What’s next for Digital Nomads and Remote Workers after Coronavirus?
The end of this COVID-19 pandemic is in sight. We asked several Digital Nomads and Remote Workers what are their plans once the chaos is over, and how they are dealing with it. This article is the result.
This virus outbreak had a huge impact on people’s lives, and the remote workers and digital nomads are no exception. We wanted to know what are their plans after this worldwide health pandemic. We asked them questions about where they currently are, if they have plans to travel once borders open again and which were the main changes to their lifestyle. Read on to see what the wider community replied and if you share their ideas.
3 things digital nomads will do after Coronavirus
The number one thing everybody agreed on was moving again. None of us, digital nomads, want to stay put any longer! We all can’t wait to be able to get back out there and either travel again, finally relocate or go home for a while.
By far the widest spread desire is to travel the world again. We are digital nomads, after all. We have had more than enough of our time of digital the past 5 months, we now want to catch up to the nomad part. We (Matilde and Miguel) are definitely missing the traveling and world exploring we chose to be our life. We also couldn’t agree more with the nomad who said:
“No more winters in Portugal. Ever! 🙂”
Even though we have one of the best winters in Europe, we couldn’t stop thinking of how would it feel to be in some tropical country. Maybe it’s best to move on…
Many digital nomads are waiting for international travels to open again to relocate. Travel-bans and border closures have forced all of us to stay put. It didn’t matter what our plans were. Some of us had a move already planned and have had to cancel it. Others told us that being forced for months in their chosen home-base without any travel opportunity has made them realize they don’t like where they are living quite that much or realized they would have rather be somewhere else. Lastly, many digital nomads have been stuck in the country they were visiting and had to call it their home during the pandemic and their visa has run out in the meanwhile.
It didn’t matter whether for choice or accident, some remote workers were prevented from coming home and quarantining with their families and friends. We have all heard and seen videos of our conditionals stuck in a foreign country unable to find (or afford) the flight home. After months of being apart, all they want to do is go home to see everyone. At least until the travel bug bits them again.
3 main changes in the travel industry
Regardless of our wanderlust, the borders to our dream destination might stay close for a lot longer. Most countries are months away from reopening to the world and even when they do, they are likely to keep enforcing a 14 days isolation period for international travelers.
Coronavirus has brought us close to a “currency war”. One result can be seen in the changed conversion rates. These changes are going to impact if digital nomads can afford to travel, how soon after the lift in restrictions and where to. For example, the Euro has become quite expensive for Brazilians and not many can afford to come to Europe at this rate.
The aviation industry has been one of the hardest hit by the Covid-19 outbreak. It’s too early to say which airlines will survive but not to say that international air travels will not look the same for a long time. A few airlines have already resumed international flights but the future flight schedules and prices are still a big unknown. This could be a good chance for us to explore a different way of moving, try slow traveling and lowering our movements’ environmental impact.
3 aspects that gain importance in our lives
“I think I’ll feel freer in a city that has a lower rate of spread and less density”
We have all seen on the news the several different responses countries have taken to fight the virus spread. The population death toll changes immensely between countries. Coronavirus is going to stick around longer so we are more likely to carefully choose the next destination to avoid getting infected or being somewhere with a less than optimal health care system.
The future is very unpredictable. We are all vulnerable. These are just some of the lessons the Covid-19 outbreak has taught all of us. Those of us that had the foresight to prepare for the worst suffered less during the past 5 months. We should all consider putting some savings aside or starting a side-hustle or even just having extra unpublished material to use on our social media. Even though another world pandemic is unlikely, we learned not to be unprepared again. And having a backup plan can always come in handy.
Coronavirus has caused the global stock market to crash. It is estimated that it will cost the global economy $2.7 trillion. Remote workers have also been heavily financially affected as a lot of us have seen loss or reduction of income. Especially for those of us who are freelancers or work in very affected industries.
3 positive outcomes of the pandemic
Travelling within our own country is, without a doubt, going to be on the rise. Both because of a sense of patriotism, we all want to help our country and the tourism industry was heavily affected, and also because it’s all we will be able to do for a while longer.
“I decided to spend the summer here as I believe we will not see much travelling happen between continents”
Once a remote worker…
…always a remote worker?
Covid-19 has caused a global shift to a work-from-home model. Some of these forced remote workers might continue doing it full time and decide to join the digital nomad workforce. See our article on the impact of Coronavirus on remote work explaining the advantages of it for the employees and the benefits for the employers.
Learned a new skill
Having been locked inside for months has pushed many to learn a new skill or to launch new projects (we launched our first online product, yay!). For some, it has been just the start of a new journey down the video making (or blogging, or Instagramming, etc) path they have always wanted to explore. For others, the completion of a single photography/journaling/etc course will be enough. Whatever your goal, kudos for turning this forced time alone into a new valuable skill! Who knows, that is going to lead somewhere else…
Read also: 10 Remote Work Hacks and Tricks
3 future changes in the digital nomads’ world
At NomadX we have noticed a new trend in rentals, with a big increase in longer-term rentals over shorter-term ones. Whilst the travel bans and closed borders are playing an important role in it, this trend is likely to continue all through 2021. Digital nomads will still be choosing to live at different locations but for the longer-term as it’s safer and more economical.
Nomads are going to return to the road first. Van owners will increase as it allows for travels close to home while national borders are shut. It also limits crowds exposures as there is no shared travelling. Plus, it can be a good compromise for those that have just been allowed to work remotely for a company and want to continue doing so part-time or a few months a year.
New travel destinations
It is possible that we will see a shift in the international destinations for digital nomads. No more just picking the classics but also a spread out approach to more remote locations where they do not have as many restrictions or fear of infections and where the prices might be more affordable.
“I want to travel, but I don’t want to put neither myself nor others in danger because of that”
Now we are wondering what’s next for you, once this pandemic is over? Let us know in the comments!
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As Digital Nomads ourselves, we know what the market is looking for: trusted, affordable accommodations in highly-attractive locations worldwide at 45% less than AirBNB. We also offer educational masterclasses to help master the lifestyle as well as community events to help foster new friendships.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Matilde & Miguel are a Portuguese couple who combined the passion for traveling with entrepreneurship and became Digital Nomads. They created the TravelB4Settle brand in late 2017 and since then they focused on Content Creation and Digital Marketing. Their main goal is to inspire and educate others to become Digital Nomads and help businesses all around the world to grow their presence online.