More Westerners are digital nomads

The term “digital nomad” often brings to mind college-educated tech-savvy young people from wealthy countries, who are able to leverage the most “geo-arbitrage,” a jargon describing the perks Westerners enjoy in less developed countries.

Amplified by the 2010 New York Times bestseller “The 4-hour Work Week: Escape The 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich” by Timothy Ferris, the digital-nomad movement took off among millennial white-collar workers in the West in the last decade.

Now that the momentum has spread worldwide, insiders believe the make-up of the group is unlikely to change much after the pandemic.

A postdoctoral researcher at the University of Finland who studies digital nomads said, “At the moment, being a digital nomad is a very Western phenomenon of people who can travel the world; becoming one is a symbol of a ‘privileged lifestyle.’ It’s easier for some people to become digital nomads.”

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