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Nomadism: lifelong thing, or just a season?

Tips to address our most pressing existential questions

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.

An existential question many nomads grapple with is: how long can I do this for? 

The answer isn’t straightforward. Those who thrive on flexibility and independence may find it a perfect fit. Others, who crave stability and a sense of belonging, might struggle more to maintain a nomadic lifestyle for the long-term.

There's more to sticking with a wandering way of life than just personal preference, however. External factors like the availability of suitable work, social infrastructure, and support networks also matter. Ultimately, the feasibility of being a nomad for life depends on how well global society embraces the idea of borderless living.

The links in this week’s newsletter include an index of the best nomad visas, a scientific study on remote work and an ode to a nomad’s seasons of life.

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

– Anna at SafetyWing

The nomadic path is a winding one, but the emotional ups and downs are as predictable as the passing seasons. “I’m as likely to be overcome with outpourings of panic about the temperamental WiFi as I am to question the very legitimacy of the nomad lifestyle itself.”

Harrison Moore for The New Work Day

As more countries offer nomad visas, nomads are increasingly spoilt for choice. Not every visa is made equally, however. A new index ranks the best ones based on cost of living, income requirements, internet speeds, and more.

Auhona Roy Chowdhury for Condé Nast Traveller

We’re living in a new era of work, one in which younger employees are struggling to find guidance while their bosses happily work from home. This disconnect is creating a tense dynamic in the workplace. And one generation in particular is to blame (spoiler alert: 🥑)

Juliana Kaplan for Business Insider

A landmark study has unveiled a stark contrast between the outcomes of teams working together physically versus remotely. You might be surprised to learn which group is more likely to produce the most innovative work.

David Adam for Nature

The first commercial airliner to be powered entirely by biofuel made an Atlantic crossing recently. Politicians and business moguls were quick to say that sustainable aviation has finally landed. But not everyone is so sure that fat-fuelled planes are the future of air travel…

Chris Baraniuk for The BBC

The rise of remote work has untethered people from cities and created a new social class: the high-tech pastoralists. They value a lifestyle that combines the convenience of technology with the simplicity of rural living. And it's not only for the rich.

Erik Hoel for The Intrinsic Perspective

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