A couple years ago, Harvard lecturer Beth Altringer conducted some fascinating research, asking digital nomadism is a "viable career lifestyle, a subsidized holiday, or a relatively high-risk financial and career gamble." You check out her article in Forbes here; it's worth a read.
Digital nomads' working-while-traveling lifestyle is certainly alluring. I know several people with portable jobs, including freelancers and employees of tech firms with virtual operations, have been nomads for a time, though often not permanently. Can you make a go of it, for life?
Altringer's research suggests that nomads are more likely to be mid-career, rather than millennials, which was the first surprise. The kicker: "The more time that my research assistant and I spent with nomads, the more we began to question the viability of this lifestyle for most people." Bummer.
Still, opportunities to at least be a part-time nomad abound, with coworking setups that combine professional with residential and recreational offerings. Check out this article in Bloomberg BusinessWeek, for example, which describes several opportunities for short-term work getaways.
I've been coworking since 2010. which has taught me a few things about making it work. I have a lot left to learn.