5 Reasons Why Greece Is Ideal For Digital Nomads

5 reasons why greece is ideal for digital nomads

Greece, the country synonymous with the magnificent ruins enriched with thousands of years of history and philosophy is slowly turning into a favourite country among the digital nomads, entrepreneurs, and the remote workers across the world.

While Greece's economy is trying to bounce back from the recent crisis, more and more people all over the world are calling this beautiful country in south eastern Europe home, which is a sign of better things to come.

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Beautiful Locations to Inspire & Network

A country that lies at the crossroads of three continents truly has something more to offer. The neighbouring countries of Africa, Asia and wonderful European cities have had a profound influence on Greece, which has become a melting point of culture, history, food and people.

So whether it’s the ruins that beckon the travelers or the gorgeous islands along the Aegean coastline with views to behold, Greece has it covered.

While the postcard like streets of Santorini overlooking the southern part of Aegean sea needs no introduction, the picturesque party destination Rhodes, Mykonos and Zakynthos waits to be explored.

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Also, the island of Crete, comprising of many quaint cities surprisingly have a great internet connectivity and network communities for digital nomads.

According to the Nomad List, Athens, Rethymno, Santorini, Rhodes, Thessaloniki, Mykonos, Patras and Crete are the favourite cities of Greece for digital nomads, with Rethymno topping the list based on the Nomad score which is calculated taking many parameters into consideration.    

Well Connected & Easy to Travel

Greece offers visa free travel for up to 30 days to more than 50 nationals worldwide, as compared to many nations in Europe, making it easy to travel. Also, once in the country, it's convenient to move in the cities or go island hopping - whether it's the famous Rhodes or the majestic Santorini.

Plus, thanks to the many budget carriers and short travel time, it's easy to visit the neighbouring cities in other countries. The best and the largest airline in Greece is Aegean air, which provides the best prices for cities in Europe, with the flight to Milan in Italy costing as low as 50 Euros!

Good Internet Connectivity

One of the top parameters for the digital nomads and remote workers is the internet connectivity, which is obviously an indispensable part of their lives. Taking this into account, the internet connectivity is good in most of the places in Greece. May be not as great as many other top cities in western Europe, but it is good nevertheless.

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As expected, the capital city Athens has a great speed at 10 Mbps, followed by Rhodes that has an average of 4 Mbps, while the rest of the cities have an average speed of 3Mbps.

The average cost of the connection depends on the providers and the cities, but it must not cost more if you move to coworking places for work. It would cost around 230 Euros per month for a coworking space in Athens.

Great Night Life

Digital nomads swear by the words 'Work hard, party harder', and Greece does not disappoint this new generation of remote workers. The vibrant island of Rhodes, the bustling capital Athens and Santorini rank top among the cities with a great night life.

Obviously, you cannot compare it to the party destinations in Asia for an economical nightlife, but we bet you can party without digging too deep into your pockets!

Safety

Safety is one of the important factors to consider when you are new cities. Especially for the digital nomads that are most of the time equipped with expensive laptops, cameras and other gadgets, you can't overlook safety.

Greece is better than many of the countries in the world when it comes to safety, particularly for solo female digital nomads, travelers or entrepreneurs.

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A street in Athens.
Athens, Santorini and Rethymno are safe havens for a majority of digital nomads.

For a detailed report on the cities of Greece for things like accessibility, actual coworking spaces, amenities accustomed to in the rest of Europe, prices of everyday items and more, check this page here.

We are sure that these facts should convince you well to move to Greece! Plus, we at GoGo Places have stunning homes around the country of Greece to make you feel at home, at extremely affordable prices.

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Not just that, if you own a place in Greece and wish to make some extra cash by offering your space to the digital nomads, and game changers around the world, congratulations, you are at the right place. We help you earn during the offseason as well.

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The Top 5 Digital Nomad YouTube Vloggers

Blogging may not be dead but there’s a good case to be argued that vlogging, video blogging, is where the world is heading.

Video blogging allows people to capture the actual moment that something takes place and then to share it with their audience. This is fantastic for digital nomads who are traveling the world and looking to better communicate their new and strange experiences with their audiences back home. Video adds a dimension to things that the written word simply can’t emulate.

These five digital nomad vloggers are the people at the top of their game in this field. Millions of people have watched and learned from them and their travel experiences. Maybe you’ll enjoy sharing their experiences or maybe they will inspire you to become a master vlogger yourself?

Mr Ben Brown

Ben is a filmmaker and documentary producer so it might not come as a surprise that he doesn’t have a website when he can use YouTube. He is also has a great Instagram account for his photograph work.

Brown spends a lot of his time traveling back and forth between the UK and South Africa but his work has a much broader remit than that. His Arctic videos in particular show a slice of life that most of us will never be able to experience. You can understand from watching them why Ben feels they are among the most exciting days of his life.

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Vagabrothers

The Vagabrothers have gone full YouTube only and they run a very popular channel which is kind of dedicated to showcasing destinations that they’ve been to. Think the stuff of travel TV channels of days gone by with a slightly younger more irreverent perspective and you’ll be there.

Vagabrothers is a compound word of vagabond and brothers and they are real life brothers, Marko & Alex Ayling. We’re not so sure about the “vagabonds” part as they both look too well dressed to pull that off.  Their most popular video to date is a run-down of their travel packing hacks.

Christopher the Freelancer

Christopher Dodd begun his digital nomad journey two years ago and quickly realized there was a gap in the digital nomad scene. He decided to turn his freelancer-coding website into a one-stop resource for others looking to start their own nomadic journey.

Most of the content that Christopher produces is on his well-established YouTube channel and with one of his most recent videos scooped over 110,000 viewers.

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If you’re an aspiring digital nomad, new into your journey or looking for some advice and tips, you can download a copy of the free digital nomad guide on his website.

Casey Neistat

Casey Neistat may be the most popular of all the digital nomad travel vloggers. He’s run up more than 100 million views on his YouTube videos and they show off a broad cross-section of the places and things Casey has done. He’s very much focused on experiences in new places and there’s some really crazy stuff in his channel.

The videos of him snowboarding along with the NYPD on the streets of New York take some real beating.  Incredibly he never went to film school or attended any form of professional education for his film work. He uses some standard off the shelf equipment and his imagination to capture his vision to share with the world.

Pyscho Traveller

Pyscho Traveller, also known as Aly, is from Birmingham, England, who has been travelling the world for three years.

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Aly’s videos showcase her weekly life on the road as a digital nomad, the people she meets, the food tasted and the highs and low to living a digital nomad life. Aly’s channel is more than just travel, it’s a platform to inform and inspire people of all ages to live the life they want to live.

Aly also appeared on Chris The Freelancer’s YouTube Channel, talking about how viable a career as a travel vlogger is.

Summary

Compared to most other areas of digital nomad self-promotion, logging is still very much under-utilized. While there are definitely some stars like the names above, there is also plenty of potential for new stars to be born without having to fight for attention.

So, you might want to keep that in mind when you’re weighing up your digital nomad career options.

Top 5 Digital Nomad Families

If you thought that digital nomad life was a walk in the park, try doing it with children in tow. You’d be surprised just how many people are doing exactly that now and today we bring you five blogs from digital nomad families.

They’re not just working and traveling but they’re raising their children on the road too.

Now, there’s no excuse for you not to book your ticket and get moving with your own plans.

Travel Bohemian

A Mum, a Dad and 3 amazing boys dropped out of the American rat race seven years ago in search of a more fulfilling lifestyle. After simplifying their life and selling their crap, they spent a few years exploring Central America before heading to Southeast Asia.

Traveling and living with kids in exotic locations, home-schooling the three boys, and working as digital nomads has taught many life lessons. They are on a mission to continue to share their experiences to encourage others to attempt a life of forever adventure.

The Nomadic Family

Kobi, Gabi, Dahnya, Orazi, and Solai are the 5 members of The Nomadic Family. They’re all originally from Jersualem in Israel and it was Kobi’s (dad’s) dream to see the world but Gabi (mum) says that she’s a free-spirit and that she was as inspired by the idea too. They say that life as a family on the road is, “Messy, ugly, colourful, very noisy; sometimes quiet, painful, enlightening, bittersweet, often divine and peaceful.”

Typical posts include this one on “The Non-Christmas Revelations of an Un-Traveler-Nomadic World Travel at Home.

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Digital Nomad With Kids

Digital Nomad With Kids is a family project run by Nanouk (mum), Joost (dad) and their young children Roan and Evi. They say their mission is to help other families break into the digital nomad lifestyle because they love it so much and have found that there are many other families who’d like to get started in the life, they just don’t know how to do so.

They left home, the Netherlands, back in 2015 and have been gone ever since. They travel slowly as a family and they live an RV to give themselves the continuity of “a home” while they travel.  A good post to get going with their blog is “5 eye opening moments of a newbie digital nomad with kids.”

Where’s Sharon?

Where’s Sharon claims to be the most popular family travel blog online. We don’t know if that’s true but what we do know is that their blog is without a doubt one of the most resourceful blogs we’ve ever seen by anyone.

There’s a ton of country specific information on working and traveling with your family on every country they’ve visited as a family – and it’s a lot of countries. Sharon and her family are from Australia and they’ve lived and worked all over Asia and Europe as well as Australasia. Looking to the future Sharon and family are expecting to spend time in the Americas as well as Africa!

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Sharon and her husband Joshua are accompanied by their three children every time that they go anywhere. Their posts are full of useful information like this one, “Complete Guide to the Top 20 Things to do in Phuket with Kids.”

Raising Miro

A Mum and a son left their home in 2009 for a one year trip. Now on their eighth year of travel, 25 countries and many personal changes later, Lainie & Miro continue to travel at a slow pace, They enjoy living a possession-free-lifestyle, volunteering and learning about the world.

Often you will hear Lainie say “we are blessed to be accidental in-schoolers” and has become and an advocate for “life learning” at any age. Lainie & Miro describe their greatest accomplishment as the ability to participate in the world without fear.

They’ve even paired up and spoke at a TedX event: http://www.raisingmiro.com/about/

Summary

So there you have it, 5 nomadic families who have embraced the challenges of working and traveling as digital nomads and are living up to that challenge with their families. Who knows, if you take the first steps with your family today, we could be reading about you in a year’s time?

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.

Hvar; CroatiaReference: http://www.goholidaylets.com/Croatia/1556

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.

LovecinaReference: http://www.beach-backgrounds.com/the-wallpaper-of-beautiful-lovrecina-beach-in-croatia

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.

VruljeReference: http://www.vrulje-kornati.com/vruljeDE.html

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.

ZakloptaicaReference: http://www.lastovotravel.com/zaklopatica/

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.

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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.

Udan Thani

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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