The idea of ‘work’ has certainly changed in recent years.
What was once stereotyped as something you attended between 9 – 5 in some sterile, cold office building has been completely transformed ever since the days of the pandemic.
The ‘digital nomadism’ phenomenon has truly cemented itself in our modern culture, with flexible working opportunities causing many companies to see spikes in performance and morale levels among their employees; and of course, why wouldn’t you, if they could be working from somewhere like…say, the Mexican Caribbean?
As workers all over the world with advanced digital skills and a passion for travel look for their next place to set up shop, Mexico stands out as a clear leading destination to choose from, with its cultural heritage and technological advancements catching the interest of many.
While many countries scramble to create new opportunities to welcome more and more visitors through their borders, Mexico has been one step ahead in adapting to the digital nomadism trend, creating visas that are remote worker friendly, giving them the opportunity to work in the country for up to six months without any lengthy, traditional visa processes.
Of course, the huge draw to working remotely in the Mexican Caribbean is the location.
With more and more hip and trendy co-working spaces popping up all over the place, surrounded by the stunning beaches and coastlines of incredible areas such as Cancun, Tulum, and Playa Del Carmen, it’s easy to see why Mexico is one of five Latin American countries that are hosting many digital nomads.
In fact, once it began to offer workation services and long-stay packages specifically designed for the worker and their laptop, coworking spaces in Cancun and Playa Del Carmen saw an increase of 400 %.
Now that beaches are introducing high-speed public Wi-Fi in popular beach areas, digital nomads could literally be sitting on sugary white sands with crystal-clear water splashing at their feet while they type away on their laptops and take their next Zoom call.
While most countries offer tourism visas for three months, Mexico has extended the period one can stay for six months in the hope of enticing as many people as possible to the country.
If you wish to stay longer, you will have to apply for a residency permit, which comes with its own requirements.
Tips On Being A Digital Nomad
There are some challenges when being a digital nomad, especially in somewhere like the Mexican Caribbean, as the lines between work and vacation may blur slightly.
Daily organization is key to creating schedules and daily routines for productivity and balance, and planning ahead of time if you are moving from place to place.
Keeping on top of your financial situation is also key, ensuring that you have a steady income stream and monitoring your expenses, and making sure you aren’t spending too much on all the marvellous things you can do in the region.
Luckily, affordability in the Mexican Caribbean is definitely a highlight, and why it is the perfect place to find yourself working for a few months.
There is also the problem of loneliness, which comes from not walking into an office every single day and working purely from a piece of non-human technology.
It is super important that you try to build different relationships, most especially with other digital nomads, which can inevitably open doors to different opportunities, as well as create a community for yourself while you are away from home.
Luckily, the Mexican Caribbean is known by digital nomads and expats alike (a huge percentage being American) as being one of the friendliest and most welcoming environments of any country in the world.
Most people want you to be there and will go above and beyond to help you, which is most likely why it is experiencing a record-breaking year in tourism.
So if you are looking to escape the rat race of corporate-wherever-you’re-from, and instead be surrounded by lush tropical surroundings, as well as some of the best cuisine the world has to offer, then making the Mexican Caribbean your new ‘office’ might just be more than ideal!
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