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Then there are people who are incredibly passionate about their business and believe that they need to hustle to get results. People who live by this philosophy can be found in every city or town. But when you talk to them after years of hustling, you see that their passion was depleted of fuel. They are still the goal-driven go-getters, but in the quest for success, they lost who they truly are. Their goal has replaced who they are as a person.
While there is no data on digital nomads yet, in 2017 the New York Times featured data from a Gallup survey of 15,000 adults. They found that “43% of employed Americans spent at least some time working remotely” in 2016. While remote work isn’t exactly digital nomadism the finding is mindblowing. In the past you only had two options – immerse yourself in the world or immerse yourself in work. Today there is a third option. Digital nomads are building wildly successful businesses all the while enjoying everything that the world has to offer.
Is digital nomadism the future of work?
Technology is replacing jobs but at the same time, it’s creating new jobs. The simplest example is task automation. By relying on technology people are able to accomplish more, hence one-man businesses are popping up every day. Additionally, technology creates millions of jobs that cater to the technology sector. Developers and web designers are two most prominent examples of such jobs. So, while Elon Musk’s negative “AI is the biggest existential threat” prediction raises some concerns, the real threat isn’t technology but the lack of skills to fulfill all the jobs created by technology.
People are changing the way we work the same way technology does. Thanks to millennials, the working environment and expectations are becoming more aligned with people’s innate desires and needs. Being the most represented and most capable generation in the US, millennials have the power to demand what they want from employers. And here are the main millennials’ needs: freedom, the ability to express themselves and an immense desire to participate in social issues. It’s not a surprise, therefore, that the workplace is becoming leaner, more humane, and increasingly remote.
Who are digital nomads?
There are numerous definitions of the term “digital nomad”. Until recently digital nomads were defined as people who leverage work as a way to travel. This term isn’t entirely correct, as it implies that travel is the priority for digital nomads. But it’s really not that simple. There are different types of digital nomads. Here are just some of them:
Business owners who run startups
Employers who work remotely
Freelancers and self-employed creatives
Each type of a digital nomad pursues their own goals. These goals are travel goals as well as work goals. Some people have more degree of freedom and can jump from one country to another every three days, others are less fortunate or they care more about the business, so they require some sort of a home base. Ultimately, digital nomads are people who embrace remote work and use technology to actualize themselves or make a living.
What are the benefits of being a digital nomad?
4. Meeting new people and making connections
5. Learning and growing
Additionally, some digital nomads derive their income solely from travel. Travel and lifestyle bloggers explore travel destinations and shoot YouTube videos about their adventures. Even industries unrelated to travel such as self-help and business coaching resort to traveling as a means to add some excitement to their content.
Where do digital nomads live?
Best cities for digital nomads:
Even though digital nomads can travel freely, they usually try to settle in one place for at least 2 months, as work puts certain demands on their travel plans. Because so many people are willing to make a foreign place their semi-permanent home, a number of destinations started catering to digital nomads’ needs. These places usually offer a stable internet connection, thriving community of like-minded people, and a low cost of living.
Here are the best destinations for digital nomads:
Chiang Mai, Thailand, is known for cheap accommodation, amazing food, and reliable Wi-Fi connection.
- Canggu, Bali is a tropical destination with best spots for surfing and thriving nomad scene.
- Bangkok, Thailand, is another Thai destination on the list, that offers all the benefits of city living in an all-year-round summer weather.
- Barcelona, Spain, is great for those who want to be at the heart of Europe and enjoy the vibrant Spanish culture.
- Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, is offering great nightlife coupled with affordable rent, reliable internet, and delicious street food.
- Berlin, Germany, is a hipster mecca of Europe with great coffee shops, good Wi-Fi quality and affordable cost of living.
- Medellin, Colombia, is one of the raising digital nomads’ destinations that boasts warm weather, friendly locals, and beautiful scenery.