I first saw the term “Digital Nomad” while I was sitting in my office cubicle. I was perusing travel blogs while multi-tasking on a conference call. It wasn’t until my grandmother fell ill and she started sharing her crazy travel stories that I decided I needed a lifestyle change. I figured if my grandmother could travel the world without a smartphone, GPS, or Google in the 1940’s, then I could certainly do it, perhaps as a Digital Nomad.
How It All Started:
For those of you who haven’t heard the term Digital Nomad before, it’s someone that completes their daily work through the internet, but typically lives a nomadic lifestyle. Instead of being tied to a building from 9 to 5, Monday through Friday, you have the freedom to work anywhere in the world.
Once I set my mind on becoming a digital nomad, the first thing I did was Google – jobs that allow you to work anywhere. What I got was a long list of overwhelming results that may, or may not, be feasible with my skill sets. This was a bit off-putting, but I was still determined.
What really helped me find direction was joining Digital Nomad communities online. I would befriend people, ask them about their lives, and how they got to where they are. I learned so much about the lifestyle of these adventurous people and it helped me determine whether or not it was something I could accomplish.
Things started to change when I made a friend, named Eric, in an online community. This may sound weird, but Eric is my best friend and I’ve never actually met him in person. Eric took me under his wing (virtually) and taught me how to do Search Engine Optimization (also known as SEO).
Financial considerations are at the top of the mind for anyone who intends to study abroad. Besides the academic fee structure, you are unsure about how much you will need to take care of your living expenses which range from food and transport to entertainment and housing expenses. Any country with a high cost of living is a huge turn off for international students willing to study there, even if there are scholarships on offer for aspiring students. With all the scenic beauty Australia has to offer to it’s immigrating students, the cost of living is quite affordable. You can easily negotiate it as compared to other options you might be considering as offshore hosts for your education plans. Here we have a breakdown of costs for each potential activity that you will encounter if you intend to study in Australia and some tips to lower your financial burden. This list intends to help and assist all those potential students who are considering their future academic plans in foreign locales; all figures are featured in Australian Dollars:
Boarding & Accommodation Expenses:
There are plenty of boarding options in Australia that are affordable depending on what services you might require during your stay in the country. Living within the city limits could be more expensive as compared to living in the suburbs. Accommodation in the suburbs is likely to spike your transportation expenses and increase your commute time to and from your university. Most universities have accommodation facilities within their campuses which will cost you around $750-$800 AUD per month. There are also private lodging options at your disposal with one bedroom apartments available aplenty at rates of around $1800- $2000 AUD within the city limits. Bigger houses are also available if you have roommates to split up the total monthly rent for a 3 bedroom house at an approximate total monthly rental of $3000 AUD/ month. If you have 3 mates with you, it could provide you with a much bigger space at almost a $1000 AUD each.