Myths And Truths About Digital Nomads

digital nomads truths and myths
Digital nomads myths and truths

It’s widely believed that a digital nomad is a single male in his twenties who owns only his laptop and mobile and is constantly en route. Well, in some cases it is true. This kind of digital nomadity still exists.

The other side of the truth is that the first generation of digital nomads is now deep in their forties, married, with children and represent both main genders more or less equally. 

To go to definitions, a digital monad is a person who does their job mostly remotely and is not bonded to the particular place. Not necessarily traveling 99% of their time.

Neither nomads live in shelters. There are very few diginomads who are very rich, most represent steadily wealthy middle class with fancy income.  They own like a (few) fancy house(s) and sports cars. Just for fun. Many adopt a golden retriever as well. Or a chihuahua or a cat to fit the jetlag lifestyle better.

They are not that restless as well. Most live for years in the same country or switching between two-three same countries. 

Digital nomads definitely prefer to arrange their life and lifestyle exactly in their own fashion, not as a particular government would like them to.

They would like to decide themselves, in what country they pay their taxes, where their children study, who provide their healthcare and who handle their pension funds. 

Their children attend expensive, usually English speaking, private schools with intensive and extensive curriculum. These children aim at the same level of efficiency as their parents, and don’t have time to lose in the public barely there schools. 

How do they entertain their children? Giving a child a laptop. It’s not what you think. For example, my own child entertains himself with learning HTML and now PHP. He’s 9.

The worst problems of digital nomadity are far gone from ill internet connection and lack of running water. Nowadays, the internet is covering some 80 % of our planet Earth, over and under its surface. 

The biggest problem of digital nomadity is the lack of a legal pack, that allows nomadity as a lifestyle. Each country desperately tries to make them adhere to their habitat register and tax residence. No surprise, as their income is rather attractive to tax. Despite the fact, diginomads don’t fancy using a lot of local free services. They prefer quality over free download.

So, the dilemma each diginomad faces at least once in a lifetime: how to choose  a county to live in to benefit from the status they’ve achieved. Working their asses out, by the way. Not that they would like to bond to any specific country.

Nomadity is not any new phenomenon. It’s been  existing as long as human history acknowledges itself. The problems came with the modern society of well-being and its obsessive addiction to nail the citizens to the stationary address. The more the person tries to escape their liabilities, the harder the law presses. 

We are not talking about breaking the law, anyway. Diginomads are usually law-abiding citizens, whose worst law offenses end up with overdriving.  They just don’t need a babysitter in the face of a government. 

The other huge problem diginomad families faces is the educational system, which demands children to be present physically at their lessons. Well, this is going to change soon anyway. Still, an educational institution which allows children to attend school remotely is still missing.

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