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Tropical Island Digital Nomads

The Wall Street Journal article Some People Worked From Home During Covid. These People Moved to a Tropical Island covers the growing number of Caribbean islands offering digital nomad visas and includes interviews with people taking advantage of these visas.  

As the article chart below shows (click to enlarge), 7 Caribbean islands now have special, longer term visas for people choosing to work remotely from these islands (Bermuda isn’t in the Caribbean, but it’s close enough, and tropical enough, to be included in this list).

Island nomads

All of the digital nomad visas are new, so there’s not much data on how many people are taking advantage of them.

But there is some.  Key quote from the article: “Aruba says about 13,700 visitors have arrived for ‘workations’ since the extended-stay packages were launched last September. Officials in Barbados say its new 12-Month Barbados Welcome Stamp Visa has drawn almost 5,000 new visitors since last June. And Bermuda says roughly 1,000 people have applied for its Work From Bermuda Certificate since last August.”

Not surprisingly, the people interviewed were all very positive about their experiences living in tropical paradises. Yes, they had a few complaints.  Island fever was one, and slow internet connections another. But mostly, they liked island living.

The number of digital nomads has substantially grown during the pandemic.  And with many companies allowing employees to permanently work remotely, their numbers will likely increase in the coming years. And many of them are likely to spend time working from tropical islands.


This article was originally published here.

Steve King

Steve King

Steve King is an advisory board member of JEM and a Partner at Emergent Research. Steve’s current research and consulting is focused on economic decentralization, the growth of small business and the future of work and workplaces. Steve has extensive consulting, marketing and general management experience with both large and small companies. Steve has served as Vice President of Corporate Marketing for Macromedia, Vice President and General Manager of Asia Pacific for Lotus Development Corporation and Vice President of Marketing for Isys Corporation. He has also been the interim CEO, CMO or head of business development for six start-up technology companies and has served on the fiduciary or advisory boards of over a dozen companies. Steve was a Founding Fellow and board member of the Society For New Communications Research, is a research affiliate at the Future of Work and an advisory board member at Pond Ventures. Steve has a B.S. from the University of Richmond and an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Business.

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