7 Annoying-As-Fuck Things New Digital Nomads Do

Look at my computer near this body of water!

Travis W. King


For the three years leading up to the pandemic, I was the Director of Community for Remote Year, a travel company that was actively creating one of the world’s largest tribes of Digital Nomads.

Basically, I know a few thousand digital nomads.

I was an active part of the remote work revolution before it was mainstreamed through the pandemic. I watched the world accept what I already knew—work is about what you get done, not about what chair you’re sitting in for a certain eight hours of the day.

From over four years of travel prior to landing that gig (find the full story here), I also knew that having the ability to work from anywhere in the world was a life-changing freedom. Once you get a taste of international travel and the remote work lifestyle, it’s near impossible to go back to the corporate ball and chain (i.e. office desk and rolley chair).

Check out my computer and this body of water. Photo by Peggy Anke on Unsplash.

While digital nomads as a unique population set have exploded, it hasn’t been a universally good thing. Some nomads (whether aware or unaware) actively participate in throwing long-standing real estate and rental markets into chaos by expediting the gentrification of “hip” neighborhoods.

Some are new to global travel and developing nations, so they walk around most of the day on one foot …while the other is squarely lodged in their mouth.

I love my remote workers, and the vast majority are such experienced travelers at this point that they’ve outgrown a lot of these faux pas below, but, for new nomads still finding their travel legs, these 7 annoying things are often still day-to-day behaviors.

They’re things most travelers grow out of, or at least become aware of, and I’m hoping to expedite that process for some of you who are new to the nomad lifestyle. So, let’s check out my top seven annoying-as-fuck things new digital nomads often do.

Water, with my computer. Photo by Kristin Wilson on Unsplash.

1. “Great view from the office today” social media posts



Travis W. King

Traveling, writing, & working abroad for 10 years. Former Remote Year Dir. of Community. Check out my travel memoir—Not That Anyone Asked—at www.traviswking.com