Not necessarily a place: How mobile transnational online workers (digital nomads) construct and experience ‘home’

de Loryn, Bianca (2022) Not necessarily a place: How mobile transnational online workers (digital nomads) construct and experience ‘home’. Global Networks, 22 (1).

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Abstract

This article adds to current research on mobile transnational online workers (digital nomads) who travel the world in search of a holistic lifestyle that balances work and leisure. Using Kannisto's (2014) and D'Andrea's (2007) work on ‘global nomads’ as a theoretical lens and Nowicka's (2007) research on mobile professionals as a guide, I discuss the multiple meanings of ‘home’ for digital nomads who stayed in Chiang Mai, Thailand, in 2019. I will show that people feel at home when travelling with a loved one or by surrounding themselves with objects of emotional value. Furthermore, digital nomads create a feeling of being at home by connecting with their family via social media and video calling apps, while at the same time keeping them at a comfortable distance. Finally, some digital nomads envision an idealized ‘home base’ that is defined by social relations and not necessarily by the geography or amenities of a place.

Item ID: 70678
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1471-0374
Keywords: belonging, home, mobility, social networks, south east Asia, transnationalism
Copyright Information: © 2021 Global Networks Partnership & John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2022 01:08
FoR Codes: 35 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 3508 Tourism > 350899 Tourism not elsewhere classified @ 30%
35 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 3505 Human resources and industrial relations > 350507 Workplace wellbeing and quality of working life @ 70%
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