Cost of living could see remote workers stay on the move

The majority of anywhere workers, who travel while staying in full time employment, plan to continue doing so for the foreseeable future.

Research from freelance network Fiverr and travel service Lonely Planet found that 98% of anywhere workers plan to live their remote lifestyle for at least the next six months, and 84% said they had a job which supported their desire to do so.

Peggy de Lange, vice president of international expansion at Fiverr, suggested that an increased cost of living could be behind workers' wanderlust.

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Speaking to HR magazine, she said: "As the cost of living becomes a greater concern, we’ll see people explore new opportunities to mitigate these costs. We’ll certainly see more people adopt this anywhere worker lifestyle in the future as many external barriers are alleviated."

The most common careers among anywhere workers iare IT, engineering, consulting and digital marketing, and over a third (40%) of those asked reported earning more than they did before adopting the lifestyle.

De Lange added that the trend may continue if companies keep accommodating flexible working

She said: "More companies are offering remote work opportunities and have restructured to the hybrid working model. What's more, we’re starting to see local governments embrace the anywhere worker lifestyle by introducing specific visas to accommodate this.

“In the past few years, much of the way we communicate and work with each other has been virtual and this has translated into a new era of hybrid working. We’ve seen more people embrace the flexibility that remote working has allowed as they take autonomy over where they work and live and fit their careers around it."

Locations which provide education facilities were one of the top priorities for remote working travellers, alongside a stable internet connection, the cost of living, and job opportunities for family members. 

Many of those working from anywhere are not solo travellers- 45% of those surveyed were married, and 70% were parents.

The research surveyed 1,400 anywhere workers who shared their experiences of work and travel.