Joining the Digital Nomad Movement With a Pet

We are happy to provide another guest article by Leslie Campos. A busy mom herself, Leslie has dedicated her site to all the moms and dads out there searching for ideas on being physically and emotionally well. She loves to practice yoga, CrossFit and watch The Great British Baking show when not working or running her children to various after school activities.

Never before has it been easier to work from the road. Between the availability of remote jobs out there and the growing nomadic trend, more people than ever are making the choice to skip high housing costs and take an adventure with their cat, dog, or other pet. Perhaps you’ve considered leaving Polk City, FL, to become a digital nomad, but you aren’t sure how to get started — especially because you’ve got a pet to take care of, too. Read on for some tips on how to do so, as it is easier than you might think.

Setting Up Your Lifestyle

The key to becoming a successful digital nomad is good planning. Start by creating a list of the things you think you’ll need based on your preferences, budget, income, and potential destinations. For example, you might want to set up a nomadic rig for the road. Where one digital nomad might plan to stay in campgrounds, another might opt for pet- and tech-friendly rentals. However you do it, you’ll need the right gear for both work and your pet.

As you research things like data plans, ways to make passive income, freelance gigs online, or travel hacks, don’t forget to look into the best products for your pet. You’ll want a durable harness, food and drinking bowls, a dog backpack for hikes, and more. Consider picking up fencing or some other way to contain your pet while you’re working, too. Be sure to check for recommendations from veterinarians to provide your pet with the best products for travel.

Doing Your Research Before Hitting the Road

One way to find inspiration, job leads, and tips for life on the road with a pet while working is through the simple act of joining groups online for current and future nomads. Whether you hop over to Facebook to join other travelers or stick with groups in the digital industries, becoming networked before you hand in your house keys is smart. 

Keep Your Pet Healthy

Before you go, you’ll also want to check in with your regular vet in Polk City or somewhere else. Get any pet prescriptions in writing, pick up as many medications as you can, and consider investing in pet insurance with a national plan. While you’ll want to maintain a regular schedule for your pet for checkups, accidents happen, and you might find yourself in the position of taking your pet to a new vet during your travels. The more information you have, the easier it will be to get your pet care. Sign up for insurance in your home base state. If you live in Florida, for example, you’ll want to get a national policy that will cover you anywhere. Look for a great reputation and what’s covered, too. To make the process easier, here are some of the best ways to shop for Florida pet insurance.

Happy Tails and Trails

Whether your plan is to head to Polk City or go up north, your adventure will be all the more successful if you put the time into setting up your lifestyle, buying the right products, and doing your research before you hit the road. If you’re not quite ready to make that leap, consider following experienced travelers like the Wilsons to get inspiration, tips, and more on how to live a balanced nomadic life with your pet. 

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