How Traveling became a good source of living for Digital Nomads
In the past, traveling was unaffordable to most Filipinos. It was a lucrative thing to do for someone who just earns enough to meet day-to-day needs. Today, a lot of Pinoys choose to fly to different places either to seek for work, to settle permanently, and to simply relax and find one’s self-lost in the middle of nowhere. We also noticed that the number of Digital Nomads is increasing and this is primarily because traveling is their source of income or they may have found a cheaper relocation while doing their online projects.
Traveling, in the present, is now attainable for many Filipinos since airline tickets are now more affordable for almost everyone.
While some take traveling as just a hobby, others make money out of it. Travel blogs that showcase adventures in the Philippines are in the hundreds or even thousands. Digital Nomads like Travel bloggers share their experiences with certain tourist destinations and hidden wonders only to be discovered in the next months or so.
Others also advertise the products that they actually use which is actually a win-win situation if the company behind the product chooses to get an endorsement from the particular traveler.
It, indeed, gives fellow Filipinos extra income to pay for gadgets or indulge in a food trip or another adventure. And behind these are telecom subsidiaries like PLDT Smart SME Nation and airlines like Cebu Pacific and AirAsia.
These companies have brought in budget traveling, improving data transmission services, and convenient online travel booking.
Airline companies and travel agencies have continuously offered promos in the form of low-base-fare seat sales and accommodation deals. This is actually a commendable job, as they somehow promote the culture of planning ahead, instead of the usual “Filipino time” for reserving where prices skyrocket big time.
Improvement and continuous upgrade of data transmission services contributed to an increase in Filipino activity of just doing everything online from shopping and banking to submitting feedback and checking for movie/product/hotel reviews. Digital Nomads normally travel to destinations with affordable hotels that offer fast internet and they also visit coffee shops and restaurants that offer free Wifi. Why do I know all these? Coz I’m one of them 🙂
With PLDT SME Nation providing fast, reliable internet connection to partner hotels, restaurants, and cafes, any digital nomad can perform online tasks and get the job done while still traveling. Sweet!
Social media also keep these companies in check especially for company complaints which are vital to them in order to keep them competitive and ahead of the game. These companies listen to customers, although in most cases they do not. Ha!
Another thing that has helped Filipino travelers keep more money is the practicality of having to just reserve and book flights online which saves them time and fuel, which both means more purchasing power for future escapades.
As travel blogs become more popular with the more experiences that they share, and as more viewers get hooked to these travel bloggers, more doors become open for these normal Filipino travelers to earn additional income out of their travel experiences — this including allocating advertisement slots for big brands, grabbing opportunities to stay in an awesome place for free, or incorporating online ads into their blogs.
Now, isn’t that cool? It’s not yet too late. Embrace digital life, blog about your travel experience, or find out how to become a digital nomad. Try it out yourself!