The Nomad Reports

Trip reports, destination reviews, and travel experiences. For digital nomads by digital nomads.

Digital nomads, corporate nomads, untethered freelancers, remote workers, ex-pats, secondees, students abroad, and anyone else working far from home provide insight into what it is like for a foreigner to live, work and play in a new destination temporarily.

If you have a trip report you would like to submit please get in touch using the form below. 

Iguana sunbathing in Sayulita, Mexico or maybe writing his own digital nomad report.

The number of digital nomads is growing exponentially

In 2019, there were around 15 million digital nomads globally, today there are as many as 45 million. Some estimates predict that in the next 12 years, we will see this number rise to over 1 billion people working in location-independent roles.

Driven by changing social norms and advancing technology and accelerated by the global pandemic, more and more organizations are offering remote working opportunities and more and more workers are realizing the benefits of a more nomadic lifestyle.

As technology, government, and industry scramble to keep up with and adjust to the new reality of the world’s workforce, workers want to know what their options are. The Nomad Reports aims to shed a light on those options.

the downsides of nomadism

Drawbacks for nomads

Working beyond borders is raising some pretty tricky questions for workers. Questions of taxation, visa issues, health insurance, and loneliness are examples of challenges being faced by digital nomads today.

Implications for communities

While becoming a ‘digital nomad hub’ can have a net-positive effect on local economies, it can also have negative sociocultural impacts. Mexico City is one example of this situation where the flood of digital nomads has had a positive effect economically but has also led to rents tripling in desirable areas, displacing locals and lowering their quality of life.

Depending on who you listen to, digital nomadism is creating a disruption that must be sensibly legislated or, on the other end of the spectrum, represents a form of neocolonialism whereby nomads are taking advantage of a powerful economy and leveraging it to displace people in a worse economy for their own benefit.

you can help

we need to go beyond the stats…

While there are plenty of websites providing statistics and raw data on digital nomads, and even more blogs painting a rosy picture of destinations all over the world with the hope to sell you hotel rooms and travel insurance, there aren’t enough real world reviews and experiences.

Providing your valuable insights and feedback can help us get a better view of the realities of digital nomad life and the communities where digital nomads congregate. This can help us develop a holistic approach to nomadism which takes in the good, the bad, and the ugly of digitally nomadic life.

we need your honest account

If you read about Isla Holbox online it’s easy to believe it is some sort of eco-paradise. That story sells tours and results in more and more people flooding in every year. Adding to the ecological nightmare and incredible destruction that is actually going on in this former paradise.

Your honest account of a destination can help people understand the true reality of living and working in a place. It can also help people understand the impact temporary migration is having on the community.

You can expose people to new destinations they may have never considered. You can provide essential information on how to navigate the complexities of living and working in a new country and a new culture.