By the beginning of 2020, the entire world witnessed the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic that put on halt almost everything we called” Normal Life”. Now more than 12months since the Pandemic broke out, a lot has changed from the way we travel, associate with others, how we wear or ever how we work hence opening up new doors for new remote workers and digital nomad entrants.
The entire world has seen seismic shift toward remote work, accelerated in large part due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Even before COVID-19, there was an upcoming rapid rising towards digital nomadism and remote work, even among those permanently employed with companies. The pandemic has of course been a major accelerator of this trend. Nearly everyone became a remote worker this year, and the post-COVID workplace will likely look very different in the years ahead.
Digital nomads are defined as people who choose to embrace a location-independent, technology-enabled lifestyle that allows them to travel and work remotely, anywhere in the Internet-connected world. Unlike before the pandemic, now many of us have become remote workers, who tend to stay in one geographic area just because International travel has dynamically changed after the pandemic. Read about countries opening up for international travelers again.
Our life was always Live and work for weeks or months in a location and then moving on to another new location. Throughout the pandemic times many digital nomads have found themselves forced to choose a place to call home for longer than they are used to. Related, Digital nomad guide to Zanzibar Island-post Covid-19.
Many used to life on a go lifestyle like me we have had to make a choice between safety travel and calling off nomadic life, and many of us have found ourselves stranded as international borders slammed close, and international air traffic has been almost partially grounded. Being unable to travel again normally due to various restrictions and travel protocols put in place by various countries globally, many themselves locked out of their own home countries due to COVID travel restrictions, and many, for the first time, in a long time have had to find semi-permanent living and working spaces anywhere the pandemic atmosphere has found them.
In some instances, As digital nomadism and remote working has grown rapidly during the continuous globally border lockdowns, Despite border closures and travel restrictions resulting from the virus, several countries are stepping up efforts to attract and encourage the people who work remotely and relocate relatively freely through a range of incentives and special visas. Related article, Countries opening up for digital nomads 2021.
Digital nomads flit all around the world doing their online jobs wherever they can find a good internet connection. It’s an enviable lifestyle but the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic made it less easy for a while. However, with borders opening and flights taking off again, the dream of being a digital nomad is alive once more. In fact, because many people have now taken their work online to comply social distancing guidelines and Covid-19 isolation guidelines that have been in place by WHO, they could continue doing that in the future — perhaps near a tropical beach, roof top Poolside co-working places or at a much lower cost of living!
The digital nomads’ lifestyle always was rather exciting, and although the COVID-19 pandemic halted their activities for a while, there is no reason why they will not be back on the road again soon. Indeed, now many more workers and employers have found remote online working gets the job done without any need to commute to an office, the digital nomad community may grow even more. And while the new entrants might lack the wanderlust of the true nomads, they will enjoy seeing new places and living a minimalistic way there in order to save more money. Digital nomads are good problem solvers, and with caution, some good advice, and sensible selection of destinations and traveling companions, problems like the coronavirus even if it continues a while longer can be managed.
Digital nomads may find themselves an even more important part of the global economy than ever before internet connectivity and the weather are also undeniably important factors.
There is likely to be a strong demand for international traffic again, once we are pandemic free, and for many who have made the recent switch from office to remote work, the lure of the life of a digital nomad will be too strong to ignore. Read about How to become a digital nomad.
Before exploring how to become a digital nomad, let’s reflect on what digital nomadism is. Digital nomads typically work online, leveraging technology to make an income without being tied to a location. This work could involve anything from freelancing to online consulting to working a full-time job with a remote company.
Surprisingly when the pandemic broke out, I was on my last Africa backpacking country touch downs through Zambia and later Botswana where ironically I spent roughly 9months trapped inside the pandemic unending lockdowns that not only affected me as a lone nomad but also changed the digital nomad lifestyle where now we had to adapt with various new ways of working remotely.