Digital Nomads: A trend that will intensify in the years to come


While there are not many surveys available on the number of digital nomads these days, someone can easily conclude that this trend is on the rise in recent times, mainly due to the special conditions created by the pandemic.

Digital nomads are people who work remotely from different parts of the world and not necessarily from an office. They can work from a hotel room in Barbados or Paris or even a vacation home in Greek islands like Santorini or Mykonos. They can accomplish their daily tasks with the help of technology and connectivity.

Many countries around the world are implementing specific policies and encouraging digital nomads and their families to move there. Among these countries is also Greece. Many digital nomads from abroad already live in Athens and Crete. Rhodes is another Greek island that is preparing specific policies and infrastructure in order to become attractive to digital nomads from abroad. Another phenomenon observed also in Greece reinforcing this trend is that many Greeks who previously worked abroad have decided to leave their offices and settle in Greece and now work remotely. These people do not necessarily choose to stay in Athens but also in many other beautiful regions of Greece. When it comes to other parts of the world, Dubai and Mexico are among the most attractive destinations for digital nomads.

According to a survey by MBO partners of more than 3,000 American adults, the number of digital nomads has increased from 7.3 million in 2019 to 10.9 million in 2020. A recent research report from the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) described the digital profile. nomads. According to ATTA, most digital nomads are freelancers for multiple companies (36%), own their own business (33%), work as a regular employee for a specific company (21%), or work as consultants for a specific company (5%). Digital nomads work an average of 46 hours per week. The report also states that 20% of those surveyed have become digital nomads in 2020, possibly due to COVID-19. Finally, ATTA presents the best destinations for long stays. These destinations are Indonesia, Mexico, Thailand, Spain, Colombia and Portugal.

If anyone wants to know what conditions a destination must have to be chosen by a digital nomad, ATTA makes it clear in its report that a reliable internet connection, good weather and low cost of living are the most important. Of course, living in a suitable place near the beach or other attractions is more important for digital nomads than having other amenities. Digital nomads usually look for destinations where it is easy to obtain and renew a visa. If a place does not require a visa, it comes first in the list of digital nomads.

Some other data shows that the majority of digital nomads are between 28 and 34 years old, while an equally high percentage includes people between 35 and 41 years old. In addition, 59% are men and 40% are women.

The year 2021 seems to be the year of the digital nomads. However, this trend will not fade, but will increase in the years to come. Predictions indicate that the number of digital nomads will reach one billion over the next decade. Over time, remote workers will have more job opportunities, better wages, and more technological tools to do their jobs faster and easier. Additionally, business leaders are beginning to realize the benefits of hiring remote workers. The main advantage is that they will have to pay less for renting office space. At the same time, teleworkers appear to be more productive because when they have the opportunity to work flexible hours, they are more satisfied.

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