Digital nomads tend to get a bad rap for their habits. They’re accused of dropping into places, pushing housing costs out of reach for locals, and creating strains for the community. A recent story in the New York Times focused on Mexico City reported that local housing activists claimed adherents to the “work-from-anywhere” (WFA) lifestyle were committing “modern-day colonization.”
Most of these foreign workers are from North America or Western Europe, whose skills and income can mean the dollars, pounds, or euros they earn from their jobs give them an edge in lower-cost cities and countries.
But for all that, is location-independent work — and the impact of digital nomads gathering in attractive, lower-cost destinations — really quite that bad? Other sources are more balanced and even optimistic about the changes digital nomads can bring to local communities.