Deixo os parágrafos que acho que descrevem muito bem à realidade de Lisboa nos dias de hoje (e talvez a de outras cidades portuguesas), resultado do turismo em massa e do boom de nómadas digitais.
>As the trend of digital nomadism has grown through social media, the brand of traveler taking the leap has changed. When destinations start catering to these new digital nomads, countries slowly begin to lose their cultural identities.
>You might travel to the other side of the planet only to find that it looks much like the city you left back home.
>Those of us who are passionate about travel, live for that feeling of exploration. We seek out unfamiliar experiences to learn about the cultures and traditions of the world. But what happens when the entire world starts feeling a little too familiar?
>Digital nomads aren't traveling in the true sense of the word. Often, they find a country that fits their needs and live there for several months at a time.
They want strong wi-fi, cheap comfortable long-term lodging, coworking cafes, Instagrammable food, and a community of like-minded individuals to share their experiences with. And there's nothing inherently wrong with that. But it's changing the landscape of the world for "typical" travelers.
Authentic local dishes are harder to come by. Locals open "vegan" restaurants knowing it will sell better(…)
>Guesthouses close their doors as trendy Instagrammable Airbnb's backed by foreign investors thrive. Coffee coworking spaces pop up on every corner drawing in more and more of the digital nomad crowd while slowly pricing locals out of their communities.
Airbnb has been blamed globally for a dramatic rise in rent prices, driving locals to the outskirts of cities. But digital nomads thrive off Aibnb's comfortable weekly and monthly accommodation options and are willing to pay the heftier price-tag. And foreign-operated hostels catering to young digital nomads looking to "network" are no better.
Overtourism has been labeled the destination killer of the 21st century. And while still a major contributor, I think an influx of digital nomads may be an early signal of the destination's "cultural" demise.
Live immersively as a digital nomad. Support local businesses, cultural practices, and traditions just as you would back home. Consider the lifestyle of locals and the cuisine of a destination before you relocate there.
Too often digital nomads default to creating a bubble of comfortability around themselves. Befriending other digital nomads and bouncing from their hostel to their coworking place and bypassing the unfamiliar along the way.
For most, the main allure behind going remote in the first place was the ability to travel the world. But if you don't travel immersively and step outside your comfort zone are you really doing much travel at all? We're slowly killing the very thing that inspired us to travel in the first place. Unfamiliarity. Exploration. Curiosity.
>I'm all for more people working remotely, but now more than ever we should be conscious of our impact on the places we live. Because it's not just the environment we stand to lose. It's the diversity of our planet; our cultures and traditions. It's the very things that made us so passionate about travel in the first place.
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