The Digital Nomad Style
21 de September de 2022
21 de September de 2022
“Being lord and master of your own time is priceless”, Victoria Feixes writes in her LinkedIn profile. In recent months she has come to define herself as a digital nomad, and her new lifestyle is already showing positive results.
Digital nomads are known for not having a fixed place to work, relying on the internet to carry out their projects and travelling around the world continuously. It is the new way of living and working and, in spite of being a relatively new term, it’s a rising trend in recent years. The consolidation of remote working, the democratisation of Internet access and the evolution of electronic devices have made it possible for digital nomads to find their place in the world.
For long periods of time, these remote workers live in different countries. Co-working spaces, cafeterias or terraces with a view of the sea become their temporary offices. Freedom is the only covenant that rules this lifestyle. However, the amount of flexibility and freedom will vary depending on what type of digital nomad you are — most can be divided into three groups.
Whether they belong to one group or the other, digital nomads tend to seek some basic principles. In the first place, the destination must have the minimal technical conditions in order to carry out their work — such as an internet connection. Then come all the other aspects like culture, language, civil liberties and, usually, proximity to natural environments like mountains or the sea. That’s why Portugal, Spain, Hungary, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia are some of the most popular destinations among digital nomads. Often, the only rule that applies to digital nomads is finding an ideal place to live, with a good quality of life, nice weather and beautiful landscapes.
The Perks of Being a Digital Nomad
Henry Jiménez landed in the Netherlands some months ago with his office in his backpack. He works in digital marketing and he also defines himself as a digital nomad. He has decided to turn his passion —travelling— part of his work. This is certainly one of the greatests perks of this lifestyle. However, there are a lot of benefits that come with it:
However, many of these benefits can become challenges if they are not managed correctly. Portugal, Colombia, the Czech Republic and Mexico were some of Henry’s last destinations. What kind of challenges did he encounter along his journey? Let’s take a look!
The Challenges of Being a Digital Nomad
“I’ve been a digital nomad for 5 years. I’ve spent long seasons in cities like New York, Glasgow, Mexico City and Buenos Aires, and I never had to share a room, always had a working area, a fully equipped apartment and lived and spent with no problems and I never needed more than 10K per month”, Juan José Mateo tells us. He’s a copywriter and a digital nomad. But, is it really all that great as his disciples make it out to be.
It may often seem like the perfect future but it isn’t always like that. These are some of the main challenges that digital nomads have to face when choosing this lifestyle.
That’s why being a digital nomad isn’t for everyone or every job, even though this lifestyle threatens to permeate every line of work as a consequence of globalisation and the standardisation of remote working. Will your sector be the next to jump on the nomad train?
Buying a house, having their own car and an 8 hours job wasn’t in the plans of Victoria, Henry and Juan José. Their freedom came from other concepts and, for them, not having to wait to go on holidays has become a priceless privilege.