Becoming a digital nomad and living your life on the road is more feasible now than ever before. There are a plethora of opportunities to work from your laptop, including remote-first firms, freelancing, and flexible work schedules. While it’s possible to become a digital nomad in Europe, doing so might be challenging.
To make the transition as smooth as possible, we will share some tips with you. Let’s jump right in!
Do a lot of research
You don’t want to be the expat at the airport who has no place to stay, no means to communicate or any money. If the carefree life tempts you to adopt a devil-may-care attitude and work things out as you go, stop in your tracks right now, open your laptop and do some homework! Make sure you have a location to stay with reliable Wi-Fi before you depart. Make sure your phone is charged and compatible with the outlets at your location. Learn about the local transit options.
To avoid being stranded in a foreign country without any means of returning home, you should, of course, make sure that the money you generate from your remote business is enough to support you while you’re there.
Further, if you’re planning on staying in a certain country for longer, you should consider opening a non-resident bank account there. For example, in Serbia, getting your freelance salary may be a lot easier if you open bank account in Serbia, plus you will skip out on transaction fees every time you use your card.
What to do about the Visa
One of the most needed digital nomad tips regards the Visa. Visitors from the United States often enter Europe in accordance with the Schengen laws limiting stays inside the Schengen area to 90 days. This means that you may remain in any Schengen nation for up to 90 days without the need for a visa, giving you plenty of time to explore the region.
If you overstay your welcome in the Schengen area by more than 90 days, you’ll have to leave the area for at least another 90 days before you may return. With 26 European countries to select from, the Schengen area provides a wide variety of potential destinations. If you become bored with one country, you may easily go on to another without having to reapply for a visa.
When you visit other countries, you get to experience new cultures, cuisines, and people. It’s easy to put your health on the back burner whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure or just plain tired from the irregular schedule.
One week you may be mountain climbing, and the next, you could be surfing. You should be in decent physical form so that you can handle the stresses of travel. This doesn’t mean passing up the chance to try the regional specialties. Rather, it means being mindful of how to do so without compromising your health. Who knows, maybe the local culture also has amazing seafood or farm-fresh vegetables. You may experience everything that a new culture has to offer without jeopardizing your health at all.
Sort out your cell phone plan
Get in touch with your service provider to set up an international cell phone plan. Many people who are new to the nomadic lifestyle have sought to save international roaming costs by using solely WiFi on their phones while traveling. However, we don’t recommend this, as you can mistakenly take your phone out of airplane mode and get overcharged.
There are two options for staying connected when abroad: an international plan or a local SIM card. If you often relocate internationally but don’t want to give up your present phone number, you may choose from a variety of carriers that provide international plans. Having said that, with an international plan, internet speeds may be slower than you’re used to back home, so getting a local phone number may be a better option.