How to work like a digital nomad: Co-working spaces and workation retreats around the world.
If you’re tempted by the possibility of escaping the office with just a laptop in hand, here are some digital nomad resources to get you started.
SunDesk (sun-desk.com; day passes from $12), a co-working space on a surf beach near Marrakesh, has high-speed Internet – even on the roof terrace.
WORK Saigon (worksaigon.com; from $118 a month) has single-origin Vietnamese coffee and regular community barbecues.
Nest (coworkingnest.com.mx; from $20 a day to $99 a week), in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, has a rooftop pool and is pet-friendly.
Hubud (hubud.org; from $33 a day to $364 a month) in Ubud, Bali, has Skype booths, business coaches and courses like “Become a Freelancing Ninja!”
C0-WORKING CLOSER TO HOME
Most major cities now have co-working spaces, which tend to focus more on ergonomic desks than beach views. Here are just a few examples:
Montreal’s Halte 24-7 (halte24-7.com; from $199 a month)
GAB (gab.ae; from $220 a month)
La Gare (garemtl.com; from $195 a month)
Toronto’s Centre for Social Innovation (socialinnovation.ca; from $125 a month)
Link Coworking (linkcoworking.com; from $379 a month) in Austin, Texas
The Soho House has plans to introduce “Housework,” which will offer members the chance to hot desk in Los Angeles, Istanbul, London and Chicago.
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The Surf Office (thesurfoffice.com; from $90 a day for a single room) in Gran Canaria, Spain; Lisbon, Portugal; and Santa Cruz, Calif., offers accommodation, co-working spaces and organized social events.
Mutinerie Village (mutinerie.org/village-homepage; from $300 a week for a shared dorm) is a co-working space in a restored farmhouse near Paris.
Coworking Camp (coworking.camp; from $376 a week not including accommodation) is a beachside winter pop-up in Djerba, Tunisia.
Coconat (coconat-space.com, from $53 a night) is a retreat just outside Berlin with both indoor and outdoor desks and tents and cabins in the woods for sleeping.
Webworktravel.com offers information on the best work-ation destinations, from Cape Town to Cusco. In November, the site is running its first-ever “digital nomad cruise,” from Spain to Brazil ($355 for nine days – a bargain because the ship is re-positioning; Wi-Fi is extra and expensive).
DIGITAL NOMAD CONFERENCES
DNX Global (dnxglobal.com; tickets start at $295), a massive biannual conference most recently hosted in Berlin, brings together thousands of digital nomads hoping to network and hear speeches like “Redesign your life: How I created my dream job in less than a year.”
The Global Co-working Unconference Conference (gcuc.co) hosts co-working events around the world, from Toronto to São Paulo, to discuss everything from work trends to productivity-enhancing furniture design.
#nomads (hashtagnomads.com) offers well-rounded crowd-sourced information for location-independent workers – everything from remote-job-search tips to affordable places to stay.
Nomad List (nomadlist.com) provides forums, destination guides and a handy filtering tool for finding your next home.
Technomades (technomades.com), for digital nomads looking for co-working spaces, lodging and community en français, is currently under development.
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