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What's the most emotionally and/or psychologically tiring part of the digital nomad lifestyle?

Answered by Jacob Laukaitis, marketer

The most tiring part of the nomad lifestyle is the fact that you cannot maintain close relationships to people in your life.

You see, when you travel alone, you are never in your comfort zone and thus you meet tons of wonderful people wherever you go. Sometimes you'll make really good friends with someone and spend the next few days or even weeks traveling together.

However, at some point you'll have to split and it might be the last time you'll ever see each other as both of you will be doing your own thing.

At the same time, you grow apart with your friends back home as you rarely meet each other and thus you're not such a big part of their lives anymore.

So if you live this kind of lifestyle for a very long time (say 10 years or more), you might lose all of your really close friends back home as they've built their lives without you and not have made any true friends while traveling as you haven't spent enough time together to form a deep connection...

I know it sounds a bit depressing, but there are solutions to this problem:

  1. You don't need to travel actively for such a long time - do it for a few years, find a place to settle down and travel a few weeks a year as opposed to 11 months a year;
  2. Convince your partner to start working remotely and travel together - you'll have so many wonderful memories to look back to and will become so close, nothing will break your relationship;
  3. Come back home every few months and spend time with your loved ones or bring them on crazy adventures with you and experience things that'll bond you forever!

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