Lately, the account has been about the upsurge in Omicron cases, the closings of businesses, schools, and the cancellation of air flights and live events. As Doom scrolls through social media, you miss something. In the midst of the chaos and madness that envelops us, incredible opportunities present themselves to the brave and intrepid. Under the radar, there is a stealthy trend that could change your life.
Countries around the world that have been economically affected by virus outbreaks have opened their doors to digital nomads. They are aimed at people eager to travel, able to work remotely and enthusiastic about embarking on an international adventure. Digital nomads, mostly white-collar workers, first began to temporarily settle in seaside towns, ski slopes, and then ventured into faraway, international and exotic places.
During the pandemic, a number of countries offered incentives to attract remote workers. As their economies were mainly based on tourism, they urgently needed income. Getting knowledge workers to live and work in their countries was a great way to generate much-needed income and taxes. Barbados, Estonia, Bermuda, and Georgia have all opened their doors to Americans, inviting them to come to work, pay taxes, and contribute to the economy. For example, in an open letter from the Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Mottley, she warmly encouraged people to migrate to her country. “On behalf of our beautiful island of Barbados, I want to welcome you.”
Portugal offers long-term visas to freelancers and self-employed workers. The country’s natural beauty, good weather, affordability, pro-business attitude and access to all parts of the European Union have made it a popular destination for digital nomads.
Forbes ranked Portugal among the top three countries in the world in which to live and retire. The cost of living is relatively low compared to the rest of Europe. It is easier to live with a lower salary compared to other countries. Portugal boasts 300 sunny days. Near Proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, most places in Portugal enjoy a pleasant constant ocean breeze.
Beautiful and sunny Buenos Aires encourages digital nomads to relocate. Argentina offers workers a better life because foreign currencies have better purchasing power than in places like the United States. The city has launched a campaign to attract people who are paid in dollars, pounds and other currencies for extended stays, touting Argentina has “the most competitive exchange rate in the region” and Buenos Aires is “a very affordable!”
It’s part of the overall plan that provides for a potential 12-month visa for remote workers, along with hot weather, bucolic boulevards, great food, and relative security compared to other Latin American cities. Buenos Aires hopes the visa will attract 22,000 nomads by 2023.
Francisco Resnicoff, undersecretary for international relations in the city government, said workers with this visa will not need to pay local income taxes, nor be part of the payroll of a company. The city expects that the candidates will be young freelancers. Buenos Aires needs remote workers to help restart the city’s tourism industry, which accounts for 10% of its gross domestic product.
Boasting one of the highest vaccination rates in the world, the Mediterranean island nation of Malta welcomes digital nomads with cash incentives in a recently launched Nomadic Residence Permit. Malta, an archipelago in the central Mediterranean between Sicily and the North African coast, announced in June 2021 a nomadic residence permit, which allows visitors to keep their current jobs in another country and live in Malta until a year.
Malta is a popular tourist destination known for its warm climate and breathtaking landscapes that serve as filming locations for major film productions. The archipelago is home to some of the oldest temples in the world, such as the Megalithic Temples of Malta.
Villages across Spain have lost young people seeking opportunities in big cities and other countries. In an effort to revitalize “dying villages,” Spain plans to attract foreign workers with tax incentives. The program of the National Network of Host Villages for Remote Workers, or Red Nacional de Pueblos Acogedores para el Teletrabajo, aims to attract foreign workers with a new 12-month work visa for digital nomads.
Spain’s startup bill encourages digital nomads to repopulate and invigorate rural villages. Among Spain’s 8,131 municipalities, 3,403 are classified as at risk of disappearing, according to the country’s National Statistics Institute. Once a person lives and works in Spain, they can apply for a residence permit to extend their stay for two years and can renew it later. Francisco Boya, Spain’s Secretary of State for the Demographic Challenge, said of the program: âThe world of work is changing and more and more people want to work digitally. Boya added: âWe want to make the rural world more attractive to nomads and digital entrepreneurs. ”
The Cayman Islands are a British Overseas Territory with three islands in the western Caribbean Sea. The largest island, Grand Cayman, is well known for its resorts, scuba diving, snorkelling, and deep sea fishing. It is also home to wildlife ranging from endangered iguanas to red-footed boobies. . The Cayman Islands Global Citizen Concierge program offers digital nomads to live and work in the Cayman Islands for at least three months and up to two years. They offer a centralized concierge program to help you with legal formalities, booking flights and finding accommodation.
If you prefer to stay in the United States, there are opportunities available to you. Evan Hock, co-founder of MakeMyMove, the country’s first and only marketplace that connects remote workers and their families with communities across the country, cites Greensburg, Indiana, as an example.
The picturesque town is offering $ 5,000 to newcomers. âIn addition to its quality of life enhancing amenities and unparalleled hospitality, Greensburg goes above and beyond to integrate individuals and families into its community in ways we have never seen before,â offering what follows:
- âGrandparents on Demandâ childcare and Grandparent Day substitutes at school, provided by local couple Tami and Dan Wenning
- âSeat at the Tableâ Invitation to Greensburg’s Non-Profit Fundraising Events, including its Annual Gala, in Support of Decatur County Memorial Hospital
- Open invitations to homemade meals at neighbors’ homes
- One-year membership in the city’s local coworking space
- One-year local YMCA membership
- Free gift cards at the seasonal farmers market
- Free passes to theatrical performances at Tree County Players
- Free boating and beaching passes at 250-acre Santee Lake
Mayor Joshua Marsh said of this charming, rural town: âGreensburg has always been a welcoming community for anyone who wants to live, work and play here, but with this package we go a step further to ensure that people have the opportunity to truly embrace all that Greensburg has to offer.