Digital Nomad Day falls on August 8 every year and celebrates the merits and the lives of those who make the world their office. As more people grow disillusioned with rigid working cultures, many are looking for ways to experience the best the world has to offer while also maintaining their livelihoods. Therefore, Digital Nomad Day is a day that celebrates the remote working culture and invites those living the digital nomad lifestyle to share the multitude of benefits and experiences that come with combining travel and work.
History of Digital Nomad Day
Digital Nomad Day was created by the publishers of Rootless Living Magazine in 2020 to celebrate remote workers who travel to different locations to work and live.
Remote working is a relatively recent lifestyle, boosted by the increasing number of online-based jobs and the prevalence of Internet use around the world. For many people, working in fixed environments, like office buildings, can stifle their comfort, inspiration, and energy enough to the point that they cannot perform at their best or grow. Most people who work in these conditions see travel as one of the main activities they would like to do on their days off. With digital nomadism, the process of travel and work are combined, giving them the best of both worlds.
The digital nomad lifestyle has gained popularity in recent years. For example, the number of digital nomads in the United States has tripled from 4.8 million in 2018 to 15.5 million in 2021. It is also notable that 66% of digital nomads tend to be traditional employees who choose to work remotely, meaning that it is not a lifestyle reserved only for independent workers.
Because travel is such an important factor in the digital nomad lifestyle, it can also help lower daily spending rates as traditional expenses such as daily commuting and monthly rent are eliminated. This is attractive mainly for those working in cities that have high costs of living. Many digital nomads travel using planes, trains, and even vans at their own pace and typically lodge themselves in affordable accommodation.
It also helps increase exposure to new ideas and environments, while also expanding networks by being around different kinds of people. In other words, the experience helps develop the worker in a way that serves them well in both their career and human development.
Digital Nomad Day timeline
Noyce, Intel co-founder, publicly proclaims that "remote working is the future."
Steve Roberts, an American engineer, undertakes his "Computing Across America" journey, essentially becoming the first publicly recognized digital nomad.
The World Wide Web is invented by Tim Berners-Lee, paving the way for the Internet as we know it today.
Rolf Potts releases his book "Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to Long-Term Travel," recognized as one of the most influential books about digital nomadism.
Rootless Living Magazine initiates the first National Digital Nomad Day.
Digital Nomad Day FAQs
What jobs do digital nomads have?
A digital nomad can work any job, so long as it can be done online. Typical digital nomads tend to work as bloggers, writers, journalists, or those working in the tech and marketing industries. These jobs offer a greater amount of flexibility due to not being reliant on offices to complete their work.
Does remote working affect productivity levels?
In recent years, many big companies have warmed up to the idea of remote work. According to a 2021 survey by Qualtrics XM, an American experience management company, 55% of employers say that remote working does not impact productivity levels negatively.
Do digital nomads require visas?
Some countries, such as those in the European Union, offer specific digital nomad visas. Elsewhere, digital nomads must adhere to the various visa conditions of their destination countries. Some countries allow digital nomads to work with a tourist visa, while some require working visas. Be wary of the conditions if you don’t want to get into trouble with immigration services.
Digital Nomad Day Activities
Talk to a friend who is currently living the digital nomad life
If you know someone who is currently living as a digital nomad, talk to them about their experiences so that you can form a better perspective on their lifestyle. Who knows, maybe you might be inspired to try it out yourself!
Work outside the office once in a while
The essence of digital nomadism is the ability to work from wherever. Whenever you have the time, try working in different environments out of the office, such as cafes or co-working spaces, to see if you are cut out for it.
Attend digital nomad conferences
Take part, either online or in-person, in various digital nomad events happening around you. These events are attended by digital nomads who share experiences and ideas that can help you grasp a greater understanding of the way of life.
5 Best Places For Digital Nomads
Chiang Mai, Thailand
This Northern Thai city is popular with travelers and digital nomads alike due to its relaxed, friendly environment and inexpensive living costs.
The island of Bali is a top destination for digital nomads due to its affordability, beautiful scenery, and active digital nomad culture.
With its pristine beaches, rich culture, and tech-savvy population, Lisbon is frequently recognized as one of the best places for digital nomads.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
The vibrant nightlife and abundant co-working and co-living spaces in the city make the Argentinian capital an attractive choice.
Busan, South Korea
South Korea is home to the world's fastest Internet speeds, and the picturesque city of Busan offers a more affordable living cost than the capital Seoul.
Why We Love Digital Nomad Day
It pays tribute to those who are living and thriving in it
Digital Nomad Day pays tribute to those who have chosen to undertake this lifestyle and have reaped its benefits. Choosing to live a nomadic lifestyle is a big step to take for many, and we applaud those who have taken that step in pursuit of either a better life or broadening their horizons.
It celebrates a lifestyle that helps develop adaptational skills
While many see it as such, the digital nomad lifestyle is not a vacation. It gives the person a greater amount of independence, but it compels them to be responsible for themselves in adapting to new environments and work methods. Those living this life must form their own patterns of productivity and realize the consequences of not doing so. Thus, Digital Nomad Day celebrates a lifestyle that can help one develop their adaptational skills.
It places the responsibility of keeping your mind sharp on you
Digital Nomad Day honors a manner of living that places the responsibility of keeping your mind fresh solely on you. The experiences and perspectives that you gain from different environments may help you become more exposed to new ideas and trends that can help develop your way of thinking. Doing so may serve you well in the future.
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