The rise of digital nomads has become more evident in the era of Covid-19. Despite travel plummeting for well over a year, countries across the world have started targeting these traveling professionals.
As parts of the world enter the post-pandemic era, countries are working around the clock to bring in these highly skilled remote workers, who have quickly become a hot commodity.
Many digital nomads have managed to build their careers online, allowing them to work from any multi-colored villa their heart desires. Some choose areas with low tax rates, others find locations with the best coffee shops and Wi-Fi.
For example, Harvard graduate Nuseir Yassin purchased a camera and one-way plane ticket after quitting his engineering job at Venmo. He then started a Facebook page Nas Daily, where he posts short videos from new locations each day for the next 1,000 days.
Yassin’s story echoes that of many other digital nomads. While the past year forced the community to take a pause, various areas of the world have been preparing to better suit this group.
As restrictions in parts of the world begin to loosen, areas that rely on tourism have created digital nomad visa programs that allow these professionals to work from a nation for at least one year.
Estonia, which has one of the most technologically advanced governments in the world, was one of the first to roll out this type of program. It’s visa allows visitors working for an overseas employer to live in the country for up to 12 months.