Yes, we have a new way of living, not leaving.
Many Filipinos migrate to other countries in search of greener pastures, and this effort is not only costly, but disruptive as well. There are varied reasons why this happens, but a common denominator is typically to have a better life, where, of course, the word “better” is always subjective.
While migration is traditionally the go-to way to leave (in order to live), we are seeing more and more countries transform its way of accommodating and welcoming foreigners, and where digital and technology certainly play a key role in the process.
In recent years, the concept of digital nomadism has gained popularity as more people are able to travel and work remotely. However, traveling for long periods of time can often be challenging due to visa restrictions and limitations. This is where the digital nomad visa comes in, providing a solution for remote workers to work while traveling without worrying about visa restrictions. The digital nomad visa offers many benefits and has significant value in today’s world. Essentially, one can live somewhere else without really leaving the motherland. This decision then becomes a function of which place could get you the most bang for your buck, so to speak.
The digital nomad visa offers greater flexibility and freedom for remote workers. With this visa, they can travel to different countries and work remotely, without having to worry about constantly applying for new visas or renewing existing ones. This type of visa provides the opportunity for remote workers to experience different cultures, meet new people and explore new places, all while earning a living.
Furthermore, digital nomad visas can be beneficial for local economies. Digital nomads often spend money in the countries they visit, which can help support local businesses and boost the economy. They may stay in hotels, eat at local restaurants and visit local attractions, which all contribute to the local economy. Additionally, digital nomads can also bring new ideas and perspectives to the countries they visit. They may be able to share their knowledge and expertise with local businesses and entrepreneurs, which can help to stimulate innovation and growth in the local economy. During the pandemic, Bali was quick to transform its way in accommodating foreigners by introducing this digital visa — and we have seen how tech entrepreneurs, startup founders and what-have-you make the island of Bali their abode. Today we also know of European countries opening their borders to digital nomad visa holders, with Spain being the latest one to offer such as recently as last month. Effectively, this gives more flexibility to the individual looking to explore the world while still maintaining citizenship in the motherland. In a sense, this is getting the best of both worlds.
Conversely, this kind of arrangement opens opportunities for companies that employ remote workers. By allowing their employees to travel and work remotely, companies can attract and retain top talent from all over the world. This can increase diversity and creativity within the company, leading to greater innovation and success.
There is also a positive environmental result that can be had in the process: for example, it can help to reduce the environmental impact of commuting by allowing remote workers to work from anywhere in the world. Additionally, it can help to promote work-life balance, allowing remote workers to work from wherever they are most productive and comfortable.
It is also interesting to note that employees who do remote work are not only limited to those who perform technical work. With the advancement of technology, one would be pleasantly surprised that even digital marketing people can essentially work remotely, especially when platforms used are online. As more and more capabilities become digital, we will be seeing more and more employees transition from doing physical/office work to remote work arrangements, leading to better work-life balances and mental well-being. The world then becomes everyone’s oyster.
Kay Calpo Lugtu is the chief operating officer of Hungry Workhorse, a digital and culture transformation firm. Her advocacies include food innovation, nation-building and sustainability. The author may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.