You may have noticed an increase in the number of people quitting their 9 to 5 jobs, packing up their homes and hitting the road. Yes, many people are now documenting their travels via YouTube and/or TikTok, but what has caused the return of the nomadic lifestyle? And what is the difference between the nomads of the past and the nomads of today? These are questions one can ask and you just might get an answer to them.
However, you need to know when this nomadic trend is making a comeback; it is estimated that the trend increased during the highest peaks of the COVID-19 pandemic, when people were forced to stay indoors, work from home and were prohibited from traveling. This is when young adults and couples begin to leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind for a life full of adventure, exploration and a nomadic lifestyle.
Who and what are digital nomads?
The only difference between nomads and digital nomads is that the latter actually know where they are going. Digital nomads are location independent and well equipped with technology that helps them fund their lifestyles by hiring remote jobs. They hold part-time or full-time jobs while living in their vehicles or buses converted into mobile homes and traveling. It’s like getting the best of both worlds, while ordinary people only get the chance to go on vacation once a year. Digital nomads live the life of the party.
Remote work is the new normal
According to a study, it is estimated that 35.7 million Americans will work remotely by 2025, which means that about 22% of the American workforce will jump into the world of travel and entertainment. Because of the pandemic, people were introduced to telecommuting or working from home. Most people work from home as a great way to increase their productivity while in their comfort zone, surrounded by their loved ones. Others got a chance to pursue a hobby that they could not do because of their busy schedules. This paved the way for the digital nomad lifestyle to become one of the most common trends in the United States of America.
You want to work, but from home
A Qualtrics report shows that 80% of people who are actively looking for work are now looking for employers who are willing to provide work that allows them to live anywhere, and surprisingly, employers are listening. They understand that the world you see today is the new normal, and if productivity isn’t disrupted, then there’s nothing to worry about. This option also allows employers to hire people across borders. For example, if you are in Sweden and looking to hire a data analyst, you can hire someone from Italy and your workflow will continue without any hitches.
People are now looking towards the world of digital nomads. Exploding topics, a trend tracking site, states that the term “Nomad Visa” is now being searched for more than ever, approximately 2,400% more than in the last five years.