You may have even seen this type of lifestyle on social media and think it looks enchanting, especially if you\u2019re sat in an office cubicle, under fluorescent lights in a work environment that oozes office politics.\n\n\n\nThe people who lead\nthis life are known as \u2018digital nomads\u2019. They are location independent, meaning\nthey can work from pretty much anywhere in the world. With thousands of people\nalready adopting this so called \u201cdigital nomadic lifestyle\u201d, and predictions of\nthere being 1 billion digital\nnomads by 2035, on the surface it seems like the perfect set-up. \n\n\n\nBut is it all sunshine and rainbows? Here we\nbreak down some of the perks of being a digital nomad and some of the challenges\nthey might face. \n\n\n\nPerks\n\n\n\nFreedom\n\n\n\nIt goes without saying that the best part of\nbeing a digital nomad is being able to work whenever you want from wherever you\nwant. You can plan work around your life instead of planning your life around\nwork. Living a location independent life opens the doors to such freedom, where\nyou can pick the ideal environment to live and work in and choose how to\nstructure your day. As long as you get your work done, when and where you do\nthe work comes down to you. You may be an early bird one day, and a night owl\nthe next. The hours of the day are yours to play with. As they say, the world\nis your oyster! \n\n\n\nTravel\n\n\n\nAnother huge pull to the lifestyle is the\nability to travel. You don\u2019t have a set itinerary to stick religiously to or a\nreturn ticket looming in the background. If next week you fancied going to\nBali, off you go. Not many jobs provide the opportunity to hop around from\ncountry to country, choosing what you wake up to, whether it be a tropical\nparadise, a snow-capped mountain or a bustling urban jungle. Many countries are\nalready well set up for digital nomads with co-working\nspaces in abundance, or cafes with plugs and high speed internet. \n\n\n\nMeeting New People\n\n\n\nWhen you travel you find yourself in\nenvironments where meeting new people is pretty easy. Co-working spaces, for\nexample, are often bursting with digital nomads, where everyone already has a\nshared interest - working remotely. Not only is it a great place to find\nlike-minded people, but it can provide a great opportunity for networking. \n\n\n\nMeeting people from different parts of the\nworld, whether they\u2019re a local in the country you\u2019re currently in or a fellow\ntraveller from some far-flung land, is always a good chance to learn about\nother cultures and open your eyes to a different outlook on life. \n\n\n\nNo Office Politics\n\n\n\nWorking in an office, or any working\nenvironment, always comes with some form of politics. This could be lazy\nco-workers, people taking the credit for work they haven\u2019t done, the water\ncooler gossip, working overtime with no gratitude, being glared at for arriving\n2 minutes late...the list is endless. Working remotely limits these annoyances.\nYou\u2019re not stuck in the same place, surrounded by the same people, 5 days a\nweek. No one is monitoring what time you start work or when you take your\nbreaks. All you need to think about is getting the work done. How you do that\nis your business. \n\n\n\nChallenges\n\n\n\nFinding\na Stable Income\n\n\n\nWorking remotely can come with a certain level of\nuncertainty and instability. It\u2019s said that the original digital nomads were\nfull time gamblers, playing poker in online poker rooms or gambling at online\ncasinos. But in the current climate, this definitely isn\u2019t the most stable form\nof income, or the most responsible way to make money. The online poker boom is\nover, with sites trying to make up for lost business through cutting \u2018rewards\u2019\nand increasing their fees. As for online gambling, finding an online casino that has a reputation for fair\ngaming and paying out winnings can be tricky and strict regulations mean many\ncountries ban online casinos from operating in their territory. \n\n\n\nYou may be lucky and already have a job or business that\nyou can do remotely and earn enough money to supplement your nomadic existence.\nIf not, there are plenty of online jobs to choose from, but many of these\njobs require certain skill sets and the building of a solid base of clientele\nbefore the hours roll in, and this can take some time and hard work to achieve.\nCost of living might be less abroad, but without a stable income, the chances\nof that one way ticket turning into a return ticket are pretty high. \n\n\n\nConstant Search for Internet\n\n\n\nDigital nomads rely on internet. If they can\u2019t\nget online, they can\u2019t work. If they can\u2019t work, they aren\u2019t making money. And\nwhile it may be tempting to travel to some outback location, off the beaten\ntrack, there may be no internet. This is the limitation to the nomadic\nlifestyle - certain places just don\u2019t have the infrastructure to support\nworking online. Even if you\u2019re in a country with internet, it may not be the\nmost reliable. When choosing a location, the online capabilities of the place\nis something that you always have to factor in.\n\n\n\nLoneliness\n\n\n\nWhile you have the chance to meet lots of new\npeople, the nomadic lifestyle can still be lonely. Forming relationships can be\ntricky due to the fluidity of the environment - people are always coming and\ngoing. You may meet new people, but they might not be on the scene long enough\nto cement a friendship. Staying connected to those back at home can also be\ndifficult, especially when time differences are involved. \n\n\n\nGetting the Work-Life Balance\nRight\n\n\n\nWhile the freedom to work whenever you want\nfrom wherever you want is the main attraction to the digital nomadic life, it\ncan also be the hardest part. Getting the\nwork-life balance right is tricky. Some digital nomads find it\ndifficult to switch off and take breaks, resulting in them working every day\nand most evenings. Others swing the other way, getting easily distracted by the\nwonderful environment they\u2019re living in. If you get lazy, the money doesn\u2019t\ncome in. But if you work all the time, what\u2019s the point in being location\nindependent? It\u2019s hard to strike the balance - remaining disciplined and\nmotivated while also remembering to explore your surroundings.\n\n\n\nIn conclusion, like any lifestyle, there\u2019re\nalways going to be pros and cons. On your Instagram feed, it may look like\ndigital nomads have the most perfect existence. The reality, however, can be\nquite different. Life as a digital nomad can be both fantastic and uncertain,\nfull of adventure and challenges. You may find sunshine and rainbows but expect\nsome storms along the way!