Digital nomad: what it is and how to become one

The spread of digital has profoundly changed the world of work, offering some professionals the opportunity to work remotely, as a digital nomad. But what exactly is ‘digital nomadism’ and what are the possibilities that allow you to combine the passion for travel with a job?

Combining the passion for travel is the dream of many, but working in a traditional way it is rather difficult to travel. The classic works require you to stay in one place for long periods. Traditional jobs allow you to travel, but only after working.

The digital nomad, on the other hand, has the opportunity to  work and travel at the same time .

In the course of this post we will analyze the topic in detail, providing readers with a series of ideas and useful information to undertake an unconventional’ lifestyle , totally free from the limitations and obligations of traditional work.

In the following paragraphs we will therefore try to understand how digital nomads live and what are the jobs that allow professional nomadism.

Nomadism and digital nomad

Before going into the everyday life of a digital nomad, a brief introduction to the increasingly widespread phenomenon of digital nomadism is a must.

The famous ‘ remote working ‘, which existed all over the world even before the pandemic, literally exploded during Covid. The health emergency has determined the need to contain the spread of the virus through any type of limitation of contacts that are not strictly necessary. At the working level, the solution was identified in ‘smart working’, applied to all those types of professions that can be carried out through digital technologies and internet connection .

Digital nomadism, on the other hand, starts from different assumptions, which differ from the one that represents a need linked to the pandemic moment. Digital nomadism essentially starts from the desire for a lifestyle different from the traditional one ; a lifestyle disconnected from the ‘static’ workplace, in a single city and in a single office.

It is therefore a sort of modus vivendi that allows you to work and at the same time travel and discover new places, new people, habits and different customs.

Digital nomadism determines a sense of freedom and well-being in the worker, for the benefit of better and greater productivity. On the one hand there is an improvement in people’s quality of life and on the other, companies have the opportunity to collaborate with the most qualified professionals, wherever they are.

The ‘nomadic’ working style is based on the use of technologies, digital and therefore the internet.

Understanding the concept of nomadism in the professional field, let’s analyze the figure who chooses to live in an unconventional way. So let’s analyze the figure of the digital nomad and the areas in which he can choose to operate.

Until recently, the figure of the digital nomad was associated with an adventurous, fictionalized lifestyle, in which work represented only a marginal part. The image was therefore linked to a series of stereotypes, including the one that considered nomadism a reality reserved for free-spirited young people.

Very often the concept is misunderstood, misunderstood. It is commonly thought that nomadism represents the solution to work less, and to lead the ‘good life’. In reality, the digital nomad is a professional who works remotely, who freely chooses the place to work without space constraints (city, office, etc.). This does not mean that he does not work, but simply that he can decide where and how to do it.

How to become a digital nomad

Let’s enter the practical part of our guide to understand how to become a digital nomad, or what are the essential skills to be able to undertake this work style.

We assume that the digital nomad is not necessarily a carefree young person. ‘Digital Nomad’ does not identify a specific professional category, much less a specific target of people. Everyone can choose nomadism.

Another commonplace to dispel is the one concerning the economic condition of the aspiring nomad. It is not necessary to be wealthy to work in another country or in another city, since everyone is free to choose the places where there is a good relationship between cost and quality of life.

As mentioned in the previous paragraphs, digital and all the devices and tools related to it represent the essential basis for being able to work remotely. Therefore, the mastery of information technologies, information, communication and collaboration becomes fundamental .


If you are thinking of becoming a digital nomad, one of the questions you have probably asked yourself is ‘how much do digital nomads earn?’.

Considering that it is a working method applicable in many and different professional sectors, it is rather difficult to quantify the earnings precisely.

The remuneration of digital nomads in Italy depends on a series of factors and variables : the operating sector, personal skills, technical-professional skills, etc. Clearly, the greater and more specific the skills, the greater the gains.

To give an indicative idea of ​​the potential of the type of work, some professionals come to earn figures that are around 70,000.00 euros per year .

But be careful, having the freedom to choose where and how to work does not mean being exempt from respecting fiscal discipline.

There is often confusion about the business of digital nomads and taxes. Many think that it is enough to physically move abroad to not be considered a tax resident in Italy, but in reality this is not the case. It is essential to inquire about the relevant legislation, therefore both the Italian legislation and the country of destination, before making any decision

Digital Nomads: Jobs

Nomadism can be developed in various forms. The type of work can therefore be applied to various types of activities .

In general, the jobs that most commonly can be carried out in a nomadic form are blogging, social media management, software development, content creation, e-commerce management, digital marketing management.

Travel blogger

Among the professionals that are best suited to digital nomadism, the travel blogger is undoubtedly the most popular. It is no coincidence that travel blogging is a rather competitive sector.

The profile in question is a travel enthusiast who decides to tell his experiences in a blog , or a sort of travel diary. With a good level of experience, the travel blogger becomes a real influencer and becomes a fundamental resource for travel agencies, tour operators, tourist organizations and airlines.

In some cases of collaboration with the professional, trips to specific destinations are required.


The figure of the copywriter, or web writer if you prefer, deals with producing textual content for the web .

The copywriter works for companies or individuals, as an employee or external collaborator. In most cases he works as a freelancer so he enjoys absolute freedom both as regards the choice and number of clients and as regards the place to work.

In order to work in copywriting it is necessary to have a solid foundation inherent in the world of SEO , an excellent command of the Italian language and a lot of creativity.

Currently the copy sector offers many job opportunities to digital nomads; possibilities that materialize in various sectors of the market and that can also be managed remotely.

Digital marketer

Another profession that can be easily managed in a nomadic way is that of the digital marketer, currently one of the most requested profiles by companies.

This is the expert digital marketing professional who deals with the online promotion of products and services .

In some cases it promotes its own products; in many cases it promotes products or services offered by third parties, for whose sale it receives a percentage of commission.

In both cases, a good preparation in digital marketing is required.

Specialization, for this and for other types of jobs that relate to the world of online marketing, becomes fundamental. The master in Digital marketing activated by the Niccolò Cusano telematic university identifies the ideal tool to specialize and to acquire current know-how in line with the needs of the market.

Graphic designer

The graphic designer is also one of the professions that blend perfectly with the lifestyle and work style of the digital nomad.

This is the person who creates graphic content for the web such as advertising banners, logos, advertising posters, etc.

The business can be carried out from anywhere in the world, for clients located anywhere in the world.


Programming requires the use of a computer connected to the internet. This means that the activity can be carried out in a nomadic form, remotely.

The role of the programmer, i.e. a website creator , is quite complex. Before starting to write lines of code, a professional must be able to understand what exactly the customer wants and what are the objectives to be achieved through the site. Based on this information, it will be easier to realize the customer’s idea.


The translator is also one of the jobs that can be carried out by digital nomads, as it is an activity that can be easily managed remotely.

The professional in question is responsible for carrying out written translations from one language to another, so he can easily manage his work even remotely. The translator is therefore not tied to a physical place.

As for job opportunities, they are closely related to the language. For example, knowledge of languages ​​such as Chinese or Arabic opens up more possibilities than knowledge of English or French.

It must be borne in mind that digital is progressively involving, and therefore transforming, even offline jobs, so it is easy to hypothesize that in the not too distant future most businesses will be involved in digital mode. This means an exponential increase in job opportunities for those who have chosen digital nomadism.