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Digital Nomadism, and Why it Matters?

By Omar Mohamed -
May 30, 2021

The term ‘digital Nomadism’ was coined by Tsugio Makimoto, who predicted that the digital revolution would ultimately lead to the rise of virtual workers.

The term ‘digital nomad’ was coined by Tsugio Makimoto, who predicted that the digital revolution would ultimately lead to the rise of virtual workers. In a pre-pandemic world, a digital nomad looked like a younger professional, likely a freelancer or entrepreneur, who worked in a select few industries where remote work was the norm. They had the freedom to work from wherever, and simultaneously live however, which typically entailed travelling around the world. Though, when the pandemic struck, society as whole had to reevaluate how to conduct business, and remote work began to dominate. There was a 49% increase in digital nomads from 2019 to 2020, where individuals began to work more flexibly. Interestingly, the adoption of remote work could be here to stay, and therefore we are likely to see more people embracing a digital nomad lifestyle.

In the MBO Partners report on ‘COVID-19 and the Rise of the Digital Nomad’, there appears to be a large number of traditional job holders that have adopted a digital nomad lifestyle. Additionally, 81% of digital nomads report being highly satisfied with their work and lifestyles. However, 47% of traditional workers expect to be in-person in some capacity within a year, hindering their ability to live nomadically.

There are several benefits to such a lifestyle - you can take control of your own schedule and expose yourself to new surroundings. Many digital nomads value the excitement of being part of a global community and being placed out of their comfort zone. Though when it comes down to it, living in a foreign country and constantly being on the move may not be everyone’s cup of tea. It’s easy to feel lonely or unsettled due to a lack of routine. The key going forward is to embrace the elements of the digital nomad lifestyle that suits you - it’s not necessarily one size fits all. There is value in convenience, flexibility, and exploring new settings.

In a post-pandemic era, digital nomadism matters because it shows you that there are ways to be in control of your work and lifestyle. Exploration and new environments are an important aspect of life, and there are methods to incorporate them into your work life. One can adapt and shape what being a digital nomad means to them. It could mean living in a foreign country for a year and working remotely or it could mean working remotely and exploring different spaces in your own city.

At Letswork, we aspire to localize the digital nomad lifestyle, making exploration and independence accessible. We offer a variety of cafes, restaurants, coworking spaces, meeting rooms, and offices across the UAE to inspire you with new and exciting settings. Not only are these spaces made for your functionality and productivity, but also your enjoyment. Sign up today to start your digital nomad journey.

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Digital Nomadism, and Why it Matters?

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May 30, 2021

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The term ‘digital nomad’ was coined by Tsugio Makimoto, who predicted that the digital revolution would ultimately lead to the rise of virtual workers. In a pre-pandemic world, a digital nomad looked like a younger professional, likely a freelancer or entrepreneur, who worked in a select few industries where remote work was the norm. They had the freedom to work from wherever, and simultaneously live however, which typically entailed travelling around the world. Though, when the pandemic struck, society as whole had to reevaluate how to conduct business, and remote work began to dominate. There was a 49% increase in digital nomads from 2019 to 2020, where individuals began to work more flexibly. Interestingly, the adoption of remote work could be here to stay, and therefore we are likely to see more people embracing a digital nomad lifestyle.

In the MBO Partners report on ‘COVID-19 and the Rise of the Digital Nomad’, there appears to be a large number of traditional job holders that have adopted a digital nomad lifestyle. Additionally, 81% of digital nomads report being highly satisfied with their work and lifestyles. However, 47% of traditional workers expect to be in-person in some capacity within a year, hindering their ability to live nomadically.

There are several benefits to such a lifestyle - you can take control of your own schedule and expose yourself to new surroundings. Many digital nomads value the excitement of being part of a global community and being placed out of their comfort zone. Though when it comes down to it, living in a foreign country and constantly being on the move may not be everyone’s cup of tea. It’s easy to feel lonely or unsettled due to a lack of routine. The key going forward is to embrace the elements of the digital nomad lifestyle that suits you - it’s not necessarily one size fits all. There is value in convenience, flexibility, and exploring new settings.

In a post-pandemic era, digital nomadism matters because it shows you that there are ways to be in control of your work and lifestyle. Exploration and new environments are an important aspect of life, and there are methods to incorporate them into your work life. One can adapt and shape what being a digital nomad means to them. It could mean living in a foreign country for a year and working remotely or it could mean working remotely and exploring different spaces in your own city.

At Letswork, we aspire to localize the digital nomad lifestyle, making exploration and independence accessible. We offer a variety of cafes, restaurants, coworking spaces, meeting rooms, and offices across the UAE to inspire you with new and exciting settings. Not only are these spaces made for your functionality and productivity, but also your enjoyment. Sign up today to start your digital nomad journey.