Digital nomads: making the world your office
Tired of working from home? Become a digital nomad and take the office wherever you go. A new teleworking format that allows you to get out of the routine and live experiences that you would never live from your dining room at home.
The premise: get out of the routine. Because out of the comfort zone is where things happen, and when we are in a relaxed situation is when the best ideas come up. Routine, the stress of the city, or working in the same office for years and years is no longer the only option. More and more companies are offering the option of working remotely, with high results in terms of productivity and efficiency. It is also a trend that more and more workers are joining.
The boom has been particularly significant among young people, but the age range is widening, in a trend that has more benefits than drawbacks. Currently, studies show that 85% of companies increase productivity thanks to telework. The average age of digital nomads is 32 years old and, in the United States alone, the number of digital nomads has grown from 4.8 million (2018) to 10.9 million (2020). Of these, only 34% plan to return to the office after one year.
Spain, the destination for digital nomads
ETIAS, the European Travel Information, and Authorisation System, already see teleworking, i.e. digital nomads, as one of the main attractions for many countries. From 2022, European citizens will be able to move around the so-called Schengen Area for 90 consecutive days thanks to ETIAS authorisation.
In Spain, the same year saw the approval of the Start-up Law, which creates a new type of visa to seduce teleworkers from all over the world and get them to choose the country as a work destination. For digital nomads, living and getting to know the environment is even more important than the work routine.
Croatia, Estonia, and the Bahamas are also at the top of the list of the best countries to be a digital nomad. And although each country’s regulations are different, they try to adapt them to facilitate residence procedures and even provide tax benefits.
What should you bear in mind before you start?
- Don’t forget that you are going to work. Look for places that ensure you have a good internet connection and access to power points.
- Be productive. This adventure should bring out your creative side – don’t let the distractions of your new habitat get in the way.
- Create your routine. Whether you have company-defined work schedules or not, creating a work routine will be your best ally in being efficient, so you can enjoy your free time.
- Dare to socialise and get to know each place you visit in-depth, especially if you are travelling unaccompanied.
- Choose a country that is economically beneficial for you. The ratio between your salary and the cost of living in your destination country should allow you to live more comfortably.
- Learn to live on less. The only things you will need are a computer and a mobile phone.
- Develop new skills. Learn a language, do new activities, train online… you will have access to a wider range of training and, most importantly, to a larger labour market.
Advantages and disadvantages are intertwined in this new form of telework, marked by the freedom to choose the course of your life, day by day. And you, would you be able to leave the office and become a digital nomad?
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