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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.

Working and travelling may sound like a very carefree life, but digital nomads face their own share of problems that they need to solve. Being on the road means we have to be prepared for literally anything and by preempting certain situations you can actually be better prepared for any difficulties. Here are some hacks you should keep in mind:

Internet: When you reach a destination, take some time to wander around and find a workspace where you get good connectivity. The first day in a new place, especially if you plan to halt there for a while, should be spent staking out the area and establishing what your new workspace is going to be like. It could be your desk in your hotel room or a particular table at a cafe where the internet is cheaper than the other options. You can also find the best deal on portable modems or plug-in connections to ensure that you’re always connected.

Frequent flier miles: Make complete use of the air miles that your rack up. You can keep adding points by certain shopping schemes or offers in restaurants and hotels. In certain cases, they can end up paying for your entire airfare. Also keep an eye out for upgrades on your card as higher tier cards allow access to a lot of lounges, particularly in airports and these come with more free features to make your travel easier.

Travelling with gear: Keep all your travel necessities safe with a Scottevest or other similar multi-pocketed jackets. These customised jackets come with multiple features like compartments for tablets, phones, identification, travel documents, pens, earphones, and even hidden pockets.

Equipment failure: Make sure you account for the change in climate from place to place, especially when it comes to your electronic equipment. If you are travelling to a humid place, you need to keep your laptop and cell phone in a ziplock bag with some desiccant. Near beaches, it is always a good idea to keep some soft brushes to clean fine particles of sand out of your equipment. Since your livelihood depends on your equipment, taking care of them should be your first priority.

Travelling during important dates: Avoid planning travel on days of submissions, meetings or when your deadlines are nearing. Going to a new destination would mean searching for a new workspace and a reliable internet connection and you waste precious work hours doing this. Your priority during these days should be to stay in contact with our client so choose a place with good connectivity and avoid travelling.

Keep your bank in the loop: If any of your bank accounts are going to be inactive for a while, it is a good idea to inform your bank about it. Even in today’s super connected age, travellers have known to find their bank accounts shut down because of inactivity during long term travel. In case you miss any messages by them or aren’t able to access your email while travelling, head to the bank personally before leaving town.

Time zone trouble: If you’re travelling internationally, always make sure to inform your client about your timezone. It is very easy to fallout with your clients on this matter and it is easy to miscommunicate timings during travel so while declaring deadlines, check your travel plans and specify timezones and locations.

Every digital nomad has their custom checklist while traveling and it keeps developing to make things easier for them. Preparing for certain situations makes your own life easier. After all, being a digital nomad is a lot of work!

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