Digital nomad

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Digital nomads are individuals who use telecommunications technologies to earn a living and, more generally, conduct their life in a nomadic manner. Such workers typically work remotely—from home, coffee shops, public libraries, and even recreational vehicles—to accomplish tasks and goals that traditionally took place in a single, stationary workplace.


Digital nomads use wireless internet, smartphones, Voice over IP, and cloud-based applications to work remotely wherever they live or travel.[1][2] Digital nomads also often use coworking spaces, cafes, house sitting agreements, and shared offices in major cities around the world.[citation needed]

More digital nomads are traveling, while they continue to work with clients or employers.[3] This sort of lifestyle presents challenges such as maintaining international health insurance with coverage globally, abiding by different local laws and sometimes obtaining work visas, and maintaining long-distance relationships with friends and family back home.[4] Other challenges may also include time zone differences, the difficulty of finding a reliable connection to the internet, and the absence of delineation between work and leisure time.[5]

The growth of digital nomad has increased,[6] with the first international conference for digital nomads (DNX GLOBAL) scheduled for Berlin, Germany in 2015[7] and websites providing cost of living and other data to help them choose where to visit.[8][9][10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Tsugio Makimoto & David Manners (1 January 1997), Digital nomad, Wiley 
  2. ^ Mike Elgan (1 August 2009), Is Digital Nomad Living Going Mainstream?, Computerworld 
  3. ^ Lamarque, Hannah. "The Rise of the Digital Nomad". Huffington Post. Retrieved 7 August 2015. 
  4. ^ Meggan Snedden (30 August 2013), When work is a nonstop vacation, - Capital
  5. ^ "Digital nomads travel the world while you rot in your office". Mashable. Retrieved 7 August 2015. 
  6. ^ Anna Hart (17 May 2015), Living and working in paradise: the rise of the 'digital nomad', The Telegraph
  7. ^ "Marcus & Feli: Work Hard and Travel the World," The Surf Office, January 5, 2015
  8. ^ Steven Melendez (23 March 2015), Work From Anywhere But Home: Startups Emerge to Turn You Into a Globetrotting Digital Nomad, Fast Company
  9. ^ Rosie Spinks (16 June 2015), Meet the 'digital nomads' who travel the world in search of fast Wi-Fi, The Guardian
  10. ^ Kavi Guppta (25 February 2015), Digital Nomads Are Redefining What It Means To Be Productive, Forbes