Rémy Lasset is a freelance web content writer, originally coming from France. He’s keen on exploring European Countryside and always looks for new ways towards work-life integration.
Author: Elena Gascón
Why did you decide to live as a digital nomad?
I’ve always loved travelling, discovering new places and cultures, meeting new people, learning from them, sharing experiences… Location independence gives me more freedom!
Did you face any bureaucratic challenges as a digital nomad?
Not really. As a French citizen, nomading within the EU / Schengen area has been hassle-free until now.
Would you say young people can lead a fulfilling life in rural areas?
Definitely. Although it may depend on the personal expectations of each individual. If the local community is active, then the impact derived from innovation, creativity and cultural exchanges can help young people thrive in rural areas.
What were the hardest obstacles in settling in the country? (Especially when choosing countryside destinations)
For me, the main obstacle was the transport infrastructure – arriving at the destination and also finding connections within the province or around the town itself.
Can you name the 5 most rewarding advantages for you, living as a digital nomad in the countryside?
Personally, as a digital nomad in rural areas, I have self-developed greatly because:
- I have found a better work-life balance and discovered that spending more time in nature makes me more creative and productive.
- I have connected with fewer people but on a deeper level.
- I have lived and worked in pretty remote coliving spaces, including the green slopes of a volcano in the Azores, in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.
- I stayed out on cold nights, learnt how to adapt to natural weather conditions, and even watched the northern lights for the first time (and a few other times in the following weeks) when I was in Norway.
- I explored and enjoyed the most authentic Greek way of life when road-tripping in the countryside, out of the most touristic destinations.
What would you like to do in the future?
I would like to help local communities in rural areas develop small-sized coworking spaces and build communities to work near home together with others rather than work from home (alone or with family around), thus avoiding commuting every day. I’m also currently working on publishing a guidebook dedicated to the concept of “Work Near Home” and will open a website later this month. So excited about new things coming up!