Hanging Up The Headphones & Webcam For ‘A Real Job’

I am what everyone thinks they want to be. A ‘Digital Nomad’. I work where I want, when I want (ish). I work from the comfort of my own home and the comfort of my own sweatpants. I roll out of bed and into work, then out of work and into bed. This tiny world is my oyster. I am the boss of this miniature cosmos.

But, as the rise in the digital nomad trend happened, many seemed to have cottoned on, it’s not as magical and glamorous as the Youtube videos and Instagram photos make it out to be. No matter how many filters and hashtags go all over it.

That’s not to say it doesn’t work. I have loved the freedom and flexibility of the job and ideally would not be moving on from the digital nomad world (technically not quitting, just picking up a ‘real job’). But my specific line of work, online English Language Teacher, is just not cutting it anymore.

Where I have some flexibility in hours worked, I would actually have to work in the middle of the night, early morning and definitely every day to make a decent wage. I’m working in China’s time zone, so the window is narrow and forces you to work at certain times – so not that flexibile.

I can work from home! Which is great, if I had a dedicated office space away from my living space. I don’t. I live in a house share, so my bedroom is also my office. Sounds great. But it’s not for me. I realised after a year of doing this job and having the imposing backdrop with the company’s logo on it was really ruining my room, my chill space, my R & R space.

I can work from anywhere! Not really. I can work from anywhere that has really great non stop Wifi, deathly silent, with no one else, with a desk, chair and great lighting. That really narrows down the places I can stay if I was to travel. Airbnbs only, and the spenny ones only.

Plus, with this job specifically, I have hit a ceiling. I can’t progress anymore. I need to develop further and I really want to work with children I get to see every day and to have colleagues I can work with. This job is lonely and unfulfilling.

These issues aren’t applicable to all digital nomad jobs. I am sure being a travel blogger is a lot better than this!

It’s just time to move on 🙂 And that’s not a bad thing!

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