The Rise Of The 'Digital Nomads'

With many workers needing little more than a laptop, reliable Wi-Fi and Skype to carry out their daily tasks, there is an increasing trend for working from locations far more exotic than your average office - known as the 'digital nomad' movement.

As a recent Forbes article explains, Gen-Y and future generations are likely to favor travel, adventure and flexibility over material luxuries and possessions; meaning they are able to work from anywhere and for any length of time, before moving onto the next 'workspace'.

Over the past few years, more businesses have come around to the concept of remote working - whether using it as an added benefit for existing employees, or as a way to attract talent from all over the world.

But while not everybody is sold on the ability of digital nomads to get the job done, the growing popularity of this mobile lifestyle means that throughout the world they are documenting and collaborating with one another, with many building start-up companies of their own.

Pieter Levels - founder of, a comprehensive site for remote-working jobs online, and himself a backpacking entrepreneur - argues that "there's no time to be a conservative entity anymore."

"Software is eating the world," he said, "[and] remote work is just part of this technological wave [...] so if you want to stay relevant that is one of the things it'd be smart to act upon."

Supporters of the movement are adverse to the stereotypical image of the guy sat on the beach with his laptop; and Peiter hopes that rather than it just being Americans and Western Europeans heading to South East Asia, the trend will involve global migration between other regions of the world.

However, there are some factors that could prohibit this; for example, the fact that it's more difficult for workers in Asia to get a remote job than those in Western countries, partly due to their strong family values and traditional company cultures. Despite these setbacks, it will be interesting to see just how widespread the digital nomadic lifestyle becomes.