What is

Digital Nomads


Contractors or employees who work from anywhere in the world and rely on technology to execute their projects.

It’s been a buzzword on all hiring managers’ lips lately, but who are digital nomads, and how can you (or should you?) incorporate them into your distributed team? 

Digital nomads are individuals who use technology to work remotely and are free to live and work from various locations around the world. They typically rely on laptops, smartphones, and an internet connection to carry out their work, making it possible for them to work from cafes, co-working spaces, hotels, or any other place with a stable internet connection.

The term "digital nomad" emerged as technology and the internet made it easier for people to work remotely and communicate with others across the globe. This lifestyle allows digital nomads to be location-independent, giving them the flexibility to travel and explore different countries and cultures while still earning a living.

Some characteristics and aspects commonly associated with digital nomads include:

  • Remote work: Digital nomads are often freelancers, remote employees, entrepreneurs, or individuals who have set up their online businesses. Their work is not tied to a specific physical location, enabling them to work from anywhere with an internet connection.
  • Travel and Exploration: Digital nomads often move from one place to another, staying for varying durations, ranging from a few weeks to several months. They can explore new destinations, experience different cultures, and meet people from all walks of life.
  • Flexibility and Work-Life Balance: Digital nomads can set their work hours and blend work with leisure. This lifestyle allows them to pursue personal interests and hobbies while maintaining professional commitments.
  • Community and Networking: Digital nomads often form communities in different locations, sharing experiences, tips, and knowledge about the best places to work and live. Online forums, social media groups, and co-working spaces facilitate networking among digital nomads.
  • Challenges and Considerations: While the digital nomad lifestyle offers numerous benefits, it also comes with challenges, such as visa regulations, language barriers, time zone differences, and a consistent internet connection. Additionally, some people may struggle with feelings of isolation or needing to constantly adapt to new environments.

The rise of digital nomadism has been fueled by advancements in remote work technologies, a desire for greater work-life balance, and the allure of experiencing diverse cultures and landscapes. However, it's important to note that this lifestyle is not suited for everyone, and individuals considering becoming digital nomads should carefully weigh the pros and cons before making the leap.

How Can Borderless Help?

Managing a remote team is tough. At Borderless, we understand the ins and outs of global employment, including tricky topics like digital nomads. We’re here to ensure you understand how digital nomads impact both your payroll responsibilities as an employer and your legal compliance requirements.   

In over 170 countries, we can help you understand the different work cultures worldwide and act as your guide through your employees’ entire tenure with your company. 

Book a demo today to find out how we can help.