A few years ago, after a vacation in Bali, I had an original idea: what if my wife and I left our house in Jerusalem and worked in a villa in Indonesia? We found a super cool coworking space in Ubud Arts Village. We thought, “having a laptop will travel” at least for a few months a year.
The Covid-19 pandemic stopped that idea in its tracks as Indonesia – and most of the world – closed its borders and sent tourists rushing home.
But the idea of “digital nomad” never left my fantasies. And apparently I wasn’t the only one.
Israel-based independent marketplace Fiverr and international travel network Lonely Planet have released data from the first “Anywhere Worker” study of some 1,400 people from 67 countries who worked remotely while traveling from at least two locations.
The demographic profile of workers anywhere is no longer limited to single people in their twenties, according to the study. Rather, it has become a normal part of life for families, couples and “groups” of friends who seek more flexibility and autonomy in their lives and careers.
Here are some key findings about workers anywhere in the study:
- More than 60% of them work full time, but are still able to travel and work in different locations. Among the most popular destinations: Thailand, Spain, Portugal, Japan and the United States.
- About 25% consider themselves ‘slomads’ (someone who works remotely but stays in one or more locations for long periods of time), with the majority traveling every three months or so.
- Ninety-eight percent plan to continue working remotely and traveling for at least another six months.
- Wherever workers are looking for affordable but also realistic places to work for their family or partner. Local culture and weather were among the top priorities, but the cost of living topped the list (33%).
- Unlike the digital nomads that came before them, workers everywhere are looking for places that offer school facilities for their children. Almost half (45%) are married and 70% are parents.
- About half earn $2,000 a month or more.
- Seventy percent are between 25 and 44 years old. Thirty-five percent are between 45 and 54 years old. There is an almost equal split between the sexes.
- Not everything is rosy: nearly 90% of people surveyed say they feel lonely when they travel.
“There has been a revolution in the way we work and where we work for millions of people around the world in recent years, and we can largely attribute this to the pandemic,” said Gali Arnon, Chief Marketing Officer. at Fiverr.
“More and more people from all walks of life are taking the opportunities offered by remote work and platforms like Fiverr to travel the world and discover new ways of living.”
“We are at a time that offers us the unique opportunity to live and work in places we have only dreamed of,” added Nitya Chambers, Senior Vice President of Content and Editor-in-Chief of Lonely Planet.