How To Battle Loneliness As A
A Digital Nomad you get to travel the world as and when your heart desires; you’re not bound by closed cubicles or monthly paychecks. You’re in control of your lives, your time and your experiences. Yet, as the saying goes, nothing is perfect. This freedom comes at a cost. Remote work can get isolating. You’re always connecting with new people but by the time you’re really settled, it’s time to move again. There’s always those couple of weeks of settling in and trying to find the popular hangout spots to connect with new people. It’s all fun and exciting to land at new airports, but once the rush dies down, digital nomadism and working remotely, can get isolating.
Regardless, there’s obviously a reason millions are still doing it. The isolation can get difficult, but it’s not impossible to overcome. In the end, it all feels worth it when you do meet people you click with, make memories that will stay beyond a lifetime and find opportunities that would’ve slipped by you otherwise.
So, here are some tips to battle loneliness as a Digital Nomad and find new and exciting friendships:
Find a coworking and coliving space
Lookup for opportunities to socialise
Once you’ve settled in, you can start finding out the popular local haunts. If possible, try to make a list before you’ve landed. This way you don’t have to wait until you’ve settled in to start popping into popular bars, clubs, cafes, poetry nights, coworking spaces etc. Some coworking spaces also have events planned that bring the community together. Apart from that, looking up volunteering opportunities can be a great idea. In Goa, around the NomadGao property, you can go volunteer at WAG, an animal shelter and El Shaddai, an NGO that works for women and children. Volunteering can be a fun way to connect with people who share similar values and ideas with you.
Travel with a fellow digital nomad
Stay in touch with your close friends
No matter how far you travel, there are chances that you have people in your contact list that you call home. It’s nice to have someone to fall back on. So on those days when you feel lonely and discouraged to socialise with new people, connect with your people from back home. This way, you can remind yourself that you aren’t alone and that there are people out there who care for you. Don’t forget though that adult life can be difficult and busy so don’t think too much if they can’t make it.
Stay in one location for longer periods
Join workshops to learn new skills
Remember why you started in the first place!
Lastly, know that giving up is easier than choosing to continue, especially when things get difficult. Yet, if you stay courageous enough, you’ll have a million memories and connections to look back to. Sticking to this life comes with more gratefulness than regrets. So remind yourself why you started this in the first place and keep moving on. Just like Dory, you gotta keep swimming!