Engage with the Digital Nomad Community

This craving for community may well be borne of a longing to feel more at home in a place, but it also spans myriad other purposes. Having a network of fellow nomads to meet with in person or online helps you to:

Gather advice about a place before (or when) you arrive
Find the best WiFi spots, the nicest accommodation, the most hipster coffee shop before you land. Sure, you can use Foursquare for this research, but having boots on the ground is always best.

Often, before I fly to a new city, I’ll message 3-5 other nomads friends who’ve also spent time there, and ask for some recommendations. These quick exchanges have led to me finding impressive accommodation throughout Thailand and elsewhere, along with a host of other benefits.

Combat loneliness
Arrange meet-ups and coffee dates with people you’re more likely to have things in common with. You’ll have a group of friends who’ve seen the same tribulations as yours, whether that be home-sickness, trouble with a client, or complete burnout. If you work in a co-working space like WeWork, you will have countless opportunities to meet people and build friendships/ working relationships.

Form a mastermind group
You can easily form a small group of close friends who appreciate your lifestyle choice and values. Most digital nomads will also enjoy talking about their business/freelancing woes and successes with you. Most other travelers, on the other hand, will often gag at the thought of talking about something so serious.

The community you form, while working your way around the world, will have unique skill sets and experiences that you’ll be able to call upon when needed. Plus, as you meet more people on the road, you’ll be able to recommend your skilled friends to each other where applicable.

Have long-term friends
Meeting “single serving friends” during a night out, of making weekend mates with a couple who’re in the same guesthouse is all well and good, but if you’re traveling for any length of time, you’ll want to be able to somehow form and maintain stronger friendships that last longer than just a few days.

Luckily, these travel needs can be met. There are a number of great communities cropping up around the web. Just a few of these are below. If you have any more recommendations, please leave a link in the comments!

Find A Nomad (Free)
The Anywhereists ($25 per month)
Reddit (Free)
HashtagNomads ($25 one-time fee)
Facebook Groups (Free)
Digital Nomads Around The World (Free)
DynamiteCircle ($147 per quarter)
NomadForum.io (free)
Nomadbase (free)