Explained: Becoming a Digital Nomad in 2022

Digital Nomad

Did you know? In 2021, there were 35 million digital nomads globally.

Of course! We all want to travel while we are still working from remote locations and this is now more possible with the world getting back to normal. If you are a digital nomad or want to become a digital nomad, we got you covered.

In the year 2022, imagine you still have the opportunity to work remotely, where would you go? With several companies calling back their employees to the office and others offering hybrid modes of working, this is the right time to pack your bags and go work at your dream location. We are here to help you become a digital nomad and achieve that dream.

So, who is a digital nomad?

If I would have told you, two or three years back that you could be anywhere in the world enjoying scenic locations and still work, you would be laughing at me. Pandemic has changed everything for the world. The introduction of remote working, as well as hybrid working, has given everyone a choice and freedom to work as well as enjoy their lives.

Digital Nomads are remote workers who prefer to work from different locations than the typical four walls. You will find a digital nomad working from a public library, co-working spaces, or coffee shops, solely relying on their wireless internet and devices to work.

Did you know? The average age of a digital nomad is around 32 years old.

What are the basic requirements of a digital nomad?

Being a digital nomad allows you to enjoy the freedom of working from anywhere in the world with the simple requirement of high-end technology and other basic requirements. You could work in a café shop, library or any remote location with a strong internet connection and electricity.

Here are the following things you must have as a digital nomad:

  1. A strong internet connection
  2. Portable charger
  3. External hard drive
  4. Lap Desk
  5. A good headphone/ headset
  6. Travel organizer
  7. Travel Bag
  8. Electric organizer
  9. A good environment with the best view
  10. A ton of apps on your phone

Did you know? Around 50% of remote employees say that finding Wi-Fi is their biggest challenge.

Pros and Cons of being a digital nomad

Pros of a digital nomad

  • A proper work-life balance
  • You can travel to different places
  • Opportunity to explore your hobbies
  • You can learn about a new culture

Cons of a digital nomad

  • Traveling can be expensive
  • Constant traveling can be exhausting
  • Away from family and friends
  • Can become discomforting

10 Best digital nomad jobs for you

Did you know? 70% of digital nomads work 40 hours per week or fewer, 33% of digital nomads work more than 40 hours per week.

  1. Writer
  2. Blogging
  3. Social Media Manager
  4. Tour Guide
  5. Video Editor
  6. Website tester
  7. Data Entry Jobs
  8. Programming
  9. Voice Over, voice ads, artist
  10. Graphics Designer

10 must-have digital nomad visas for you

Did you know? 80% of digital nomads stay in one place for 3 to 9 months, and 66% stay in one place between 3 to 6 months.

  1. Portugal
  • Language: Portuguese
  • Currency: Euro
  • Famous Places to visit: Lisbon, Sintra, Porto, Évora, Óbidos, Tavira, Parque Natural da Ria Formosa
  • Visa: Portugal digital nomad visa, Portugal D7 visa

If you want to visit Portugal, you can apply for independent work which is valid for one year. You can renew the visa twice for additional two years. It will cost you around €83.

  1. Costa Rica
  • Language: Spanish
  • Currency: Costa Rica Colón
  • Famous Places to visit: Puerto Viejo, Cahuita, Tortuguero, Corcovado, Arenal, Manuel Antonio, Monteverde, Poas Volcano.
  • Visa: Costa Rica digital nomad visa, Rentista

You can apply for a temporary visa called Rentista, which allows you to work for two years. Also, you must have a $3,000 stable monthly income from your remote job and proof of health insurance for the duration of the visa.

  1. Anguilla (You’ll love this one if you’re a beach person)
  • Language: English
  • Currency: Eastern Caribbean dollar
  • Famous Places to visit: Shoal Bay East, Meads Bay Beach, Rendezvous Bay Beach, Maundays Bay Beach, Sandy Ground Village, Island Harbour
  • Visa/program: Anguilla digital nomad visa, The Anguilla nomad visa program

There is no minimum income required for the visa. However, you have to pay visa application fees of $2,000 for individuals, and for families of 4, you have to pay $3,000.

  1. The Bahamas
  • Language: English
  • Currency: Bahamian Dollar
  • Famous Places to visit: Grand Bahama, Elbow Cay, Pirate Museum, Paradise Island, Andros, Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park, Ardastra Gardens, Zoo, and Conservation Park
  • Visa: The Bahamas digital nomad visa, Extended Access Travel Stay visa

With extended access travel stay visa, you can stay for one year and a maximum of three years. There is no minimum income required, you can stay and travel to 16 different islands in the Bahamas.

  1. Croatia
  • Language: Croatian
  • Currency: Croatian Kuna
  • Famous Places to visit: Dubrovnik, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Hvar Town, Mljet, Zagreb, Istria, Vis Island
  • Visa: Croatia digital nomad visa

If you want to apply for Croatia digital nomad visa; you need to complete the following conditions; 1. You must be a non-EU/EEA citizen, 2. Monthly income; 16.907,50 kuna per month (€2,250 approx.). In case you don’t have a minimum income, you must have 202.890,00 kuna (€27,000 approx.) in your bank account.

Along with the above-mentioned countries, you can also visit; Germany, Iceland, Norway, Taiwan, Mauritius, Barbados, Antigua & Barbuda, Cabo Verde, Cayman Islands, Curaçao, Czech Republic, Dominica, Estonia, Georgia, Malta, Mexico, Montserrat, and Seychelles.

Is it the best time to become a digital nomad?

Absolutely, yes! Working from the office is so 2019, we are in 2022, where working from the best possible location is now a reality. If you are looking for a change and want to quit your job, our blog, becoming a digital nomad in 2022 will definitely help you. We have answered all your possible questions.

Source for statistics: www.thebrokebackpacker.com