Three Things That Surprised Me About Digital Nomads

Not all of them were good.

Stark Raving
4 min readSep 27, 2023

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Photo by Peggy Anke on Unsplash

I fell into the digital nomad community by accident. I’ve been a freelancer for six years, and for most of that time, I lived the life of a backpacker. I worked a couple of hours a day from a tent in the middle of the mountains, from a packed train, from a hostel dorm room. I hung out with locals from whatever country I was in or with people who had quit their jobs to explore the world.

Amongst the latter group, I was the only one working, the only one who saw this lifestyle as something that could last. This was a wonderful time, a time of many adventures, but also a time of slight loneliness, as no one had quite the same lifestyle as I did.

This changed once Covid began. I ended up on Koh Phangan island in Thailand, where many of the people who remained throughout the pandemic were also making money online. I suddenly realised that there was a whole community of people like me — people who unironically referred to themselves as digital nomads.

Soon enough, I did, too.

I was intrigued to find out more, so I moved to one of Europe’s most popular digital nomad spots, a small town in the mountains. Since then, I have made it my base. I have a flat there and a close group of wonderful friends. The digital nomad…

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