Without tourists and nomads spending money there, the workforce is shrinking, businesses are dying.
The question is, will there be anything worth traveling for once the lockdowns end?
After all, a main attraction of seeing the world as a digital nomad is geo-arbitrage – the chance to live a cheaper, better life than at home and not the chance to live a developing world existence.
Our View | Death Of The Digital Nomad Has Been Greatly Exaggerated
It’s certainly true that 2020 has been a disastrous year for digital nomads.
Given the collapse of the industries which serve this once vibrant community – even if you could travel, you might not want to.
Don’t worry. This is not forever. There will be a new normal eventually that will look more like the old normal. Same same, but different?
But there may never be a wholesale return to traditional offices once employers see that remote work can be effective. If not, more effective.
And during this transitional period there will be a rush of new entrepreneurs looking to cater to the new-breed of digital nomads whose numbers have swelled during a pandemic where nearly everyone has had to learn to work remotely.
Those who never dreamed of becoming nomads may find that when the dust settles from the pandemic that they are overcome with an urge to see the world. Or at least their own country.
Nicholas Barang has lived in Asia for nearly 15 years. He makes his living as a writer, marketer, and blogger. His passions include photography, reading and Heavy Metal. He’s the co-founder of Nomad Talk.
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