Digital nomads are a sub-culture of people who are making the most of flexible working conditions. Whether digital professionals or savvy drop-ship entrepreneurs, the thing is, when you create an income stream that doesn’t require you to physically be anywhere, the world is your proverbial oyster.
From photographers and video editors, to designers, marketers and online PAs, there’s a wealth of people working on the fly so that they can make the most of the mountains, better weather and cheaper living expenses.
However, the global COVID lockdowns have thrown one mighty spanner in the works to a lot of digital nomad plans, but not stopped them entirely. One of the big positives about coronavirus, is how employers have been forced to embrace working from home, in many cases this has now become permanent.
This new-found freedom now enables workers to choose a lifestyle that works individually for them, without being tied to a geographical location. This opens up winters in the mountains, summers on the beaches and a new way of looking at the classic work-life balance. Despite the travel restrictions at play right now, we have dug into some of the most popular locations for digital nomads for the 2020/21 winter.
While it’s still too early to tell how this winter will pan out across Europe, we have noticed a lot of powder hounds flocking to resort like Mayrhofen and the wider Innsbruck area. Hintertux glacier has been hit up by a wide range of pros from across the globe.
However, the pre winter proving ground is in a current state of flux as most are currently closed to all but professional athletes. Cities like Innsbruck give digital nomads plenty of options – city living within an easy 30 minute slingshot to more than 15 resorts.
The question on everyone’s lips right now is when and if the lifts will open. For the dedicated and the hungry, that’s no problem though. At the end of last winter scores of riders drove as high as they could each day up mountain backroads before hiking up to piste and powder.
You might have to quarantine on arrival, but we’ve noticed a surge in online workers moving to the sunny shores of Portugal. Whether it’s the solid autumn swells, or the slower pace of life, everywhere from the Algarve to Ericeira is having something of a resurgence.
While Bali has long been a digital nomad favourite, particularly in the northern hemisphere winters, Indonesia is currently not accepting any visitors until at least January 2021. So with surf, yoga, and rugged open terrain for trail running and mountain biking, Portugal is getting some serious attention right now.
Super close, but long overlooked, France is getting some serious love from the digital nomad community right now. Again, this could be due to countries like Australia, Vietnam and New Zealand being closed to foreign visitors, but the outdoor abundance of our close neighbour could be seeing a lot of action this winter.
From Morzine, Chamonix and the Three Valleys, to Hossegor and Biarritz, this dreamy little corner of Europe offers it all – multiple mountain zones, world class waves, and close enough to capitalise on cheap travel.
As with all these locations, travel insurance is a big issue. As well as checking the quarantine rules on arrival, you’ll also need to see what level of health cover your insurance will cover you for. It’s a slight hurdle to overcome, but that holy grail of work-life balance in the mountains is waiting.
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