Different sources and ranking systems name different cities as the top destination, but the Holidu Index Score takes into account WiFi, availability of co-working spaces, coffee and food prices, transportation costs, climate, and tourist attractions.
32. As of March 2022, the United States was the most visited country by digital nomads. 15% of respondents report to having stayed there.
Keep in mind that a lot of digital nomads are American, which may affect this percentage.
33. In terms of the most visited city by digital nomads, London ranks first as 2.5% of respondents have stayed there.
34. Overall, Mexico, Thailand, Indonesia, Colombia, and Portugal are among the top rated countries for digital nomads worldwide.
35. 9 of the top 10 top locations for digital nomads are coastal countries.
36. In 2021, Lisbon was the most visited remote work hub by trip count.
It’s followed by Mexico City, New York City, London, and Istanbul.
37. With a 254% growth from 2017 to 2021, Belgrade, Serbia is the fastest growing remote work hubs in the world.
61. A study shows that remote workers tend to be 35-40% more productive than office workers.
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62. Another survey shows that 68% of respondents benefit from fewer interruptions when they work remotely.
63. In the same survey, 63% of remote workers say they enjoy a more focused time compared to when working from the office.
64. An overwhelming majority of digital nomads say they are highly satisfied (8%) or satisfied (%) with their work and lifestyle.
Covid-19 impact on digital nomads
65. 19 million Americans in 2020 were reported to be aspiring digital nomads, compared to just 16 million in 2019.
Around 19 million U.S. citizens planned to be a digital nomad over the next 2 or 3 years, which rose by 3 million from the year before. Statista’s sources suggested that this trend was heavily influenced by the pandemic.
66. A quarter of company respondents claimed that at least 10% of their employees will continue working remotely post-COVID.
More and more traditional companies are offering the possibility of full remote positions, enabling more people to become digital nomads.
67. In June 2021, 42% of CIOs worldwide expected to be working in a hybrid model permanently.
68. In 2021, adult Americans who aren’t digital nomads were asked if they planned to be digital nomads over the next 2-3 years, 65 million answered yes or maybe.
This is a 20% increase, as only 54 million responded with a yes or maybe in 2020.
As physical location becomes a less important factor for companies and employees worldwide, it’s inevitable that more people will want to try the digital nomad lifestyle.
It has proven to be an effective way of working that makes us more appreciative of our careers and lives.
The digital nomad movement also shows how powerful the development of technology and the Internet has been that people can work together, no matter where they are in the world.
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I'm an Economics graduate with a passion for travel. In 2016 I decided to ditch the office environment, work from my laptop and travel to every country in the world. You'll find me working out of a cafe in Bali, perhaps on a riverboat in Brazil or maybe even an airport lounge in New Delhi.
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