What Are Digital Nomads and What Does Coliving Offer Them?

In school, we learned about nomadic populations: groups of people who continuously move from one place to another without settling permanently. Today, a new category related to nomadism has emerged: digital nomads.

But do you really know what digital nomads are and how they differ from traditional nomads?

Simply put, digital nomads are also people who frequently work and live in different places. The key difference is that digital nomads use technology, especially the internet, to perform their tasks.

With high-speed internet reaching more and more places, a growing number of workers are now working remotely. Can you imagine reading this article from a peaceful cove in the Canary Islands or sending work emails from a terrace overlooking the Sagrada Família in Barcelona?

Certain professions, particularly those in the creative sphere, are more inclined to adopt this lifestyle. According to the Fundación Universitat-Empresa, prominent digital nomad profiles include:

  • Translators
  • Influencers
  • Bloggers, writers, and copywriters
  • Online teachers
  • Psychologists
  • Consultants
  • Digital marketing experts
  • Web designers and programmers

After the paradigm shift caused by the COVID-19 crisis, many companies have realized that their teams can deliver good results without the need to be in the office from 9 to 6 every day. Consequently, more professionals can now choose where to work, as long as they have the necessary devices and a good internet connection.

Spain as a Destination for Digital Nomads

According to the Digital Nomad Index by mobile technology company Circleloop, Spain ranks 16th out of 85 countries for its appeal to digital nomads. This index evaluates countries based on factors such as housing costs, internet speed and cost, mobile phone development, and residents’ happiness levels. The top three spots are occupied by Canada, the United Kingdom, and Romania.

Within Spain, Barcelona scores highest as a digital nomad destination, according to Business Insider, followed by Palma de Mallorca, Valencia, Ibiza, Ciutadella de Menorca, and Alicante. What do these cities have in common? A Mediterranean climate, top-notch culinary culture, and a lifestyle that attracts tourists and nomads alike. However, digital nomads sometimes complain about the high cost of living, lack of workspaces, and difficulties finding a community to enjoy the nightlife with.

This is where the coliving model can offer solutions to digital nomads. You might wonder how.

Coliving: A Flexible Housing Alternative

Coliving is a housing concept that adapts to the lifestyle of new generations, meeting their needs for convenience, flexibility, and community.

Colivers are primarily skilled workers or postgraduate students aged 22 to 38, many with international profiles, looking for a space to connect with others of similar age and interests.

The Aticco Living Community

For digital nomads, remote workers, or freelancers, the coliving model offers the opportunity to be part of a community, which is crucial for newcomers. These workers tend to be curious and eager to meet new people and cultures, and coliving communities are known for this. This undoubtedly boosts happiness levels and can help Spain climb higher in the previously mentioned ranking.

Additionally, flexible housing allows residents to “live on the go.” They can decide when it’s time to move on without being tied to long-term contracts or losing large amounts paid in agency fees.

Last but not least, coliving spaces come fully equipped with all necessary services: high-speed internet, quality furniture, kitchenware, decor, and more. Moreover, many coliving spaces, like Aticco Living, are equipped with workspaces or offer colivers the chance to work from associated coworking spaces such as Aticco Workspaces in Barcelona and Madrid.

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