For most people, these are two separate things. You are traveling when you are on vacation, thus not working.
But, for a growing number of people, working and traveling is an almost-everyday reality
Most of us think it's a new concept brought by the new generation.
However, taken from Wiki, looks like the first known use of the expression dates from as far a 1997.
In my perspective, digital nomads are people traveling the world while generating revenue through their computer, phone, tablet, whatever. They mostly work in the telecommunication industry, doing marketing, software development, content writing, data mining, etc.
Digital nomads are not alone.
There's a lot of platform out there now offering the opportunity to move around the world and easily find opportunities to work, in exchange for money, food, accommodation, services, or anything else valuable.
Workaway, Helpx, Woofing, to name only a few, all have their own opportunities and particularities. Most of the time, it's not a way to make revenue directly (as for digital nomads), but it's enough to live without debt.
Sounds pretty interesting huh?
I think it really is! But you have to know it comes with challenges. As I said in the beginning, most people are used to do both separately: work or travel.
1. It's tough to stick to the plan. People will ask you to go out, grab a beer, try this restaurant, do this activity, and in the end, you'll have no work done after 3 weeks being a digital nomad. You need a plan, and you need some willpower. There's a time for fun, and a time for work.
2. It's slowing down others. If you're traveling with people that are not working, it can be frustrating if they need to wait for you, or let them down in a particular activity. Make sure everybody understands your situation.
3. It can get messy. So, here you are, you have your first client in California while you are in Eastern Europe. He's only available for Skype after 3PM. That means after 10 PM for you... It's tempting to skip the Skype and try to manage everything by email, but it's probably a good idea to keep a strong contact, since it's easy for both of you to lose the grip on the project.
Is it any fun?
I don't think I need to say more: I think it's awesome 😍
It's a good way to live a lot of different experiences while not getting into heavy debts. And trust me, there's a lot to learn in any other country in this world!