As the new school year begins – pictures of children in uniforms in front of doors or on stairs have come and gone from our social media feeds – even if you aren’t involved with school anymore, it feels like there is a new beginning.

Summer is coming to an end and the routine is back. Yep… it’s back.

How does that make you feel? It’s not a rhetorical question. Take a moment to reflect on it.

I’ll wait.

For some of us, routine is what we strive on. There is nothing wrong with that, there’s a sense of security and peace in knowing what will happen and that some things will always happen, at a specific time and in a specific way. It’s soothing.

If however, your reflection just now made you realise it’s yet another year you go back to your job, wishing you didn’t have to sit in your office (or equivalent) and you are already thinking about when and how to get your next break, then maybe it’s time for you to think about alternatives.

Untethered is a rather practical book about living as a digital nomad. While there is no real road map (the point is not to be tied to something), this book will shed light on what it means to be a digital nomad: how to work, how to travel, how to even bring up the idea with your boss; the ins and outs.

Imagining life on the beach, away from our winter creeping in, with a drink in your hand and sending a sunny Christmas photo home every year is far from the reality of working remotely.

The sunny Christmas photo may be true – if you choose sunny and warm climates – but everything else is vacation mode, and being a digital nomad isn’t that. It’s important to understand the differences between travelling on holiday, even travelling long-term, and working as a digital nomad. And a reality check is key before you start off on this new way of life.

I fact, author Nathan Thomas at one point even suggests doing a “trial run” for a week or two, later a month or two, just to figure things out.

Remember many things come together in this journey: the transition to a remote job, the practicalities of leaving, being on the road, dealing with currencies, visas, taxes, languages… The list is almost endless and no two journeys look the same.

This is why Thomas has interviewed a number of digital nomads for this book, asking each of them about different aspects of the lifestyle including their favourite and least favourite thing about it.

You will see that they come in all nationalities, ages, travel types and jobs.

Why read Untethered?

If you have thought about taking your life on the road and “creating a life you don’t need a holiday from” then this is worth a read. You will hear the good and the realistic. If after that you are still considering it and haven’t been deterred, then hopefully you will have taken some notes along the way as there are very specific tips and information on websites, apps and countries to look at depending on whether you are looking into jobs, visas, tax information (or tax havens) or finding a place to stay with decent internet (because remember you won’t be on a beach lounger all day, there is work to do and that is rarely possible with the glaring sun).  

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