How to Overcome Criticism as a Digital Nomad — Andy Sto

Following your own path is not always easy. There can be many obstacles to face along the way, most often in the form of people you are surrounded by. But just like any obstacle, whether it be saving up enough money to follow your dream or completing a difficult qualification, you can overcome each and every one of them. However, the ‘people obstacles’ can be extremely persistent and like to keep knocking you down as soon as you get back up. Constantly having to overcome criticism can therefore start to feel difficult.

During the pandemic, many people have returned home and moved back in with family. Unfortunately, not all families are supportive of the digital nomad lifestyle. And over time being surrounded by negativity can make it difficult to maintain belief in your ability to keep following your dream lifestyle. Hence, this article will advise you on the best ways to overcome criticism and stay motivated when surrounded by people who don’t understand your lifestyle as a digital nomad.

Create a vision board

A vision board will remind you of why it is you’re choosing to live this way of life. It will help motivate you to keep dreaming and achieving. Simply gather photos and quotes from magazines or websites and compile these together in a sort of collage. You want this board to be a vision of your future plans to inspire you to keep following your dream. This inspiration will hugely help you to overcome criticism that others dish out. You will feel more able to stand firmly in the belief that you are more than capable of maintaining a digital nomad lifestyle. You can either make the vision board your desktop photo or if you make a physical one then place it somewhere you can easily access it. A daily reminder of what future places you plan to visit is a great motivational tool. If you can do both then even better! So when someone makes you feel like the digital nomad life is unrealistic then take a look at your vision board and it will help you to stay motivated.

Suggestions to add:

  • Local cuisine
  • National animals
  • Language basics
  • Traditions
  • Local culture
  • Activities
  • Travel quotes

Make plans and a budget

Also, if you are not already working then organise a plan for how you will earn money while travelling. Another useful thing to do to help get you on the road as soon as possible is to make a budget. It will be surprising what you can save when you really put your mind to it. If you don’t have regular paid work at first, then maintain this budget while travelling to keep your lifestyle going. Figuring out a plan for work as well as sticking to a budget will show yourself and others that you have thought everything through. Even if this does not reduce the criticism, you will at least feel more confident within yourself about your dream lifestyle being achievable.

Basic budget tips:

  1. Look at where you could make cutbacks. For example, maybe you could cut down on takeaways and start cooking at home more often.
  2. Make enough cutbacks so that your out goings are eventually less than your incomings.
  3. Stick to this budget and you will soon see a little nest egg developing!

Believe in yourself

But of course, belief in yourself is not always easy especially with constant criticism about your lifestyle choice. Imagine this though, if someone told you their plan was to travel full time while working, you would accept that. So ignore the criticism, it is coming from people who don’t understand this way of life. The only person whose opinion truly matters is you. If you want to do something then go out there and try it! It’s not the end of the world if it doesn’t work out or if you change your mind. Whereas many people act as if once you decide this way of life that it’s a dangerous life altering decision for ever affecting the rest of your life. This isn’t the case though, you can travel while working for as little or as long as you wish. So believe in yourself!

Positive affirmations

Statements to try:

  • I am capable of becoming whatever I want to be.
  • I feel positive about the future.
  • Other people’s negativity towards my dream is only their opinion, it is not fact.
  • I am proud of myself for following my dream.
  • I am able to overcome any criticism and remain positive about my dream.

Surround yourself with positivity

On Facebook in particular, there are a lot of supportive groups for travellers looking to connect with each other. You will find that many of the members struggle with self-belief due to criticism from others. So not only will you gain support, but you can also supports others as well. By telling other people that they are more than capable of living as a digital nomad, you will quickly start to believe more in your own ability. Also, if possible, cut loose any negative influences from your life. Nobody needs extra unnecessary weight dragging them down!

Watch and read things about your dream

  • An idiot abroad
  • Joanna Lumley’s silk road adventure

Film recommendations: Podcast recommendations: Documentary recommendations:

  • Michael Palin: Travels of a Lifetime
  • Down to Earth

Celebrate accomplishments

However, we understand that many people won’t view things such as booking flights or starting a website as accomplishments. Therefore, you need to make sure you take time on your own to realise how far you have come. Realise though that just deciding to follow your dream is a celebration within itself. You can have a full-on celebration or simply take time to relax. Even better if others in your life realise your accomplishments for what they are but if not, then still remember to celebrate yourself! Maybe make a note of these accomplishments and when feeling in need of a motivational boost, take a look at them to remind yourself of how far you’ve come.

Even if reading this article is the first step in your journey to becoming a digital nomad, then that is more than worth feeling proud of. Because like we’ve mentioned following your dream is brave so acknowledge that. Then as you progress through your journey allow yourself to feel a sense of accomplishment with each passing milestone.

Go follow your dream!

Originally published at on May 14, 2021.

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