what is a digital nomad

What is a Digital Nomad

What is a Digital Nomad?

What is a digital nomad? I’m asked this question quite a lot and it’s hard to describe succinctly. Superficially it means that I live a lifestyle that enables me to earn enough money to live without being pinned down to an office or a strict routine. Deeper than that it’s a lifestyle that means I feel free. Yes, I work hard, as does my family, but it’s very much on our own terms and we can work just as effectively in our own homes as we can in South American wilderness, or sat on a beach in Sri Lanka, or in a small picturesque scottish seaside town like St Andrews. It’s quite far removed from the 9 to 5 office routine that so many of us have fallen victim to, and because of that, the unfamiliarity can be scary and alien. Once you take the plunge and learn those skills that enable you to live a laptop lifestyle you’ll never look back.

Anyway, I digress. I wanted to tell you about my recent trip to St Andrews, Scotland. It might seem like an odd choice when you compare it to Lara in Patagonia, Ella in Ibiza or Sam in Sweden – why pick a cold and windy Scottish town in the middle of February?

Have you ever found a slightly obscure bit of music that you absolutely love, completely immerse yourself in to the point where you know the lyrics with more confidence than you know where you left your keys or phone? And then you reach the point where you want to share it with someone special and all you can do is watch their face eagerly as you will the music to resonate on the same level that it did with you. This is how my St Andrews trip came about.

I studied in St Andrews for 3 years. It’s a small, windy, grey and beautiful town on the East Fife coast, surrounded by 3 beaches, each more scenic than the other. Its nearest train station is a 20 minute bus ride away so you feel quite separate from wider society once you get there; it’s one of the reasons why it’s nicknamed ‘the Bubble’ by the students there. My partner knew how much I loved it there and wanted to go back, so arranged a trip there as a Christmas present. I was so excited, but it quickly dawned on me that I had just a weekend to try and relay 3 years’ worth of fond and happy memories.

You would be surprised at quite how much there is to do in a town that consists of just 3 streets; you just need to dig a little bit deeper. After a 5 hour road trip from Manchester (Thanks for driving! But to be fair you were being entertained by a world class DJ / navigator / snack provider), we were pretty exhausted so took it easy by having a nice italian Lady and the Tramp-esque meal at Little Italy, followed by making our way through a couple of its many pubs and ending up at the student Union for old times’ sake… and karaoke. After blasting out a couple of 80s hits, namely ‘Africa – Toto’ and ‘A Little Respect – Erasure’ we were ready to return back to our AirBnB.

what is a digital nomadThe next day started of with a run along West Sands (the famous beach from Chariots of Fire) then a day of walking around the town, taking everything in and pointing out where things of significance to the town and me were; The Pier, the Harbour, the Cathedral, Castle Sands, the Golf Course, the University etc. It’s all so beautiful and one of the reasons I love the place is that the weather could be miserable and grey yet you would still wander around thinking the entire place was so picturesque. We met up with friends, had some famous nachos at the Whey Pat, ate a lovely meal at the Doll’s House, hot drinks at The North Point topped off with some delicious ice cream from Janetta’s. All certainly places you need to visit should you ever find yourself in St Andrews! The next day we went to a lovely farm shop/cafe called Balgove for brunch before heading back down south, to get to the north… Sounds odd, but that’s how UK geography works!

It’s always difficult going to a place knowing that you only have a limited time to try and fit in as much as possible. I feel that we did St Andrews justice though. Although we only touched the tip of the iceberg, the beauty is that living as a digital nomad means a trip back is on the cards whenever I want it to be.

So, what is a digital nomad? A digital nomad is a person who can re-experience fond memories of magical places as well as making new ones in new places whenever they want with relatively little financial or logistical impact. Just figure out where you want to go, and go!

Thanks for reading. If you want to learn a bit more about being digital nomads, so you can answer the question ‘what is a digital nomad?’ in your own way, feel free to explore our website and listen to our affiliate partner, Stuart, for more information.

Don’t forget to look at previous blog post from Ella in Ibiza, click here to find out more!

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