Digital nomads. A one-time trend or the new normal?
The idea of traveling the world while making a healthy full-time salary once sounded like a pipe dream. But in 2019 and beyond, it’s more possible than ever.
While the popular media may portray a digital nomad as a freelance photographer with 100,000 Instagram followers and daily adventures jumping off waterfalls, the reality is much more approachable.
The stats back it up: according to Flexjobs, more digital nomads are employed by a company (35%) than are freelancers (28%) or business owners (18%).
Even more surprising? The majority of digital nomads are not pesky whippersnappers (millennials) living their 20s in exotic locations. The data shows that only 27% identify as millennials or gen Z, a full 41% identify as gen X, and a surprising 32% identify as baby boomers or the silent generation.
In addition, the balance heavily favors women, with a split of digital nomads at 70% women and 30% men.
A 2017 Gallup poll found that a third of US-based employees would consider changing jobs if it meant they could work remotely and have a more flexible schedule. If you belong to this 33%, here are the best careers you could pursue to give yourself the ultimate freedom to travel:
How to Become a Digital Nomad
Want to become a digital nomad yourself? Create a plan to release yourself from the burden of a desk job, setting a specific date. You’ll want to start saving for the transition phase to give yourself a soft landing if things don’t work out perfectly.
If your current job role isn’t one that’s remote-friendly, you should learn the skills you need to make a shift to a path that’s easier to do remotely. For example, if you’re a traditional marketer at a local company, you would want to upskill yourself with digital marketing and analytics training to transition to a more digital job. Are you in the movie industry that requires you to be on-location in Los Angeles? Perhaps you can learn to be a freelance travel photographer so your job can follow you anywhere.