Digital nomadism provides the flexibility to live and work from different locations, often resulting in lower living costs and maximized income.

ByAndrea Thompson

April 10, 2024

A modern global nomad is also known as a digital nomad, a person who is location-independent and uses technology to perform their job whilst living a nomadic lifestyle. Working remotely and often travelling to different locations, relying on devices with wireless internet capabilities and mobile hotspots to do their work.  So, coffee shops, co-working spaces, public libraries are often their “workplace”.  In other words, they have the flexibility to work from anywhere with an internet connection.

Employers and brands are also adapting to this shift, recognizing the need for new infrastructures and services that cater to nomadic living. The rise in digital nomad visas in many countries has further facilitated this lifestyle with Italy joining that list recently.

The idea of nomadism isn’t a recent development; it’s grounded in the nomadic traditions of old. Yet, the global nomads of today are empowered by contemporary technology, which gives them the freedom and flexibility, to enjoy exploring, and ability not to live in one place. By using the internet and digital devices whilst travelling and working from any location. The appeal of this lifestyle has surged, particularly post-pandemic, as individuals have looked to reshape their work and life strategies amidst worldwide challenges.

Indeed, this lifestyle’s surge in popularity is being fuelled by remote workers who are free from the constraints of conventional office settings. The pandemic, with its prolonged lockdowns, widespread job losses, and personal grief, has heightened interest in a mobile way of life. This intersection of global events has prompted a profound re-evaluation of what constitutes a content and meaningful existence. Allowing the choice where individuals prioritise travel and flexibility over a fixed workplace or home, seeking a balance that allows them to work and live in different places around the world.

The global perception of digital nomads who are not just tech-savvy individuals but also families and retirees, is generally positive and increasingly accepting, as this lifestyle has moved from a niche to a mainstream choice. A significant cultural shift has occurred, especially in developed countries, where many are seeking alternatives to traditional normalities, such as long-term mortgages and the accumulation of possessions. The trend is expected to grow rapidly with projected figures globally being around 60 million by 2030.

Indeed, today’s nomadic lifestyles are deeply intertwined with digital technology, enabling individuals to manage their businesses from virtually anywhere. This mobility allows nomads to engage in international trade effortlessly, connecting different markets and enriching the economic landscape of the places they visit and work in.

Being a nomad today means embracing digital technology to blend life’s adventures with professional pursuits.