We did not prepare for this. And by this, I mean the inability to freely move around the globe to live out this Nomadic life of ours. But let’s be honest, nobody was prepared for this, whether nomad or not.
To kick off Plane Thinking, I just knew I had to get into the nitty-gritty around the impact COVID-19 has had on the nomad world. During the initial panic so many of us grabbed our Cambridge Masks, booked a ticket & fled back to our ‘home’ countries, to then become stuck…great.
But what about the others?
What about those who don’t have a ‘home’ per se?
What about those who decided to ‘wait it out’?
Living as an expatriate isn’t necessarily a new concept, however, over the past few years, the trend has grown at an exponential rate, with more and more people seeing the lifestyle benefits of working remotely. When the pandemic first hit and the world went into lockdown, it threw me, against a wall, really fucking hard.
I didn’t know what to expect, my inner social bumblebee freaked itself out, and the thought of not knowing when I would next see family scared the hell out of me.
However a year after the rumourvill hit, I can now confidently write about what I expect to see when it comes to the nomad life, both the positives and the negatives. So let’s get into it.
The Nomad Increase
Without a doubt, this pandemic has given us a lot of insight into our lives, the way we live them, how we work, and who we spend time with. The past year has seen many office buildings close down, and all resources and comms move online, showing that actually there really is no need to be working face to face.
Along with this, many of us have come to the realisation that actually, we like working remotely and that we could actually do this on a tropical island in the middle of nowhere, as long as we have decent wifi.
The Nomad dream is not yet lost, if anything – it’s been reawakened.
This can either go one way or the other, but whilst the world is attempting to heal and keep the individual country cases low, flights will be harder to come by at a higher price.
From two-week paid quarantines to self-isolation, to mandatory COVID tests on arrival, countries are putting further restrictions in place to keep citizens and travellers safe. This will therefore affect both flight times, prices, stay duration, and the nomad bouncing.
Best tip? Plan in advance, take out flight and travel insurance and be ready to transition and shift at pace if a country changes its regulations. Remember, we want to keep ourselves and others healthy, so go with the flow and allow travel to come back with time.
When it comes to the nomadic life, a lot of the time we are often found to be working alone in cafes, and unless we have joined a gym or another community venture, our best bet is to find a co-working space.
Not only are we gifted with a continuous supply of caffeine and strong wifi, but it’s a space that allows us to meet other nomads, connect on both business and personal level, whilst also attending workshops.
But with the change in social distancing, COVID restrictions, and all-around life, co-working spaces have lost dramatic amounts of money as fewer members can join, socialise and work together.
No matter the nomad, we’re always looking to find some element of routine.
Own Choice + Structure = Ultimate Freedom (I personally believe anyway).
All in All
As our world shifts, as does the Nomadic perspective. It’s time to practice what we preach and go with the flow, allow the world to shift and change, and work with it.
The world will once again be our oyster, but for now, let’s take these life lessons, turn them into a pretty epic few pieces of content, and coach others on pivoting (or don’t – depends on whether you’re in the coaching nomad sphere).
But if you’re thinking about jumping onto a plane in the near future, drop some questions below about Nomad life & we’ll get back to you!
Plane Thinking x