What it's really like to be a digital nomad

You know those digital nomads who are on never-ending vacations? Yeah, they don't exist.

By , Computerworld |  Networking, Mobile, storage

AirBnB guests naive enough to tell the truth have been excluded from participation. As a result, the reviews are useless, and every AirBnB experience is a roll of the dice.

When you're a digital nomad, you're cut off from many of the online services available to Americans in the United States. Amazon.com, Pandora and all the other streaming music services, Netflix and other video sites are simply blocked abroad.

Amazon will ship only to the country where your credit card is based. Content streaming services are for specific countries and regions only. You don't realize how great these services are until you're no longer allowed to use them.

If it sounds like I'm complaining, I'm not. Living as a digital nomad is the coolest thing I've ever done. But the reality of the lifestyle is far different from the shallow, skewed vision trotted out by the average digital nomad blog.

If you're interested in the truth about digital nomad living, circle my Google+ page, called The World Is My Office, where I'll share my real experiences, and also point you to the posts and stories by others who are also telling the truth about what it's really like to be a digital nomad.

Work is work, no matter where you are. But in Athens, you also get a view of the Acropolis. (Image: Mike Elgan)

Mike Elgan writes about technology and tech culture. Contact and learn more about Mike at Elgan.com, or subscribe to his free e-mail newsletter, Mike's List. You can also see more articles by Mike Elgan on Computerworld.com.

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