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Being a digital nomad looked so perfect online

The nomad lifestyle isn’t for everyone and that’s OK

Welcome to Borderless. Every week, we handpick the best links on digital nomads, remote work and global mobility to help you navigate the quirks of living and working on the internet.

Every few months, the media runs a piece exposing the harsh reality of being a nomad. These hot takes often draw on oversimplified and outdated stereotypes of the nomad lifestyle, painting it as a glamorous yet impractical choice characterized by constant travel, beach parties, and hustle culture.

To those of us actually living the nomad life, these portrayals are, at best, amusing and, at worst, deeply frustrating. While it's true that the nomad lifestyle isn't for everyone, it remains appealing to those seeking a more unconventional and fulfilling path. Not to mention the social and economic benefits of a mobile workforce.

The key lies in understanding the realities of the nomad lifestyle and making informed decisions that align with your personal aspirations, preferences, and sense of authenticity.

This week's links include a peek inside the secretive world of the “overemployed”, a primer on what makes a digital nation, and the ongoing mystery of rush hour traffic. 

Wherever you are in the world right now, have a joyful and productive week. 

– Anna at SafetyWing

All too often, people turn to the nomad life with the misguided belief that taking to the road will solve all their problems. The truth is, it isn’t for everyone. Is the promise of “having it all” by hopping from one country to the next too good to be true?

Francesca Specter for The Guardian

In the US, 11% of the workforce now identify as digital nomads. As that number rises, countries from Canada to Spain to Chile are opening up their visa policies to welcome nomads into their communities – and economies.

Lily Girma for Investment News

We all assume tech advancements lead to exponential growth, right? But productivity is slowing down, and CEOs across the world say remote work is to blame. The data, however, says otherwise.

Jane Thier for Fortune

Rush hour traffic is back to pre-pandemic levels, even though fewer people are regularly commuting to work. Economists are left scratching their heads as to why roads are more congested than ever while most offices sit empty…

Jane Thier for Yahoo Finance

The concept of a "digital nation" isn’t just a moonshot idea, but a potential lifeline for low-lying island nations threatened by rising sea levels. Tuvalu, a Pacific island nation facing the imminent threat of submersion, is at the forefront of this model. But what does a digital nation actually look like?

Maya Middlemiss for Digital Nation Blog

Since the pandemic, remote professionals have been “double dipping” AKA secretly holding down two or more jobs and multiplying their paychecks while still working a 40-hour workweek. How are they getting away with it? By trading secrets on a blog called Overemployed. 

Aki Ito for Business Insider

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