There are also visa problems. In recent years, digital nomads have crossed and re-crossed borders as needed to avoid staying over. In a pandemic with closed borders, it's not that easy.
In March, corporate consultant Ryan McCumber was stuck in Portugal. He had traveled in Europe and a comedy of mistakes and the sudden lockdown of the continent left him stranded in a beach town in the Algarve with only four days of clothes while his dog and the rest of his luggage stayed in Warsaw, a previous stop.
The pandemic made his conference business unprofitable, so in Portugal he decided to develop a start-up accelerator focusing on sports technology. The biggest challenge, McCumber said, was not to make his partners in the US too jealous while taking calls from the beach.
Although a robber attacked him and gave him 15 stitches and a scar over the eye, he fell in love with Portugal's cheap sangrias and sea air, and in early summer, when his airline finally offered him a flight home, he refused to leave. After his visa expired, Mr. McCumber went to the immigration office and asked for political asylum.
"I said," Trump is a dictator, my city is on fire and the people are dying, "he said, citing the president and protesting against police violence and the virus." They joked that I was the first person from America since the Vietnam War who asked about it. "
Government officials laughed, he said, and then approved an extension until the end of October. (Mr. McCumber has since returned to the United States.)
Others struggle with the same vacation fatigue that Mr. Malka, the hiker from Cabo to London to perhaps Bali, experienced. According to a study by Radboud University in the Netherlands, it takes eight days of vacation for people to achieve their greatest happiness. From there it goes downhill.