The concept of being a digital nomad is one that a lot of moms and dads are embracing right now, and that’s for good reason. There are plenty of potential benefits that come with this lifestyle, particularly if you’ve already figured out how to make working at home something that is a sustainable career for yourself.
Being a digital nomad takes the idea of working at home a few steps further and gives you the opportunity not just to enjoy a flexible work environment, but also travel at the same time. However, if you’re a single person or even part of just a couple, being a digital nomad can seem a lot easier than it does when you’re a family.
There are ways to become a digital nomad with kids, but it requires some planning and strategy, instead of just having a “let’s wing it” attitude.
Create a Sense of Home
Kids need some sort of routine and structure, and also a place they feel like they can land, so even if you’re traveling the world, having some feeling of home is always good. One way some families create this sensibility is by buying or renting an RV. If buying an RV isn’t an option, there are companies like Outdoorsy that specialize in connecting RV owners with potential renters.
You can often rent them for extended periods, and they’re fully insured. It’s a good way to make your kids feel more comfortable and natural when you start your lives as digital nomads, as opposed to staying somewhere different all the time.
If you’re going to be working remotely, you’re probably also going to be making sure you have an internet connection most days, so while parents tend to stress most about how they’ll educate their kids, there are excellent online options.
You can choose to homeschool them yourself based on the materials and programs you find online, or you can even enroll them in a free online public school like Connections Education.
Of course, if you’re going to be staying in the same area for an extended time, you can always enroll your kids in a local school.
Double Check Those Internet Connections
As was touched on above, the only thing you really need more than anything else is an Internet connection if you’re going to be working and traveling.
It needs not just to be available, but it needs to be reliable. When you’re first in a location or planning a trip somewhere, make sure that you have thoroughly vetted what’s available and what you need to do to ensure you don’t have outages that impact your work and your kid’s school.
Finally, it’s important for kids (and parents) to feel like they have a social network when they’re living this unique lifestyle. Check out a site like Nomad Together, which offers a podcast hosted by a couple with four kids who work as digital nomads, plenty of informative resources, and a Facebook group that can help people connect with one another both remotely, and maybe even in a shared location.