Digital nomad

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Digital nomads are people who use telecommunications technologies to earn a living and, more generally, conduct their life in a nomadic manner.[1] Such workers typically work remotely—generally from foreign countries, coffee shops, public libraries, co-working spaces and even recreational vehicles—to accomplish tasks and goals that traditionally took place in a single, stationary workplace.[2][citation needed]


Digital nomads use wireless internet, smartphones, Voice over IP, and cloud-based applications to work remotely wherever they live or travel.[3][4] Digital nomads also often use coworking spaces, cafes, house sitting agreements, and shared offices in major cities around the world.[5]

Digital nomads tend to travel, while they continue to work with clients or employers.[6] 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.[7] 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.[8]

The digital nomad lifestyle is growing in popularity,[9] with the first[citation needed] international conference for digital nomads (DNX GLOBAL[10]) scheduled for Berlin, Germany in 2015[11][citation needed] and websites providing cost of living and other data to help them choose where to visit.[12][13][14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Mohn, Tanya. "How To Succeed At Becoming A Digital Nomad". 
  2. ^ "Digital Nomad Definition". Retrieved 24 August 2016. 
  3. ^ Tsugio Makimoto & David Manners (1 January 1997), Digital nomad, Wiley 
  4. ^ Mike Elgan (1 August 2009), Is Digital Nomad Living Going Mainstream?, Computerworld 
  5. ^ Colella, Kristin (2016-07-13). "5 'digital nomads' share their stories from around the world". Retrieved 2016-07-30. 
  6. ^ Lamarque, Hannah. "The Rise of the Digital Nomad". Huffington Post. Retrieved 7 August 2015. 
  7. ^ Meggan Snedden (30 August 2013), When work is a nonstop vacation, - Capital
  8. ^ "Digital nomads travel the world while you rot in your office". Mashable. Retrieved 7 August 2015. 
  9. ^ Anna Hart (17 May 2015), Living and working in paradise: the rise of the 'digital nomad', The Telegraph
  10. ^ "Digital Nomad Conference". DNX. 
  11. ^ "Marcus & Feli: Work Hard and Travel the World," The Surf Office, January 5, 2015
  12. ^ Steven Melendez (23 March 2015), Work From Anywhere But Home: Startups Emerge to Turn You Into a Globetrotting Digital Nomad, Fast Company
  13. ^ Rosie Spinks (16 June 2015), Meet the 'digital nomads' who travel the world in search of fast Wi-Fi, The Guardian
  14. ^ Kavi Guppta (25 February 2015), Digital Nomads Are Redefining What It Means To Be Productive, Forbes