I am Jamaican. Born and raised in the world’s sprint factory and one of the most culturally influential and nations ever. I’ve traveled to and lived on all but 3 continents (Asia, Antartica and Australia). I am currently based in Jamaica and over the next year, I’ll be traveling a lot more, while growing my digital agency getConnectid, blogging at SiliconCaribe and helping to produce our roster of Caribbean Tech events, while being Board Chairman of Startup Jamaica. Yes, I’ve embraced the notion that it’s possible be an Entrepreneur, Digital Nomad and Change Maker at the same time – thanks to the Internet, Smartphones and Laptops. I chose Freedom in 2007.

It’s not a lifestyle for everyone, yet it’s perfect to me. In fact, this Digital Nomad trend has been bubbling up significantly in Jamaica lately and significantly so, since I first started. I see it daily when I’m out working from the cafes and hotel lobbies I frequent. And I’m sure this is the case across the Caribbean too. More of us Caribbean Digital Nomads are choosing this way of living, working and doing business. In fact, it’s all part of a larger and fast growing global trend.

This blog post however is about a temperature check for you to know if you are or want to be Caribbean Digital Nomad.  I selfishly would love to have more people (Caribbean and Global) on this journey with me. Added to that, our region is ripe for the opportunity of Caribbean Digital Nomads getting to know more about our neighbouring nations and there is even a greater opportunity of  digital nomads from elsewhere around the world who want to come here to our region.

But first let’s start with the definition of a Digital Nomad, maybe you will see yourself in this.

Who is a Digital Nomad?

Forbes Magazine in a July article, makes us look sexy with this definition – ” A “digital nomad” is someone who works online and takes advantage of that fact by traveling and living abroad, often in exotic locations that have largely driven the world’s interest in this rapidly-growing group. ”

Globetrender Magazine calls us – “A new generation of workers – digital nomads – are harnessing the power of mobile and Instagramming their way to a new kind of productivity; free from employers, property, belongings and maybe even stress.”

According to Wikipedia, Digital nomads are people who use telecommunications technologies to earn a living and, more generally, conduct their life in a nomadic manner. Such workers typically work remotely—generally from foreign countries, coffee shops, public libraries, co-working spaces and even recreational vehicles—to accomplish tasks and goals that traditionally took place in a single, stationary workplace.

Digital nomads use wireless internet, smartphones, Voice over IP, and cloud-based applications to work remotely wherever they live or travel. Digital nomads also often use coworking spaces, cafes, house sitting agreements, and shared offices in major cities around the world.

Digital nomads tend to travel, while they continue to work with clients or employers. This sort of lifestyle presents challenges such as maintaining international health insurance with coverage globally, abiding by different local laws and sometimes obtaining work visas, and maintaining long-distance relationships with friends and family back home.  Other challenges may also include time zone differences, the difficulty of finding a reliable connection to the internet, and the absence of delineation between work and leisure time.

In short, because of the convergence of technology, internet, freelancer culture, online business opportunities – has led to the explosion of the digital nomad, co-working and co-living culture worldwide.

And God knows, it all reflects my personal belief – that life is not meant to be lived in one place. Add to the mantra of digital nomads – that “work is no longer a place”.

Is this you? Then welcome to the tribe.

Does this kind of lifestyle sound good to you? Give me a digital fist bump.

I’m going to be blogging more about being a Caribbean Digital Nomad, who travel and do business more in Caribbean and the world. If you are curious about it all, join the  Facebook community.