catch up with your work.

Living

Book ahead:
Planning ahead and booking hotels will make life easier for you and your child. After a long flight, you will mostly need to avail some services as soon as possible and booking a place to stay will save you valuable time that you will otherwise waste while looking for a place to stay.

Family deals: Many hotels have family deals as well, so always look for those while booking a place to stay. Similarly, look for hotels, restaurants, and local attractions that are child-friendly, as these come with services like kids clubs or babysitters.

Living in homes instead of hotels:
Luxury isn’t always a good thing while travelling with your toddler. You may not be able to take them to fancy restaurants or to the bar if you want a drink. An alternative to hotels are homestays, bed and breakfasts, or house swaps. They are in a position to personalise your stay for you and if they have small children as well, your child will have company while you work.

Spending Time

Travel slow: Travelling slow becomes a necessity when travelling with children. A couple of days will be spent in getting your child adjusted to the destination, and balancing your work with exploring a place will take several more. You can take your time to thoroughly go around though, and long stays at any place can get you higher discounts at hotels.

Short outings: Find local attractions that do not require you to spend the whole day out. It may get too taxing for your toddler and will require you to carry too many supplies “just in case”. Instead, schedule short outings so you can still make it back for important breaks like nap time. You can always revisit their favourite spots again in the duration of your stay.

Take turns with your partner: If you’re travelling as a family, things just become easier. You can take turns with your partner working and taking the children out, and head out together on some days. Your child stays occupied and you can get more work done as well.

Check the menus: Your toddler is not going to take to local food at once so always check restaurant menus for your standard fast food options. Sometimes a plate of french fries is the only thing that will keep them happy.

Emergencies

Hygiene: In small places, hand sanitisers can be your best friend. If you can’t find a place to wash your hands or if water cuts are a problem at your destination, wet wipes and hand sanitisers can go a long way to protecting your child’s health.

Vaccinations: Children are very susceptible to infections and illnesses while travelling. Always check with your doctor before taking any trip with your children. Make sure all their vaccinations are up to date and if you’re travelling internationally, get the medical equivalents of emergency medicines in your destination country.

Hope those tips will make it easier for you. Happy Traveling 🙂

Demonetisation has made travellers all over the world really think about how to spend money sensibly while on the road. Whether you are backpacking in a relatively small town or staying at a swanky hotel in a big city, you can always find a way to make sure you have a way to pay. Here are a few tips on how to make sure you spend money optimally.

Multiple modes of payment: Always keep your payment options open. Along with local cash, make sure you have a working debit or credit card, and travellers’ checks are always a safe way to pay. Cash is no doubt the best and cheapest way to pay anywhere but you obviously cannot carry a large amount of it with you throughout your trip. If you are carrying cash though, always use a money belt.

Debit cards: Using cards for transactions has its own pros and cons. Debit cards are convenient, however, the fee for every transaction can be quite high. Your bank will charge you for every ATM transaction and the bank you withdraw from will charge you a fee as well. You can ask the bank for a breakdown of international transactions before you travel so it shows up in your next statement or simply ask them for more information regarding such transactions.

Credit cards: Spending with a credit card can be a little risky. There is always a chance of it getting stolen, and if you like shopping it could be your undoing in terms of spending. But credit card companies too can charge you quite a bit for international transactions, so they should only be used during emergencies.

Wiring money: While it is a more complicated process, wiring money is another way you can get money sent to you while you’re travelling. You will need someone from home to send you some money so let your family or a friend into the loop. You can choose which bank account to send the money to or collect it in cash from there.

Befriend a local: Always have a local contact in your destination country. They can give you tips about how to spend money wisely, get good deals and in extreme cases, lend you some local money.

Currency Exchange: Find currency exchanges that are not located at the airport, as their exchange rates are higher. Instead find one in the local town or go to a local bank. The best thing to do is to exchange them at your home country before you leave.

Use common currency: US dollar, Pounds Sterling and Euro are the most popular currencies to exchange and it is always a good idea to keep some of them on you regardless of where you travel or what your country’s currency is.

If there’s one thing demonetisation has taught us, it is that financial emergencies can hit anytime. You can have tonnes of money and still be stranded and helpless just because someplace doesn’t accept a certain method of payment. It is always better to be prepared, than find yourself in a bind.

Demonetisation has hit travellers quite hard. Many of them who were on the road when demonetisation came into effect faced a lot of trouble. It has definitely made travel a bit more difficult but that doesn’t mean you cannot travel at all. Here are a few ways in which you can reduce your dependency on cash while travelling:

International Debit Cards: Make sure your debit card can cover international transactions and use it whenever possible. Even though you will be charged a fee for transactions abroad, it will reduce your dependency on cash and make transactions easier. While travelling with cash or credit cards can be risky, your debit card can take care of transactions while you’re on the road.

Book Services Online: Try to book services like accommodation and tickets online as far as possible. Net banking is another effective cashless way to conduct transactions. Just make sure you are doing net banking transactions over a secure connection and not on a public computer.

Cashless Apps: Demonetisation has made many cash-based businesses turn to cashless methods of payment. Taxi services, rental places and small shops have turned to apps that deal with cashless transactions. Download a couple of these on your smartphones so you can reduce your cash spending.

Withdraw Small Amounts: Despite how hassle-free travel can be without cash, services like local transport will always be cash based. Its always a good idea to keep cash on you for emergency purposes. If you have no cash, withdraw small amounts at any ATMs you cross. Withdrawing a little more than necessary will keep you covered for emergencies as well.

Dealing With Emergencies: Even if demonetisation was not taking place, certain emergencies faced by digital nomads that need cash can be avoided altogether with a little preparation. For example, make sure to buy travel insurance and medical insurance. Situations like lost luggage are all too common with airlines and medical cover is essential for travellers. Insurance makes sure you don’t have to spend extra during tricky situations.

Pack Necessities: Avoid spending money on unnecessary or frivolous expenses while travelling. For instance, even small expenses like toiletries and snacks will be difficult at a time like this. Make sure you pack these essentials on your trips.

Make Full Use Of Free Offers: While most restaurants accept cards, you can reduce on your spending altogether by availing of offers or using coupons. Many restaurants have offers like birthday discounts that can be availed of, or you could check to see if the local club has a ladies’ night offer running.

Travel in the time of demonetisation does not have to be a pain if you know how to manage without cash. A slump in the travel industry means more opportunities for digital nomads, so you can have your pick of destinations. Places that would normally be swamped during holiday season will be relatively less crowded given the current situation, so it might actually be a good time to travel. With a bit of thought and sensible spending, you can keep travelling like always even in these financially uncertain times.

Happy Travel 🙂

Investments begin quite early in life, and for good reason. Everyone could use some money, or some form of it to lean back on. Whether it be financial security or a roof over your head, investment caters to a number of needs. As a nomad, our investments may be different but they are still needed. Here are a few ways to invest money:

Private Provident Fund: A PPF could be incredibly useful in terms of long term investments. Ferreting away a little amount of money every month will give you a reasonable chunk at the end of 15 years. You could reinvest this money if you like, or perhaps spend it on that trip that you’ve always wanted to take.

Insurance: Travel insurance is a no-brainer while travelling. Losing your luggage is a very real possibility while travelling and while airlines might try to help you recover your luggage, there are many cases of travellers having to let go of any hope that it might be found.

Mediclaim: Medical insurance is extremely important for travellers. With medical expenses hitting the roof these days, one should take extra care while travelling. A good mediclaim ensures that you are financially covered in case any accident befalls you or at the very least, takes care of your hospitalisation charges.

Mutual funds: Investing in mutual funds is also a good option. With the option of selling your funds at any time, you can have an amount of cash when you need it the most. You also have the choice of reinvesting it.

Recurring Deposits: A short term recurring deposit saving scheme is an ideal way to keep your travel plans going. With even a small amount of monthly savings each year, you will always be financially ready at the beginning of the next one. Plus you can choose the period of investment time according to your convenience.

Property: Depending on the degree of your nomadicness, investing in a house may or may not be useful. Many nomads feel the need of a home base, or freelancers with an unsteady income may need a roof over their head at some point. However, if you are a total nomad with no plans of pitching your tent in one place and get a reasonable monthly salary, it makes no sense to buy property. You will likely need to take a loan and pay it off over a number of years, all the while not even living in the house.

No matter what your profession is, it is imperative to understand that money is important in the world. While nomads understand that the true value of life is in the experiences you collect, the world ultimately does run on money. Since nomads are free from financial constraints like rent and bills, it is never too late to begin thinking about sensibly managing money.

Being in touch with loved ones when you’re on the road can be tough for a number of reasons — you may not have connectivity, you may be too immersed in your work or you may just want to be alone while you explore a place. It gets more difficult when you have a significant other who naturally wants to stay in contact a little more often. You may have the most amazing partner in the world but being apart can cause tension in any relationship. Here are a few pointers on how to avoid screwing up your relationship with your significant other:

Stay in touch: To state the obvious, stay in touch. Schedule Skype sessions every few days, or if possible, every day. Just because you’re away it doesn’t mean you have forgotten about them and you need to let them know that. Don’t stem communication for any reason, least of all, work. If you miss them and need to talk to them, call them.

Share your experiences: Send a photograph of Times square, a video of a boat ride up the Amazon, or if there’s connectivity, FaceTime them from the top of Fujiyama. Share what you’re doing, or call them at the end of the day to let them know that you wish they were there.

Set time aside for your significant other: Every few weeks, take time off to head to where your second half is. You will still have to work but your down time will include spending time with them. If your second half is also a digital nomad, decide to meet somewhere you both want to visit.

Encourage your partner: If you’re out living your life, why shouldn’t your partner? If they’re stuck in a job just to pay the bills and not fulfilling, it’s natural for them to get jealous of you and even begin resenting you. Encourage your partner to take up a class, take a spa holiday or do something that is really important to them. Neither of you should stop living.

Send them gifts: It’s the easiest thing to mail a gift to your second half. If they collect fridge magnets, send them one. If you miss their birthday, make it extra special. Or send them apology flowers if your trip has been extended. It’s also a very nice gesture to send them something after you’ve had a fight!

Calculate time, not distance: Think of your being apart in terms of time instead of distance. While distance emphasises how many miles apart you are, counting down the time you’ll see each other next puts a positive spin on your long distance relationship. It’ll give you both something to look forward to and erase the negativity of being away from them.

There’s no guide to making long distance relationships work. Each of you has your own life and you’ve chosen to share it with each other so it all depends on trust and understanding between two people. While at times it may seem difficult, consider this: the advantage of having a long distance relationship while being a digital nomad is that anytime you miss them, you can pack your bags and visit them!

Girls travel and then there are girls who travel solo. As exciting as it may sound to wander off solo and absorb all elements and experiences around you, it is important to consider safety on priority. Apart from an alert mind, there are a couple of weapons that a girl should keep handy while travelling solo. The Indian Laws have considered certain weapons as legal which can be carried by a layman/ laywoman. Below are some of them which can come in handy for your next journey.

Here are few weapons that can be carried legally by women travelers.

The Stun Gun: As the name suggests, this weapon is designed to stun the attacker by giving him an electric shock causing unconsciousness for at least 30 minutes. These tiny guns can fit in your pocket and look like torches. Look up the e-commerce sites to check out various designs.

Pepper Spray: A common self-defence tool, a pepper spray is sprayed in the eyes of the mugger that causes extreme itching. This gives you the time to run away or raise an alarm in the interim. It is common even amongst city gals to protect themselves if travelling late hours.

Nirbheek: In the wake of the gang-rape in Delhi in 2012, the Indian government launched a .32-caliber pistol named Nirbheek meaning ‘Fearless’. It is a lightweight handgun of 500 grams and can hit its target accurately up to 15 meters [49 feet]. With a sleek body, easy-to-carry design this gun can be owned by girls with deep pockets only. As a solo traveller, this can be used in extreme cases of danger.

Iron Baton: A simple collapsible iron rod that can be a great companion for safety as you explore places inhabited by scare population. Due to its ergonomic make, the iron baton is a hit amongst the traveller community already.

Folding knives: One of the most practical tools to carry, these foldable knives fit in anywhere due to their small size. These knives are camouflaged within pens, pen drives, nail cutters, etc. and thus catch the attacker unawares.

All of these legal weapons can be bought from e-commerce websites at affordable prices.
We wish you happy and safe traveling.

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