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7 popular destinations for digital nomads

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Chances are you’ve seen the term ‘digital nomad’ online of late – the ubiquitous name for freelancers who take their work on the road. From graphic designers to entrepreneurs to software developers, many professionals are trading in their 9-to-5 office gig for something different, working instead from coffee shops, co-working spaces, trendy Airbnbs and beachy vistas.

Once you’ve ensured you’ve got the right tools and have thoroughly read up on visa restrictions and other legal fine print, it’s time to decide where to go. Where are the other nomads?

Here are 7 popular destinations where you’re likely to find fellow workers on the road.

Sunset in Bali

Image credit: Richard Schneider via Flickr Creative Commons

Canggu, Bali

It wouldn’t be an article about digital nomads without giving Bali a shout out. Tropical, picture-perfect Bali is ideal for tourists, hipsters, yoga enthusiasts and nomads alike, and Canggu has become one of the top destinations for workers on the go.

Compared to Ubud and Seminyak, Canggu is a cheaper and quieter village: according to Nomadlist, the ‘Nomad Cost’ for Canggu is about $955 per month, while Ubud is $1,395 and Seminyak is $1,638. The co-working community in Canggu is centred at Dojo Bali, and they regularly have BBQs, workshops, networking events and more social meet-ups – perfect for those looking to connect up with other nomads.

Read more about life in Canggu as a nomad:

Nomadlist’s ranking of Canggu

http://www.fulltimenomad.com/bali-digital-nomads/

https://breathingtravel.com/ultimate-travel-guide-canggu-bali/

Porto, Portugal

Porto, Portugal

The city of Porto has curated a considerable nomadic scene, thanks to its beautiful weather, relatively inexpensive cost of living and chilled-out vibe. Considered a smaller, more affordable version of Lisbon, Porto is the ideal place to work and explore.

Porto i/o, a co-working space with a location in downtown and another near the riverside, is the best place to check out the local nomad scene. With plenty of events like coffee meetings for entrepreneurs, coding groups, information sessions and networking events, you can easily find some fellow travellers.

Read more about Porto as a co-working city here:

Nomadlist’s ranking of Porto

http://www.johnnyfd.com/2016/07/johnnys-guide-to-porto-portugal-for.html

http://charmbtrippin.com/welcome-to-porto/

https://nomadasaurus.com/discovering-the-best-things-to-do-in-porto/

Bridge in Budapest, Hungary

Budapest, Hungary

Budapest is another hub for digital nomads and rightly so. Often cited as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, Budapest has something for every kind of traveller – ruin bars for evening fun, incredible architecture for daytime wandering, traditional Turkish baths for relaxing, and so much more.

The city’s fast, reliable Wi-Fi, the inexpensive cost of living and co-working spaces are the major selling points for this as a hub for nomads. According to Nomad List, the average cost for a nomad for one month is about $1,448 – not as cheap as Canggu or Chiang Mai, but very affordable for Europe. Greenspaces and Loffice are two popular options for co-working spaces, but there are also a number of coffee shops perfect for working in, such as Tamp & Pull Espresso Bar and Madal Café.

Read these blog posts by nomads for more info about living in Budapest:

Nomadlist’s ranking of Budapest

http://bohemiantraveler.com/2017/01/digital-nomad-budapest/

http://www.1bag1life.com/budapest-travel-guide-for-digital-nomads/

Temple in Thailand

Chiang Mai, Thailand

One of the most popular cities for digital nomads – in fact, arguably the most popular – is Chiang Mai. With gorgeous beaches, incredible temples and pristine forests, it’s not difficult to see why many nomads flock to the largest city in northern Thailand.

Chiang Mai’s incredible value for money attracts nomads from all over the world: according to Chris the Freelancer (an Australian nomad, blogger and YouTuber), a typical sit-down meal for 4 was around $8.50 AUD, or just £5. There is also an abundance of coffee shops (like Ristr8to) and co-working spaces (like Punspace) ideally suited for nomads.

Read more about experiencing Chiang Mai as a nomad (including Chris’s experiences):

Nomadlist’s ranking of Chiang Mai

http://christhefreelancer.com/one-month-as-a-digital-nomad-in-chiang-mai/

https://www.goatsontheroad.com/digital-nomad-guide-living-chiang-mai/

Streets in Seoul, South Korea

Seoul, South Korea

Often overlooked on nomad lists for beachier destinations, Seoul has a bustling freelance and start-up community. Renowned by foodies for its incredible cuisine and by techies for its position as the world’s most wired city, Seoul is ideal for nomads.

One of the best things about this capital city is its availability: 24-hour cafes with reliable Wi-Fi are perfect for those who like to make their own hours, and Seoul’s transport system will get you pretty much anywhere you need to go. If you’re looking to connect with other nomads, check out hip co-working space Hive Arena.

Read more about what makes Seoul ideal for nomads:

Nomadlist’s ranking of Seoul

http://umap.openstreetmap.fr/en/map/seoul-korea_41876#12/37.5379/127.0138

http://travel.cnn.com/seoul/life/50-reasons-why-seoul-worlds-greatest-city-534720/

Split, Croatia

Split, Croatia

Croatia has long attracted travellers for its breath-taking beaches, beautiful forested trails and affordable living, and Split is no different. Croatia’s second-largest city, located on the Dalmatian Coast, is a historical testament to Croatian culture, with ancient Roman ruins next to trendy shops and bars. From the start of spring until about late October, Split is full of tourists enjoying the culture, so if you’re looking for a quiet place, opt for the off-peak season.

In terms of where you can get work done, there are plenty of co-working spaces, equipped with fast, reliable internet, like CoCreative or WIP.

Nomadlist’s ranking of Split

https://vollo.net/blog/comprehensive-guide-digital-nomad-croatia/

https://www.goatsontheroad.com/5-digital-nomad-spots-where-you-can-live-for-half-the-cost/

https://www.goatsontheroad.com/goatlife-tv-episode-73-living-in-split-croatia/

Image source: VV Nincic via Flickr Creative Commons

Meixco City, Mexico

Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City is a destination that is often overlooked due to its reputation for crime and corruption; however, many nomads beg you to reconsider. This capital city attracts workers on the road by its delicious food, cheap cost of living, vibrant culture and fantastic selection of Wi-Fi-equipped places for work. From the sprawling park of Chapultepec to the ancient Mesoamerican Pyramid of the Sun, Mexico City’s incredible history is woven into its modernity.

With no shortage of cafes to work from, Mexico City also boasts a number of co-working spaces where you can connect with other nomads, including Urban Station, Impact Hub and more. Local marketplaces provide the perfect spot for grabbing affordable, authentic eats.

Read more about life as a nomad in Mexico City here:

Nomadlist’s ranking of Mexico City

http://www.indefiniteadventure.com/digital-nomad-cafe-mexico-city/

http://digitalrailroad.net/digital-nomad-guide-mexico-city/

 

For more information on becoming a digital nomad, read our resource guide ‘How to become a digital nomad’. It’s got everything from to general advice on preparing for life abroad to gear recommendations – a laptop equipped with videoconferencing software is a must, especially GoToMeeting’s screen share feature – incredibly useful for nomads to clearly communicate with clients and customers on the road).

10 Companies Embracing Remote Working for Business Success

Work remotely from anywhere in the world

Remote teams and flexible working arrangements are becoming an increasingly common occurrence in companies of all sizes these days. Part of this is thanks to more advanced technology and better solutions. Sometimes this works, and sometimes it doesn’t – Yahoo! chief executive Marissa Mayer famously banned flexible working a few years ago, arguing that being physically together is the only way to produce the best work.

But is this still true? As more and more of our lives happen online, it seems natural that our work should reflect the same change. Many companies have embraced this remote working model so much so that entire teams are spread across the globe – and they’re achieving success. Here are 10 companies who are challenging the idea that presence equals productivity and making the ‘virtual office’ work for them.

  1. Zapier

Zapier, the integration platform that automates web apps like Salesforce, Dropbox, Office 365, GoToMeeting and more, is a true remote work champion. Their team is distributed all over the world from South Florida to Nigeria, and remote work is so strongly built into their company ethos that they’ve written a guide about it. Through task management apps and collaborative tools like Google Docs, they’re able to stay agile and keep the company running smoothly.

  1. Etsy

Although not entirely remote like Zapier, Etsy has embraced a global workforce to their advantage. Their headquarters are in Brooklyn, but they have employees all over the world from London to Tokyo to Melbourne. In an interview with software engineer Brad Greenlee (based in Washington), he says that Etsy emphasizes a ‘reply-all’ culture that fosters inclusivity and doesn’t make remote workers feel isolated or like they are not ‘first class citizens’ of the company. He also says that recording videoconferences makes it super easy for staff to catch up on anything they may have missed.

  1. GitLab Inc.

This software provider and Git repository management is another proud remote company. They even have a Remote Manifesto, which outlines their eight principles for effective collaboration. In a recent interview, the CEO Sid Sijbrandij says at GitLab they ‘treat remote working as an advantage, not an obstacle.’ Remote working helps eliminate unnecessary meetings or inefficient communication, and they rely on chats to work together across time zones and continents.

  1. Olark

Olark is a live chat platform connecting businesses with customers based in San Francisco, but their team has grown into a global force. From Tiree, Scotland to Cookeville, Tennessee, it’s clear that Olark truly values their people and their well-being. Not only do they place a strong emphasis on transparency and communication, they foster a sense of digital community. They also have annual company retreats so everyone – including staff based outside the US – can hang out face-to-face and grow real friendships.

  1. Geckoboard

For those that haven’t heard of Geckoboard, they are a live TV dashboard software for businesses – a real-time metric and KPI tracker – and they are another champion of the remote working model. From their London headquarters, they’ve expanded across eight different time zones from Hawaii to Mumbai to give better service to their global clients. Throughout this growth, they’ve kept true to one of their core company beliefs: that having a great workplace and a great personal life mean working smarter, and you don’t all need to be in the same place to do so.

  1. Automattic

Now over 500 strong and valued at over $1 billion, Automattic is one of the most well-known remote working success stories. The WordPress developer has been remote from the beginning to tap into the best talent, regardless of location. CEO Matt Mullenweg said in an interview with Glenn Leibowitz that ‘[having distributed teams] has been amazing for the company in that we can attract and retain the best talent without them having to be in New York or San Francisco or one of the traditional tech enters.’ To stay productive, the teams communicate through internal chats and P2, an internal blog.

  1. 10Up

‘The best talent isn’t found in a single zip code, and an international clientele requires a global perspective,’ says 10Up and their completely remote workforce reflects this global attitude. 10Up, a web design and development agency specialising in content management services, has engineers and developers located from Costa Rica to Pakistan. In a Q&A for Remote.co, president and founder Jake Goldman says one of the main benefits of a remote working model is that ‘with the right team, you have a grassroots marketing campaign in cities and towns all around the country, and world. Many of our employees are active in their local meetup groups and communities, which spreads organic awareness of our brand outside of a single city.’

  1. Upworthy

There’s a pretty good chance you’ve heard of Upworthy – you may have even seen one of their stories shared on your Facebook Newsfeed recently. The popular content platform is a distributed team, with most of their job positions available virtually (although some require a U.S. time zone). They value results, not hours spent working, and encourage their employees to shift their work around other life commitments.

  1. Skillcrush

When Adda Birnir was one of many employees laid off from her job in 2008, she realised that those who remained at the company were all the technical workers: coders, developers and designers. She founded Skillcrush to give everyone, especially women, the opportunity to learn coding, get hired and enhance job security overall – and in the process, became a role model for the remote working model. Skillcrush’s (all female) team is fully remote and scattered from Finland to Texas.

  1. Help Scout

Help Scout, an online customer support platform, is the perfect example of the way a remote team should work. Although they have a head office in Boston, each employee has the freedom to work wherever they want, relying on transparency, trust and videoconferencing to get the job done. Help Scout also have a unique tradition called the Friday Fika – a 15-minute chat over coffee between randomly-chosen employees to keep everyone connected, despite the physical distance.

 

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