The way that we live and work is changing. After the pandemic, we’ve gotten used to the idea of working from home – and it’s likely that we’ll collectively settle on some kind of hybrid solution, where we come into a fixed offices infrequently for meetings and other in-person tasks.
For younger generations, the prospect of remote working throws up an interesting opportunity. If you really can do a given job from anywhere in the world, then why would you not do some travelling? That’s what digital nomadism is: the practice of moving around the world, putting in a shift on your laptop, wherever you might happen to be.
Travel and accommodation companies have already started to prepare for this shift, by offering long-term rentals over short-term ones. It’s a trend that will be enjoyed only by people in particular industries, but we can say with some certainty that it’s here to stay, and that, for many, it’s a dream.
So what is it about a digital nomad lifestyle that appeals to millennials?
A chance to see the world
Let’s start with the obvious: travel is inherently enjoyable. It’ll provide you with novelty, and expose you to different cultures and ways of doing things that, in the long-run, will help to make you a better and more rounded worker.
While just about everyone can take a few weeks off for a holiday, digital nomads can travel at any time of the year, and often at short notice. This is naturally easier if you have legal expertise onside to help you with things like visas, passports and residence permits.
Time Zone Freedom
If you’re more of a night owl, then you might object to being woken at the crack of dawn. When you’re a digital nomad, you can work in a different time zone to your clients – which means that you can shift your whole working day back and forth.
Digital nomads have to be comfortable working on their own, often in strange and unfamiliar circumstances. This means that you aren’t beholden to other people: if you decide that it’s time to move on, then you can do so without having to sever any meaningful ties. On the other hand, you might form meaningful relationships in each country you visit, which means that you might have a place to stay when you decide to come back.
When you’re travelling regularly, it’s easy for your sense of routine to be disrupted. If you’re finding yourself ground down by the idea of having to be at a certain place at a certain time on every working day, then the constant change of a nomadic lifestyle might be worth it. Just bear in mind that you’ll need to have a little bit of structure in place to keep yourself sane.