In recent years, the rise of the digital age has given people the opportunity to work remotely from anywhere in the world. As a result, the concept of a digital nomad, someone who works remotely and travels around the world, has become increasingly popular. More and more people are choosing to live a life where they are not rooted to one place, where they can live more spontaneously and do as they please. While being a digital nomad may not be for everyone, there are several advantages to this way of life.
First and foremost, living a mobile life allows for a level of flexibility and freedom that is difficult to find in a traditional office job. Digital nomads are able to work from anywhere in the world as long as they have an internet connection, which means they have the ability to work from a beach in Bali one week and a mountain cabin in Colorado the next. This flexibility allows them to experience new cultures, meet new people, and have a more diverse range of experiences than they would in a traditional office job. Thanks to low cost air travel, living in a new places doesn’t necessarily mean abandoning friends and family- there are also many great cities in Europe to experience. These are close enough to be able to pop home whenever you feel like it, or even better- get your loved ones to come out and visit you!
Being a digital nomad can also be a more cost-effective way to live. While the cost of travel can add up, they often have the ability to work in countries with a lower cost of living. This means that they can stretch their money further and live a more comfortable lifestyle without breaking the bank. A mobile life normally means fewer possessions and less money spent on their houses, which can more than offset what they spend on rentals in different countries. Furthermore, if you are not tied to a physical office, you don’t have to worry about the cost of commuting or office attire.
The world is catching up
This change in lifestyle has not gone unnoticed. Spain has now joined Portugal in having officially launched it’s digital nomad visa. This means that even if you are not from another EU country, you can live there for up to 5 years if you can prove your salary, and that your job can be done remotely. This completely nullifies what used to be one of the major hurdles when it came to switching country.
The property market is also getting involved. Renting an apartment used to be something you did for a few days, or a few years. Now though, companies are sensing that many people want to live in a new place medium term, and have made it easy to rent monthly without all the work that used to go with it.
Be the best you
Being a digital nomad also offers the opportunity for personal and professional growth. By travelling and experiencing new cultures, digital nomads are forced to step out of their comfort zone and adapt to new environments. This can lead to personal growth as they become more adaptable, self-sufficient, and independent. Additionally, because digital nomads often work independently, they have the opportunity to develop a range of skills and take on new challenges that they may not have had the chance to in a traditional office setting. While it can be daunting, with so many people taking the plunge these days, there is a wealth of advice out there to help you get settled.
How do you want to live your life?
Finally, living a mobile life can lead to a better work-life balance. Because digital nomads have more control over their schedules and location, they are able to prioritize their personal life and make time for hobbies, travel, and other interests. This can lead to a more fulfilling and well-rounded life, which in turn can lead to increased productivity and job satisfaction.
A mobile life offers several advantages, including flexibility, cost-effectiveness, personal and professional growth, and a better work-life balance. Whether it’s the right choice will of course depend on each person, but those who are able to work remotely and embrace a location-independent lifestyle may find it to be a rewarding and enriching experience.