The best destinations for digital nomads: a new survey


Covid-19 has forced millions of professionals around the world to abandon their desks and settle into a distant working style. As a report of InsureMyTrip has been clear, the pandemic has also led full-time employees and freelancers to try out a lifestyle as a digital nomad.

In addition, as companies have welcomed these itinerant professionals, the same is true for country destinations which have seen the opportunity to build their professional body and support their economies by welcoming temporary knowledge workers. For example, Barbados and Bermuda have recently joined with other countries around the world to launch remote work visa programs. Other countries keen to welcome digital nomads are Estonia, Georgia, Dubai, Croatia, Cayman Islands and Antigua.

But, while these countries are open for business for freelancers and other digital nomads, they might not be the best places to park and turn on their laptops. Travel insurance comparison site InsureMyTrip looked at the latest national data available for countries with remote work visas to assess which ones offer the best and worst opportunities for digital nomads.

For their study, seven key categories were analyzed: Internet access and speed, apartment rental costs, language difficulties, openness to digital nomads, cost and access to a work visa. and the duration of the remote work visa.

Based on this information, InsureMyTrip found that Norway appears to be the best country for digital nomads, scoring a possible 7.88 out of 10. nomadic acceptance ”(9.1),“ happiness ”(9.9) and“ internet speed ”(7.4). The other members of the “top 10” are listed below with their score:

1. Norway (7.88)

2. Mexico (7:30 am)

3. Germany (7.19)

4. Portugal (6.84)

5. Iceland (6.83)

6. Greece (6.45)

7. Costa Rica (6.11)

8. Jamaica (6.03)

9. Spain (6.02)

10 Bermuda (5.97)

Norway, along with Portugal and Greece, are three countries that do not restrict a worker’s stay on a remote work visa and allow indefinite stay as long as the necessary conditions are met.

While Norway received a high ranking for ‘happiness’ (it is often named one of the top 10 happiest countries in the world), he was disappointed for the cost of accommodation and visas compared to other countries. In contrast, Mexico, the second best country for digital nomads, scores high for the cost of the visa (10), the cost of accommodation (9.75) and the length of the remote work visa (9, 72).

Cost factors make Mexico a star, but limited internet access is a concern. Mexico is among the worst for internet speed.

After describing the best locations for digital nomads, some countries have bound to be the worst. The United Arab Emirates is the lowest rated country for digital nomads, with just 4.13 out of 10 possible.

The worst performing destinations were:

1. United Arab Emirates (4.13)

2. Georgia (4.63)

3. Barbados (4.95)

4. Antigua (5.06)

5. Croatia (5.06)

6. Vietnam (5.10)

7. Estonia (5.35)

8. Aruba (5.46)

9. Mauritius (5.54)

10 Czech Republic (5.80)

The UAE receives the lowest score for “language difficulties” and for the short duration of the remote work visa (1.95). However, the UAE performed well for the cost of the visa (8.57), which is significantly cheaper than more expensive countries like Antigua and Barbados.

Georgia, another low-scoring country, has been criticized for its low happiness score, internet speed, and acceptance of nomads.

What is the future of the digital nomad?

As Dave Cook explains in a recent thoughtful article, “The digital nomadic idea of ​​freedom is often a generalized and subjective notion of freedom that imagines a way of life and a future where the tensions between work and leisure dissipate (but) … in practice, digital nomadism does not t is not always experienced as free-standing and free, but it is a way of life that demands high levels of discipline and self-discipline. “

Despite these lifestyle challenges, the digital nomad is likely to return to growth as the pandemic abates. MBO Partners, in their most recent report, found that there were 10.9 million digital nomads, up from just 7.6 million in 2019. Additionally, 64 million have considered the opportunity and say they ‘could’ become digital nomads within 2 -Next 3 years, while 19 million say they “do this. Another report from MBO Partners says more about the diversity of the digital nomad community:

“Like the self-employed, nomads are a diverse group … While they are young and male, a third are female and 54% are over 38 years old. Creative professions dominate, but IT and marketing are also big players in the movement. One in six people earn more than $ 75,000 a year, even though it is fairly evenly distributed between full-time and part-time workers.

“As technology evolves and businesses become more comfortable with a distributed and remote workforce, we anticipate an increase in interest and ownership in the digital nomad movement for a variety of reasons,” in particular the work / life balance, the non-retirement of baby boomers, etc. . “

Long live the revolution!


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