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.

If you’re looking for places to stay, you can always sign up and be the first to know about our listings around Croatia.

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/

For future blogs offering money-saving tips, adventure, accommodation and travel, sign up to our website and be the first to read our news.

Why Croatia Is The New Digital Nomad Hangout?

After celebrating 25 years of independence and joining the European Union, coupled with its world-class beaches, highways that rival those in most western Europe, and food so good that can only be outdone by its wine. It is no wonder why tourism is booming and why Croatia is the new Digital Nomad hangout of 2017.

If you haven’t been day dreaming about this idyllic country located in southeast Europe with its stunning beaches and the Adriatic Sea, now is the time to start!

This is a country of paradise, and it is certainly a competitor with the likes of Chiang Mai, Bali, Peru and Portugal for all you Digital Nomads out there; especially in terms of low-cost living. If it isn’t on your 2017 bucket list, it should be.

While you are there you can enjoy the Mediterranean climate, scenic cities packed with culture and history, densely-forested mountains, a low-cost way of living and a great atmosphere full of beautiful locals! Surrounded by countries like Hungary, Slovenia, and Montenegro, and within an hour flight to places like Paris, London, Berlin, Rome, and Venice, it only adds an extra bonus.

Zlatni Rat Beach in Croatia. Reference: http://www.europeanbestdestinations.com/top/best-beaches-in-europe-2015/

Cost Of Living Is Low

It is easy to say the cost of living in Croatia is “middle of the road” compared to cities like London, Paris, and Barcelona; but, it is very much like most places, you can make it as expensive or as cheap as you like.

The currency in Croatia is Kuna (KN) and for every 100KN will convert into €13.50 making it more than affordable for Digital Nomads to visit, work and travel around this beautiful country. Here is a small breakdown of what you can expect to pay in Croatia:

A domestic beer = 14KN (€1.85)

Coffee = 9.50KN (€1.25)

An inexpensive meal = 45KN (€6.00)

Bus, tram or train ticket: starting at 10KN (€1.30)

For more information about the cost of living in Croatia, visit this page

Accommodation

With Croatia’s tourism booming there is now a growing demand for accommodation, and in the summer-season prices can soar through the roof. Croatia is now oversupplied with boutique villas and B&Bs; however, there is also a clear shortage of the larger resort-style hotels.

GoGo Places was created to fill the gap during the off-peak season when most of the places shut down and there is an opportunity to rent a place for a reasonable price. We offer places to stay for a fraction of the price, opening the market to those properties that would otherwise stay “undiscovered” during the off-peak months.

Our aim is to not only provide cheaper, more affordable accommodation for the Digital Nomad community but to also enable homeowners to earn additional income with their homes that often sit idle for months on end. Making it a win – win situation.

The accommodation we offer starts from as little as €350 for a total of six guests, making accommodation even more affordable and allows travellers to split the cost. Currently, we have 15 homes on our website in Croatia, but this number is increasing by the day.

To check out the stunning, affordable accommodation we currently have listed, visit our website.

GoGo Places, Kastel Novie six bedroom home. www.gogoplaces.co/en/room/1

Internet Connection is Decent

The Internet in Croatia is on par with other Eastern European countries, making this stunning country a “must visit” for Digital Nomads. Broadband is largely available in Croatian cities and there are tons of cafes and restaurants offering free Wi-Fi spots, allowing you to get your work done without any complications.

If you stay in accommodation not offering free Wi-Fi you can easily grab yourself an internet package for around 100KN per month, which is a lot cheaper than your home country.

Visa Requirements Are Straightforward

One of the biggest things the Digital Nomad community considers when visiting a new country is the visa requirements, but similar to countries like Malaysia and Taiwan, most citizens do not require a visa to enter Croatia. In fact, one of the most attractive appeals to this country is you can enter for 90 days within an 180-day period, without a visa or paying a fee. However, nationals from countries such as China, India, Russia, South Africa, Turkey and Ukraine would need to seek advice beforehand.

Read more here about visa and entry requirements.

Moving Around is As Easy As Counting 1, 2, 3

Transportation readily available allows you to tick another box when considering Croatia as your next destination in 2017.

Getting around Croatia is made easy for tourists and Digital Nomads alike, especially with services like Uber and Bla Bla Car easily accessible by the press of a button on an app. The quality of transport is generally quite good, making it easier to get around and explore. Ferries are reliable for island hopping; buses are comfortable and efficient, flights are very cheap, and driving is made easier by the modern and well-maintained road network.

All internal flights are operated by Croatia Airlines, and a surprising fact for you is the price of internal flights can be cheaper than taking a train or bus. Flying from another European country will not break the bank either as getting to Croatia is easy and cheap too, and with low budget airlines like Eurowings, you can bag yourself a return ticket for as little as €85.

Things To Do in Your Spare Time

Croatia is jam-packed with history, culture, monuments and architecture; beautiful coastlines, roaring mountains and waterfalls, music festivals and much, much more.

The region you choose to visit will all depend on what it is you are looking for: a chilled-out holiday on the beach with water sports is an option; a sailing holiday exploring some of the 1,000 islands it has to offer; an adventure-sports break with hiking, mountain-biking, and rafting; a foodie vacation with vineyard visits, or a cultural city break. Croatia has it all and will allow you to immerse yourself into a new way of living.

Plitvice Lakes and National Park. Reference: http://www.rivetingtrip.com/lakes-mountains/plitvice-lakes-national-park-croatia/

As Croatia is a relatively small country you can travel around and explore; in a one hour drive, you can either witness the frozen mountain lakes or the sunny, sparkling coastline. It is a country of diversity, and you will fall in love the moment you arrive.

For more information check out this blog: A Comprehensive Guide to Being a Digital Nomad in Croatia.

To keep up to date with our latest news, blogs, and newly listed apartments, sign up with your email address and you will be the first to hear from us.