Articolo interessante di Leia Parker per Silicon Valley Business Journal.
“A growing number of tech-savvy entrepreneurs are ditching their day jobs and traveling the world as a long-term lifestyle choice.
The proliferation of coworking spaces and short-stay-rental websites, such as Airbnb, have eased the way for this diaspora of self-identified “digital nomads.”
Although the concept of digital nomads isn’t new, the rise of peer-to-peer economy sites is helping people with transportable skills to find decent places where they can live and work remotely. They eschew the convention of working at a single technology campus or office park. The entire planet is their collaborative workspace, limited only by access to Wi-Fi.
The nomads actually do what many of us only daydream about: They pack up and travel the world, fitting in their work — such as Internet consulting, coding and creating mobile content — around their globe-trotting adventures. Many of them intend to do so indefinitely.
The conditions aren’t always glamorous, but they adapt and overcome. Many of them capture images and share their real-life journeys online, giving friends and followers back home a vicarious vacation to a foreign land.
The nomads have their own hashtag, #digitalnomad, with social networks like Twitter, Instagram and Facebook facilitating communication across the miles, building a sense of community.
A few have even created a digital-nomad anthem, in a parody video about the lifestyle, called ” Daily Café Hustlin’“: “I’m into drop shipping, my stuff is organic, working remotely with customers across the Atlantic.”
A micro-economy is springing up to serve these travelers. The Digital Nomad Hub caters to those who prize “location independence | online income | travel lifestyle.” It provides a portal for those who want to explore blogs, podcasts and books with titles such as ” The Art of Noncomformity” and ” Be a Digital Nomad: A Making It Anywhere Guide.”
Another website, the Nomad List, catalogs many of the world’s best cities for living and working remotely. It provides estimated living costs, Internet speeds and even the number of nomads who are checked in at various locations.
Working their way around the world, digital nomads may opt to work from cafes, but Wi-Fi can be spotty and the noise level can be distracting. Many opt to rent coworking space in offices offering everything they need to get their jobs done — and the added bonus of potentially meeting other digital entrepreneurs.
Those interested in researching coworking spaces can visit the Coworking Wiki, which provides links to several coworking directories and related blogs.
Peer-to-peer economy websites like San Francisco-based Airbnb also enable digital nomads to book ahead into apartments, homes and rooms as they make their next move.
After booking more than a year of short stays around the world through Airbnb, one digital nomad has proposed a plan here for how the San Francisco-based website can step up its game by launching a new “superguest program.”