The era of remote work caused by the pandemic has led to the emergence of a new generation of travelling workers, dubbed Anywhere Workers by Fiverr and Lonely Planet in a new report based on a survey of 1,400 workers.
The report’s authors point out that unlike digital nomads and #VanLife travellers, Anywhere Workers aren’t limited to individuals in their early twenties with disposable incomes but also include families, couples and pods of friends who have made the choice to travel and work at the same time.
The report claims that 75% of Anywhere Workers are parents and 45% are married, so when choosing where to travel many Anywhere Workers, unlike Digital Nomads, look for locations that provide education facilities for their children and job opportunities for their partner, as well as being affordable and having good internet connectivity.
More than half (54%) of Anywhere Workers identify themselves as remote workers (i.e. people who travel and aren’t limited to a single office location); about 25% consider themselves to be Slomads (i.e. people who work remotely and travel to different locations, sticking to one or more locations for extended periods).
Over 60% work full-time but have the ability to travel to and work in different locations. Nine out of ten say that their earnings have increased (40%) or stayed the same since they started living this lifestyle.
The majority of Anywhere Workers have been traveling and working for 1-2 years, suggesting this trend was spurred by the pandemic, but with 98% wanting to continue working remotely and travelling for at least another 6 months, it looks set to continue for the foreseeable future.
Gali Arnon, Chief Marketing Officer at Fiverr, said: “There has been a revolution in the way we work and where we work for millions of people around the world, and we can largely attribute this to the pandemic. More people from every walk of life are taking the opportunities that remote work and platforms like Fiverr offer them to travel the world and experience new ways of living.”