Please Don’t Call Me a Digital Nomad
For the next year, I’ll be working and traveling around the world with a group of people (more on that here). That’s what digital nomads do. But please don’t describe me as such. If you really need a label, I prefer: “writer,” “traveler,” or “person who works remotely.” Even better, just call me Nancy. I’ll still be me, just with fewer outfit choices and a shitload of airline miles.
I have absolutely no problem with people who call themselves digital nomads. Hey, some of my soon-to-be-besties will most likely use that term. So, why doesn’t it resonate with me? Maybe it’s my aversion to being labeled, or maybe it’s that I’m bothered by the syntax of the term (It’s not the actual nomad that’s digital. It’s really the work. Am I wrong?).
Or, it could be a generational thing. I’m not in my 20s or my 30s, so perhaps it feels odd to me to say I’m part of the digital nomad movement, which is primarily made up of people significantly younger than I am.
In any case, I’ll be living out of a suitcase (ok, maybe a suitcase and a backpack) and moving around a lot for the next year. Digital nomad or not, I can’t wait to see more of our big, beautiful world.