This opinion piece discusses my lifestyle as a digital nomad as I work from my trailer and camp across the US.
Digital Nomad by Brittany Peacock
This morning, I had my cup of coffee like usual and took a long look out my living room window. I saw a beautiful sight – dozens of RVs and tents sprawled across a grassy campground overlooking the ocean. But I am not on vacation. I live here full-time. Well, not here exactly. I live in my trailer and (and as we like to say) home is where we park it.
My home on wheels is a 31-foot Jayco White Hawk travel trailer, to be exact. Let me tell you, living in a tiny house has its challenges. I only have 7 minutes of hot water for my shower, I always smell of campfire, and my poor excuse of an oven doesn’t even fit a normal cupcake pan.
But I love it.
And I wouldn’t change it for the world.
How do I do it, you ask? I am a freelance writer who works from home. My fiancé, a remote web developer, and I travel the US with our two dogs. When I tell people about what we do they are usually surprised at first, but then they can’t stop talking about how jealous they are. They always say, “I wish I could do that someday. If only I could work from home.” The thing is, getting a remote job is becoming more accessible and skyrocketing in popularity. And if recent data is to be believed, the trend isn’t slowing down anytime soon!
Working while traveling used to be rare, but a revolution in the work industry is changing that narrative. More employees are seeking work from home opportunities, whether it’s a few days a week, full-time, or freelance. Companies are giving in to the pressure, too. A 2017 Employee Workforce Report found that since 2005, there has been a 115% increase in employees who work from home at least half of the time. This trend has given rise to a variety of alternative lifestyles including full-time RVers like me, or individuals who live the #vanlife and travel across the continent in homemade conversion vans. Others choose to expand their office even further, describing themselves as Digital Nomads, traveling the world and working as they please. Many document their travels through social media, blogs, and YouTube, some even making income from sharing their stories. Go online and see for yourself. You can watch Gone With The Wynns as they sail their way around the world, or you can follow along with the Moss family as they document their adventures on their channel, “Less Junk, More Journey.”
Even if you don’t plan on taking the plunge sailing the world or living out of a van, remote work trends are changing the modern workspace as we know it. We are seeing an environment shift from the traditional office cubicle to places like coffee shops, libraries, co-working rooms, and public spaces. Coworking spaces allow you to rent a “desk” in a communal office where you are free to use it at your leisure. There is even a co-working membership that allows you to access spaces in big cities across the US, in places like New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.
Personally, I am excited to see where this revolution takes us. For people like me, who don’t want to suit up and drive far to get to work, the future looks bright. Remote work allows you to work where you want and when you want.
Who knows? Maybe I will see you in your own RV one day, drinking a cup of coffee while you look out at the ocean.