Definition of Digital Nomads
Again, there are lots of definitions. Here are two I think represent a great definition.
Digital nomads are individuals who use telecommunications technologies to perform their work duties and, more generally, conduct their life in a nomadic manner. Such workers typically work remotely—from home, coffee shops, public libraries, and even recreational vehicles—to accomplish tasks and goals that traditionally took place in a single, stationary workplace. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_nomad)
A digital nomad is a person who works from a location of his choice and often sets his own schedule. (http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-a-digital-nomad.htm#didyouknowout)
Who is a Digital Nomad?
Of the almost three quarters (74%) who made a change to be less tied to a physical workplace, 67% became a freelancer and 34% created a virtual business or team. (https://www.upwork.com/blog/2014/02/what-is-digital-nomad)
‘Digital nomads‘ work as freelance writers, artists, entrepreneurs, and more. (http://smallbiztrends.com/2015/04/digital-nomad-jobs-create-new-demand.html)
Many nomads are dual citizens or “third culture kids,” who have grown up with a notion of identity that’s not tied to nationalism or staying in one place. (http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2015/jun/16/digital-nomads-travel-world-search-fast-wi-fi)
Trends for Digital Nomads
In the not far off future working remotely will be the norm for most people and with that extra freedom people will inevitably travel more and take their work with them. (http://www.positivelyrewired.com/work-trends-in-2015-the-rise-of-the-digital-nomad)
Gone are the days of having one job from the time of graduation to retirement. Gaining different experiences within different environments is considered an advantage in today’s market, as it demonstrates flexibility and the ability to adapt. Job hopping is also a result of an increasingly connected world. (http://www.positivelyrewired.com/work-trends-in-2015-the-rise-of-the-digital-nomad)
Thanks to the growing prevalence of freelance livelihoods, a global sharing economy and myriad of digital tools, the number of people who are able to live this life is growing quickly. And in a rapidly urbanising world, where a major city in Asia increasingly offers the same amenities as one in Europe, many people are reaching the realisation they don’t need to stay in one place. (http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2015/jun/16/digital-nomads-travel-world-search-fast-wi-fi)
What are the benefits of being a Digital Nomad?
Here are a few benefits of being a Digital Nomad
- When you’re living abroad as a digital nomad, your costs are as flexible.
- Since becoming less tied to a physical workplace, 92% said they’re happier (vs. 6% no change and 2% slightly less happy). (https://www.upwork.com/blog/2014/02/what-is-digital-nomad)
- Living costs can be less in other countries