The pandemic, in addition to bringing anxiety, tragedy and resilience, confirmed something that we all suspected, but that we still believed to be part of a somewhat distant future: the possibility that almost all of us can work remotely. What was almost an eFriday xcentricity And only for some companies, it became the norm and throughout 2020 we put that model of the future to the test: large-scale teleworking.
The reality is that, with its advantages and disadvantages, the transition flowed much more naturally than we all suspected at the beginning and today, more than one, wonders if not it will be time to let go and start traveling…. while working.
This is what the digital nomadism. Before telecommuting was the norm, only a few adventurers dared to maintain the same stable job remotely while on the go. jumping every two or three months from country to country, looking for adventure and without a fixed address. These people are called digital nomads.
The British Tech Company CircleLoop put together an index, the Digital Nomad Index 2021, in which it classifies 85 countries according to the facilities they provide to practice digital nomadism.
In general terms, Canada is the best country to earn a living this way, especially for being the cradle of great technological hubs and having a very friendly environment. It is followed by the United Kingdom, Romania, Sweden and Denmark, which closes the top 5. At the other extreme, Kenya, Ghana, Myanmar and Nigeria are the countries where it is least advisable to embark on this practice.
The top 10 is this: Canada, United Kingdom, Romania, Sweden, Denmark, France, Netherlands, Australia, Switzerland and Germany
And Argentina? According to CircleLoop, our country is located in the 40th position, between Russia and Costa Rica. That is, slightly above the middle of the table.
According to the 8 indicators that make up this index, the Argentina is particularly attractive when digital nomads assess the cost of living, one of the most important variables in this modality.
For example, in monthly rent of a one-room apartment ($ 229) only 5 countries among the 85 are cheaper than ours and they do not seem to be particularly attractive: Turkey, Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria and Pakistan. The same happens with the monthly cost of broadband ($ 13), where only 6 countries pay less than here. In terms of what you get for what you pay for (the speed of your internet), Argentina ranks 55th, well below its overall position, but still seems to provide a good cost-benefit ratio for nomads. digital (the same can be said for the speed of your mobile phone, ranked 60th).
Let’s take an example and compare the two countries that are before and after Argentina according to their download speed: Ghana and Mexico. For almost the same service, in Ghana today you pay $ 69 and in Mexico $ 33, much more than the average $ 13 it costs in Argentina.
Another crucial indicator is the happiness level of each country. The reason for its importance is very simple and has to do with what one can do after working all day. In this sense, Argentina is located in the 50th position (5.98), just as happy as the Hungarians and Ecuadorians. It is a good position.
The last variable tries to show how all these indicators combine with each other to make a country a paradise for digital nomads. In a very ingenious way, CircleLoop has solved that question by finding out how many times a year a person searches in Google “Remote jobs in x country”, which in our case is Argentina. For our country, in the last year 740 users have carried out this search, a little less than for Ukraine and above Estonia. That leaves us at the 52nd position on this indicator.
As we saw briefly, our country has some advantages that make it very competitive when it comes to attracting digital nomadism, a type of work tourism that in some countries represents a real business. The cost of living is today our great advantage, but to take advantage of it we must not neglect the other two sides of the triangle (the quality of our connectivity and security) if we really want to grow and lead in the region on this segment that is developing every once again in this digital and remote world that today we have to live.
* Director of Dinatech