The pandemic has caused a massive change in the way people work and live. According to a new study, more than 15.5 million American workers now describe themselves as “digital nomads,” adopting a lifestyle that allows them to work remotely and live anywhere, whether that means working from home or traveling the world . That’s a 42% increase from 2020 to 2021 and 112% from 2019. And that number is sure to grow: A recent FlexJobs survey found that only 3% of workers would prefer to return to the office full-time after the pandemic.
So where are the best places to live if you want to work remotely, what are the best remote jobs, and how can you really benefit from being a digital nomad? Here we have the results of two recent studies that ranked not only the best places to live in America and around the world, but also the best remote jobs. Plus, we’ve got tips from a digital nomad who shares how she’s been making the most of the remote work lifestyle since 2013 and how you can too.
Where to live: the best places to work from anywhere
As remote work becomes the new norm, many places both overseas and in the United States have implemented incentives to attract new residents as well as work from home laws. anywhere to help people move and live their dream. The company Remote recently launched the Report on the best destinations for remote work, featuring the top 100 global destinations for remote workers, as well as unique information about location-specific incentives. The report is accompanied by a interactive tool and a database containing information on hundreds of cities around the world allowing users to create personalized rankings of where to work remotely based on their individual preferences.
“For a long time, workers have been forced to live close to major urban centers if they wanted to access the best job opportunities,” says Job van der Voort, CEO and co-founder of Remote. “The freedom to work from anywhere allows employees to choose where they live or travel without compromising their work.”
Some interesting statistics emerged from the report. Aruba offers the best incentives for digital nomads through its “One Happy Workation” program. Emilia-Romagna, Italy has the largest cash incentive, paying young families (under 40) $34,000 to move. In the United States, Topeka, Kansas provides up to $5,000 in first year rental funds and up to $10,000 in home purchase funds as a relocation incentive. St. Louis, Missouri has the best housing incentive where individuals can purchase city-owned property for just $1. Want to avoid paying taxes? Remote workers in Cape Verde are exempt from income tax. For businesses, Colorado is giving employers cash rewards for each remote worker employed in an eligible rural county outside of the county where the project is based.
Here is the list of the top 10 cities in the United States to be a digital nomad, as well as the top 10 cities in the world.
Top 10 Cities in USA to be a Digital Nomad
- Salt Lake City
- Denver, Colorado
- Concord, New Hampshire
- Portland, Maine
- Montpelier, Vermont
- Jackson, Wyoming
Top 10 cities in the world to be a digital nomad
- Toronto, Canada
- Madrid, Spain
- Auckland, New Zealand
- Madeira, Portugal
- Helsinki, Finland
- Svalbard, Norway
- Berlin, Germany
- Valparaiso, Chile
- Dublin, Ireland
- Sydney, Australia
The best remote jobs
For remote job seekers interested in becoming digital nomads and showcasing some of the types of job opportunities available, FlexJobs recently identified the top career areas for remote jobs in 2021 and which ones to watch in 2022. These are:
Working remotely: tips from an expert
Meet Peggy Bree, a savvy digital nomad and project manager currently based in Colombia. She has been immersed in the world of digital nomads since the age of 23, when she moved from her hometown of Toronto to Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Bree is passionate about helping other goal-driven women with brands that will improve the world through her agency (where she helps women grow in the digital landscape) and a podcast called Mark Gems (where amazing women share their advice and stories about their unique brands and businesses).
Bree says she was drawn to being a digital nomad from a young age. “I remember when I was younger I saw so many cliché images online where people had their laptops on a beach,” she says. “I was like, ‘Is this real? Can you combine making a living on the internet with the world off the screen? »
While many people are working remotely for freedom, Bree says she has continued to be a digital nomad because she enjoys slow travel and working online. That said, as the remote culture grows, people often confuse being a digital nomad with just working remotely and living somewhere. “To me, digital nomadism is a lifestyle and a commitment of sorts — it’s more than just a quick two-week thing,” Bree says.
Here, Bree shares some of the tips she’s learned from being a digital nomad.
It’s not a vacation: I don’t think people understand that you move somewhere when you’re a digital nomad. It’s not a vacation. You need to “reboot” and find new friends, community, and routine. My daily life consists of working in a workplace, a cafe or at home. It seems commonplace as it can be most days. However, I am not on vacation: I am still working. The difference is that I have another set of adventures. For example, last weekend I went horseback riding in Palomino.
Go slowly: This is one of my best tips. I find that being in a new place often invites a feeling of adrenaline from wanting to see all that that beautiful place has to offer. With this lifestyle, I realized that it is very much like a slow trip, because it allows me to really soak up this place and enjoy all the planned excursions in a qualitative way.
The importance of community: Having a community goes a long way when you’re in the world of digital nomads, so find a community that shares the same values as you. You can find a whole host of reasons to connect with them, whether it’s about business, life chats, or giving each other digital nomad advice. I personally research local church communities. (Pro tip: you don’t need to proactively make 100 new friends in the community – one or two quality friendships are enough.)
Practice common sense: To put it bluntly: have discernment and good judgment in practical situations. For example, if a Facebook post about a new place available for rent in an expat group seems sketchy, I would avoid it altogether. Personally, I avoid situations with a slight problematic risk, especially in an unfamiliar location.
The importance of being offline: Mental health is important and should be a regular, recurring intention in your schedule. Either way, make sure you have some enriched quiet time. While digital nomadism may sound like an exciting lifestyle for many people on the outside, it can be overwhelming to have to base yourself in one place and “reboot”.
Meet the locals:
There’s no better way to get to know your area than with the locals. Exercise caution and meet the locals in a professional setting. Of course foreigners also have great advice and can be a great form of potential friendships but I personally find that when I meet a local person in a professional setting I am more supported as there is responsibility involved . Example: Try walking tours in your area.
The wrong side: Sometimes it’s hard to say goodbye to the friends I make. People come and go; that’s life. But it’s a real blessing to be able to meet other digital nomads every time I move to a new place. I like to hear their “why” and “what”. Everyone is so different.
Internet security: Of course, digital nomads need the internet (if not, tell me your secrets!). I always make it a priority to have data on my phone, in case the internet is down, so I can hotspot it. And of course, before your working days, I would definitely go to your chosen workplace first to test the Wi-Fi.
Essential: Wherever you work and depending on your schedule, I’m sure you have a set number of hours per day with some long days. This means you need to pack accordingly. My items are usually: an external battery, external backup and water. These are the essential items to have in your work bag for obvious reasons. Also: extra money no matter what. Some of my friends are packing a laptop stand.
Schedule in Fun: The advantage of being a digital nomad is that there can literally be a desert right next to your city or an Eighth Wonder monument like Machu Picchu just three hours away. Don’t forget to plan fun times for that work-life balance.
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