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Goodbye, America. I'm becoming a nomad (again)!

Mike Elgan | March 15, 2016
I've been trying to escape the surly bonds of sedentary living for a decade.

My favorite slogan for nomadism is: "If you can work from home, you can work from Rome." And telecommuting and remote work are very much on the rise. Some 37% of US workers have now telecommuted, according to a Gallup poll. Some have even predicted that half the workforce will telecommute full time within four years.

And the nomad products! It's an increasingly growing industry with countless books and blogs. But now there's a digital nomad cruise, a digital nomad documentary, a digital nomad magazine and a digital nomad dating service. National Geographic even hired a professional digital nomad.

More importantly, the world has changed in the nomads' favor.

A new category of travel service has emerged for all-inclusive digital nomad situations. By paying a set fee, these companies will provide a room, co-working space, airline tickets, travel insurance and more in several countries in a row. All the users live together, so everyone in the living and working spaces is also a digital nomad. The companies I know of that provide these package deals include The Remote Experience, DNX Camp, Caravanserai (now called Roam.co), Terminal 3, Remote Year and Roam.

Google last week unveiled a handy feature on Google Flights called "Interests." You tell Google what kinds of things you like to do, and they'll tell you where to go.

A site called Nomad List lets you click on your criteria for living (clean air, female-friendly, etc.), and then it will list recommended cities, complete with cost of living, weather and other information.

Anyone who wants even more help can turn to Teleport, a service that walks you through the planning and execution of your nomad dream.

Everyone's heard of AirBnB, which enables you to rent rooms, apartments and homes. And many know about HotelTonight, which is about last-minute booking. A new site called Overnight combines the two concepts, enabling you to book last-minute AirBnB type accommodations. You'll really appreciate this one when you find yourself on some far-flung island without a reservation.

I'm even seeing nomad-friendly financial services. One startup called Revolut gives you an internationally accepted credit card, plus an app that lets you transfer money.

In short, it's a wonderful time to join the nomad movement, live abroad and experience what it's like to live as a citizen of the world.

At first, the mere existence of laptops and the ubiquity of Wi-Fi hotspots made nomadic living possible. Now, a universe of on-demand and sharing-economy services has made it almost easy.

 

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