The growth of freelance contracts, teleworking and wifi has enabled thousands of new technology professionals to move to the other side of the world without losing their customers or their jobs. But the other side of the coin is not always glorious…
The picture is often heavenly: an individual sitting on a deckchair on a white sandy beach, a laptop computer on his lap and a cocktail of fresh fruit juice at hand. This is the image we have of digital nomads. These lucky people who take advantage of an Internet network that is now easily accessible in many parts of the world - preferably sunny - to work remotely.
We estimate that there are between 250,000 and 500,000 digital nomads around the world. "This figure was arrived at by identifying Facebook groups dedicated to digital nomads and based on surveys conducted in countries where the majority of them go.
The risk of being in an above-ground community
To find oneself alone in front of oneself is however the cornerstone of an initiatory journey. A dimension that some of these new technology craftsmen are looking for. "This boom around digital nomadism has its origin in the Sabbatical years, which are cultural in the United States or Germany. But leaving with your computer in your bag gives you security by saying “I’m not going to leave the world of work”. Travel bloggers have contributed to this change in mentality by showing that it is possible to travel for a living,
In order not to create above-ground bubbles of Western digital nomads in developing countries, some players in the sector are launching initiatives to confront their customers with the local population.