The Rise and Future of Digital Nomading

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I’ve previously shared some of Pieter Levels’ content and story. In case you haven’t read that post, he’s the Founder of NomadList & RemoteOk and is one of the most prominent digital nomads. He did a detailed breakdown of the future of digital nomading which is a great watch (or you can read the written version on his site).

The key takeaways from the video are that:

  1. The freelance industry and internet speeds are both increasing quickly
  2. Fewer people are getting married in the U.S. (which leads to reduced homeownership)
  3. Travel costs between places are generally decreasing while also increasing in speed

In Pieter’s words:

“To summarize, we have fast, cheap internet, fast, cheap air travel, so many freelancers, everybody’s almost a freelancer, nobody’s marrying (or less people, at least), and everybody’s dating everyone. There’s no ownership, so I only have a laptop in my back … Like nomads, we’ll move around the world. We don’t own anything. Most of us, what we do is rent, use Airbnb, or stay in hotels, we buy food, that stuff.”

I've been building digital businesses, wandering the world, and writing about optimizing life for freedom since early 2017. My mission is to lower the barrier for people who want to live with more freedom: whether that be as an entrepreneur, a digital nomad, an early retiree, or just as someone who wants to live a happiness-driven life.