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Weekend reads: A pandemic opportunity to be a digital nomad

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Maybe it is a bit much to call the COVID-19 pandemic an opportunity, but several countries have made it easier to obtain remote work visas. If you are working remotely and would like to experience life in another country, here are the details about five countries where you can live and work for one or two years, including visa application requirements.

Deep thoughts heading into Election Day Regardless of who wins the presidential election on Tuesday or which party controls the House of Representatives, the Senate or both, you can be sure to hear plenty about the U.S. Supreme Court and constitutional “originalism.” Donald F. Kettl, the Sid Richardson Professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin, looks at what Thomas Jefferson and James Madison have to say about that.Don’t fret about Election Day No matter your politics, you can choose to embrace the uncertainty — and do these five things instead. Are you a stock investor or a gambler? Mark Hulbert looks at the results of an academic study that concludes gambling (not investing) in the stock market outweighs all other forms of gambling in casinos or through other means by 3½ times. …

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These Countries Are Offering Visas for Remote Workers – TheStreet

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Due to the coronavirus pandemic, more people are working remotely than ever before. However, working remotely while living through various stages of stay-at-home orders has caused many to reconsider their living arrangements, sometimes leading to an exit from big-city living to a new location in search of more space, better weather or greater access to nature.Some countries have taken notice and decided to capitalize on the opportunity by offering remote work visas to help attract those who can do their job from their laptop. So, if you’ve dreamed of living on a tropical island during the winter, or amid the picturesque landscapes of Europe during the summer, you’re in luck.Here’s what you need to know about which countries are offering remote work visas, how you can take advantage of this unique opportunity and how you can travel there on points and miles. Each country is paired with the length of the remote work visa and the cost of acquiring that visa.Georgia (1 year, free) Georgia is a country on the Black Sea that borders Turkey, Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. The country is a popular digital nomad hub, so it is no surprise that Georgia has …

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You could move to an almost ‘COVID-free’ island in the Caribbean for up to 2 years, but only if you make almost triple what the typical American makes

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Following in the footsteps of destinations like Barbados, Estonia, and Dubai, the Cayman Islands announced an initiative to entice remote workers to relocate their home offices somewhere a little more exotic — and perhaps safer.But while the new program is pretty similar to other countries’, there’s one big difference: To apply, workers must prove financial independence — and then some. According to the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism’s website, to be eligible for this program, individuals must make at least $100,000 a year. Couples have a bit more leeway with a combined minimum of $150,000, and families with one or more children must make at least $180,000 a year.To put that into perspective, according to the Census Bureau’s 2019 American Community Survey, median earnings in the US in 2019 were $36,519. According to the 2019 Census, the median household income was $68,703.

This means that neither the typical American individual nor the typical American family would qualify for this new program: They would need to make at least double the national median.The coronavirus pandemic has already deepened economic inequality — or, in the very least, made it even more apparent.When the pandemic first hit, the wealthy escaped densely populated urban cities for remote vacation spots and second …

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Countries that will give you a remote-work visa, and how to get to them

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Due to the coronavirus pandemic, more people are working remotely than ever before. However, working remotely while living through various stages of stay-at-home orders has caused many to reconsider their living arrangements, sometimes leading to an exit from big-city living to a new location in search of more space, better weather or greater access to nature.Some countries have taken notice and decided to capitalize on the opportunity by offering remote work visas to help attract those who can do their job from their laptop. So, if you’ve dreamed of living on a tropical island during the winter, or amid the picturesque landscapes of Europe during the summer, you’re in luck.Here’s what you need to know about which countries are offering remote work visas, how you can take advantage of this unique opportunity and how you can travel there on points and miles. Each country is paired with the length of the remote work visa and the cost of acquiring that visa.Georgia (1 year, free) Georgia is a country on the Black Sea that borders Turkey, Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. The country is a popular digital nomad hub, so it is no surprise that Georgia has …

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Supporting Digital Nomads In Your Business Is Good For The Bottom Line

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Digital nomads — employees or contractors who work remotely while traveling — were a small growing trend before the pandemic. With large numbers of workers logging in remotely during Covid, however, their ranks rose dramatically. According to an MBO Partners survey, 2020 has seen a 49% increase in digital nomads compared to 2019.
Like many remote-work trends, digital nomadism poses some interesting questions for businesses. Does it make sense to allow employees to work from the road? How does it benefit the company? How will it impact company policies?
I’ve run a mostly remote company for 20 years and am already an advocate for permanent remote work. After my family recently drove from Ohio to California to spend five weeks as digital nomads, I now believe this is the next benefit companies need to figure out both to keep employees happy and refreshed and to attract and retain top talent.

Every day, I logged in early to sync up with east coast time and was usually free to explore by 2 p.m. To my team, this felt no different from me logging in from Ohio. But for me, the time away offered a badly needed escape from the “groundhog” day feel of 2020 and …

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Travelers can work abroad in an island paradise — if they make $100,000+

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Digital nomads can now work remotely in the Cayman Islands for up to two years.The catch? Those workers must make at least $100,000 a year — and even more if they want to bring a companion.Launched on Oct. 21, the Global Citizen Concierge Program invites high-earning workers to ride out the next several years on the territory’s three islands — Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman —  which, so far, have contained Covid-19 infections with more success than many of their Caribbean counterparts. The program is one of the only ways that those without work or residency connections can access the Cayman Islands right now, since the British overseas territory has not yet reopened to tourists.Who is eligible?Under the new program, workers can apply to receive a “Global Citizen Certificate” if they have an employment letter from an entity outside of the Cayman Islands that shows a minimum annual salary of $100,000 for individuals, $150,000 for couples (including civil partners) and $180,000 for individuals or couples with dependent children. Other family members may also be eligible to join, including siblings, parents, grandparents and grandchildren, if they are are “wholly or substantially dependent” upon the applicant.Applications can be submitted for every remote worker …

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Which is the best Greek island for a digital nomad?

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Q I have the good fortune to be a “digital nomad” working in tech, and therefore can base myself anywhere. After a couple of months in London, I am keen to find places which might be brighter and more relaxed over the next couple of months. I’ve decided to spend a week in Athens, but don’t know where to go after that. A Greek island would be great, but how do you choose? And after that, I’ve also heard that Turkey’s Mediterranean coast is lovely, and I am keen to visit Cappadocia in central Turkey. So, what do you recommend?Name suppliedA “Working from Greece” sounds an ideal proposition for November and December, and Athens is the place to start. You will see the capital at its most tourist-free, and it will feel more relaxed than London. While masks are de rigueur on public transport and in shops, even late in the year a fair amount of time is spent outdoors – so you can settle down with your laptop at a cafe in the shadow of the Acropolis (the peak in the centre of the city) and feel inspired as well as lucky.

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Travel Insurance Options for Digital Nomads

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Travel insurance can safeguard your nonrefundable reservations and reimburse you for any unexpected emergency medical costs that you incur while traveling. However, the travel insurance needs of those taking several short vacations per year will vary from those of digital nomads, who may spend significant portions of the year living and working from abroad.

Digital nomads may also return home less often, travel with equipment (e.g., laptop, camera, etc.), participate in adventurous activities and be less concerned with health care coverage if they are traveling to a country with inexpensive medical costs.

Given the prevalence of remote work and increasing options to live and work from abroad, here you’ll find some of the most popular travel insurance options for digital nomads.

World Nomads

World Nomads is a travel insurance provider that offers coverage for residents of many countries and also allows you to extend your coverage mid-trip. It is underwritten by Nationwide Insurance. Importantly, the provider does not have a pandemic exclusion, so COVID-related claims are covered. However, World Nomads specifically states that fear of travel is not a valid reason for trip cancellation. So if you’d like the option …

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Go abroad to work from home

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With more than 80 beaches, including the pink-hued Crane beach, this Caribbean nation blessed with year-round sunshine now offers a Welcome Stamp visa. Prospective visitors need to fill out an application form, check off an income declaration, and pay a fee of $2,000 per individual or $3,000 for a family once approved. Visitors can stay for up to 12 months.

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This camper van rental company will let new let you subscribe to book RVs for months or even years at a time — see how it works

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Indie Campers has released a subscription service that allows digital nomads in Europe to subscribe to #VanLife on a monthly or annual basis.
The price of the subscription varies according to the city, and customers can select one of the company’s nine camper van models that range from a Fiat Ducato to a Volkswagen California.
An annual subscription entails a fixed monthly fee, while a monthly subscription has fees that change according to the month.
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Indie Campers has released a subscription payment model that allows digital nomads in Europe to subscribe to #VanLife on a monthly or annual basis.The new program — which encompasses 15 European countries — capitalizes on the #VanLife and digital nomad boom as the world continues to work from home, and now, anywhere.  With this new payment model, camper van enthusiasts can “subscribe” to operate one of Indie Campers’ vans on a monthly or annual basis for prices that vary per city and duration.Along with the company’s “Amazon for campervan rentals” peer-to-peer rental platform, Indie Campers currently owns 1,250 camper vans on vehicles like the Fiat Ducato and Volkswagen California.The rental platform’s newly announced payment option also takes advantage of …

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