In the digital age, the traditional 9 til 5 office job is increasingly becoming a thing of the past. The rise of remote working, freelancing, global coworking and self-employment over the past decade has led to the creation of a new breed of worker – the digital nomad. Needing only an internet connection to get by, the digital nomad can work from anywhere in the world. Laptop in one hand, passport in the other, he/she not bound by any location and has complete freedom.
Sounds nice doesn’t it? Unfortunately, like most things, whilst the idea of remote working is romantic, the reality is often less than convenient. Firstly, there’s the price; unless you are prepared to carry a tent around with you, the price of short-term accommodation will soon add up, not to mention travelling and living costs. Secondly, there’s the hassle; instead of focussing on your job, you will soon spend much of your time planning your route, booking hotels and travel, and searching for a quiet place to work. Thirdly, there’s the temptation; it’s hard to stay motivated when your on a beach in the South of France and everyone around you is having a drink and swimming in the sea. How do you stay focused on your work?
Fortunately, coworking might have found the answer to these problems. Over the past few years a whole host of companies have begun to cater to the needs of the adventurous remote worker by providing affordable coworking and co-living space in all corners of the globe. Here are a few examples of what’s on offer.
Although it seems like a contradiction in terms, coworking holidays have become increasingly popular over the past few years. Thousands of people every year fly off to exotic locations to relax and work. If you fancy a break, but don’t want to put your work on hold, there are plenty of options for you. Resorts such as Livit Spaces in Bali, Surf Office in Spain, and SunDesk in Morocco offer coworking space and accommodation where people can work remotely whilst soaking up the sun, exploring a different part of the world, and networking with other likeminded adventurers.
Similar to the retreats, coworking holiday companies such as US-based Hacker Paradise organise trips all over the world for people who want to travel and work at the same time. These companies will take care of your accommodation, workspace, and community, so that you can focus on being productive and enjoying yourself. Trips can last as long as three months, but you can stay for as little as two weeks. This year, the company has trips organised to Bali in Indonesia, Chiang Mai in Thailand, and Porto in Portugal. Coworking holidays are a great way to meet people and network. As one Hacker Paradise customer put it, ‘it’s like a school trip, but all your classmates are cool entrepreneurs, and there’s Wi-Fi.’
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A relatively new phenomenon, these are international networks of coworking spaces that with one membership you can have complete access to. There are a couple of examples of fantastic coworking networks available. The first is Roam, this is a company that owns coworking and communal living space in Bali, Miami, and Madrid, with spaces soon to be opened in Buenos Aires and London. Boasting ‘battle tested wifi, coworking space, chef’s kitchen, and a diverse community’, the company invites you to ‘join interesting people in interesting places – for a week or a lifetime’. Another option is companies like Coworking Visa or Copass with whom membership provides you access to hundreds of independent coworking spaces across the globe. The benefits of coworking networks are freedom, especially with global Coworking Visa and Copass, you can just about travel to anywhere on earth and have a place to work, and people to meet.
So… if you’re the adventurous type, or just want a change of scene without putting your work on hold, why not try global coworking? It could be the best decision you ever make.