The best and hardest countries to work in, according to this designer who has worked in 82 countries

  • UNITED STATES: As one of the best dream destinations in the world, you might be surprised that I included the United States as one of the worst places to live as a digital nomad. Although honestly there are a lot of negatives. The cost of living is far too high and you would spend most of your time working to support yourself. Most cafes and cafes also frown on remote workers with a lack of outlets and inaccessible wifi connections.
  • Morocco: It’s not uncommon for visitors to experience uncomfortable situations in Morocco, with energetic vendors and plenty of street scams to be wary of. Luckily, I’ve been very lucky with the people I’ve met, but it’s not as easy to form a community there. Also, it can get extremely cold in the winter.
  • Oman: As friendly and safe as the city is, the internet and the infrastructure are not there yet.

The wrong side

It’s not all scenic spots and delicious food. Macleod spent days and nights working at airports and train stations on his travels. The biggest challenge is not having a daily routine, she says. “Of course, our environment is constantly changing; the people around us change, the climate changes, the cuisine changes and our living conditions can change from day to day, even from week to week. Therefore, nomads must be very strong-minded and determined to maintain, for example, any type of training routine, sleeping pattern or eating habits. It can also seem like digital nomads are on vacation, she adds. “But the reality is that constantly traveling is exhausting.”

What advice would she give to someone who wants to adopt this lifestyle? Keep your expenses to a minimum, she says. “It’s not the high pay, but the small expenses that allow you to afford a life of travel. You don’t need a Starbucks coffee every day or a new outfit for every occasion. Cancel your subscriptions and free yourself from all expenses. Chances are that most of them aren’t necessary at all! »

Macleod adds that financial freedom is not about being rich. “It’s about learning to live without counting on the next salary. Once you have control over your finances, you will find that you have more space to live in the present moment on this planet. You can also see, as I did, that a full-time travel life is much cheaper than being static with a mortgage, insurance, debts and a car.

Katie in Petra, Jordan.

She also advises people to learn the art of saying goodbye. “Sometimes it’s important to let go so you’re open to any potential future adventures.”

Despite the many challenges of living as a nomad, Macleod enjoys being able to work from anywhere in the world. She never plans to go back to her desk job unless she absolutely needs to. She thinks the world is heading towards remote work in the near future. “The pandemic has only moved the due date forward.”

The island of Socotra in Yemen.

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