digital nomad

noun

plural digital nomads
: someone who performs their occupation entirely over the Internet while traveling
Let's say you're thinking about becoming a digital nomad this summer, making the most of your company's work-from-home policy as borders reopen before the bosses require you back in the office.Jenny Gross
especially : such a person who has no permanent fixed home address
Most people have to pay to commute to and from work every day, which also leads to wear and tear on vehicles and the potential for costly repairs. As a digital nomad, Vonwiegen doesn't have to worry about these expenses. That means more money in his pocket—or retirement account. Kathryn Mancewicz
Another trend is to eschew both the office and the home and to work more or less permanently on the road. The result is the phenomenon of the digital nomad, a person who uses technology, particularly wireless networking, to work without requiring a fixed address. Paul McFedries
compare road warrior

Examples of digital nomad in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Something of a digital nomad, Chayka found that all over the world, new hipster coffee shops were opening like tiny embassies — home turf for him, complete with cortados, reclaimed wood, and industrial lighting. David Harsanyi, National Review, 25 Jan. 2024 Image Since the pandemic, Medellín has also drawn thousands of digital nomads seeking cultural immersion and a cheap Airbnb, and investigators and lawyers say that they, too, are being targeted on mainstream dating platforms like Tinder. Genevieve Glatsky, New York Times, 23 Jan. 2024 On Best Buy View On Newegg.com A digital nomad can’t work 24/7. Nancy Einhart, Travel + Leisure, 4 Dec. 2023 Now the town has launched a new scheme aimed at attracting digital nomads to come and live rent-free. Byeleanor Pringle, Fortune, 15 Sep. 2023 By Thomas Ricker, a deputy editor and Verge co-founder with a passion for human-centric cities, e-bikes, and life as a digital nomad. Thomas Ricker, The Verge, 9 Jan. 2024 Portugal’s rodeo with high housing prices Other European countries have also seen the impact of tourism—or in Portugal’s case, digital nomads—spark a housing crunch. Prarthana Prakash, Fortune Europe, 3 Jan. 2024 Once there, you’ll be spoiled for choice: the same operator that runs the Naadam Festival, a Mongolian traditional event that revolves around horse racing, wrestling, and archery, is expanding next year to include three-day archery training sessions, women-only retreats, and a digital nomad week. Steph Koyfman, Condé Nast Traveler, 19 Dec. 2023 After looking at the data, the research team found that Colombia is indeed the cheapest place for Americans to work abroad as digital nomads. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 25 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1993, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of digital nomad was in 1993

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“Digital nomad.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/digital%20nomad. Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

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