If the prospect of working remotely appeals to you, oftentimes the visual of working from anywhere in the world—beaches, mountains, foreign countries—comes into play. This is where the concept of being a digital nomad comes from. Matt Krumrie states in What is a Digital Nomad?, “Digital Nomads work remotely, from anywhere in the world, often traveling abroad, while using technology, communication tools, and online resources to complete their work and operate their business.” A key component in being a digital nomad is, of course, the technology that is utilized to effectively and seamlessly conduct business.
Here are four groups who help people be digital nomads:
1. Surf Office
Surf Office grew out of its founder Peter’s idea that he wanted a place where he could work, surf, and be his most productive. In 2013, Surf Office Gran Canaria was started as a place for nomads to lodge, work within a calm office space, network with other working professionals, and then spend time surfing. Since the initial founding, Surf Office has opened another coworking space in Lisbon, Portugal. Surf Office is dedicated to building an international community of coworkers who are looking for amazing locations with infrastructure built in for the business and personal pieces of traveling.
2. Remote Year
Remote Year brings together working professionals who wish to travel internationally to 12 cities over a one-year period. Starting in South America, 75 working professionals will spend one intensive month learning about the culture and community in the area. The trip will then move on to Europe and Asia with accommodations for workplaces in each city. Having a remote job is a requirement for participating with Remote Year, and allows for total immersion and networking with other digital nomads in a structured way. Blending culture, travel, work, and local ecosystems, Remote Year embraces the true spirit of the borderless opportunities for remote working professionals.
Started in 2014, Hacker Paradise offers a way for developers, designers, and entrepreneurs to take short, organized trips where the focus is on building community, coworking, networking and business events, and traveling. Trips are split into two- and four-week options and cover locations throughout the world. Digital nomads can work among other adventurous intellectuals in rural and urban areas throughout the globe. Hacker Paradise has a built-in structure that allows for knowledge sharing, goal setting, workshops, feedback, and more from individuals in a wide variety of specialties and fields. Work time is automatically set into the schedule for participants to get the most out of the location and their work-life balance.
Outsite is a retreat concept for working professionals who want to experience an outdoor lifestyle in order to refocus or reenergize. Outsite has locations in Lake Tahoe, San Diego, Santa Cruz, and one in development in Hawaii. Providing shared workspaces, private rooms, outdoor activities, and a networking community, Outsite allows work travel to be something that speaks to getting back into balance and being the most productive possible while in beautiful locations. Outsite is committed to bringing digital nomads to inspiring locations with all of the accommodations needed to continue business as usual.
These companies are among the growing number of digital nomad-focused and remote working trend. Working remotely offers so many employees the freedom to pursue parts of their personal lives that matter to them, and being a digital nomad can marry the flexibility of working remotely with a network of people who share your passion for travel and business. These groups have the experience to ensure new digital nomads are comfortable and able to complete their work in the best places, as efficiently as they would in their own home offices.