What Is a Nomad Visa and Why Would I Want One?

What Is a Nomad Visa and Why Would I Want One?

If there’s one good thing that’s come out of the past few years, it’s that more folks can work from anywhere. Offices transitioned to at-home workspaces, and at the same time, there was a rise in people doing freelance work and seeking online jobs. Nowadays many are experiencing a nomadic life, or in other words, working from wherever they please. Although this seems like a dream, how exactly do you go about touring different countries while working remotely? The answer is: Get a nomad visa. Here’s all you need to know about securing a nomad visa, including whether or not you need to get one.

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Having a nomad visa means that you can live in a country while working remotely. It allows for a more extended stay than a typical tourist visa, although having a digital nomad visa isn’t a pathway towards securing citizenship. In many countries, such as France and Iceland, you need to prove that you can support yourself if you stay longer than a certain amount of time and want to move there permanently.

Do I need a digital nomad visa? 

Although most visitors secure a tourist visa, in some countries, it’s illegal to work while living there. Of course, this doesn’t include casually answering emails and doing light work while you’re traveling. However, if you plan to stay in a location for a bit while freelancing or working remotely, you will need to get a nomad visa. One thing to note is that this visa is only for those working digitally, as you can’t secure a local job while on a nomadic permit. 

Do I need a visa to be a digital nomad?

To stay in a country beyond the tourist visa expiration while working remotely, you will need a nomad visa. However, the need for this special permission varies according to the country you’re entering and how long you intend to stay. It is possible to work remotely while traveling on a tourist visa, although you’ll need to get a nomadic visa if you choose to stay. 

What is the criteria for getting a nomad visa?

The best place to start is by having a remote job that you can perform no matter where you travel. Additionally, to secure a digital nomad visa, you need to be at least 18 years old. You also need to meet a minimum monthly income, which is different for each country. Because this varies, check the guidelines for where you want to go.

What countries have nomad visas?

Currently, there are over 50 countries that offer visas for those working remotely. If you want to visit Europe, consider Portugal, Germany, or Iceland. North and South American countries, such as Mexico and Argentina, also offer visas for digital nomads. You could even head to a Caribbean island like Saint Lucia or Aruba or another area like Taiwan, Dubai, or Sri Lanka. Where you head is up to you. With so many options around the globe, becoming a digital nomad is more common, which is one reason more folks are choosing to explore while working remotely.

This Simple Summertime Pleasure Is My Favorite Way to End the Workday

This Simple Summertime Pleasure Is My Favorite Way to End the Workday

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Kristen is a Washington, D.C.-based freelance writer and homebody. She specializes in home and lifestyle content, and loves helping others live their best lives at home and beyond. Romanticizing her life since 1987, you can probably find her sipping on iced coffee, crushing a Crossfit workout, designing her next dream space, or blasting Taylor Swift.

Transform Your Home Office with FlexJobs’ $1800 Giveaway

Transform Your Home Office with FlexJobs’ $1800 Giveaway

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Whether you’re still working from home Mon. through Fri. or are embracing the hybrid working lifestyle, you may have started to feel a little uninspired by your work from home space. Or, you might not have a set work area at all, bouncing around from room-to-room ever hour or so. As someone who works for home full-time and started to do so just before the COVID-19 pandemic told hold, I know all too well the struggles of staying inspired while working from home in a small space.

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5 Ways to Adjust to Working in an Office After Being Remote, According to Therapists

5 Ways to Adjust to Working in an Office After Being Remote, According to Therapists

The pandemic has pushed many employers to allow employees to work from home. But after two-plus years, many companies are asking their employees to come back — whether that means commuting into the office full-time or adopting a hybrid schedule. Some people may welcome the in-person arrangement since it means the return of water cooler chat, lunches with colleagues, and face-to-face time with peers and bosses. However, many have embraced the at-home working lifestyle and are hesitant to give up their remote roles. 

I asked a few therapists about how people can adjust to working in the office again after being remote. Here’s what they had to say.

When you have a break, go outside.

Spending seven to eight hours a day in a cubicle or office space may feel daunting when after having had the freedom at home to walk around and grab a breath of fresh air whenever you want. You may feel some anxiety being cooped up in an office setting, which is completely normal.

“To try and deal with these fears, it can help to go outside as much as you can when you take your breaks. Fresh air is helpful in feeling less stressed and closed in, and it can help you to collect yourself before going back to work,” says neuropsychologist Alexander Burgemeester. “It can also help to invite coworkers on your break to ease the social anxieties you might have. Chatting outside feels less forced and you can feel more relaxed by being in a larger environment.”

Bring comforts from home. 

Sometimes the familiar helps to ease uncomfortable feelings and it may be a good idea to have reminders of your remote life at the office. 

“Bringing comforts from home for your desk or office space might also help with this transition. A small plant, picture, or piece of decor can really help to ease some of the stresses you might be feeling. It can also help to brighten up the space and make it feel more like you are working from home,” says Burgemeester. 

Work from home attire may have included a nice blouse or shirt on top and pajama pants or shorts below. Of course, no one may have realized this over Zoom or Skype, but with meetings at the office, your wardrobe may have to move from comfortable to slightly more professional.

Counselor Amanda Levison says planning your wardrobe in advance may ease some of the in-person anxiety of going into the office. “Make sure that you have work-appropriate clothing you feel comfortable in, as taking pride in your appearance helps to boost your mental health,” she says. 

Brainstorm topics to discuss with coworkers.

Working from home means fewer awkward silences with coworkers or having forced conversations with your boss. It can definitely be a transition remembering how to activate those skills, especially if small talk isn’t your thing. 

Levison says, for some, “Conversation with coworkers in person again may cause anxiety, especially for introverts. Taking some time to brainstorm conversation topics in advance can help if small talk does not come naturally to you.”

Give yourself and coworkers some space.

The pandemic proved difficult for many people, and professional and personal relationships may have changed. It’s a crucial time to be mindful of how others may be feeling. 

Dr. Angela Swain, business psychologist, emphasizes, “The pandemic was tough on all of us, so give yourself and your coworkers grace.” Many people lost a family member during the pandemic, and “others lost people from unrelated causes and did not have the space to process their grief,” she says. 

“Assume everyone you meet is going through something,” Swain advises. “By giving people the benefit of the doubt and showing compassion to your team members, you’ll find that going back to work doesn’t feel so bad after all.”

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No Power Outlet Nearby? This Portable, Rechargeable Table Lamp Beautifully Illuminates Any Spot In Your Home (and It’s on Sale!)

No Power Outlet Nearby? This Portable, Rechargeable Table Lamp Beautifully Illuminates Any Spot In Your Home (and It’s on Sale!)

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Have you heard about the highly contagious condition known as CPF (aka Cell Phone Fever)? Okay, I made it up, but I know you know what I’m talking about. One person whips out their phone at dinner, and before you know it, everyone at the table is looking down, checking news headlines, responding to texts, or scrolling social media instead of engaging with each other. I try my best not to be a CPF super spreader, but dim restaurant lighting can make it hard to keep my hands off my flashlight app if I want to have a chance at reading the menu. But while I was out to dinner at an outdoor NYC Mexican restaurant a few weeks ago, I discovered these simple (yet super-smart) rechargeable table lamps, and my phone stayed in my bag throughout the entire meal — what a game changer! I needed to know more, and once I did, I had to have one of my own.

My bedroom, which includes my WFH space, has been under construction, and I have been using the (dark!) dining room as an office. A lamp like this one was exactly what I needed to brighten things up without losing the cozy look and feel of the space, so I took the internet to find a style suitable for my apartment. That’s when I spotted this homey version from Kevin Francis Design. It features an adorable shade that makes it look like a miniature, tabletop version of a classic floor lamp. (Mine is white, but it’s available in gold, black, and brown, if those hues are more your style.) Because it’s wireless and comes with a USB charger, the 15″-tall accessory can be used anywhere, regardless of whether or not there’s a power outlet nearby. It gives off just enough light to illuminate the surrounding foot or so of space, and it turns on and off with the push of a button. I placed the metal lamp on the dining room table next to my computer, and not only was I able to see much better, I felt the strain on my eyes lift in minutes.

The company doesn’t make any claims about how long each charge lasts, but I can tell you that I’ve used it for a full nine-hour work day without any issue. At the end of the day, when it’s time to eat at the table again, I move my computer and the lamp aside to the charging station against the wall, and I have my dining room back. In the morning, it’s easy to make it into an office again. It’s amazing what one piece of thoughtful home decor can do!

For me, the best part about this lamp is that it is so easy to move around wherever and whenever I need it, whether I am working outside as it starts to get dark, playing cards with friends in the backyard, or chopping veggies in an unlit area of the kitchen. And right now you can snag this piece for more than 25 percent off, so you can brighten up your space without lightening your wallet! If you need some light in your life (and your home), I have a hunch that this must-have lamp will make all the difference.

Buy: Classic Portable Rechargeable USB Metal Table Lamp, $72 (normally $98)