Being a digital nomad might seem like a dream come true: working from exotic locations, setting your own schedule, and living life on your own terms. But because life is not always rainbows and butterflies, even the most idyllic lifestyle can have its downsides, according to a recent study on digital nomadism. From spotty Wi-Fi connections to feeling burnout and overworked, the unexpected challenges of digital nomadism may surprise you. Here are seven challenges digital nomads say are frequently attached to working remotely.
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Working Remote Can Affect Your Personal Relationships
Nearly half of the people surveyed said they struggled to maintain romantic relationships because of their nomadic lifestyle and not having a permanent homebase.
Having a Hard Time Unplugging
A staggering 83% of location-independent professionals experience guilt when taking time off or unplugging from work, the study says, adding that a majority of workers feel pressured to constantly check emails or work notifications even when not “in office.”
Burnout Can Be a Frequent Thing
Burnout is a prevalent issue among digital nomads, with 77% reporting experiencing it at least once. Entrepreneurs appear to be the most affected by this epidemic, with approximately 80% experiencing burnout throughout their remote careers, the study finds.
Loneliness Is Common
Despite the freedom and flexibility of being able to work from anywhere, the perk can come with a downside of isolation. According to the study, about 40% of remote workers experience loneliness often or always.
A Large Number of Remote Workers Worry About Their Financial Health
According to the study, 77% of digital nomads feel concerned about their financial health, with remote workers topping the chart at 84% — surpassing entrepreneurs and freelancers.
Figuring Out Taxes Can Be Extra Complicated
Filing taxes can be a challenge for remote workers due to the complexities of having to report income earned in multiple locations, navigating tax laws, and determining which deductions are applicable — adding even more stress to an already complicated and stressful process.
Balance Is Key
The flexibility of remote work can blur the boundaries between work and personal time, leading to longer workdays and a greater likelihood of working outside of traditional office hours. This can result in burnout, decreased productivity, and strain on personal relationships.