Digital Nomad Study by Tallinn University

We have invited a researcher from Tallinn University, Estonia, Kadri Koor, to share about her project on digital nomads.

Digital nomads are a rapidly growing and evolving group of professionals who live and work in the digital age. Digital nomads are people who have adopted a lifestyle where they are not tied to a specific location to do their work. They use modern technology to stay connected with their employers and clients while having the freedom to move, travel, and live wherever they wish. This lifestyle allows them to blend work and leisure and take the globalized world of today to a new level.

Among digital nomads, some destinations have become particularly popular. For example, Bali, Indonesia, and Mexico have become known as digital nomad paradises due to their beautiful beaches, affordable living costs, and fast internet. Meanwhile, European cities like Budapest, Lisbon, Barcelona, and Tallinn are in the spotlight for digital nomads because of their cultural heritage and quality of life.

The number of digital nomads is constantly increasing, indicating the future of remote work. Here are some interesting facts about digital nomads:

  • In 2021, about 10% of the world’s workforce was associated with the digital nomad movement.
  • In 2022, an estimated over 17 million people worked at least partially remotely, making them partial digital nomads.
  • Digital nomads contribute significant amounts to the local economy by spending their money on local accommodations, restaurants, and transportation services.

Digital nomads are quickly becoming a significant force in today’s work world, and their impact is steadily growing. Their experiences can provide new insights and valuable knowledge about how the modern work world operates and how we can make it better.

Currently, a study is being conducted by a master’s student at Tallinn University, where she tries to understand digital nomads’ perceived skills, how engaged they are in their work, and how meaningful work is to them.

So, if you are a digital nomad or know someone who is and would like to contribute to research on this topic, we invite you to participate here:

Participation in the survey is anonymous and takes approximately 6-7 minutes.

The researcher, Kadri Koor, has said, “I believe that the participation of digital nomads in this study will contribute to creating a better future where work is diverse, motivating, and meaningful.”