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The digital nomad lifestyle and the world: friends or foes?


Recently, it is increasingly possible to see various articles about the fact that the digital nomad lifestyle is harmful in a global sense. One of the main complaints is that the nomads are damaging the local economy. We have a couple of thoughts about this, and we would like to share them with you. And I will tell you why the nomadic lifestyle is really friendly towards the world.

With the advent of the era of technology and the Internet, the emergence of such a format as remote work is not an accident, but a completely logical pattern. And the world is developing that way that the number of remote employees will only increase. There are people who oppose this and are outraged that digital nomads are becoming more and more. But it is just the reality of the present and the future. This is the same as complaining about the development and spread of 5G communications.

And why should a person who has the opportunity to work remotely and the desire to explore the world be closed in 4 walls?

On the other hand, not all people who work remotely become nomads. You still need to have a special mindset for that: you don’t have your own house, but the whole world is your home. A person moves around the countries, as if he moves from one room to another in a large house. And if the whole world is your home, then you behave with dignity everywhere.

Tourists have a slightly different logic: “I came to an unfamiliar place, I will stay here for a while and come back home”. Therefore, some tourists allow themselves to behave inappropriately and do things that they would not do in their homeland. Of course, we are not talking about all tourists, but only about unconscious people.

Another plus is that the nomad’s lifestyle is extremely eco-friendly. It excludes the concept of overuse. Due to the fact that the nomad often moves, he does not have an excess of clothes. He always has only the most necessary things.

Now let’s now talk about the economic component. The claim that nomads are destroying local economies seems to us not entirely justified. Yes, due to the influx of foreigners and their purchasing power, prices for food and house rent may increase. But let’s turn to the facts. A 2017 study by the Wyse Travel Confederation found that only 0.6% of all tourists call themselves digital nomads. Of course, this figure has increased and it is quite difficult to calculate what percentage of all tourist flows falls on nomads, but nevertheless, it still remains very small compared to the percentage of tourists.

And now let’s return to the mindset of nomads, and how it manifests itself in trips to other countries. Since nomads change locations constantly, they do not waste money, but try to behave like locals: they go to markets, eat in non-tourist cafes, do not spend money on souvenirs and so on.
And how do tourists think? “I’ll have to wait a whole year until the next vacation, so now I’ll have a great time.” They do not spare money for the sake of their comfort and entertainment, so they are very generous. Landlords and sellers know this and raise prices.

Yes, there are also particularly wealthy nomads who also do not regret anything for the sake of their comfort and entertainment and behave almost the same as tourists. But even in this case, do not forget that they use local services, thereby providing jobs to the local population. As you know, the economy of many countries is based on tourism.

Of course, there are also some digital nomads who impress negatively. But we believe that the nomad community can achieve such a high reputation that countries will be only too happy to host them. To do this, each nomad should be responsible primarily for his personal reputation. Then the overall positive reputation will develop by itself. We have prepared a small code for digital nomads about how to behave in another country.

The Code of the Digital Nomad:
1) Take care of the property of your temporary shelters.
2) Try to buy food/items from local farmers/craftsmen.
3) Study the legislation and traditions of the country you are coming to. You may not like the traditions of other people, but you need to respect it, and do not try to impose your beliefs. If something is wild for you, then for the locals it may turn out to be a way of honoring their ancestors.
4) Share tips with other nomads on visiting those locations where you have already been.
5) Be tolerant to people.
6) Help if you can.
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