Search #digitalnomad on Instagram and you’ll see photos of people who’ve swapped their desks for hammocks, get their emails done by the pool and head to the beach on their lunch break. Sounds ideal, right?
However, we’ve all read the reports of wellness influencers secretly crying into their avocado on gluten-free sourdough toast. You don’t have to bea marketerto know that Instagram isn’t always an authentic representation of real life!
So, as the latest aspirational trend to hitthe gram, does the same apply to digital nomadism? Or should we all be packing up our desks and booking our flights to Chiang Mai?
As someone whoworks remotely, I’ve taken a couple of ‘workations’ abroad and often wonder whether I could sustain this kind of lifestyle longer term. To find out whether digital nomadism is all it’s cracked up to be, I interviewed nine professionals who’ve fully experienced life and work on the move. In this post, I’ll be sharing their perspectives to help us weigh up the pros and cons.
What is a digital nomad?
Before we dive in, let’s just clarify what it actually means to be a digital nomad.More and more of usare embracing work outside of the office, whether that be our boss letting us work from home a couple of days a week or full-time telecommuting (like we do at Quuu).
This isn’t to be confused with digital nomadism, though. At Quuu, we work from wherever we can find a decent WiFi connection, which could be at home, in a coffee shop, a library or a coworking space, but we still have a permanent base.
“Living the Digital Nomad Lifestyle means relying on the internet to financially sustain a modern nomadic life. This relatively new trend allows you to become location independent and constantly move between cities as countries while working remotely.” – Become Nomad
As we can see from the above definition, what differentiates digital nomads from remote workers is that the former are not tied to one place; they are truly location independent.
What does the digital nomad lifestyle look like?
If you want to work from anywhere, you need toget yourself a jobthat’s based entirely online. With most industries undergoing some form of digitisation, this is becoming increasingly common. Particularly in the tech space, more companies are offering employees the chance to work remotely, but lots of digital nomads freelance or start their own business.
To give you an idea of the kinds of jobs that make this freedom possible, here are the digital nomads we’ll be hearing from………
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