They’re writers, journalists, graphic designers, IT consultants, personal assistants, Amazon shop owners, online teachers, small business owners – basically anyone who, thanks to the rise of the digital office, can earn an income just as easily in Borneo as in Britain.
And if they can do it, why can’t you? That was the realisation that dawned on me circa New Year’s Day 2015 having experienced a wave of dread at the thought of starting yet another year, stuck in a sterile office slaving away for someone else.
The notion lodged itself firmly in my brain and refused to leave. Fast forward four weeks - a whirlwind of planning, packing, sorting injections and insurance (turns out most annual travel insurance policies are only valid for trips of up to 60 days, who knew?) - and I found myself boarding a plane to Buenos Aires, Argentina’s charismatic capital, with a certain amount of excitement mingled with fear and trepidation in my heart.
It turned out to be the best decision I’ve ever made. Since embracing the digital nomad lifestyle back in February 2015, I’ve lived and worked as a freelance writer in Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Colombia, America, Hungary, Hawaii, Lisbon and London. And, for the most part, I’ve loved every minute having managed to escape the daily grind, keep my career and, crucially, satisfy my insatiable wanderlust.
Of course - despite what my social media feed may suggest - there are downsides to living a life less ordinary.