REMOTE POSSIBILITIES
Business Traveler|June/July 2021
Digital nomads are being inspired to imagine themselves working from – just about everywhere
SUSAN MCKEE
Sitting under a patio umbrella, tropical drink at hand, tapping away on a laptop while watching the waves wash over sparkling sand: It’s the remote worker’s dream. Some want to go all-in – move somewhere new (preferably exotic) and enjoy a change of scenery. Or maybe you’d like to get away for just a few weeks or months in a rental apartment or beach-side cottage.

Need more services? Think: resort. Your budget probably doesn’t allow for picking up and moving to a five-star resort permanently, but a week or so might be just the recharge needed for your pandemic-depleted batteries. OK, so you can afford maybe a day. There are “getaway” hotel programs for that, too.

Go really remote by leaving the country, as Leah Walker, a freelance writer from Texas, did. After selling her Houston home and living briefly in Rio de Janeiro, Leah moved to France on a passeport talent visa six years ago. She’s since created a marketing company in Paris and works with brands in the travel, tourism and lifestyle markets that want to reach the American market. “Finding my way in France wasn’t easy, but the struggles were definitely worth it. In France, I found my forever home,” she says.

As countries are recovering from the pandemic this year, it’s relatively easy to get a new, special work visa just for digital nomads and freelance workers. There are at least 20 countries offering them, from Bermuda to Antigua and Barbuda, or as far afield as Dubai and Spain. The hope is that these long-term visitors will support local economies without displacing any permanent residents’ jobs.

Most of the programs let visa holders remain in the country for up to a year, although some are longer or subject to renewal. The specific requirements differ from country to country but expect to provide proof of ability to support yourself through salary, savings, or investment for your time of remote work, pass a criminal background check, and purchase health insurance.

DREAMS FAR-FLUNG

The Global Citizen Concierge Program for the Cayman Islands in the Caribbean is a new initiative for professionals and digital nomads which allows persons who are employed outside of the Cayman Islands with the financial independence to work remotely, relocate and live in the Cayman Islands for up to 24 months.

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