If you’ve recently started working from home and realise that you enjoy the flexibility and work-life balance so much more than you did when you were commuting to the office, perhaps you’re planning to make it a permanent move, regardless of your employer’s future plans?
Going freelance and committing to permanent remote work is a bold step in such uncertain times, but if you’ve got the skill to pay the bills, fortune favours the brave, so it could be the making of you.
However, with such a diverse world, where should your first pitstop be for a few months while you find your feet, establish a new routine and plan your next globetrotting move?
Take a look at the following three reasons Scotland suits digital nomads and you might realise that Caledonia is the perfect pick.
Sorry England, Wales and Northern Ireland, but Scotland is the most beautiful country in the world, never mind the UK!
In terms of urban areas, capital Edinburgh must be the jewel in the crown, with its noble neoclassical New Town, Old Town full of historic buildings, charming cobbled streets and mysterious alleyways, and dramatic medieval castle perched on a volcanic plug, it’s pretty spectacular.
Then when you add the verdant undulating landscape of Perthshire, the sheer majesty of the Highlands and the preternatural beauty of locations like Iona and Loch Lomond into the mix, you’ve got a nation blessed by an embarrassment of natural riches.
Scotland has more culture than you can shake a spurtle (porridge-stirring stick) at.
Whether you’re soaking up the architectural ambience of V&A Dundee, enjoying one of the world’s best fish suppers at the Anstruther Fish Bar in Fife or embracing classic banter with a Glasgow cabbie, there’s no mistaking that this a lively and creative country where citizens of all stripes are outward looking and inclusive.
Ordinarily the summer season in Edinburgh in particular is packed with possibilities thanks to the Fringe, the world’s largest arts festival, but Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, Aberdeen and many other towns and cities host everything from live traditional music to international acts all year round and venues like the People’s Palace and McManus Art Gallery & Museum feature exhibits that provide fascinating insights to the Scottish psyche.
3 Broadband coverage
Being a digital nomad means you’ll mainly earn your income online, whether you’re working as a travel blogger, digital marketer or taking an online degree with ARU Distance Learning.
So fast and reliable broadband and Wi-Fi are a must wherever you’re laying your hat and the good news is that coverage is excellent apart from in the most remote rural areas of Scotland.
According to the latest Ofcom figures, the number of homes with access to superfast broadband has increased by 89,000 in the last years, while 200,000 Scottish homes now have full fibre broadband and free Wi-Fi is available in most town and city centres as well as transport networks.
That’s our list! Let us know why you think Scotland’s superb for digital nomads.