As an aspiring digital nomad, one of your major expense areas will be accommodation. A glaring characteristic of a digital nomad is the fact that work is independent of location. Therefore, you can take advantage of the numerous options available when choosing accommodation. While the idea of working remotely around the world sounds like fun, it is easy to accrue massive expenses if you are not careful. In other words, you are at the mercy of rental rates whenever you seek shelter. Being a first-timer digital nomad does help matters either. The following are insights you can use as you begin your search for accommodation.
Use Forums for your Search -- One of the best areas you can find accommodation is through online forums and social sites like Facebook. In online forums, for instance, it is easy to find people who want to transfer their lease. The best part about Internet-based forums is that it is possible to look into niche groups where you are likely to find fellow digital nomads and their advice. With so many online forums available, it is imperative to participate in active ones. An active and participatory discussion is more likely to offer you more insight on matters accommodation.
House Sitting -- Once you find a place you like, the next step is usually disbursement of rent. Since you are just starting out as a digital nomad, it pays to be as frugal as possible. One way to manage your costs is by house sitting, which applies in particular if you are planning to stay at a particular place for a long time. With house sitting, you do not have to spend money on accommodation. All you have to do is offer your services in exchange for shelter. For instance, if you find accommodation in a farmhouse, you could ask the farm proprietor to provide you with accommodation then you would take care of livestock. It is even better to seek the house keeping option in exchange for a service that you enjoy doing, for example, a hobby.
Hospitality Exchange -- As mentioned earlier, digital nomads have an array of options when it comes to accommodation; hospitality exchange is one such option. Unlike other types of housing arrangements, you do not have to pay your hosts anything. Most importantly, hospitality exchange is a win-win for both parties since you get to create meaningful relations and learn new ways of life while managing your expenses.