Being a digital nomad in the age of Covid-19
People around the world are dreaming of escaping their 9-5 lives, and there are countries who are making it a reality. But when the world was told to stand still at the beginning of 2020 many people who dreamed of being a digital nomad were back to square one. Could it ever be a reality with travel restrictions? What is healthcare should you get sick? Is the grass always greener?
However, with almost half of British workers working from home at some point during the lockdown – and finding they are more productive, and have a better work-life balance – businesses are realising that perhaps for employees to work they don’t need to all be in one place, like a traditional office. This could offer a glimmer of hope for the digital nomads amongst us. If you’re considering making the switch from office life to beach life, there are some things you should consider in the age of pandemics.
Being a digital nomad by definition means you have no fixed place. Digital nomads can often be found working out of cafés and bars, even from the bedroom of where they’re staying. It can mean lots of excitement and adventure, and you have the abilities to set your own work schedule. However, it also means you need to know when it’s time to leave. Covid-19 left many digital nomads stranded in their new country, with no fixed abode, and no way to get back to their country of origin. Knowing that you may have to leave anytime and being ok with that is par for the course.
Know the laws
When living and working in another country it’s always worth checking up on local laws. Whether that’s speed limits, drinking laws – in some countries alcohol consumption is illegal, there may even be new laws regarding current Covid-19 restrictions. You should also know the laws surrounding healthcare. In most countries there are fees to be paid, but knowing what you should and shouldn’t sign could save you a lot of hassle – and money, so travel insurance is essential. Being a digital nomad means fitting in with new cultures and following their way of life, as well as being respectful of cultural differences and belief systems.
Head for welcoming countries
It’s no secret the pandemic left many countries who rely on tourism as their main source of income in desperate need of visitors. This has led to many offering visas to digital nomads to live and work in their country for a longer duration. From Estonia to Bermuda, Barbados to Portugal, there are plenty of countries who are welcoming remote workers with open-arms.
If on your travels you decide to extend your stay longer than your visas, you may need the help of an immigration lawyer. Firms like Withers, who specialise in immigration law can help you get set-up in your new country, whether you’re giving up your nomadic life for good, or you just fancy putting down some roots for a while.