Digital Nomad Experience
The digital nomad trend takes the world by storm as more and more jobs become remote. Those who wish to try it out may hesitate at the thought of the lonely yet exciting road ahead. Joining a Digital Nomad Co-Living Experience makes taking this step a lot easier as you’ll be traveling month to month with a group of likeminded professionals.
Location: Global, with adventure destinations month-to-month, running through South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa in 2018.
Description: WiFi Tribe puts an emphasis on adventure and slow travel, and prides itself in having close-knit groups or “tribes”. When not working, tribes often exploring the destination together. The founders are the biggest champions of the lifestyle, and always travel with the group.
Pros: One of the most economical nomadic experiences, with a spot in a shared room starting from $800/month. The groups are small, between 12 to 20 people, and there is month-to-month flexibility so you can hop on and off whenever you’d like.
Cons: A small, close-knit group means that the selection process is thorough. Once you’re in, you’re accepted for a lifetime, though spots within a “tribe” could run out. The price does not include a desk at a co-working space, although the houses/apartments come with quality internet.
Location: Global, with exotic monthly destinations as Ubud (Bali), Da Nang (Vietnam), and Florianopolis (Brazil)
Description: Hacker Paradise is catered towards developers, designers, and entrepreneurs. One of its main selling points is its close-knit community, encouraging collaborations among its members. Besides accommodations, the program sets you up at a local co-working hub and arranges activities so that you truly immerse in the local tech scene. A spot here starts from $495 a week.
Pros: A close-knit community of 400+ current and past Hacker Paradise members; the time commitment minimum is two weeks, which is lower than other Nomadic Experiences.
Cons: To join Hacker Paradise, you have to first pass their application process; you also have to belong to one of the verticals they cater to.
Location: Gobal, with a mix of urban and exotic destinations such as Melbourne, Buenos Aires, and Bali.
Description: You’ll be co-working and co-living with people from a range of industries – from entrepreneurs to lawyers. Professional development is a huge emphasis for We Roam; it helps professionals network with local business leaders and hosts workshops for its participants. Each group has 30-40 people.
Pros: An emphasis on professional development and networking; an employer partnership program to encourage your employer to let you go remote.
Cons: The steep price tag; a month at We Roam costs $2000, with a $5000 full-year reservation fee (shorter durations are possible). You’ll have to commit to at least 3 months.
Location: Global, with monthly urban destinations as Medellin, Cape Town, and Kyoto
Description: Remote Year is one of the co-living and co-working programs that’s generated the most buzz. And it’s proof that the co-living movement is real; it has raised $12 million in 2016 to expand to 6 programs. Remote Year members commit to participating for at least 4 months, moving from one city to another monthly.
Pros: An experienced, highly selective program ensures that you’ll be with peers that are cream of the crop.
Cons: Highly selective; their inaugural class saw 25,000 applications for 75 spots! The price tag of $2000 per month plus an initiation fee makes it one of the more expensive co-living experiences out there; Lastly, you’ll have to commit to at least 4 months.
Location: Global, with different locations per session as India, Vietnam, and Bali.
Description: Nomad House gives you an end-to-end nomadic experience with a small group of 15-20 likeminded individuals for 30 days. From weekend trips visiting beautiful sights as the Marble Mountains in Vietnam, and workshops as “A Guide to Cryptocurrency”, the program makes sure you work hard and play hard.
Pros: Both shared ($1,300) and private ($2,100) accommodation options are available.
Cons: Trips have been cancelled in the past.
The Remote Experience
Location: Global, with different urban locations every month as Rio de Janeiro, Puerto Vallarta, and Chiang Mai.
Description: Full-time membership at a nearby co-working space is always arranged as part of the program. The program truly arranges everything for you, even hiring a local ambassador to make sure you get acclimated quickly to the local culture and surroundings. A month at one of their programs costs $2,000 and you share the experience with 10-18 professionals.
Pros: Many extras are included, such as insurance, airport transfer, local ambassadors, a co-working space, and pop-up networking events.
Cons: Only one half-day trip is included as an activity.
Location: Global, with destination experiences as Puerto Vallarta and Bali.
Description: DigitalOutposts is geared towards professionals and graduate students, each working on their own projects, so the range of accepted individuals is quite diverse. They put a lot of attention to making sure you have a great workspace, and that besides work, you’ll also have plenty of time to get to know the area and your fellow attendees. The cost is in line with other programs, at $1,995 per month.
Pros: The minimum commitment period is 2-weeks, so it’s suitable for nomads who do not want to be away for too long.
Cons: It does not include professional or career building events.