There’s a growing community of “digital nomads” who live a location independent lifestyle. We’re software developers, designers, writers, journalists, engineers, and all sorts of people who share a passion for the work we do and experiencing the world.
After working hard in a firm and not getting the desired result, we can reject the idea of a 9–5 job. We can then explore the world while the sun is out instead of wasting the daylight hours working inside and dreaming of my next vacation.
Suddenly I was hugely productive, getting much more work done in 6 hours than in my normal 12 hour days. The same thing happened a few months later on a trip to London. I was even coming up with better ideas because the new experiences and surroundings were keeping my mind more active.
After travelling for 6 months, we gave up and still moved to San Francisco. Travelling was fun, but we had a great idea and I needed to really focus and get real work done. What better place to build my startup than Silicon Valley?
The two biggest problems that we face in the run is nomadding: I’ve only been traveling South America and the Caribbean – and internet there is getting better but it’s spotty – so if you have deadlines or need the internet at a specific time sometimes you will be out of luck – which could hurt you professionally.
The other problem is with visas – most countries still have 90 day only visas – then you must leave the country and return for 90 days – and in many countries, there’s an 180 day per year limit so once that’s done you have to say goodbye for that year. Countries need to begin considering visa laws for digital nomads (as opposed to actual nomads wanting to enter their country.) Mexico, however, is better for Americans at least – you can gain residency by showing proof of income from online work.