I guess, I could be called a ‘digital nomad’. I work through telecommunications technologies from different countries (USA, UK, and France), sometimes using French coffee shops because their Internet service is more reliable than mine. Enabling digital nomadism has become full time businesses for some imaginative entrepreneurs.
Take Unsettled, a company that “organizes 30-day co-working experiences around the world for creative people, entrepreneurs, and other professionals seeking to combine work, travel and redefining themselves” (The New York Times). The name Unsettled is aimed at turning something perceived as a negative into a positive. Each Unsettled location (e.g. Buenos Aires, Bali, Barcelona, Cape Town) has communal living areas, with meeting rooms, a co-working space and fast Wi-Fi.
Who are the groups taking advantage of such services? Millennials who easily become bored with the traditional workplace, and aging baby boomers who often have more work flexibility.
- Another site to look at is Nomad List. This site ranks destinations that are accommodating to digital nomads. Their rankings are based on many criteria, including: cold, mild, warm, fast internet, near you, near beach, near mountains, near snow, very safe, co-working.
- Remote Year brings together communities of professionals and entrepreneurs who spend one year living and working in 12 different cities.
- Hacker Paradise is a digital nomad experience aimed at programmers; they spend 12 weeks working on projects and writing code.
- There is even a Digital Nomad Conference, held this year in Lisbon, Portugal between September 9-10.
My own digital nomadism has evolved slowly, and has certainly involved many trials and tribulations. One of the services offered above could give you a taste of working from different locations while offering networking opportunities. I know Unsettled is looking at setting up in-company remote working experiences. What a great way to set up a strategic global team on a firm foundation.
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