Young people across the world face a dilemma when it comes to travel. When we’re expected to find a job immediately after graduating or finishing high school, how could it ever be possible to truly see the world? If money isn’t an immediate concern, there’s a straightforward answer. 

What is a digital nomad?

A digital nomad is someone who works remotely while traveling between different regions, countries or continents. Many digital nomads are independent contractors or freelancers, but there are some with traditional – but entirely remote – working arrangements too.

And the popularity of this type of lifestyle is soaring too. Since 2019, digital nomads have increased by 131% and this rate shows no signs of slowing, with almost 17 million Americans identifying as digital nomads. More countries are releasing different types of digital nomad visa, making it easier than ever to abandon the typical office job.

Why are more people becoming digital nomads?

  1. There’s a widespread craving for luxury.

In the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, people have started to feel even more compelled to travel and explore while pursuing their careers. And for those on vacation or working as digital nomads, the need for luxury is stronger than ever.

In the hotel and hospitality sector, there’s a high demand for luxury real estate despite high-interest rates and unprecedented costs. Those with the means will continue to seek the best of the best, whether that’s in the quality of their accommodation or the reputation of the places they visit.

  1. World-famous hotspots are shared on social media.

From Instagram to TikTok, previously top-secret locations have been revealed as some of the most luxurious and prestigious locations in which to live and work. Many involve travel to remote islands and territories, but luxury travel is made simple when you book private jets to your next destination as a digital nomad. 

A few of the most shared and enviable locations for luxury digital nomads include:

  • The Caribbean Islands: The Bahamas and Barbados are reserved for top-end experiences, so why not take the leap and make the Caribbean your home for a while? Sun, sea, and a gentle stream of income will be guaranteed.
  • Thailand: Known for its delectable cuisine and low cost of living, some of the more idyllic beach resorts in Thailand are now proving popular with luxury digital nomads. The country is also incredibly welcoming to this lifestyle for international visitors.
  • Iceland: If your dream digital nomad experience involves connecting with nature and feeling rejuvenated every day, Iceland makes a wonderful solution. From seeing the northern lights to standing underneath waterfalls, you could realize your Icelandic dreams as soon as you check out a long-term visa there.
  1. Co-living spaces expand the possibilities.

Lastly, thanks to co-living spaces specifically developed for remote workers, the range of options for digital nomads has been thoroughly extended. 

Even though the phrase ‘co-living’ might originally prompt thoughts of communal hostels and guest houses, luxury co-living spaces are on the rise. We’re seeing more luxury apartments appear on Airbnb too.

These cutting-edge facilities come with everything you need to live comfortably, in a similar way to a hotel – while offering amenities and facilities to make remote working simple and hassle-free. From high-speed internet to swimming pools, these co-living spaces offer an incredible alternative to extending university studies or staying at home. 

The luxury digital nomad sector is emerging, seeing more and more remote workers turning to unconventional means and a new way of life.