Working Abroad: Digital Nomadism vs. a Traditional Career

digital nomadism vs. a traditional career

For many of us, the dream to explore the world while working enough to pay for the pleasure is now a real possibility. In fact, there are several options to consider if you want to visit another country while working at the same time. However, before you pack up your laptop on a brindle and sling it over your shoulder, it’s crucial to consider the ramifications that the different options could have on your overall well-being. A topic you can find out more about in the post below.

Digital Nomadism

Obviously, one of the most significant advantages of working as a digital nomad on a freelance basis is the freedom it provides you to work from any location that you want to explore (provided it has reliable and decent WiFi). This is something that those with an unquenchable wanderlust are bound to find almost irresistible.

Of course, the lack of any formal work structure such as an office space, or work hours, also provides the digital nomad with other advantages as well. One of these benefits is that the wearing of suits and corporate attire is rarely if ever required.

Additionally, the opportunities for planning your work day around meaningful activities such as exploring the location you are currently in also present themselves, as do work sessions on a sun lounger at the beach. Something that is for most people is a radical shift from what they are used to.

Of course, before you take such a big step with your career and your life you need to consider the disadvantages involved as well. In particular, when it comes to being a digital nomad, a major issue is the continual pressure to make money.

After all, you will be freelance, so self-employed, and that means if you can’t work because of illness, or injury you will have no money coming in. Then there is the issue of loneliness and alienation that digital nomads can encounter in any country, but especially in a country like Australia, as it is such a big place with only a few populations centres.

What this means is that if you find yourself in the more rural or places, and don’t get any interaction with people from your day-to-day work, you can easily become isolated, and this could lead to homesickness and even depression.

Traditional Overseas Career

Alternatively, you may wish to consider the traditional route of getting a regular job in another country, one that involves you turning up to work every day, and staying in one place for an extended period.

Of course, there are plenty of advantages to doing this including the fact that you get to immerse yourself in one particular culture for an extended period. This is something that can help you to get the most out of your experience abroad.

Then, there is the opportunity for a better standard of living. This being a situation that may be more achievable in a traditional overseas career because you don’t have to worry about securing short-term accommodations, something that can be considerably more expensive.

The best thing about the traditional overseas career option is that it’s not even difficult to secure a position in this location. In fact, you can use recruitment services that list different jobs, as well as within the specific areas of a country. In Australia, for example, while many travellers head to Queensland and New South Wales, there’s also an abundance of opportunities in the ACT. Using recruitment services will give you a much better chance of finding a role in the location that you most want.

However, it is important to remember that even a traditional career overseas isn’t without its disadvantages. You can still get lonely and miss your family, although you will have the advantage of being immersed in your work culture and so will have regular friends and colleagues to rely on.

Also, there is no guarantee that your role will be low pressure. Although you will have the reassurance in most jobs that if something happens, you will be covered by sick pay. This can remove considerable stress when working overseas.


In conclusion, if you want to see the wonders of any country, while working at the same time, becoming a digital nomad may allow you to do this.

However, if you are looking for a more grounded and in-depth experience, and you are not just about ticking locations off of your list, and uploading pictures of you sipping cocktails on the beach to Instagram, you may be better off choosing a more traditional overseas career.

After all, then you will at least have the opportunity to genuinely integrate and appreciate the location that you are visiting, rather than being a glorified, albeit digitally connected hobo.

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