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    • Jessica10 months ago

      Not sure how I feel about digital nomads in the context of this specific article. However, this is certainly a worthy read and provides lots to think about. It seems to me like there is unnecessary problem-creation, and amplifies challenges we are already battling every day as a society.

      As with many digital nomads, they stress how much they care about the environment. In Tulum, they promote their values by sharing Instagrams of themselves picking up trash on the beach. "We take our eco-conscious ideals with us wherever we go," Mackley says.

      I’m glad they pick up trash on the beach. But read down a few paragraphs, and trash pick-up efforts are far outweighed by more devastating, large-scale effects that aren’t immediately recognizable:

      But many nomads don't stay around long enough to reckon with the long-term effects of their lifestyle. Along the main road in Tulum, construction crews are tearing down row after row of mangroves to make way for hotels and restaurants. Without mangroves, which act as a natural filtration system, all the contamination created by visitors — sewage, bacteria, chemicals — flows right into the waterways.

      Additionally, this is very strange for me to picture in the Himalayas of all places, and made me rather uncomfortable:

      For digital nomads, there's already a new coworking, co-living space dedicated to Musk in one of the most remote locales, the Himalayas. The destination, WorkationX, overlooks the mountains of the Kangra District at Rajgundha and can be reached only by a four-hour hike. It features six suites, yoga classes, and a large mural of Musk and Iron Man, with Musk's hands clasped in prayer.

    • chronotope10 months ago

      As remote working continues to gain acceptance, it's only a matter of time before these New Age conquistadores spread to other New Worlds. This time, though, what draws them is not gold or land, but the lure of high-speed internet.