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So You Wish to Work Remotely: A Guide


A well-liked vacation spot for U.S. travelers, Costa Rica signed its latest digital nomad visa into law this August and has already received 27 applications. “We estimate that every distant employee who stays in Costa Rica to work will generate $46,400 each year for the country, which can contribute to tourism industry revenues, and mean more jobs for Costa Ricans,” said Carolina Trejos, director of promoting for the Costa Rica tourism board.

Thailand’s latest 10-year long-term visa, which launched in early September, seeks to complement an aging work force by attracting a fresh pool of foreign talent that can drive economic activity, explained Janthapat Saichumin, the deputy director of Thailand’s board of investment. The visa is out there for distant employees, highly expert professionals, pensioners and wealthy global residents who receive a variety of advantages, including tax exemption for overseas income, permission to work locally and fast-track service at international airports throughout Thailand.

Those that love island life can arrange a toes-in-the-sand office and work remotely from a handful of Caribbean countries or head to far-flung shores of Bali, Mauritius and Dubai.

As a part of its latest Live and Work Anywhere program, Airbnb is partnering with 20 destinations world wide to create custom digital hubs featuring information like visa requirements, tax policies and a comprehensive list of the very best long-term-stay accommodations. Buenos Aires; the Austrian Alpine region of Salzkammergut; Tampa Bay, Fla.; Tulsa, Okla.; and the Caribbean have already launched, with more to follow later this 12 months, including Thailand, Cape Town and the Friuli Venezia Giulia region in Italy.

“Distant work is where the world goes,” said Brian Chesky, the co-founder and chief executive of Airbnb, in an email to employees. “The fitting solution should mix the very best of the digital world and the very best of the physical world.” Airbnb employees can now live and work in greater than 170 countries for as much as 90 days a 12 months in each location.

As of the second quarter of 2022, Airbnb said it has seen long-term stays (28 days or more) increase nearly 25 percent from 2021 and by nearly 90 percent from 2019.

Sojrn, a latest travel brand that began last 12 months, offers monthlong experiential learning programs for distant employees world wide (from $3,199 for 4 weeks). “It’s like earn a living from home meets study abroad for adults,” said the founder, Tara Cappel. “We scout great places to remain, Wi-Fi-enabled work spaces and immersive experiences centered around an academic theme, which adds a component of purpose to the trip.” Top sellers include Spanish in Medellin and Wine in Tuscany.

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