Digital nomads

My Experience Living and Working in These Three Places as a Digital Nomad – Rolling Stone

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Digital nomads are a unique bunch. No longer bound by the constraints of physical space in order to work, we are the hyper-mobile children of the digital age. Many of us have carefully — and often painstakingly — created a lifestyle that allows us to choose where we spend our days, as long as we have good internet access. This mobility has its obvious perks: One week we can answer our emails while sipping coconut water in the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica…….

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Opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of Rolling Stone editors or publishers.

Digital nomads are a unique bunch. No longer bound by the constraints of physical space in order to work, we are the hyper-mobile children of the digital age. Many of us have carefully — and often painstakingly — created a lifestyle that allows us to choose where we spend our days, as long as we have good internet access. This mobility has its obvious perks: One week we can answer our emails while sipping coconut water in the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and the next we’ll be taking that Zoom call in a cute coffee shop overlooking the Plaça Virreina in Barcelona.

For many, this sort of lifestyle sounds like a dream; and indeed, there’s a good reason why some of us have worked so hard to create a life that allows us to work remotely. However, there are also significant downsides and difficulties that would be irresponsible to ignore, both in the global and the personal levels.

The global-level challenges are self-evident and mostly refer to the undeniable social and ecological impact that travel and tourism can have. Flights translate to carbon footprints, and getting the most out of our dollars, pounds, euros or yens by spending them in developing countries is a double-edged sword, stimulating local economies while also driving prices up, encouraging gentrification and potentially damaging the social fabric of the local communities. Taking Covid-19-times into account, this can also present a unique challenge, depending on your circumstances and limitations.

On the individual level, digital nomads often struggle with loneliness and burnout. While meeting new people can be exhilarating, the rapid rates of hellos and goodbyes can have a toll on our emotional health and leave us somewhat reticent to invest time and energy in transient relationships with people we might not ever see again. If we happen to be on the more introverted pole of the spectrum, forget it. If we are craving deeper connections and the comfort of being around people who have known us for a long time, being on the road for too long can leave us feeling lonely and burnt out.

The following list of places I have worked and lived as a digital nomad myself takes into account some of the factors we have touched on here. Cultural opportunities can be a great way to drive those deeper connections and mitigate burnout. Here’s what these three places had to offer me as a creative and remote worker.

Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica

The Nicoya Peninsula in the pacific coast of Costa Rica is one of the “Blue Zones” of planet Earth. A Blue Zone is classified as an area where residents enjoy extraordinarily long, healthy lives, often completing over a hundred spins around the sun. Costa Rica is not the cheapest country for a digital nomad, …….

Source: https://www.rollingstone.com/culture-council/articles/experience-living-working-digital-nomad-1249661/