Digital nomad

The Covid-19 pandemic has forced us to work on the same chairs we use for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Many people though have used this opportunity to try new working experiences. The so-called digital nomad is who use the new technologies to work, spending most part of his time in a place different from home or the office.

Work holidays require actually some rules. For example, you will want a place that offers you a very good WiFi connection as well as a quiet place to focus on your work. Many people like Ilaria, 25, from Italy, chose to go for a month to a big cottage in Tuscany, with a couple of friends. During the day they worked in their own rooms, and in the breaks, they would hang out together with a glass of wine and the two dogs and three cats living in the house.

It was relaxing and regenerative. We would make yoga breaks and have dinner all together. It makes you feel less the sadness of this period, best choice I’ve done in months

she said.
The house in Tuscany where Ilaria spent her working month

While many businesses are in financial difficulties due to the lockdown restrictions, many others have increased their services. Such as NomadX, an online marketplace that offers accommodations all around Europe for remote workers and travellers.

Countries such as Greece, Barbados, Estonia, Anguilla, Georgia and Croatia have already launched their special visas for people who would like to visit during their work time.

Nomadic work could be beneficial for our mental health. For example, it could be a good thing to invest some money in renting a cottage near the beach while the pandemic doesn’t allow us to go out and meet friends and family.

On the other hand, being a digital nomad is a luxury not everyone can afford. Many countries require proof of earnings which sometimes goes from 3,504 euros (£2,992) per month to 4,166 euros (£3,557) per month in Barbados for example. Also, in Iceland, you need to sort out your health insurance by yourself to be able to work there for 6 months.

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