Motivations, mobility and work practices; the conceptual realities of digital nomads

Hall, Grant, Sigala, Marianna, Rentschler, Ruth, and Boyle, Stephen (2019) Motivations, mobility and work practices; the conceptual realities of digital nomads. In: Information and Communication Technologies in Tourism 2019 : proceedings of the International Conference. pp. 437-449. From: Information and Communication Technologies in Tourism 2019, 30 January – 1 February 2019, Nicosia, Cyprus.

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Abstract

In an increasingly digitised and globalised world, a new type of business tourism has emerged, undertaken by the digital nomad (DN). Tourism operators and government agencies are increasingly seeking to attract DNs. Yet, knowledge about DNs is often based on reports that focus on glamorous aspects of the DN lifestyle whilst glossing over the negative realities of DN lifestyles. This study addresses this gap by adopting a retrospective autoethnographical approach that provides a more holistic understanding of DN life. The study collects and critically reflects on a vast amount of data related to various events and observations associated with the lead researcher's experience of living as a DN. Sans gloss, the study’s findings reveal the characteristic motivations, mobility and work practices of DNs, discusses the implications of DNs for tourism practitioners that seek to attract DNs, and recommends future areas of research.

Item ID: 63538
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
ISBN: 978-3-030-05939-2
Keywords: Digital nomad, Reality, Theory, Mobility, Work practices, Challenges, Ethics, Legal
Copyright Information: © Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2020 22:58
FoR Codes: 15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1506 Tourism > 150601 Impacts of Tourism @ 50%
15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1506 Tourism > 150606 Tourist Behaviour and Visitor Experience @ 50%
SEO Codes: 90 COMMERCIAL SERVICES AND TOURISM > 9003 Tourism > 900302 Socio-Cultural Issues in Tourism @ 100%
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