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  • Writer's pictureShelby Zamora

Work-From-Anywhere Digital Nomads

One of the most exciting things to come out of the pandemic is that companies accepted the fact that they need to listen to their employees and cater to their needs, especially as there’s a war for talent happening. The hybrid work model looks like it will be the new standard. Workers will be in the office two to three days a week and work remotely the rest of the time. There are now other new, different, fun and exciting ways to work.

During the outbreak, there’s been a fast-emerging trend of workers taking residence in other countries, as a digital nomad. People have taken to doing their jobs at the beach or near ski slopes. Some decided to relocate to lower-cost locations within the United States to save money—while still receiving the same pay. Adventurous types traveled to other countries.

Blueground Nomads

To capitalize on this new and exciting trend, Blueground, a proptech company, is reinventing the way people live and work with its new program—

Blueground Nomads. The startup offers around 4,000 fully furnished apartments in 15 cities around the world. You could sign up for an apartment wherever and whenever you want.

The company is courting people who want to explore and experience new adventures. You could have an extended stay in an apartment for a month or longer. It could be in New York, London, Paris, Athens or Vienna. As opposed to Airbnb, where you rent a person’s home, Blueground offers corporate apartments to ensure consistency and safety. The company provides a ready-to-move-in apartment, along with the tools needed to work remotely.

Leaving Big Cities, Going To Different Exotic Places

The work-anywhere-in-the-world or digital-nomad movement will continue to accelerate with remote work becoming commonplace. This trend skews toward white-collar workers. During the pandemic, we’ve seen Wall Street bankers, hedge fund managers, tech titans and others flee big cities, such as New York, for the Hamptons, Palm Beach, Martha's Vineyard, suburbs of Connecticut and New Jersey or jet off to exotic locations.

Several countries encouraged Americans to migrate there with special visas and open arms. Since tourism was down due to the Covid-19 and their economies hurting, Barbados, Estonia, Bermuda and Georgia opened their doors to Americans, inviting them to come, work, pay taxes and contribute to the economy.

Living The RV Lifestyle

The same way people view remote work as gaining back freedom, there’s been a steady growing movement of people traveling the U.S. in their recreational vehicles (RV) for work and pleasure.

The Escapees RV Club is one of the largest and most active RVing communities in the world. The group has over 60,000 members, around 100 employees and thousands of volunteers. Many members live in their RV year-round. Some travel nonstop and others may spend some weeks or months in one location before moving on. The group covers all ages, including Millennials, Gen-Xers, Baby Boomers and the Greatest Generation.

The organization says that it's relatively easy to conduct business remotely in an RV from anywhere they want, as “today’s sophisticated options for mobile internet make it possible to stay connected and work remotely from almost anywhere.”

The pandemic brought us a lot of pain, but it also opened our eyes. We no longer need to be shackled to an office eight to 10 hours a day, five days a week. As workers are regaining power due to a hot job market, they’re able to demand flexible options. People can now lead their best lives by working the way they want from wherever they desire.

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