The prefect city for Digital Nomads?I have been researching the last few days on where to base myself for the winter of 2015/16. I live in a beautiful village up in the mountains of Transylvania. I am busy with my other day job in the summer of running my hotel doing Photography/Walking tours etc and its great, I live the dream. I am starting to set up a Digital Nomads retreat here for workers who want monthly rentals all in with internet etc. Where you can work in the future online and live in a really cool traditional village from the past- thats another post. The winters here are spectacular. I am not really a snowboarder and so don’t use the ski resort up the road when there is snow…. and there is a lot of snow here. I spend 90% of my working time online and sod it – I will do its somewhere warm next winter and visit as many Working Traveller hosts there as I can. On surfing the web on the subject of “ Best Digital Nomad locations” Chang Mia comes up top all the time. I guess thats a snow ball effect, for every Travel Blogger who bases themselves there, they write a review and another ten turn up and so on. Apparently there are over 4,000 Digital Nomads working there at any one time. That is a lot… its sounds too easy. I mean, the whole reason why I got involved helping people to get paid work booked up around the world with Working Traveller is, I am a traveller. I went to Chiang Mai in ’89. It was dirt roads and a bigish town then. It has 1.6m people now… wt??? Then there is even Gran Canaria, not the first place you would think of, they even have a digital nomad face book group. Do I really want to spend my winter with people I worked with in London? Yeah they are great for ideas ( I have enough for this site trust me, you will see that over the next few years) and networking. We work in digital, I can network my head off from anywhere online. I want to go somewhere that lets me work, not be hassled, thats cheap etc and WARM but still blows me away every day that I am there as its so different. I am not moving there, I will be staying as a traveller for a few months. I am leaning towards Goa as we have quite a few hosts in India, it’s warm, it’s cheap and yes – there is a party on the beach any night you want to give the laptop a break. But the word is, the internet speeds are not all that there. I cannot cope with waiting for your email to send and then it times out, or was it sent? Your not sure and have to check – na. So the boats out on where to go. Then I saw this article in the Guardian about Naypyidaw in formally known as Burma, then Myanmar, then it seems to have gone back to Burma.
?????????????????I thought ‘No way. Free wifi, no one there, no distractions yet Burma to check out at weekends and a whole culture I don’t know anything about’. I know what its like to live in a city, I am a London boy after all. I know what its like to live remote too, my place in the sahara desert does not get any more remote. The nearest off-licences is 617 kms. Seriously I checked on the dash board of my jeep when we ran out once. Sorry, I digress. Yeah I know cities and remote, but an empty city? Cycling to work and being the only person on a highway wide enough to land a Jumbo… WHAT’S THAT LIKE?