“Digital nomads” have been the new hotness for long enough now that one sharp person appropriately called them, “the new hipster.”
(Btw, her article is insightful, hilarious, and worth a read if “digital nomadism” has ever crossed your mind. It’s a solid, realistic look at that lifestyle, for better or worse.)
In that vein, I personally have nothing against “digital nomadism.” Some people make it work. That’s cool. If they like it and can make a living doing it, my sincere congratulations.
It has, however, become such a catch-phrase online that I am not 100% sure that many people who toss the term around are truly certain about what exactly they mean when they say it.
I’m not entirely sure why you would pay an amount approaching the median U.S. net salary per month for this sort of thing, but you can if you want to.
(I also noticed how their little chart in the company’s link above compares the cost of their program — which exceeds US$2,000 per month — to the average cost of living in some of the most expensive cities out there…London, San Francisco, New York City…aaaaaand then the programs themselves take the high-paying customer in much lower-cost places like Lima and Mexico City. From personal experience, I can tell you that US$2,000/month can take you a long way in Mexico City, especially if you are sharing an apartment with a bunch of other people like you would on this particular trip.)
But in any case, this website is not focused on that experience.
Yes, “digital nomads” work, and they do so in a different country than the one they grew up in/are residents of.
That does not, however, make the “digital nomad” experience a working abroad experience — for the simple reason that, by definition, “digital nomads” can work from anywhere with an Internet connection.
Phuket? They can work there. Warsaw? Yes. Johannesburg? Yes. Their hometown? Yes. Their parents’ basement? Also yes.
By now you should get the point. The fact that the work can be done practically anywhere in the world — including in your parents’ basement or the Starbucks down the street — means that the international travel is unrelated to the work itself.
“Digital nomad” travel is essentially tourist travel, but with a long-distance job. Don’t believe me? Then why do most digital nomads travel on a tourist visa?
They may stay overseas longer than the typical tourist, but their travel is not related to their work.
No judgement here — it’s a perfectly fine way to live and work. But in terms of this website, it’s not the focus.
Instead, this website focuses on international experiences where the job is an integral part of the travel. For example, a French person who goes to Australia to work as a dive instructor is working abroad, and that’s the sort of experience we are focused on.
So, my apologies to all the “digital nomads” out there — there are plenty of sites for that lifestyle out there, but we are focused on something slightly different.
Nonetheless, if you think “digital nomad” describes you, but part of you has also wondered what it might be like to relocate on a more permanent basis, or take a local job…read on!
This site may be for you, after all!