Times are a changing and paradigms are a shifting. One rising trend is that of the digital nomad. Armed with wireless internet, their smartphones, tablets, laptops, cool travel bags, and their wits digital nomads work remotely wherever they decide to live or travel. As long as you can do/submit you work via the web, these days you can roam as freely as your hearts content. Add cool services like Airbnb and Turo, and you can find an affordable place to stay and a car to get around pretty much wherever you go. Digital nomads also make use of coworking spaces, cafes, house sitting agreements, and shared offices in to do their work. It's really up to you to get as creative as you'd like. So what do you think? Could you be a digital nomad? Before you start dreaming of filling your Instagram feed with pictures of you and your laptop in exotic places, let's examine so of the pros and the cons of the digital nomadic lifestyle.


Pros

The most obvious advantage to the digital nomad lifestyle is of course the ability to travel freely. With no brick and mortar location to tie you down, you're free to work anywhere you can get yourself set up. There's also the freedom from a rental agreement. What most people find they dislike most about their jobs is not the work itself, but rather the work environment, the co-workers and the management. Being a digital nomad offers recompense from what has become the standard stale office archetype. Traveling often means you're also getting accustomed to new cultures and worldviews and new environments. Seeing more helps to expand perspective and creativity. With proper budgeting and taking advantage of travel and lodging savings programs, you can begin to build savings to invest in your business and to enjoy and experience more life.

Cons

It's not all sunshine and rainbows on the digital nomad trail. Being far away from friends, family, and familiar environment can be difficult. You will have to adjust to different laws, customs, time zones, and life philosophies. Majority of digital nomads rely on wifi to get their work accomplished, and there are times when travel can present a difficulty finding steady, reliable wifi. Your most constant and heaviest expenses will be food and lodging, and it works a little differently everywhere you go. Perhaps the most difficult aspect of digital nomadic life is maintaining your work leisure balance. Traveling in and of itself can be exhausting and of course you'll want to explore and enjoy your new environments. Finding the ideal balance between work and play is the most quintessential element in in making the lifestyle work and be enjoyable.

Being a digital nomad is not of everyone, but if you find yourself intrigued it can provide a very rewarding alternate lifestyle. Some people prefer the security that a stable 9-5 brick and mortar career offer, but as the world changes and paradigms shift, new opportunities are opening up. It's on you to do your due diligence and decide whether life on the road is for you or not.
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Over two years into the most momentous event in our lives the world has changed forever … Some of us have PTSD from being locked up at home, some are living like everything’s going to end tomorrow, and the rest of us are merely trying to get by. When the pandemic hit we entered a perpetual state of vulnerability, but now we’re supposed to return to normal and just get on with our lives.

What does that mean? Packed bars, concerts, and grocery shopping without a mask feel totally strange. We got used to having more rules over our everyday life, considering if we really had to go out or keeping Zooming from our living rooms in threadbare pajama bottoms.

The work-from-home culture changed it all. Initially, companies were skeptical about letting employees work remotely, automatically assuming work output would fall and so would the quality. To the contrary, since March of 2020 productivity has risen by 47%, which says it all. Employees can work from home and still deliver results.

There are a number of reasons why everyone loves the work from home culture. We gained hours weekly that were wasted on public transport, people saved a ton of money, and could work from anywhere in the world. Then there were the obvious reasons like wearing sweats or loungewear all week long and having your pets close by. Come on, whose cat hasn’t done a tap dance on your keyboard in the middle of that All Hands Call!

Working from home grants the freedom to decorate your ‘office’ any way you want. But then people needed a change of environment. Companies began requesting their employees' RTO, thus generating the Hybrid Work Model — a blend of in-person and virtual work arrangements. Prior to 2020, about 20% of employees worked from home, but in the midst of the pandemic, it exploded to around 70%.

Although the number of people working from home increased and people enjoyed their flexibility, politicians started calling for a harder RTW policy. President Joe Biden urges us with, “It’s time for Americans to get back to work and fill our great downtowns again.”

While Boris Johnson said, “Mother Nature does not like working from home.'' It wasn’t surprising that politicians wanted people back at their desks due to the financial impact of working from the office. According to a report in the BBC, US workers spent between $2,000 - $5,000 each year on transport to work before the pandemic.

That’s where the problem lies. The majority of us stopped planning for public transport, takeaway coffee, and fresh work-appropriate outfits. We must reconsider these things now, and our wallets are paying

the price. Gas costs are at an all-time high, making public transport increase their fees; food and clothes are all on a steep incline. A simple iced latte from Dunkin’ went from $3.70 to $3.99 (which doesn’t seem like much but 2-3 coffees a day with the extra flavors and shots add up to a lot), while sandwiches soared by 14% and salads by 11%.

This contributes to the pressure employees feel about heading into the office. Remote work may have begun as a safety measure, but it’s now a savings measure for employees around the world.

Bloomberg are offering its US staff a $75 daily commuting stipend that they can spend however they want. And other companies are doing the best they can. This still lends credence to ‘the great resignation.’ Initially starting with the retail, food service, and hospitality sectors which were hard hit during the pandemic, it has since spread to other industries. By September 2021, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 4.4 million resignations.

That’s where the most critical question lies…work from home, work from the office or stick to this new hybrid world culture?

Borris Johnson thinks, “We need to get back into the habit of getting into the office.” Because his experience of working from home “is you spend an awful lot of time making another cup of coffee and then, you know, getting up, walking very slowly to the fridge, hacking off a small piece of cheese, then walking very slowly back to your laptop and then forgetting what it was you’re doing.”

While New York City Mayor Eric Adams says you “can't stay home in your pajamas all day."

In the end, does it really matter where we work if efficiency and productivity are great? We’ve proven that companies can trust us to achieve the same results — or better! — and on time with this hybrid model. Employees can be more flexible, which boosts satisfaction, improves both productivity and retention, and improves diversity in the workplace because corporations can hire through the US and indeed all over the world.

We’ve seen companies make this work in many ways, through virtual lunches, breakout rooms, paint and prosecco parties, and — the most popular — trivia nights.

As much as we strive for normalcy, the last two years cannot simply be erased. So instead of wiping out this era, it's time to embrace the change and find the right world culture for you.

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