Following the digital nomad lifestyle means you have the flexibility to choose where and when you settle down in an area. You get to choose the perfect climate and the perfect off-seasons so you don’t have to deal with an infusion of tourists. You can pick the time and place, ensuring that your time spent living like a local is as fruitful and as enjoyable as it possibly can be.
Everyone has a different tolerance for weather and climate. Some people like it hot and dry while others prefer humid heat, while others still prefer milder climates where it’s the same temperature year-round. This plays a vital role in your enjoyment of a specific city because if you come at the wrong time of the year it can put a damper on things. For example, while you might enjoy kicking it on the beach along the Mayan Riviera with the sun and the beaches and the ocean available to cool you off, you wouldn’t want to spend time hiking the Mayan ruins in and around the Yucatan region of Mexico in the summer months because the weather can be potentially dangerous given the high temperatures and the 80%+ humidity. But come here in the winter months of November through March and you have a mild climate where the days are just warm enough to wear shorts but you need a sweater in the evening hours, giving you the perfect hiking and exploring weather.
It’s not just about the climate, however. Certain towns–like Cancun–have high seasons and low seasons, which is when the tourists flood in. Now, some expats like having a lot of foreigners around them. Other location independent travelers prefer to go native when they are living like a local and would rather not be bothered with tourists. And while it’s possible to never see a tourist in Cancun if you stick to the Mexican barrios, once you head into the hotel zone and even parts of Centro you are bound to run into tourists at some point or another. In the high season months the beaches are filled with them, but during the off seasons when there are no tourists in Cancun you have miles and miles of pristine beaches up and down the Mayan Riviera which are wide open and devoid of people outside of a few locals enjoying nature in their home environment.
With that in mind you can plan your adventures as a digital nomad and choose when and where to be in the world. You can visit at the peak of the local festival months or you can visit at the height of the high season for tourists. You can go during the monsoon seasons to experience the power of nature or you can visit during the calm, fall months when everything is cool and tranquil. You can explore the Swiss Alps in the summer months for hiking or the winter months for skiing, or the vineyards in Bulgaria during the growing season or for the harvest. You have the option to control your environment to some degree if you base your decisions on personal preferences, allowing you to get the most out of every single place you visit.