If you’ve taken the big decision to leave the hustle and bustle of “normal” life behind and become a digital nomad, you may be worried about your hobbies. How can you maintain your favorite pastimes if you’re always on the move and working remotely?
There is no doubt hobbies are important and in some ways help to define us. Finding time to connect with what you love to do is vital for your spiritual well being. For remote workers and digital nomads, there are some obstacles in the way. Whether it’s unfamiliar surroundings or a lack of connections in a region, there are challenges to overcome.
It’s not important if your hobby is making model train sets, playing soccer, playing on NetBet slots, or collecting stamps: there are ways to connect with your hobbies when you are remote.
Here we’ll show you some of the best tips.
Embrace Your Tech
Whether you love it or hate it, the internet has become the great unifier. Even if your hobby is extremely niche there is going to be a place online where you can connect with people that share it. It may be just a few (but is more likely to be many more), but those people can help you connect with your pastime.
Having someone to talk to about the things you love is important and fulfilling. Social media groups, forums and websites allow you to be one click away from your hobbies at all times. It’s worth remembering that most remote workers rely on the internet anyway for their job. As you’re likely to be online a lot, you may as well take your hobby on the internet with you.
Embrace Local Culture
Many digital nomads end up in unfamiliar surroundings quite often. If you’re arriving in a new place and have a passion for live music, you’re not going to know the best local venues. One of the things most remote workers get good at is making friends quickly. By embracing local people and getting to know them, you have a source to find ways to enjoy your hobby.
Locals will be able to tap you into the heartbeat of a city or town. Again, technology is your friend and services like Facebook groups can help you find people who share your hobby in the area. No matter how niche your hobby is, there is bound to be someone else in your location who shares it. Connecting with locals is the best way to find those people.
Get Into The Routine
All people who must work to travel understand that the best way to be productive is to have a schedule. And yeah, you need to stick to it. Distractions are frequent and often amazing when you’re a digital nomad, so a schedule will help you to work when you need to. Sticking to a schedule will also give you more free time to explore your hobbies.
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One of the best pieces of work advice for people living remote is to work to a schedule like you would a normal job. Give yourself shifts and set hours so you can better plan your free time.