The year was 2019. Your passport was full. You could rattle off the best cocktails in at least a dozen international airport lounges. You could pack a year's worth of necessities into the smallest TSA-approved carry-on. Then, 2020 happened. Now, in 2021, your airline miles have expired, your suitcase is buried in the back of your closet, and the furthest you've traveled is from your home office to the fridge.
So, you're a little rusty. No worries! Last year might have thrown most digital nomads for a loop, but the world is opening up, and it's time to get back in the game and start working while traveling once again.
The good news is you won't be alone. Even a global pandemic couldn't completely sideline the rise of the digital nomad. Since 2018, the ranks of wandering workers have doubled to nearly 11 million just in the U.S. In fact, the pandemic may have served as the catalyst for new growth, as suddenly remote workers realized they could work, travel, and have it all.
It's time to get back out there, and we've got the travel hacks to help you get back into the swing of things. But lest you think this is another "remote work 101" blog reminding you to pack an extra charger or make time for sightseeing, think again. Here, we're offering you some real talk on how to make a plan and live your best #WorkFromRoam life (again).
After more than a year of closed borders, there are tentative signs of hope that the world is settling back into something resembling normalcy. But some countries are still off-limits to U.S. travelers and tourists. Other countries, however, are ready to rebuild their lagging economies, and they've realized that encouraging and enticing remote workers and digital nomads is a really effective way to do that.
Many nations are offering unprecedented incentives to attract those looking for a short- or long-term workcation, and the list is growing. Whether you want to lounge on a Caribbean beach or soak in rich European culture, there are plenty of places you can go to reignite your work-from-anywhere spark. Here's how to pick your perfect spot:
You probably already know where to find the lowest costs on travel, from airline tickets to accommodations. But now that you're getting back into the work-from-anywhere life, there are a few additional numbers you'll want to keep in mind:
Travel can be risky business, and at the tail end of a worldwide pandemic, it's sometimes a crapshoot. Flights can get canceled, and a new outbreak can close borders in the blink of an eye. Plus, even if you're vaccinated and healthy, you're still at risk for other illnesses and accidents. Here's what you need to know about insuring yourself for a safe trip:
There's always a bit of culture shock when traveling to an unfamiliar locale, but after more than a year at home, you may feel it even more. Luckily, you can work on strengthening your digital nomad network before you travel to connect with like-minded peers and helpful locals at your destination. Here's how to grow your community:
Ready to roam? We hope these travel tips will get your digital nomad dreams back on the right track. Need more advice as you go back out into the great, wide world? Check out our #RemoteWork blog for more!