16 tips for Digital Nomads going ‘home’ for Christmas
Most Location Independent types will find themselves spending Christmas back in their home town every so often. Here are some tips to get you through the culture shock. (Warning! There is a northern hemisphere bias here!!)
- 1. Achoo! Everyone is sick, all the time. Avoid all human contact to stop the spread of those pesky cold and flu germs.
- 2. Don’t be alarmed– it’s perfectly normal not to see the sun for days.
- 3. Spend your spare time composing a Christmas song. This will be one of the best sources of recurring passive income you’ll ever find.
- 4. Buy an impracticably large, real Christmas tree. It’s an extravagance that will make you smile every time you look at it.
- 5. Accept it, some people were born to wrap gifts. Others were not.
- 6. Don’t be fooled into thinking the time of year will mean the news is anything other than its usual, unrelentingly depressing self.
- 7. If your focus isn’t on earning money you’ll be bombarded by temptations to spend it. Usually on stuff you’ll worry about how to store next time you leave the country
- 8. Drive through taste-free neighbourhoods to wonder at their dazzling Xmas decorations. It’s free entertainment (and probably the only form of light you’ll get)
- 9. By the time Christmas comes round, all your mates will be desperate for the break from work. You’ll wish you could convince them it doesn’t have to be like that
- 10. Don’t worry about the mud you may traipse in– most people don’t remove their shoes when going into someone else’s home (been to Asia much?!)
- 11. The clothes that shops stock are always slightly out of synch with the season. And meet the needs of the climate we wished we had rather than the one we do.
- 12. The Christmas card equation: (sender) stress + obligation; (recipient) pleasure + guilt + stress = not worth effort!
- 13. You’ll be more comfortable around friends and family from your hometown than with friends you meet on the road. However, those traveller friends ‘get’ your lifestyle, goals and priorities in a way no one at home does.
- 14. Hard to believe, but no one outside the UK has heard of Noddy Holder.
- 15. If you chose to do work over the holidays your friends will feel sorry for you. They don’t understand that yours is not quite the same as their definition of work
- 16. Nowhere in the world feels as much like a proper Christmas as when you return ‘home’
- 17. The day after Christmas the summer vacation adverts will start. You’ll probably decide its wise to keep to yourself the fact that exotic destinations are yours any time you want
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