Lies and untruths about digital nomads and their way of life

Working by the pool in the sun will fry your laptop faster than you can say “Phi Phi Island”.

“How did you get so lucky?” »

“Are you still on vacation?”

“When are you finally going to settle down?”

These are questions often asked of digital nomads, a burgeoning group of portable professionals who travel and build their careers on the internet. What was once a fringe movement has now become mainstream due to the massive shift to remote working that the pandemic has ushered in.

A 2021 to study found that more than 15.5 million American workers now consider themselves digital nomads, a 42% increase from the previous year. Likewise, Airbnb 2021 travel and live report found that 11% of their long-term bookings live nomadic lifestyles. In the same report, 74% of more than 10,000 people surveyed worldwide wanted to move away from where their employer was.

Despite the growing popularity of this lifestyle, much confusion persists about digital nomads. Having been a location-based freelance travel writer for several years, I’ve had my fair share of scrutiny and probing questions ranging from passive-aggressive and accusatory to baffled and eager.

I have been fully remote since 2017, when I sold my things in London and took a flight to Panama, which I had fallen madly in love with two years before. i now mentor budding and established nomads looking to design their lives around freedom and flexibility. I gained a better understanding of the misconceptions that keep people from taking their jobs on the road. Here are 12 of the most common myths and untruths about the digital nomad lifestyle debunked by the people who live it.

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