I worked remotely in Barbados for 3 weeks and now I want to become a 'digital nomad' all over the world
Working with an ocean view made me calmer and more productive. Rachel Hosie / Insider
After working from Barbados for three weeks, I would love to try the nomad digital lifestyle in other countries if it is safe to do so.
It felt so privileged to be there that I was motivated to work extra hard, and a lot of digital nomads told me that they felt the same way.
The proximity to the sea has worked wonders for my spiritual wellbeing and has also inspired my work.
Limiting the spread of the coronavirus is currently discouraged, but when it is safe again I would love to explore more of the world while working remotely.
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As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the number of digital nomads is increasing worldwide.
Before the pandemic, an estimated 3.4% of U.S. employees were working remotely. According to Stanford University, that number has now risen to 42%.
And some remote workers take advantage of their recent lack of physical office connections to travel the world on their laptops. Countries from Barbados to Georgia are capitalizing on this new trend by introducing special visas for digital nomads while making sure they control the spread of the coronavirus.
For example, the Barbados Welcome Stamp Visa requires applicants to complete an online form, upload their birth certificate, confirm their salary (which must be over $ 50,000), and pay a fee of $ 2,000. They can then come to the island for a year.
In October, I went to Barbados for three weeks (following required security protocol and quarantined on arrival) to meet some of the island's digital nomads and experience the lifestyle. It made me want to become a digital nomad myself - here's why.
Digital nomads told insiders that they feel so lucky to travel that it makes them work harder
Many of the digital nomads I spoke to in Barbados told me they worked harder than at home but were happy to do so.
They said that in a place as desirable as Barbados you have to work to prove that they aren't just lying around on the beach all day. Many of them also had jobs where they could have their working hours a little more flexible, so many decided to start work early, take a break later in the day to go to the beach, swim with the turtles, or surf and come back to their laptops later.
"I feel so blessed that I know I have to protect my lifestyle by working hard," Barbadian digital nomad Cris Torres, 35, told Insider.
After living the digital nomadic life for three weeks, I agreed that it made me work harder. Watching turtles swim across the turquoise ocean from my makeshift desk in my Airbnb also did wonders for my fear and inspired me to write.
It's a great way to travel without taking up all of your vacation time
Batt's Rock Beach, Barbados. Rachel Hosie / Insider
For many people around the world, it is not possible to travel to Barbados on the weekend. But if you already live there, you can be a tourist on Saturdays and Sundays and do whatever you could possibly pack into a two week vacation over the months.
Of course, this will be different during the coronavirus pandemic. Official government guidelines in Barbados state that bars, restaurants and entertainment venues must have hand sanitizer at the entrance, measure customers' temperatures on arrival, and ensure that face masks are worn when walking.
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