Let’s talk about digital nomads. I bet you’ve seen them around, especially if you’re a solo female traveller in Bali. They’re always tucked away in trendy cafes or cool coworking spaces, right? But, beyond that, who are they really? What sort of work are they doing over their iced lattes and smoothie bowls? Are they solo adventurers like you or deeply entwined in some love story under the tropical sun? Let’s explore some of those mysteries together and learn more about these fascinating digital adventurers!
Who are digital nomads?
In case you’ve never seen them, digital nomads are remote workers who can be wherever they want in the world as long as they have their laptop, charger and stable internet connection.
Every single one of them travels for a different reason. Maybe they are running away from their country or personal situation or static life. Perhaps they are not meant to be fixed in a box laid out by society. Maybe there is no reason at all and they can’t stop moving. They all have in common though: they rarely know where they are going next and travel really light. In fact, digital nomads think that all they need really is themselves. Could everything you need in your life fit in a suitcase? Apparently yes.
Now that you know who they are, let me tell you this. According to statistics, since 2022, the digital nomad community has increased by 37%! But who are they, where do they come from and where do they go?
Where do they come from?
According to the most recent statistics (Source: Two Tickets Anywhere, April 2023), there are 35 million digital nomads in the world right now. Of which more than half are from the USA (51%), followed by the United Kingdom (8%), Russia (5%) and Canada (5%).
If we want to go a bit further in the list we also have Germany (3%), France (3%), Australia (2%), Brazil (2%) and the Netherlands (2%).
Where do they go
Considering that before we said 51% of world travellers are American it comes as no surprise that 2 of the top 4 countries visited by digital nomads are located in South and North America. Mexico is right on the top of the list, we then have SouthEast Asia with Thailand and Indonesia and in fourth place we have Colombia. The source has also revealed that 9 out of 10 nomads would prefer living by the coast – who can blame them?
If we look at the most popular cities for digital nomads there is Chiang Mai, which is located in the north of Thailand, we then have Bali followed by Mexico City and Lisbon. Bali is not a city but an Indonesian island which offers many co-working and co-living opportunities!
Our digital nomad friends are highly educated. About 90% of them have what is considered high education. Of which 54% had Bachelor’s degrees, 33% Master’s degrees and 3% PhD. (Source, Nomadlist).
And now, let’s look into what they do for a living. First of all, do they work for someone or they are freelancers? Let’s find out!
According to recent sources, 61% of digital nomads are freelancers which makes them fully independent even though they would have the stress to always find clients.
If we take a closer look at their work sectors, we need to take a distinct look at women and men as they look different. The top 4 jobs for women nomads are in the creative and marketing sector, followed by startup founders and bloggers. For men instead, we have software and web developers, startup founders and nomads working in the marketing field.
Now that we know their demographic and jobs, let’s get to the interesting part. Are these people single? Let’s take a look!
65% of digital nomads are single! Nothing new here, moving from place to place will not make connections easier. In fact, statistics say that they stay in one location for between 7 and 14 days only. The remaining 35% are in a relationship, and 66% of those are actually married. Of those who are married, 31% travel the world with their partner. I guess there is still hope, right?
A few tips for first-timer digital nomads in Bali
Okay now that you know all the juice about Digital Nomads, what about you? If you are a first-timer digital nomad in Bali or thinking of becoming one, these tips are for you:
- First off, if you are planning to work remotely or run your own business from Bali, consider applying for the digital nomad visa that Bali offers, read more here. This visa will provide you with the flexibility and legal permission to work and live in Bali for an extended period of time. It’s a wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself in the vibrant local culture and explore the breathtaking landscapes that Bali has to offer.
- Equally important is ensuring that you have comprehensive travel and health insurance. While we hope for the best, it’s essential to be prepared for any unexpected circumstances that may arise during your stay. Having the right insurance coverage will give you peace of mind and ensure that you are well taken care of in case of any emergencies or unforeseen events.
- To make the most of your digital nomad experience in Bali, try to save money where you can. Bali offers a wide range of local eateries that serve delicious and affordable food. By opting for these local establishments, you not only get to savour the authentic flavours of Balinese cuisine but also support the local community. Additionally, utilizing public transport or renting a scooter can be a cost-effective and convenient way to get around the island, allowing you to explore its hidden gems and stunning beaches.
- Don’t forget, you’re not alone! Bali is a paradise for digital nomads and you’ll find an amazing community of like-minded travellers here. Seek out co-working spaces or networking events, you’ll make friends in no time. Probably, you’ll even find a mentor or two among the seasoned digital nomads who can guide you through the ropes.
- Remember to take breaks from work and explore what Bali has to offer. Go for a dip in the ocean, visit a local market, or try a yoga class – it’s all part of the digital nomad lifestyle.
- Finally, it’s important to respect the local customs and traditions in Bali. The Balinese culture is both rich and spiritual, and it plays a significant role in the island’s charm. When visiting temples, remember to dress modestly (many temples offer the option to rent a sarong, which can be used to cover the knees) and show respect to the locals and their customs. By embracing the local culture, you’ll have a more fulfilling and rewarding experience.
I hope this blog post inspired you and made you think about other ways of living. This is just one of many. We only have about 4,000 weeks in our lives, whatever it might be, make sure you think about how you want to spend them. Are you living the life you wanted? If you were living the life you wanted, what would you do right now?
Ciao for now,