Trends of Digital Nomadism and Its Sustainability

Trends of Digital Nomadism
and Its Sustainability

Digital nomadism is something regularly being entered into search engines as more people are exploring the possibility of whether this way of life is suitable for them. Approximately 35 million digital nomads exist as of early 2024. According to HR Today, 63% of employees say that remote flexibility is a key factor when considering a job position and StaffingHub released stats that said over 53% of people want to work fully remotely on a permanent basis.The nomad life seems glamorous and desirable in more ways than one which is why so many people are considering taking the leap in the direction of digital nomadism. But what is so appealing about it? 

What are the benefits of the nomad life?

The main appeal to digital nomadism is being able to choose where you work. Whether in another city, another country, in a cafe, a hotel with a beach view. The possibilities are endless. It seems to be the top tier of work-life balance that allows those enjoying the nomad life to earn a considerable income while saving the majority of their earnings by living in much cheaper destinations. Those earning high wages from the USA, Canada and the UK for example, but paying the living costs of those in Thailand, Vietnam and Mexico, are able to live an extremely comfortable life in comparison to living back in their western home countries. 

Is the digital nomad lifestyle sustainable?

Those who participate in the digital nomad lifestyle are actually contributing to a sustainable way of life. They tend to travel more slowly, using local transportation instead of airplanes which in turn lowers their carbon footprints. The digital nomad lifestyle keeps people travelling with minimal luggage for convenience, so they’re more likely to use reusable items instead of one time use items like once-a-year vacationers would. Plus, the digital nomad lifestyle focuses on high western earnings but travelling through lower-cost destinations (at least by western standards) so much of this money gets injected into the local economy.

What are some popular destinations for the nomad life?

Each of these statistics have been collected from Statista and DemandSage.

  • Bangkok in Thailand is the top remote working city destination worldwide.
  • New Dehli is a close second except not so much in popularity, but instead based on average WIFI speeds and co-working locations.
  • Lisbon in Portugal was next on the list due to its low cost and proximity to western Europe.
  • Barcelona in Spain is next due to the high number of shared working spaces although it is a relatively expensive destination.

Surprisingly, over 15% of those enjoying the nomad life travelled to the USA in the last year, however this is not a long term destination for most nomads due to high living costs. The two lowest-rated destinations are currently Barbados and Moldova due to slow internet speeds and almost no co-working spaces.

Since the pandemic, the number of people wanting to work remotely has steadily increased and the world is becoming more accepting of this transition. The digital nomad lifestyle is a fascinating way to work while travelling and the trends are regularly moving as people’s requirements for their work spaces adapt. 

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