The 10 Most Adventurous Digital Nomad Couples

One of the questions we hear most frequently is, “is it possible to be a digital nomad couple?” We say that not only is it possible but you can succeed admirably. All of these couples have been exploring the world together and working together for a long time. Check them out…

Amber & Eric “The Husband” Hoffman

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Vagabond Quest

Dina and Ryan hit the road back in 2009 and have never stopped since. They’ve been very “slowmad” in their approach which has allowed them to dive deeper into countries and cultures and provided richer experiences than some of the nomad couples traveling at a fast pace will have seen.

Ordinary Traveler

Woodrow and Scott Calafiore are anything but ordinary travellers. They’ve been on the digital nomad trail for nearly a decade now and their blog is one of the most influential nomad and travel blogs out there. They’re particularly well-known for their innovative approach to photography. They also have a software company.

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Midlife Road Trip

Proving that you don’t have to be twenty to see the world and run your own business, Rick Griffin and Sandi McKenna are the middle aged pair who keep on trekking. Rick decided to strike out on the travel trip of a lifetime when he nearly died back in 2004 and he persuaded Sandi to join him. They now run a radio show and are famous for working with some of the biggest brands in the world.

Never Ending Voyage

Simon Fairbairn and Erin McNeaney, a digital nomad couple who sold everything to travel the world indefinitely.

Both travelled in 2008 for a year and soon returned home to the UK. However they found it difficult to get back into everyday life involving routine and repetitiveness. Having experienced the vastness of the world and all of the opportunity out there, they struggled to fit back into business as usual.

So they headed off again, but this time we left for good. Sold everything they owned, quit their jobs, rented out their house and headed out to play dice with destiny. 

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Hecktic Travels

Dalene and Peter Heck are the husband wife team who make up Hecktic Travels. Their blog is one of the most professionally produced nomad blogs that we’ve ever seen. They jumped out of corporate life in 2007 and started living in “200 litres of backpack space” and haven’t looked back. They say, “We have no plans to slow down. This life is too good.”

Flying the Nest

This Australian couple, Stephen and Jess, are relatively new to digital nomad life and only started out in 2014 but that hasn’t stopped them from gaining a lot of favourable intention. Other nomads may travel sedately but they’re trying to pack in years of living wherever they go, even if they’re only there for a few days. We really liked their YouTube channel.

 

Different Doors

If you think it’s depressing that all digital nomad blogs seem to come from a certain type of Westerner, then you’ll love the change presented by the couple who run Different Doors. They, Revati and Charles Victor, are an Indian professional couple hailing from Mumbai. They want to talk about unique experiences rather than standard travel tales and we think they do an amazing job of it.

A Cruising Couple

Dan and Casey say they’re “lovebirds, world travellers, and adventurers extraordinaire.” They see it as their mission to make adventurous travel more accessible to everyone. They take an unusual vantage point from their blog to achieve this. They look at both the luxury and ultra-budget experiences each place they visit has to offer and then provide commentary on what works best.

A Brit and A Southerner

This is a fantastic blog from an American and British couple that have been tearing up the trail and seeing vast swathes of the world and running their own business. We really like the fact that they’ve integrated both their professional lives and their nomadic lifestyles in a single blog format rather than trying to keep the two separate.

There’s a lot you could learn from Chris and Heather Boothman.

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Conclusion

As you can see it can be easy for digital nomad couples to thrive together. If you’re going to become a digital nomad couple and you think you might be passing through Croatia, don’t forget to contact us to arrange your accommodation and we will find the best place for you to stay.

Top 5 Travel Bloggers on Instagram 

They say that a picture can paint a thousand words, so what better way to record your travels than using the medium of photography? There’s only place on the internet where it’s worth being a photo blogger today and that’s Instagram.

So, we’ve rounded up the best 5 travel bloggers on Instagram so that you can appreciate their art and their travels without having to go looking for them yourselves. Of course, travel photography is a perfect profession for a digital nomad too.

James Asquith

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While most of us are just goofing around at the age of 24, James Asquith was different. He was finishing up his journey to see the entire world. That’s right, James was the youngest person in history, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, to visit every single country on the face of the planet.

He’s now writing a book about his experiences and when he’s not writing, James is updating his Instagram account with countless fascinating shots of the places he’s been and the people that he’s met in them. You can’t help but be inspired by this.

Alan Edward Hinton

Alan Edward Hinton is a photographer, content creator and world traveller. He also has one of the most incredible beards we’ve ever seen on a digital nomad. He used to be a Digital Marketing Manager working in London and then one day he woke up and decided he’d rather do something else and travel the world. He’s been doing that for three years now and his impact has been incredible.

Nearly 200,000 people follow Alan on Instagram and his photographs are considered to be among the greatest travel shots of his generation. He also has his own blog and if you’d like to emulate his success, you might want to try out this post “30 free ways to grow your Instagram followers” which he wrote in March 2017.

Girl Eat World – Mel

Proving that one silly idea can grow into something much more than its humble beginnings is @girleatworld. The idea came from the fact that Mel likes travelling alone but she hates taking selfies and she doesn’t like asking strangers to take her expensive camera phone to take her photo. Instead she decided to take a shot of the food she was eating at the time of any visit to a place in front of something fascinating. So, in essence, this is a bit like @drinksintheair but with food and with only a single photographer taking part in the experiment.

How popular can that be? Very. More than 350,000 people tune into @girleatworld.

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Drinks in the Air

What better way to tell the world about where you are or where you have been than to capture the quintessential nature of that place in a single photograph? The people of @drinksintheair have realised that one way to do that is to capture a shot of the place and the drink that you are indulging in at that time. There is also run “foodintheair” which does a remarkably similar thing with food.

It may or may not be traditional travel photography but it certainly has captured the public imagination and more than 60,000 people follow @drinksintheair and their regular updates.

Ben Shlappig

By far the most popular Instagram blogger on our list is Ben Shlappig. He has over 700,000 people following his antics as he moves from place-to-place.

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Ben is quite famously one of the most nomadic people on the face of the planet, he says he’s reluctant to spend more than 3 days in any one place and finds it very boring if he gets trapped somewhere for longer than that. He’s a full-time travel blogger which makes that a good thing rather than a bad thing and he’s really seized on the power of Instagram to reach an audience.

Just don’t expect him to follow your Instagram, he only follows 250 photographers in total.

Summary

You won’t build a popular Instagram travel blog overnight. Though, it’s worth noting that if you are already famous (as James Asquith was) you may be able to shortcut the process and get a large number of followers quickly (James managed his following in roughly 3 months). However, the real key to Instagram success is to take photos regularly and to keep updating your account.

We hope that these 5 travel bloggers have given you some inspiration as to where to take your efforts with Instagram when you’re out on the road.

15 Hidden Gems in Croatia

Here at GoGo Places we like to think that we know a little bit about Croatia as it’s the country we are opening up first to visitors around the world. That puts us in the right place not just to talk about the quality of life, the beautiful beaches and the incredible people of this European nation but also about the amazing places that most visitors never see.

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We’d like to share our 15 favourite hidden gems in Croatia and we hope that you’ll join us soon to appreciate them in person.

Stiniva Bay

You can only get to Stiniva Bay by boat and it’s really worth your effort to do so.  There is splendid beachfront isolation combined with clear waters and dramatic rock cliffs. It’s the sort of paradise on earth that you never forget.

Pupnatska Beach

This is the perfect place to get your diving gear on and check out the local marine life. The water is always relatively still and utterly transparent, and did we mention that the location is also absolutely stunning? You need to see it, to believe it.

Lastovo island

Croatia’s second most distant island, Lastovo, remains at the edge of the world. Beyond Ubli, where car ferries dock daily from Split (five hours, via Korcula), modernity seems a rumour. Wifi? Even the phone signal is sketchy. Yet Lastovo is more than an island to remember how to relax.

Washed by the cleanest seas in the Mediterranean, it offers good diving (find out more at www.lastovo-diving-ankora.com) and walks on a wild island wholly designated a nature park.

Gdinj, Hvar Island

Gidinj is a lovely village near Hvar in Croatia. Hvar is the capital of the island which bears its name. The area is highly picturesque and has more than a century of experience of dealing with visitors looking to get away from it all. The beaches are very attractive and rarely busy.

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Dugi Otok (Croatia’s Long Island)

Dugi Otok is the seventh largest island in the Adriatic and the right place to get away for a relaxing break. You’re also on the doorstep of the Kornati Islands National Park from here. You will find some great hiking in the neighbourhood when you want to get away from the beach.

Sakarun Beach

You’ll need to hurry because Sakuran Beach is starting to leak out into the mainstream radar and when it does – it will no longer be the best place to take a family for a weekend’s swimming and sandcastle building, but until then, it is.

Lovrecina

There are very few sights in life as breath-taking as the first glimpse that you get of Lovrečina. It’s a jaw dropping spectacle that near demands that you go and pay your respects by lounging on the beach and swimming in the still blue waters.

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Bobovista

Bobovista is a sleepy town which promises and delivers a safe haven away from home. The local restaurants are famed for their fresh catch and nothing beats walking hand in hand along the harbour front on a romantic evening.

Postira

Please keep this one under the radar; it’s too peaceful to benefit from huge crowds of visitors but it can be our perfect secret. Postira was made for chilling out in. You may find that the only downside of visiting Postira is that it’s very hard to move on when your time there runs out, it’s just too nice.

Badija Island 

This island is home to a monastery but don’t let that put you off lying on the beach and soaking up the sun. It’s a fantastic getaway destination and the monks won’t mind you enjoying the island as much as they do.

Galesnjak

The “island of love” is one of the most romantic spots in Croatia and while there are beautiful beaches there’s also plenty of wild, untamed nature to be found here.

Vrulje

You may not associate Croatia with desert islands but strangely Vrulje is pretty close to it. It’s an incredible place in the Kornati Islands which captures every travellers’ heart.

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Komiza Town

Komiza is well-known and well-loved for its wine making prowess and this sleeping fishing town has far more to it than meets the eye. We recommend that you check out the Blue Grotto and try some of the local honey for which the area is also famous.

Pomena Beach

Don’t tell anyone about Pomena Beach, it’s our favourite unspoiled spot in Croatia. Check it out and you’ll find crystal blue seas surrounded by the green of nature. It’s not to be missed.

Zaklopatica Bay

It’s great to get up high above the bay and see this wonderful natural inlet from the sea and its shore front. There are almost no crowds to be found in this area and you can enjoy a superbly peaceful time in Zkalopatica Bay.

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That should give you some food for thought as to where to visit in Croatia. If you’d like to learn more about this beautiful country and to stay at GoGo Places, sign up to our newsletter today. Or check out a previous blog about how Croatia is becoming the new digital nomad hangout.

Top 10 European Travel Photographers we Follow at GoGo Places

Travelling the world and taking photos is easy. Travelling the world and taking photos that make people sit up and pay attention? That’s hard. And it’s getting harder too.

Photography used to be a profession that was challenging to get into because of the costs of equipment, and now with Instagram on your phone everyone is a photographer. So, to stand out from the background noise is twice as difficult as it once was.

These 10 European Travel Photographers have somehow managed to do just that:

Jonas Bendiksen

Jonas is one of Norway’s finest photographers and something of a household name in photography. His series of photographs shot in Kenya’s capital city, Nairobi, called Kiera was awarded a National Magazine Award in 2007. His ability to set the scene and make a photo tell a story is unrivalled and that’s why National Geographic and Newsweek number among his clients.

Matthias Derhake

Preaching responsible tourism Matthias is a German with an eye for the unusual and is carving out a name for himself on social media as he does so. His blog is interesting though you may need Google translate if you want to pick up all the nuances of the text within.

Tom

This Dutch photographer, known to the world as TravelTomTom is one of the most popular photographers on Instagram. He’s done things you wouldn’t believe in order to get the perfect shots and has taken over 100 flights to see multiple countries and continents.

Travelling Weasels

You get two for the price of one with the Travelling Weasels. Laura is from the United Kingdom and Tanbay is German and they’ve been on the road for a long time taking photos and seeing the world and all it has to offer.

Johnny Ward

Johnny, an Irish photographer, recently managed to complete a full tour of the world. That is he’s set foot in every single country on earth. His images from Yemen (his 2nd last country) are truly incredible and the photos from Norway (where he celebrates the end of the trip) are coming very soon.

Will Hatton – The Broke Backpacker

One of the first and best known digital nomad photographers, Will Hatton tells inspiring stories of his life on the road with no money and just a camera for company. With over 50,000 Instagram followers, he’s definitely doing something right.

Claudio Giovenzana

Claudio is an unusual photographer best known for his travel work which includes his teddy bear. He also makes most of his living from Shutterstock work which is very different from most professionals who try to earn their crust from selling directly to magazines or clients. It does mean, however, that Claudio’s work has been widely viewed because of the ease of accessibility of his shots for commercial use.

Silvia Lawrence

Silvia is both European and American as she holds passports from both Norway and the USA. However, she’s stopped travelling and chosen to make herself based in Norway for now and that tilts the scales to full European. She’s photographed over 70 countries and her travel stuff is widely followed.

Marie Hennechart

Marie is a French photographer who’s been taking travel photos for more than twenty years. Her portfolio includes work published in Travel & Leisure, Conde Nast Traveler, and the Wall Street Journal to name but a few. She’s based out of Montmartre in Paris but from the looks of her website, she rarely stays still long enough to appreciate it.

Davide Petilli

Last but very definitely not least on our list is Davide Petilli from Italy. He’s been travelling the world for years now in search of the perfect travel shots and his sense of whimsy and individuality really sets him apart from many other photographers. His use of black and white is very strong but it’s the colour shots that show just how much creativity Davide can bring to bear on his work.

Summary

These 10 photographers are all brilliant in their own way. It will be interesting to see what the coming years have in store for photography – as the competition to create incredible images becomes ever more intense.

If you’re a digital nomad, whether it be in Europe or elsewhere, you have to start recording your memories and hopefully these photographers will inspire you to take better snaps yourself.

Find us on Facebook, share you best piece of photography and we will give you a shout out.

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Want to Live and Co-Work in Croatia for Free? Enter GoGo Places “Your Best Travel Photo” CONTEST

Have you always wanted to stroll the streets of medieval-era cities, eat fresh fish from market vendors, and sail through some of the world’s most beautiful islands? You can do all of this and more in Croatia, by the Adriatic coast.

Imagine waking up each morning finding yourself in an adorable, quaint and beautiful home with crystal clear waters in front of you, surrounded by intoxicating scents of Mediterranean spices and herbs, carried by the sea breeze, while working remotely and creating content magic for your blogs. If you can picture this image now, we suggest you read on.

Win the Croatian Co-Working Experience of a Lifetime

If you are day dreaming of your next hot destination in your location independent life then look no further because we at GoGo Places can help. We are looking for bloggers and digital nomads who want to experience life in Croatia and tick another destination of the bucket list for 2017.

Share your best photo travel with hashtag #GoGoPlaces from March 2nd through March 17th and we’ll grant two winners with most LOVE on social votes + uniqueness:

One month’s worth of apartment stay in Croatia (from April or May 2017)

€50 worth of Uber credit in Croatia

20 hours of free work time in a co-working space in Croatia

See GoGo Places Contest – Official Rules

The piece de resistance in this deal: you will also get to explore Croatia’s famous coast on a sailboat trip alongside the founder of GoGo Places (during Summer season). An opportunity like this doesn’t come along everyday.

Do I qualify? Where do I sign up?

What will you need to do in order to enter? This is open to any holder of EU visa or passport holders of the countries that do not require visa for entry into Croatia are eligible. Simply click on this link and share your best travel photo with hashtag #GoGoPlaces.

Do all this, and you will be entered into the prize draw.

Should you win, this prize package will allow you to immerse yourself into the daily life with stunning views of the Adriatic coastline without having to worry about housing  expenses for a month. After that, you will be free to explore more out-of-the-way destinations in Croatia, as you will have already experienced this country’s major cities and attractions.

With a month’s worth of rent and co-working space taken care of for you, you’ll have the flexibility to go on tours, have countless dinners filled with the best cuisine Croatia has to offer, and spend many nights checking out the hottest nightlife in Europe.

While you are doing this, you’ll be able to link up with local creatives at one of our featured co-working spaces and launch projects that would have never left the pad were it not for you signing up for this life-changing contest.

All we ask in return is for you to share your experience with other digital nomads about all the awesome things that Croatia has to offer the digital nomad community. If we can build this nation’s profile in the minds of remote workers everywhere, co-working will continue to thrive here, making it easier for other location independent rock stars like yourself to spend time in this incredible place.

What do you have to lose? Click here and share your best photo #GoGoPlaces

There are numerous cities across Croatia that are now home to co-working spaces, check out our blog on co-working spaces and find out for yourself where you could be working. And, when you aren’t writing blogs about your experience in Croatia, there is plenty to see and do in Croatia.

Check out our blog on Why Croatia is the new Digital Nomad Hangout.

Croatia really does have all the ingredients to be a desirable destination for location independent professionals, but we need to get the word out there and we need your help!. Through this contest, we hope to offer you one of the best months of your life in return for your killer promotional skills. We can’t wait to hear from all of you!

Enter the GoGo Places contest here and sign up to our newsletter, and be the first to read our future blogs.

See you in Croatia!

10 Undervalued Up and Coming Digital Nomad Locations for 2017

Digital nomadism is here to stay but where should an aspiring or established nomad go to get the best bang for their buck and still keep things interesting? Chiang Mai and Ubud are over and that’s a good thing – there’s a whole wide world to see before you hang up your laptop.

5 Digital Nomad Locations in Asia

Half of the list goes to Asian destinations and that’s because they’re often the least expensive. It’s worth noting that this may come at the compromise of quality of life compared to many other places.

Udon Thani, Thailand

What’s so great about Chiang Mai, anyway? Thailand’s not some backwater dump; it’s a big modern country. Udon Thani has a ton of advantages over Chiang Mai:

It’s closer to Laos so border runs for visas are easier;

The accommodation costs are much lower and you can get a swish pad in the city centre for half the price of a condo on Nimman;

It has a ton of great nightlife and it’s on the doorstep of one of Thailand’s UNESCO world heritage sites.

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Battambang, Cambodia

Cambodia has surprisingly good internet even if it is a little bit pricier than the rest of the region. Battambang, however, is the perfect place for nomads who need to get work done:

It’s the cheapest city in Cambodia for rents;

The city itself has some of the finest French colonial architecture in Asia;

Beer, food and transport are among the lowest cost in the world;

Visas and work permits are insanely easy to obtain and renew.

Mandalay, Myanmar

Those looking for perfect, always on and high speed internet shouldn’t consider Mandalay for a few years yet. Those with a little more freedom to choose, however, should consider:

The city has much lower rental costs than in Yangon;

It’s in the heart of some of the most unspoiled territory in Asia;

Myanmar has only recently opened up and you’ll be among the first long-term visitors to Mandalay which means getting the “real vibe” before it’s overrun by tourists.

Kochi, Kerala, India

Goa is so last year and it’s lost much of its appeal as both a tourist and digital nomad destination. Kochi in Kerala is the rising star to take its place:

Still very much untouched by nomads but a major city all the same with all the amenities that brings;

Not far from the beach and the province itself offers a ton of temples, mountains and other places of interest to explore;

It’s always warm without ever getting to the point of unbearably hot.

Zhuhai, China

Zhuhai is an up and coming city on China’s Southern Coast. It offers easy access to the comforts of Macau without the prices of Macau:

Fantastic internet availability and a wealth of cheap places to work from;

A chance to see the Chinese boom take place around you;

A vibrant expat community to make up for the lack of nomads there at the moment.

5 Digital Nomad Locations in the Rest of the World

It’s fair to say these are likely to be a little more expensive than the Asian destinations but, at the same time, they do offer a higher overall quality of life.

Katerini, Greece

Greece is more expensive than you might think but Katerini bucks the trend and has the lowest cost of living of any town in the country and there’s a lot to be said for the place:

It’s only 6 km from the beach and there are a lot of beaches to choose from;

It’s surrounded by places of historical interest such as the ancient city of Dion;

There are great transport links to the rest of Greece;

Thessaloniki nearby is a UNESCO world heritage site.

Slavonski Brod, Croatia

The name doesn’t exactly trip off the tongue but this small student city is low cost and surprisingly good value too:

Pleasant year round temperature and an easily walkable city;

Weekends are when the students come out to party and the weeks are pleasantly relaxed;

There’s a ton of cafes, clubs, shops and galleries and the internet is great too (check out our previous blog regarding co-working spaces).

When visiting Croatia your first point of call should be GoGo Places. Check out our list of homes – all affordable and competitive prices too.

Santa Marta, Colombia

It’s Medellin that’s getting all the attention at the moment but Santa Marta is cheaper and it’s got great beach access. Internet may be a bit patchy though:

Some of the best scuba diving in South America and the jet skiing is good too;

Get in touch with the life (and death) of Simon Bolivar one of the most significant figures in South American history;

It’s a  great place to learn Spanish cheaply and the bars and restaurants are great.

Lipari Island (one of the Aeolian Islands off the coast of Sicily)

Lipari is the largest, busiest and most accessible of the Aeolian Islands. Visitors arriving from the mainland will likely experience it as a relaxing introduction to island life.

The town is so quaint and picturesque – even the tiny little cobblestone streets leading directly to the sea looks like it was plucked directly out of a children’s storybook.

A busy little port with a pretty, pastel-coloured seafront and plenty of accommodation, it makes the most convenient base for island hopping.

It is cheap and cheerful;

Easy public transport options available

Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town remains Southern Africa’s most popular destination and for good reason. It’s low cost and the only place in Africa with reliable and high speed Internet:

Good and cheap transport (which you will need as Cape Town is a big city);

Museums, botanical gardens, beach access, and nearby safaris;

Great nightlife, co-working spaces and endless things to do.

Summary

If you want to get off the beaten path and hit up a nomad destination which offers great value for money and a wealth of things to see and do, why not check out one of these 10 locations?

They make a pleasant change from the clichés of Chiang Mai, Prague, Ubud, etc. and will give you a chance to develop your identity as a digital nomad without breaking the bank.

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10 European Digital Nomad Blogs we Follow at GoGo Places

If you are from Europe, you might be a little dismayed at the lack of representation from our continent in the digital nomad blogosphere, as the scene has been dominated by entrepreneurs, freelancers, and bloggers from the USA and Canada since the start of the movement.

However, we here at GoGo Places have become aware of a growing number of location independent professionals from countries like Ireland, Germany, and Croatia that have amazing blogs that you should check out.

Below, we will highlight those that are making some serious waves in their respective niches…

1) One Step 4Ward (onestep4ward.com)

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Coming from a background of poverty, it would have been hard to envision that Johnny Ward would one day lead the globetrotting lifestyle chronicled on One Step 4Ward.

Yet, this Irish digital nomad, who captains a bustling content marketing business and an educational start-up from Bangkok when not pursuing the goal of visiting every country in the world (only two remain – Yemen and Norway), lives a dream that many of us are striving to attain for ourselves.

Johnny has also been up to a great deal of good lately, leading a trip into the heart of Cambodia with fans to build a school in a rural community. This good example should be a reminder to us all that we can always aim to give back just a bit more to the world that makes our lives possible.

2) Felicia Hargarten (feliciahargarten.com)

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Felicia Hargarten is an enthusiastic entrepreneur that runs Travelicia, one of Germany’s largest travel/digital nomad blogs, and DNX, a site that aims to bring together remote workers from around the world to attend conferences and co-living/co-working retreats.

Looking at her background, it is not difficult to understand how she has achieved a great degree of success over the past several years. With a background in marketing, communications and event management, she has taken these skills and used them to build an amazing mobile lifestyle.

3) Chris Ducker (chrisducker.com)

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Known as the Virtual CEO, British entrepreneur, Chris Ducker has taken the experiences that went into building outsourcing company Virtual Staff Finder (VSF), and has built a powerful personal brand over at chrisducker.com.

Today, Chris is now focusing on building a membership community based around teaching entrepreneurs how to build a profound personal brand, as well as offering courses that teach digital nomads how to manage a virtual team.

4) Westfalia Digital Nomads (westfaliadigitalnomads.com)

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Together with his American wife, Armando Costantino (who calls Milan, Italy home) has spent the last four years exploring Europe in a van.

Making a living as a freelance videographer and film director (his wife Melony is a freelance writer), they have shown that using mobile technology, anyone can make their travel dreams come true while making a living at the same time.

5) Nomad Revelations (http://www.joaoleitao.com)

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Renowned travel blog procured to inspire independent travellers and audacious backpackers through exotic narratives and offbeat ideas.

Joao is a reference for anything and everything related to traveling, from the most popular destinations to the most exotic ones. Filled with tips and great stories, he definitely runs of the most comprehensive Portuguese written travel site and a serious off the beaten path English blog. I really hope we bump into each other one of these days.

6) Disrupting The Rabblement (ndoherty.com)

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A freelance web designer that has made his name in the blogging world traveling while avoiding planes entirely, Niall Doherty has a unique perspective from which other nomads can learn.

Often travelling between continents by getting a cabin aboard cargo ships instead of on a long-haul flight like the rest of us, Niall’s experience in this area could inspire other digital nomads to embark on adventures that they would have otherwise never considered.

Heading to the Canary Islands soon? Seeing how Niall posted his latest Mementos blog entry from Grand Canaria, there’s a chance you might run into him!

7) Project Getaway (projectgetaway.com)

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Want to get away to paradise and change your life at the same time? If so, you’ll want to consider Project Getaway, which is the pet project of Danish entrepreneur Michael Bodekaer.

Normally hosted at a villa surrounded by rice paddies in Bali, the concept branched out to Mauritius in 2016, with two events being held at a resort on this underrated tropical island nation.

Offering budding entrepreneurs and freelancers a chance to supercharge their business’ development through a series of talks, mentorship sessions, workshops, as well as the chance to have loads of fun with like-minded people, 2017 is looking like it will be a great year for them.

8) Fluent In 3 Months (fluentin3months.com)

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Soon after graduating with a degree in electrical engineering, Ireland native Benny Lewis could have never predicted that just several years later, we would be lauding him as one of the leading language learning gurus on the internet.

After cracking the code on how to effectively pick up languages quickly during an internship in Spain, the website ‘Fluent In 3 Months’ was registered shortly thereafter.

With a focus on keeping things simple and forcing yourself to speak the language you are trying to learn, Benny has drawn praise from some big names, including the digital nomad godfather himself, Tim Ferriss.

These days, the latest articles posted on Fluent In 3 Months have focused on killing the excuses that we tell ourselves when it comes to why we can’t learn a specific language. If you plan on travelling extensively in Europe, this is one you need to read.

9) Off The Path (off-the-path.com)

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Born and raised on the island of Mallorca, Sebastian Canaves now calls Germany home, but only between trips to various travel hotspots around the globe.

It was during earlier voyages that Off The Path was born. This site’s mission: to uncover the amazing adventures that are not experienced by most tourists, thereby opening more exciting ways to enjoy your travels.

Written in English and German, its accessibility to those that speak the latter language has made it one of the most successful travel blogs in Germany.

10) Nomad Is Beautiful (nomadisbeautiful.com)

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Started by Ivana Greslikova and Gianni Bianchini, a Slovakian-Italian couple that has a mutual love for photography and writing, Nomad Is Beautiful is one of the most visually stunning travel blogs on the web today.

Like many of us, they enjoyed the short trips taken during time off work but were left wanting more. Once Gianni’s employer made his position redundant, he and Ivana took a leap of faith, launched Nomad Is Beautiful, and took to the road.

Soon, travel brands and tourism boards took notice, as the quality of the pictures in this site’s posts were above and beyond what was normally seen on other travel blogs.

Today, Ivana and Gianni still work with many of these players, but we also love that they run their own photo tours in various destinations around the globe. Maybe, they can teach us how to shoot in low light (seriously, it’s tough)?

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7 Must Read Books for Every Digital Nomad

With the disruption of the workforce continuing unabated, many are now beginning to realise that old career paths aren’t as stable as they used to be.

At the same time, some have also heard about the rise of the digital nomad, who are professionals that use worldwide internet connectivity to complete work or run a business from anywhere on the planet.

Seeing pictures of them getting it done at beach bars on the other side of the world is enough to make others want to join their ranks.

If you wish to achieve this goal as well, reading well-written books will go a long way towards providing you with the knowledge needed to become a digital nomad.

Below, we will highlight seven books that will equip aspiring location independent professionals with the information that they will need in order to build a business or recruit a client base that will allow them to operate from anywhere in the world.

The Four-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss

Although you could set out on your digital nomad journey without reading The Four Hour Work Week, you would be missing out on learning about the path that one of the pioneers of the movement blazed on his way to becoming location independent.

From the opening chapters, Tim Ferriss makes the case that retirement is an antiquated notion at best and that it would be best to focus our efforts on creating a lifestyle that allows us to use our time any way we see fit.

As you progress through the book, he lays out the groundwork for freedom-minded individuals to find their own way to location independence, all while peppering in success stories that will make you ask, “If these people made it happen, what’s my excuse?”

Vagabonding by Rolf Potts

Like the idea of a life of perpetual travel, but think that it is out of reach for you? Rolf Potts will shatter your perception of it being a fundamentally expensive endeavour by laying out how even those of meagre means can make it happen.

An efficient read at only 240 pages, Vagabonding delivers massive value by showing you how one can finance their travels with relative ease, adjust to life in a foreign country, deal with common frustrations, and cope with reverse culture shock upon returning home.

By reading this book, not only will you be convinced that this life is possible, but you will be better prepared for the realities of coping with cultural norms that differ from your own.

Crush It! by Gary Vaynerchuk

Even if you plan on entering the digital workforce as a freelancer or remote worker, there are a number of tasks that you will now have to perform that was handled by your former company.

In essence, you are now your own business, so you need to act like an entrepreneur, even if you don’t consider yourself to be one.

While it only covers basic technical issues of working for yourself, Gary Vaynerchuk’s Crush It! acts mostly as a metaphorical kick in the butt for those needing a spark to get up off their duff and seek out opportunities that will ensure a long and fruitful career away from the 9-5 paradigm.

The Personal MBA by Josh Kaufman

Unlike Crush It!, The Personal MBA by Josh Kaufman does get into the nuts and bolts of being in business for yourself.

Aiming to be a DIY substitute for those that are unwilling to shell out many thousands of dollars for a traditional MBA, it breaks down the basics of sales, marketing, negotiation, productivity, operations, and so on.

It also addresses issues that haven’t been adequately covered by staid academic programs that have changed little since the mid-20th century, which also makes it a valuable book for those that already have a business degree.

All things considered, this book is a must-read for all digital nomads.

Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh

Despite having time and mobility freedom, you’ll still need to please your remote employer, clients, or customers if you have any hope of sustaining this lifestyle in the long run.

To do this, you will need to internalise a philosophy of creating delight for everyone that you work with; in our opinion, reading Tony Hsieh’s Delivering Happiness is the quickest way to internalise these principles.

As the CEO of Zappos (which was acquired by Amazon in 2009), Tony applied lessons learned from the science behind happiness to improve relations with clients and employees.

As such, this read will also be valuable if you end up hiring outsourcers/employees, making it a great book to keep in your rucksack/suitcase as you travel the world and grow your location independent business.

The Art of Non-Conformity by Chris Guillebeau

Written by serial entrepreneur Chris Guillebeau, The Art of Non-Conformity is a guide that implores you to challenge the assumptions that society has laid out before you, and to life a live that fits you rather than shoehorning yourself into someone else’s mould.

Based on the example that Chris has set over two decades of self-employment, you can travel to every country in the world, volunteer to help make it a better place, work on that passion project, or whatever else tickles your fancy. You are the writer of your own play – not someone else.

Remote by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson

This book, by 37signals, shows both employers and employees how they can work together, remotely, from any desk, in any space, in any place, anytime and anywhere in the world.

With 326 reviews averaging a 4-star rating and with high ranking on Amazon, proves this book is selling in the ten of thousands monthly. It can be downloaded as an e-book, purchased as a hard copy of audio file.

It explores the “working from home” model very clearly and will certainly give you food for thought, if you are thinking of becoming a digital nomad and is a must read.

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Top 10 Co-Working Spaces in Croatia for Digital Nomads

As freelancing and self-employment has surged over the past several years, co-working has blown up along with it. This same pattern has unfolded in Croatia as well, with a slew of creative spaces opening up in major centres like Zagreb, Split, and Zadar.

This has made it easy for remote workers, entrepreneurs and start up founders to keep up with their duties while experiencing one of Europe’s most enriching countries.

According to Coworker.com, during a six month period from July – December 2016, the number of people searching for co-working spaces increased to 669%, compared to the previous six months.

So, if you are a location independent professional looking to smash out some work when you aren’t partying on Brac, stuffing your face full of Ćevapi (a grilled dish of minced meat, a type of skinless sausage), or exploring the streets of Dubrovnik, make an effort to check out some of the co-working spaces we’ve listed for ease.

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Impact Hub Zagreb

Starting your “co-workcation” in Zagreb? Check out the scene at Impact Hub Zagreb, especially if you are into social entrepreneurship. It has all the standard staples of a co-working space, from free coffee to access to printers and Skype rooms.

With beanbag chairs and a deliberate focus on using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems, this spot stands out from other options in Zagreb in a distinct way.

Reference: http://www.dp-generator.org/novo/64-u-lab-impact-hub-zagreb

HUB385

If you are looking for a more social co-working experience in Zagreb, check out HUB385. Although this space tends to attract developers more than any other type of digital worker, you’ll find a variety of creative types banging away at the projects at one of HUB’s many hot desks.

There are conference and meeting rooms available for those looking to pitch or collaborate with local entrepreneurs, common areas that are conducive to casual socialising, and for members, showers to rinse away a day’s worth of hard work.

ZIP.Factory

Those wanting to focus a bit more on business while in Zagreb will find the environment they are looking for at ZIP.Factory.

Centered on helping start ups launch and succeed, the atmosphere here is more serious than other options listed here, but those looking to get some targeted assistance in where they are struggling will find more than a few professionals willing to help. With a library filled with the latest business books and internet offering speeds of 100mbps down / 100mbps up, the managers here do their best to help you succeed.

It isn’t all work and no play, though, as this space’s foosball table sees plenty of competitive action when the time comes to take a break from the grind.

BIZ koshnica

BIZ koshnica is yet another option if you are looking to knock out some work while in Zagreb.

Offering an open invitation to Digital Nomads of all types, BIZ koshnica provides an inspiring place to collaborate with other location-independent professionals, whether it is over coffee in the common area, or while participating in a special yoga session.

Reference: http://bizkoshnica.biz/en/

Amosfera

Located in the historic coastal city of Split, Amosfera provides nomads with a space to work on their business when they aren’t busy touring Diocletian’s Palace or going on dive trips into the crystal clear depths of the Adriatic. With a view of the sea, you’ll have all the inspiration you’ll need to bang out the code or blog posts you need to get done.

Got a bad back? Amosfera offers standing desks, which will allow you to change your working posture throughout the day.

CoCreative Coworking

If the vibe at Amosfera isn’t quite what you are after, there are other co-working options in Split. CoCreative Coworking offers an ambiance that is sleek and modern, 24/7 access, and a location that puts it within a ten minute walk of the downtown core.

Used frequently by photographers, designers, journalists, start up entrepreneurs and other remote workers, there is plenty of opportunity for cross-pollination of ideas here.

Reference: http://coworkaholic.com/index.php/2015/09/11/fridayfix-9-11-15/3050882-slide-s-2-most-creative-peoplethis-new-coworking-space-is-trying-to-fast-track-sao-paulos-startup-sce

COIN Zadar

If you want to base yourself in an atmospheric city on the Croatian coast that has less of a tourist scene than Dubrovnik or Split has, consider doing so in Zadar.  Not as overrun by tourists, you’ll get to enjoy its old world charm without having fend off hordes of selfie sticks.

Most importantly, though, Zadar is also home to COIN Zadar, a co-working space opened its doors in 2015 to help encourage entrepreneurship locally, travelling location independent business people have added to the scene here, helping both groups immeasurably.

With networking facilitators on-site playing matchmaker by connecting entrepreneurs with local professionals, working at COIN Zadar will give startup founders the opportunity to pick up quality employees during their visit to this beautiful city.

Urbani Inkubator Sibenik

Nomads searching for a Croatian work base on the Adriatic coast even further off the beaten track will want to give Urbani Inkubator Sibenik a fair trial.

A picture perfect town in North Dalmatia that is best known for UNESCO-recognised Saint James Cathedral, it has its share of sightseeing highlights, but it also boasts a well-designed co-working space.

Furnished with an assortment of cute IKEA furniture and Macs/PC’s, and a meeting room that has modern art adorning the walls, those looking to stay productive while chilling out in an unheralded travel destination in Croatia will want to drop in here on a regular basis.

KIWI – Creative Space

Those wanting to skip out on the tourist crowds while retaining the benefits of a big city should spend some time in the Adriatic port city of Rijeka. In addition to the opportunities for cultural immersion, creative types will have a chance to interact with local entrepreneurs at KIWI – Creative Space.

Focused on those in the fine arts but open to working with other digital workers as well, those seeking an illustrator or graphic artist will have an excellent chance of finding someone here. With events that include art exhibitions, cultured nomads will want to spend some time hanging out here during their tour of Croatia.

Cowork Osijek

If you have had your fill of Croatia’s popular travel destinations, and you simply want to hide away in a little-known but picturesque city in the interior, hop aboard the first bus/train to Osijek.

With few distractions, you’ll have all the focus you’ll need to hammer away at your projects during the days you’ll spend at Cowork Osijek.

With a pleasant atmosphere, a well-designed hot desk area, a well-stocked kitchen, and plenty of opportunities to meet local entrepreneurs, a trip away from the main tourist centers of Croatia to this unheralded city might be the cure for what is ailing your company.

There are many other centers across the country that have excellent creativity hubs available for traveling entrepreneurs and remote workers to use so don’t forget to check out Coworker.com.

Any spots that we missed? Let us know in the comments below, or if you haven’t read our other blogs, check them out.

5 Ways to Save Money When Your Cost of Living is High

The cost of living while travelling can be a borderline obsession for most digital nomads, regardless of how much money comes in each month. And, while spending a lot of money doesn’t necessarily guarantee you a good time, you don’t have to sustain on ramen noodles just to continue on your journey.

There are ways to keep going, even in the more expensive countries and cities, and still have a good time. Adventure doesn’t always have to cost a fortune.

If you want your money to take you a lot further, planning like a pro is essential. By playing your cards right, you can save enough to tick off one destination after another.

At GoGo Places, we are often asked the same question time and time again: “How do I keep my cost of living to a bare minimum?”

Reference: https://www.busbud.com/blog/8-easy-ways-save-money-travel/

Below, we share our top 5 tips to help give your budget some breathing room.

Stay Longer and Get a Better Deal

Renting month-by-month is a lot cheaper than paying by the night; even if you are only planning to stay in one place for two weeks, it can work out cheaper in the long run.

Numbeo is a good place to turn for cost of living data, as they compare over 3 million prices in 6,500 cities worldwide. The site uses crowdsourcing to suss out an average rental price for a given market; due to the volume and regularity of submissions, the information is considered to be quite reliable and up-to-date.

Another easy option is Airbnb; it is like moving from home to home on short stays. By choosing Airbnb can earn you rewards by their point system, if you pay by plastic. To find out more on how the point system works, and how to get discount on future travel, click here.

Immerse Yourself Into Culture

If you want to meet locals, new friends and experience a real authentic journey, you can immerse yourself into a new culture by heading over to Couch Surfing. A few sent messages later, and you could be offered a place to sleep in a host’s apartment or house. Sign up is absolutely free; giving you access to over 400,000 hosts and 100,00 events all over the world, every year.

A top tip from GoGo Places is, you should build up some reputation within the online community first. This is a great method to instil trust in potential hosts, and vice versa. You’ll never be short of new friends and culture experiences, and a place to rest your head too.

Reference: http://www.chasingthedonkey.com/where-to-go-in-croatia-guide/

Make a Difference With Work Away

This is a cool concept and one of our favourites here at GoGo Places. Work Away is the backbone between travellers and experiencing new culture, but they also help local communities find free help in return. Whether you are on a tight budget, looking to learn a language, seeking new cultures, or just wanting to make a difference by giving something back to the communities you are visiting, you should check out this site.

The site holds a database of families and organisations who are looking for travellers to volunteer their time in exchange for free accommodation. With work exchange possibilities ranging from painting, babysitting, hostel work, building eco homes or farming, this site will put you in touch with those in the communities you wish to visit. For a small sign-up fee of $29, the price you’ll pay is minor compared to the life experience you’ll get in return.

House Sitting

Being a digital nomad comes with great deal of independence, but our next top tip will suit you if you are looking to put down some roots for a while. The sites we list below really are a passport to long-term budget travel, providing free accommodation and the chance to live like a local. All that’s expected of you in return is to mow the lawn, water the plants, and look after any pets or animals belonging to the property owner.

Trusted Housesitters is the leader in this industry. With only a minimum outlay of US$7.49 a month and a variety of jobs on offer, this accommodation alternative is a winning option for any traveller. You can also check out House Carers or Mind My House, which both work off the same cool concept.

The WWOOF (Willing Workers On Organic Farms)

This is a great site for digital nomads that love organic food; you’ll get to live and learn on organic farms and smallholdings, and this site does all the connecting so you don’t have to. You’ll get to experience a rural life in whatever country you choose, and in return, the company offers free food and accommodation for those who are happy to muck in and get their hands dirty.

WWOOF are worldwide too, so if you want to visit more expensive places like Australia and the UK, it is certainly worth checking out.

Reference: http://www.fledgingcrow.com/wwoof/

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